Starting the new year on the right foot.

I had an idea at the end of 2011, then completely failed to even give the barest hint of trying to do it last year. So I'm committing to doing it this year. The idea was to write about all the games that I've started but haven't finished, and there are a lot. I'm also trying to incorporate an idea I had early (early) this morning, and that was to try get something written every day this year. I've long wanted to get into the industry, but aside from a brief stint doing volunteer writing for a lackluster fansite, I have been awful at ever writing anything, even though I have a freaking English degree. If nothing else, I'll get some exercise for my brain, which has been sorely lacking as of late. So anyway, I've put a list together of all the games I've started, but for whatever reason never got around to finishing. I will also include TV show write-ups for all the series that I've started. Maybe. That list will get posted tomorrow, but for now, this is my commitment to get off my figurative ass and makes steps to be a better writer. Wish me luck, duders.

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Posted by billygoat117

I had an idea at the end of 2011, then completely failed to even give the barest hint of trying to do it last year. So I'm committing to doing it this year. The idea was to write about all the games that I've started but haven't finished, and there are a lot. I'm also trying to incorporate an idea I had early (early) this morning, and that was to try get something written every day this year. I've long wanted to get into the industry, but aside from a brief stint doing volunteer writing for a lackluster fansite, I have been awful at ever writing anything, even though I have a freaking English degree. If nothing else, I'll get some exercise for my brain, which has been sorely lacking as of late. So anyway, I've put a list together of all the games I've started, but for whatever reason never got around to finishing. I will also include TV show write-ups for all the series that I've started. Maybe. That list will get posted tomorrow, but for now, this is my commitment to get off my figurative ass and makes steps to be a better writer. Wish me luck, duders.

Posted by Jeust

Good luck!

Posted by Chop

There. You got a new follower.

Now you have to actually do this or I'll harass you!

Posted by billygoat117

@Jeust: @Chop: Thanks, guys. And you'll keep me honest this way, too!

Edited by Fattony12000

@billygoat117: Good luck and god speed in your brave endeavour!

But if I can humbly offer my modest point of view, as I found myself in a similar situation a little while back.

Daily blogging will get very old very quick, and/or you'll find that you just end up writing about utter shit after a few weeks. Concentrate on noting down cool ideas/themes/things over a set period of time, or writing a collection of different 'features' which you can then collect into one larger piece at the end of a week or month (as I do). That's not to say that I really know what I'm talking about, or am any good at it (I'm not, on both accounts). Since you're wanting to work through a backlog, maybe try and find ways to tie groups of games together into one cohesive piece. For example, write about several FPS games in one go, not only analysing them individually but also within the context of their brethren.

Just my shit two cents.

Oh, and you call that a backlog? Here's about one quarter of mine:

Dragon Age 2

Killzone 2

Killzone 3

Dead Space 2

Gran Turismo 5

Uncharted

Uncharted 2

The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

Bit.Trip Beat

Plants vs. Zombies

Osmos

Metro 2033

Braid

The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony

Trials 2: Second Edition

Railworks 2

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Titan Quest Gold

Flotilla

Mount and Blade: Warband

Machinarium

Age of Empires III Gold

Jade Empire

STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl

Neverwinter Nights 2

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty

And Yet It Moves

Deadly Premonition

Viva Piñata

Wik & The Fable of Souls

Unreal Tournament 3

Undertow

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2

Street Fighter IV

Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection

Phantasy Star Universe

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

Ninja Gaiden II

Mirror's Edge

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Hexic

Halo Wars

Final Fantasy XIII

Far Cry 2

Earth Defense Force 2017

Dead or Alive 4

Condemned: Criminal Origins

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Boom Boom Rocket

BioShock 2

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts

Alan Wake

Battlefield 1943

Banjo-Kazooie

Duke Nukem 3D

Chime

Doom

Doritos Crash Course

Greed Corp

Trials HD

Worms 2: Armageddon

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved

Pac-Man: Championship Edition

Outpost Kaloki X

Luxor 2

Serious Sam: The First Encounter

'Splosion Man

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

RISK: Factions

Super Meat Boy

Rez HD

Demon’s Souls

Dead Space

3D Dot Heroes

Super Mario Galaxy

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Kirby's Epic Yarn

Fatbomb: “November” Edition

Fatbomb: October Edition

Posted by billygoat117

@Fattony12000: Wow. Yeah, you got me beat by a fair margin. And those are really good ideas. At the very outset, I thought about daily blogging, but as far as this piece gores, yes, that would devolve all too quickly into so much bullshit. I would like to still try to write something every day, even if it's short or completely unrelated, just to stretch those muscles. So thanks for the input. As you said, I think I'd be best served by doing weekly write-ups, with stuff in between if the feeling strikes.