Not only has another month crept upon me but so has the end of another year, unbelievable! We’re now well into December folks. The Christmas decorations are up and the last minute shopping on Christmas Eve is already planned.
The Steam Autumn Sale came and went, for the first time I didn’t buy a single game. I own most of what I intend to play, for now. Thanks to Black Friday and rampant consumerism, there were also bargains galore on console too, which didn’t tempt me either; it seems everyone jumps on the bandwagon now.
I’ve managed to finish DOOM (2016), which was glorious, thanks to Jon for the recommendation. I’m one DLC away (Nuka-World) from finishing Fallout 4. I’m genuinely surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed Fallout 4, my first in the series. I was on the fence for a long time about buying it, but what a joy it has been. More games in the series have been purchased…
Aside from that, I’m ashamed to say I’ve been playing a fair bit of Destiny 2 on PC, ashamed because playing Destiny 2 is very much about doing the same thing over and over and over again, which is a waste of time, isn’t it? The first DLC, Curse of Osiris, landed today. Purchase is likely.
Curse you Bungie! All that time spent grinding away at nothing could have been spent finishing games in my backlog…
Athena over at AmbiGaming wrote a wonderful piece about Endgame: The First Game You Ever Beat. For me, that was probably Half-Life, until that point, I’d never bothered to finish games. This is something I’m trying to do more of these days, not least because I want to write about some of them, but because I am well known for starting things and never seeing them through. We’re all surprised nowisgames.com launched at all.
Amidst the hype of Destiny 2 launching on PC, Kim over at Later Levels discussed why she doesn’t like the game, but also why that’s absolutely fine. It is absolutely, definitely fine Kim, it’s not for everyone. Just because something is popular, doesn’t mean we should all be playing it! Pick it up when it’s cheap and enjoy the story, don’t get dragged into the loot grind. It is a genuinely beautiful game, I stop all the time to take in the views.
I didn’t read much else throughout November, so I’m still very behind. The old fashioned paper magazines are piling up too. There was one subject I mostly kept up with, however…
Loot box controversy
The amusement surrounding loot boxes continued throughout November, amplified during the release of EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II, but now seemingly encompassing anything related, such as any kind of microtransaction, DLC and free-to-play in general.
Shelby over at Falcon Game Reviews continued to wage war against loot boxes by updating existing reviews to cover the subject and writing about why he thinks they’re here to stay.
Developers and publishers chimed in across the internet, answering questions posed directly from gamers, preemptively before they were (inevitably) asked, or outright announcing ditching things like free-to-play.
Some believe charging more for games could negate the need for additional revenue streams in modern video games, I’m not so sure about that myself, neither is this writer over on Forbes.
It was a little disturbing to read about the 19 year old who was addicted to microtransactions from the age of 13. The internet as we know it today was in its infancy when I first ventured online at 15, it was probably another 10 years before I had it in my pocket, with the first iPhone. The App Store wasn’t even a thing then, let alone mobile gaming and all the microtransactions and in-app purchases to the extent we see them now. The horror.
There’s no denying, people are wilfully spending money on this stuff, supply and demand and all that, it’s all here to stay, in some form. Our limits as consumers are being tested. There was a lot of grief about DLC when that first became a thing, but that hasn’t gone anywhere.
On this site, we’ve had a very quiet month or so in terms of new content, but what we did publish was viewed by many more people than I expected. I received some lovely feedback about the first editorial and quite enjoyed writing it if I’m honest.
I published a short article about difficulty levels, after I was forced out of my comfort zone into “Expert” in a game where I usually play on Easy. This has changed my entire outlook on challenge and progress.
Jon is currently womping his way through The Witcher, recently finishing the first and now several hours into the second. The end goal, I believe, is to spend quality time on the series’ final instalment, The Witcher 3. I’ve purchased them all myself, earlier this year, with the same intention, but I don’t think I’ve got Jon’s dedication!
As I write this, the two of them are playing Tabletop Simulator, which I’m still trying to understand. I don’t really get along with board games and the like, so the idea of a video game that simulates them boggles me. Could this be another “fun to watch” game?
For nowisgames.com in 2018, I’m hoping to continue doing what we’ve been doing over the last six months or so, but ramp things up and get more involved with the WordPress community and gaming culture in general.
We’ll continue to build up content with reviews and previews, opinion pieces and so on. I’d love to collaborate with other blogs at some point, which is something I really enjoying seeing out there. After the joy of attending EGX this year, I’ll be making the effort to attend Rezzed in April.
Thanks for reading and thanks so much for your support in 2017, blogging has turned out to be as much fun as I’d hoped, so long may it continue.
That’s it for now, if you have any thoughts on board games and whether you’d like us to write about them, I’d be interested to hear from you in the comments below. There’s been talk amongst us about expanding into that subject!