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The Post Explaining Where We’ve Been

In which we explain our prolonged absence

Ok, so it’s been a while. I did that typical thing of explaining why things had gone quiet, then things went really quiet without any explanation for almost a year.

The truth is, although we stopped blogging, we didn’t stop playing games.

What is your excuse then huh?

My wife and I found out in early November 2017 we were expecting (unexpectedly) our first child in July last year. By March 2018, July didn’t seem too far away, there were still so many games on my list I wanted to play, before the inevitable adulthood kicked in. Far Cry 3, Far Cry 5, Forza Horizon 2, State of Decay 2 all polished off. July came and went very quickly, then after 11 days past the due date, our little bundle of joy arrived. Talk about having your life turned upside down…

Something which has surprised me, is just how much I have enjoyed becoming a parent, having despised other peoples children for years, it turns out I love my own very much. That’s biology I guess!

Then Christmas came, some work stuff, illness, all sorts, and here we are in March 2019, save for one post in between, not much has been going on around here.

I find myself having the “time” (whatever that word means any more) to blog once again, now the sprog is a little older. WordPress hosting is up for renewal, so a decision had to be made. I have chosen to carry on, because I also realised, writing is something I enjoy, so why not continue? I will probably be migrating the hosting at some point though, to something cheaper.

Since I started putting this post together in October last year (no, really), there’s been a further development. My employer of 4 years agreed to let me work from home permanently, rather than head office. We have now moved half way across the country (to the Bristol area) to be closer to my wife’s family. Free babysitters! Result.

As for the others…

Woop has started working full time in a 9-5, after a number of years being self employed, so we’re unlikely to see much from her. She is juggling many things in real life now.

Jon has changed jobs (twice) and is in high demand, he’s also started blogging again on geeklish.co.uk; I guess the writing bug got to him in the end 😉

Hopefully I can convince folks to join me at various points. The Creative Christmas posts were some of my favourites in the short history of nowisgames.com, it has also amused me greatly they’ve been on the front page all this time. I had so many conversations about games with people putting those posts together, it reminded me what this blogging stuff is all about, for me at least 🙂

I don’t know what I’ll have to say, or when I will say it, but this will be the place it happens. I will continue to lurk on Twitter and in the comment section of lots of WordPress gaming blogs. I’ll post here when the urge strikes, when I’m not playing something of course.

So whatcha playing?!

At the moment, I’m heavily into Fallout 4 again, having picked up the Game of the Year Edition on a second platform, the Xbox One X, after almost 500 hours on PC. As amusing as it is using mods and building a robot/synth army on PC, I’ve been wanting to do an “idiot” character for a while, without mods, to get some achievements in the bag. With the child upstairs sleeping, it’s downstairs on the console and TV for me to get some gaming in. Boy does it look sweet in 4K.

I’ve finally finished Killzone Shadow Fall, giving the PS4 Pro some much needed attention. My first foray into a Killzone game, I have to say it was pretty good, even though I was terrible at it most of the time. I will probably hunt some of the older titles down and fire up the PS3.

For now, it’s back to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, which runs like arse on my PC for some reason, so the PS4 Pro feels the love once more. Reportedly quite short, once that’s dusted off, I’ve got three months of Xbox Game Pass to squeeze in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which I’ve been wanting to play for years. Now that I finally don’t feel the rage playing an FPS with a controller, the time is right.

At some point, I will try and write some words, so thanks for stopping by!

4 comments

    1. Thanks, and thanks for stopping by 😎

      It’s quite a big thing to plough through, particularly with the DLC. After 500 hours there’s still factions I haven’t sided with, companions I still haven’t used. I think I’ll be playing it until Fallout 5 comes out lol. I started Fallout 3 but I just don’t feel done with 4 yet.

      What made you stop playing two years ago and start again now?

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      1. I think it just didn’t hold my interest 2 years ago. I kept getting lost in side activities and distracted by needy settlements. Then one day I put it down and kinda forgot about it. It’s a great game, though! I’m enjoying it more nowadays with my new gaming philosophy of not caring about my backlog 🙂

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      2. The game drives you toward the settlement stuff really heavily, it’s so easy to even accidentally end up taking on a settlement. I don’t think I’ve managed a play through yet without one suddenly being under my control. On my first play I spent quite a bit of time on that side of the game, so I do enjoy it, despite the clunky ness!

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