Let me preface this week's post by saying that this isn't any kind of major announcement. I have no intentions of stopping this blog or updating less (despite the fact my work cram right before the 4th of July kept me from doing a post last week as scheduled). I just felt like it'd be fun to discuss some of my plans for the future of this here retro gaming blog.
So this blog has been going on for around 8 months now, and I'm still psyched that it's going so well. I originally started this as an outlet for me to get back into writing, something that I enjoyed since High School and felt I had enough talent and desire for it that I pursued it for a degree. Unfortunately, I did too much writing about things I had no interest in and I eventually tied the act of writing into being “work”. It stopped being enjoyable for me. So I'm glad this blog has rekindled my enjoyment of writing.
It's gone well enough that I've started thinking a lot about the future of my blog, and what I want to do going forward. So I'd like to discuss a few of the things you can look forward to (maybe) heading down the road.
This is a big one for me. I'd like to be able to create something weekly that ties into the blog. Now, this doesn't mean I intend on doing weekly 2,000+ word blog posts. If I were to ever hit that point, I'd probably want to be getting paid enough for it to be my full-time job and have a TON of stuff going at once. That's not to say I won't hit that one day, but I'm not one of those people assuming I'll be able to financially support myself through YouTube and Twitch. Gotta keep it real to some extent.
I've debated what that content would be...random short videos, a podcast, previews for the next post, etc. I actually considered doing short trailers for reviews, but it seems silly to do an intricate 30 second video just to go “click here and read stuff in”. I haven't decided what my first step in the “weekly content” direction would be, but it would likely be when I have a more consistent work schedule and can more accurately predict how much time I have to devote to content.
I had told myself (and if I recall, I believe I specified as such in my inaugural post) that I wanted to do some on-location posts, be it for a game-chasing trek, a specific store, an arcade, etc. But I've yet to do any of those. To be honest, I've kinda slipped on actually purchasing more games for my collection lately. In an act of betrayal, I also own a PS4 and there's been so much good stuff coming out for it (you don't know torture until you're simultaneously playing through “Superman 64” for a review and “Persona 5”). But I think the swell is about to come down a bit, and I plan on having more shopping trips and trips to arcades and places of that nature. I hope to have just such a post pretty soon. Stay tuned.
I am trying not to fall into a spell of doing too many reviews at a time, because I don't wanna hit a point where all I have left are games I don't think people would be interested in. I have debated doing a “mass review dump” series where I give short, 400-500 word reviews to multiple games and go on down the line. And that plan is still in the works, but it might be awhile until I get going on that.
I also want to have a running list of the games I've reviews and the ratings they've received, both for quick access to certain games and to document which games have received the 0.0 rating (none at this time, closest being Superman 64's 0.5) and the coveted(?) “5 out of 5” (also none at this time, highest rated game so far is a 4.0, shared among multiple games). To reiterate, I am only reserving the 0.0 rating for games that, I believe, don't even function properly as games and, under no circumstances should be played. As well, the 5.0 is reserved for games that I truly believe are the most elite games released. To earn a 5.0, I have to be convinced the game deserves a 5.0 and that giving it a 4.5 would be an insult to it. If I'm even unsure to the point I have to question between a 4.5 or a 5.0, then the game will be a 4.5.
I do have at least one more review I feel I must do before Summer ends, and I have a few more after that I plan on doing. So there's no shortage of games for me to review for now, and hopefully when I start making more retro-game store trips I'll be able to add on to that. Also, I plan on reviewing a few retro-revival games as they pop up. I don't wanna spill all the beans yet, but I do have Sonic Mania pre-ordered for digital download. Being a hardcore fan of the Genesis Sonic games, having a love/hate relationship with Adventure, Adventure 2, and Heroes, and being bitter of everything Sonic up to Generations...I'll have plenty to say for certain.
Seasons/NaNoWriMo Entry Announcement
I plan on doing posts here in “Seasons”, as in “Season 1”, “Season 2”, etc. Right now, I plan on taking a break in November. The big reason for this is NaNoWriMo (or “National Novel Writing Month”), an event where writers are encouraged to write a 50,000 word novel within the timeframe of the month of November. This is an event I've wanted to participate in in the past, but once the event started I felt that “work” feeling of writing I discussed earlier and couldn't make any sort of dent in the 50,000 word goal.
With my passion for writing re-ignited, it's something I am eagerly anticipating and plan on participating in. During that time, I'll likely be taking a break from the blog. Afterwards, I plan on returning with a “Season 2”, changing the look of the site (mostly the banner...in fact, I'd like to have rotating banners that either change upon reloading the page or to match the content of the most recent post), and getting back up to speed.
So anyway, I know this post is shorter than usual, but I thought some of you might enjoy getting an inside look into what's coming soon to teneightep.com