I have a terrible memory for everything. That is a fact that I’ve known for… pretty much my entire life. Even then some times I still get surprised about how what I remember and what is fact ends up being different.
Case in point Valkyria Chronicles. My memories from the first time I played the game I had an easy time with the early missions and could easily get an A or B on them. Now I decided to play the game again, restarting from zero since I could barely remember anything about the gameplay or the story and the results have been pretty different from my memory.
Earlier today I saw a post by Naithin of Time to Loot about giving some love for the backlog. His post is actually part of a Love your Backlog Week event hosted by Kim of Later Levels. The basic idea of it is to try to change the idea of the backlog from being a pile of shame to something to be celebrated, like a treasure chest.
My feelings towards my backlog isn’t so much shame for its quantity as much as for regret of all the games I started and never finished. Even more so if they are very popular games that everybody and their pet have already played, talked about and moved on. At least with a blog I have the advantage that even if the game is almost as old as the dinosaurs (by internet standards) I have a platform to discuss it. Then if I am really lucky someone might read it and we might have an interesting discussion about it.
Since it seems to be the trendy thing among the blogosphere to make a list of their favorite games of the decade I figured I might as well join in!
Before we start though, let me explain my criterias.
First I am sticking only to games that I actually finished. Or at least finished one route if it has multiple story routes. Otherwise this list would be much bigger.
Secondly, I am not sticking to any particular number of games or ranking them. This is just the ones I can remember from the top of my head and they are all special in my heart for different reasons.
Lastly, this is my personal list. Yours will surely be different. In fact, if you made a blog post like this feel free to link it in the comments below or if you don’t have a blog of your own feel free to write down your list there. 🙂
This post will be only for the console games. The PC games will be on the next post.
Alright, with that out of the way, let’s get on with the show!
Naithin, of Time to Loot, suggested this writing prompt over the Blaugust Discord:
For one whole year you are only allowed to play five games (including DLCs).
Apparently it is something that started on Twitter and is now making the rounds through the blogosphere. Naithin decided to add a few rules though because he felt that just being allowed to play 5 games for an entire year wasn’t punishment enough!
I got tagged for the Real Neat Blog Award again, this time by Magimos of the blog Indiecator. If you missed the first time I got tagged then you can find the previous questions and answers here.
For those who don’t know what The Real Neat Blog Award is, it works like this:
Answer the 7 questions from the person that tagged you
Make your own 7 questions
Choose 7 other people to answer your questions
I will skip the last two steps this time since I am feeling lazy and coming up with questions are hard. If anyone wants to answer questions from a random person in the internet feel free to answer the ones from the previous time I got tagged.
Blaugust is ending and with this post I accomplished my goal for it this year. Once again it was pretty fun with a lot of new blogs (or new to me) participating and some pretty good discussion on the Discord server. 🙂
I was going to do a recap of Final Fantasy’s XIV anniversary event, the Rising, for this last post but I haven’t felt like playing it for a while and haven’t done it yet. So I will just use this Twitter poll by Belghast, of Tales of the Aggronaut, as my blog prompt for the day. To quote the poll:
There is a discussion happening elsewhere so I’m curious. For me all of my game characters are just cosmetic shells for the digital “me”. Getting the impression I am deeply in the minority here
I have no idea where this discussion happened or what is being talked about but I am going to join anyway and there is no one that can stop me! Mwahahahaha! 😀
Before starting just a bit of administrative news. Over the weekend I changed hosts for the blog. I was trying to put this off until the end of the Blaugust to lessen the possibility of chaos but circumstances forced me to do it now. So if things were broken or weird during the weekend that is why.
This was far more painful than I expected due to, in large part, some dumb mistakes I made. Also right now “Likes” and “Related Posts” are broken because Jetpack is a jerk and everything I tried to fix hasn’t quiet worked. I will keep trying. Sorry for the inconvenience!
Anyway, let’s get to this post as we continue with topic prompts from last year’s Blaugust. This time it is from Ocean Marie of Soul of the Forest. Her prompt is:
Although I’d like to say my answer was like TheRoyalFamily and that I did, indeed, replay a game immediately after finishing it I can’t say with 100% conviction that I did and which games.
I can at least say what are my reasons to replay a game though…. which come to think about it might be universal. But who knows, maybe they aren’t and maybe there are people with different motivations out there!
Anyway, this is what usually motivates me to play a game again from the start, after finishing it:
It finally happened, I am out of topics for Blaugust for now. Fortunately I still have the links for topic prompts from last year’s Blaugust to look through and get some ideas.
One thing I am noticing is that the majority of the prompts are topics about us or our personal feelings about something. Which I can see why: it is pretty easy to write about something more personal. And although I don’t mind to write about myself I am also getting a bit tired of doing such personal topics one after another. Unless something changes I think that will be the nature of my posts until the end of Blaugust.
Also, please don’t take me wrong: I am really grateful for all the topic prompts people wrote last year. They are helping me a lot to get through these last days of the event after all. This was just a bit of a digression and frustration with myself. 🙂
Since the topic of hype has been popping up recently on the blogosphere I might as well talk about my personal experience with hype as a whole. If you want to see other people’s opinions on the subject there is this post by Krikket, of Nerd Girl Thoughts where she talks about why she won’t board the Hype Train. There is also this one by Belghast, of Tales of the Aggronaut, where he ponders what changed as he isn’t as hyped as much about upcoming game releases. If I forgot anyone I apologize and please add the link to the post in the comments.
This post will be also an expanded version of the comments I left in both of these blogs.
P.S.: This post will be more negative and full of snarky than my usual ones.