I thought I’d give this whole editorial thing a try, as you’ve probably noticed we’ve been a bit quiet over the last couple of weeks. It’s not a shortage of things to say, as such, sometimes real life just takes over for a while. Real life being Destiny 2, yes?
At the moment, I’m off work for a week, a much needed break before the next one at Christmas shutdown. I’m spending a little time finishing off some posts and scheduling others that are already finished, it also gives me time to catch up on other peoples posts 🙂
Speaking of which, here’s a few which caught our eye last month…
We inspired Kim over at Later Levels to write an excellent three part series of posts called “Beginners guide to indie” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). My already busy gaming backlog will probably grow by a few entries when the next Steam sale arrives. Indie games have a lot to give, if you’ve been gorging on a diet of mostly AAA titles for the last 10 years, like me. We got together at Jon’s in October, ate way too many sweets/cake and played some SpeedRunners and Gang Beasts, a lot of fun!
The Dragon’s Tea Party published a superb post about “Adulting and Gaming” and her struggle to do both, which probably hits home with many of us. This post had a lively comments section. A few of us tried to convince her a Nintendo Switch was probably the answer, I don’t own one, but I’m thinking about it, once developers get their act together and make some more games for it.
LighteningEllen’s Release made the case for Niko Belic in their answer to the Later Levels Question of the Month for October, would you hire Niko as a mercenary? Inspired by this post, I’ve re-installed and will finally finish the single player campaign for GTA IV, which I’ve tried twice before. Something always gets in the way of finishing it, but not this time, after many hours of GTA V, I’m ready for this!
Shelby over at Falcon Game Reviews published an excellent review of Forza Motorsport 7, making me want to spend more of my money on another driving game. This is despite the “loot box” controversy, which he also addressed here with regards to Forza 7, then here more generally. I do love driving games! Having taken part briefly in the Overwatch Halloween event and diving deeper into the Destiny 2 loot grind, I can see why people get obsessed with loot boxes and ultimately, spend money on them. Someone clearly is, because it’s huge business. I guess if video games are your main hobby and you have that kind of disposable income…
The loot box chatter went on beyond the WordPress community, Alanah Pearce from IGN published a short video on the subject, which is well worth a watch. I think a fine line is currently being danced around, while publishers work out what they can get away with. Some will push it too far, others will get it right and make a lot of money. Perhaps we’ll get lucky and they’ll invest that money in new games? 🙂
On our own site, we published a number of posts in October we’re all pretty proud of! My personal favourites are my post about Tracks – The Train Set Game, Jon’s post about 14 years of Steam, and Woops (first) post, about the very popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
We’re not doing this for page views and followers (you’ll never see adverts), but October was our best month, so far, in terms of traffic – just over double the previous best month. We owe most of that surge to Later Levels, graciously crediting us with the inspiration behind their previously mentioned Beginners guide to Indie series. Thanks Kim!
Over the last few months, I’ve found myself enjoying writing more than I thought I would, it also helps that WordPress provide apps for just about every available platform, so even when I’m out with just my phone and inspiration strikes, I’m able to get it out there. The community is pretty great too 🙂
Through the rest of November, we’ll have a couple of posts which have been in the making for a while, finally seeing the light of day, as well as the usual opinions and a couple of game reviews. As the nights are longer and it’s bloomin’ freezing outside now, I expect you’ll see more from us over the next few months.
Maybe we’ll have a new console to review too? Yesterday, the Xbox One X was released. The worlds most powerful console, this many cores, that many teraflops *makes hand gestures* yawn! I’m having a great time reading the comments sections of review/opinion posts like this one from Eurogamer. I’m on the fence at the moment, but I do already own an Xbox One and a PS4 Pro. I intend to get a 4K TV this year during a sale. A big selling point for me is the inclusion of a 4K Blu-ray player, a feature sadly missing from the PS4 Pro.
That’s all for now, thanks for joining us!