I play alot of games, and I buy more games than I play, which by the way is a bad practice to partake in, because I play so many games by the end of the year I tend to forget what I thought of the games I played, unless they made a strong impression on me. So I have decided to actually write my thoughts down so I have something to go back on, and also make it available online incase anyone out there cares what I have to say. I have been planning to do this since the beginning of last year and since it is the start of a new I felt like why not start now.
Why do I want to write this stuff down? One could argue that games that make strong impressions are the only ones that matter, but I disagree. There is a lot to be learned from games that end up being mediocre or not revolutionary. In an industry where taking what another developer has discovered, then using those mechanics or devices in your own interesting ways to create a product that is something you and your team can call your own. The games that end up being in the middle so to speak are the main body of this brand of entertainment. In any given year there may be only one or possibly no significant games in any given genre that make revolutionary changes with platform, because of this I think it is worth making note of all the games that you experience good or bad. After 10 or 20 "mediocre" games that each developer adds their own slight spin to you will notice a significant difference between game number 1 and game number 20.
At the same time I’d like to have a record available of my experiences with a game around the time I stop playing it, for 2 reasons, The first being to see if I can connect the dots about why i stop playing games whether it is because the game did something or if it is because something different came along for me to play. The second being so there is a record of how a game ages weeks or months after its launch. Most reviews do what they are trying to accomplish in telling a user if they want to play the game or not, but I’d like to keep record of what someone can expect after they have put a significant amount of time into a game that has the ability to change significant amounts, either because it is multiplayer based and people get better or because it has received significant updates or expansions.
Now since I buy more games than I play I have a larger than normal back catalog of games to play so I will be writing about whatever I have played, not necessarily what is out that week. I am mainly doing this because it has been something I have been thinking of doing for at least 2 years and something I have been seriously thinking about for the last 10 months. It's something I am gonna do for personal gain and if anyone wants to come along they are welcome to it hopefully I will keep up on this a lot better than I was about starting it.