There are a couple of video game related sites that I visit, some on a regular basis and others that I'll visit when I suddenly remember that I haven't been there in a few weeks. Then there're the handful that I remember existing that I visited for a while, but that was on a different computer that contains years worth of bookmarks that I no longer have access to. Like the current trends with cellphones, I no longer remember phone numbers or actual website address, I just have them either bookmarked or I just have to type in the first three letters and auto fill in does the rest.
When I do visit aforementioned sites, the large ones like Penny-Arcade, Kotaku, Red vs. Blue, these are professional sites that have some sort of connection to the side of the gaming industry that actually make the games. I really try to stay away from these places when I know that I have an article to write. It would be like wanting to do a drawing or sketch and right before you pick up that box of colored pencils, you go for a walk through the Louvre.
I don't visit Penny-Arcade to look for inspiration when it comes to writing articles and god knows I have a closet full of ideas up in that attic I call a brain, but if I find inspiration while reading, that's perfectly valid and not at all guilt ridden. I might be listening to the Rooster Teeth Podcast and they'll be talking about something to do with early SNES games and I'll think, "Yeah, that was pretty cool. I'm going to write about that!" I won't though, listen to them looking for inspiration. Yes, I just used "looking" to describe the act of listening.
Given the somewhat short history of this blog, you may have found that Dr. Potts and I do not do a lot of reviews of current games. Neither the good Dr. or I have any of the current generation of consoles although I do have a 3DS and we both play a fair amount of games via Steam, the majority of the games that I tend to purchase are not "new."
However, with that in mind, I don't think that we are any less relevant. Pretty much everyday I'll look at the statics and information about our site and how people came here and I'm always excited when I see that there were multiple searches for Amnesia ~ Justine ~ or Dr. Potts' post about Hiroo Isono's artwork.
And as far as video game related posts go, here are a few that may be showing up in the next couple of weeks:
- Two part Full Review for The World Ends With You
- First Impressions for :
- Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together
- The Art of Balance - Touch
- Dead Space
- Music Reviews for:
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
- Bit.Trip.Runner: Game vs. Soundtrack
- Hitoshi Sakimoto: Final Fantasy Tactics vs Final Fantasy XII
- Emulator Hours for:
- Metroid II: Return of Samus (Separate from Dr. Potts' post)
- One Year Later: 3DS
So as you can see, I've got some ideas for topics to discuss. Are they the same topics that other video game related sites are talking about and discussing? Probably not, but it's what we do.
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