I’ve been mulling over themed days for this blog for ages, largely as an attempt to get myself writing regularly. I’m on a bit of a roll recently and I want to keep it up. The themed idea has thus resurfaced.
Previous themed ideas:
Rocky Week: a week of posts devoted to Rocky films.
Die Hard Tuesday: a post on a Die Hard movie every Tuesday for a month or so.
History Wednesday: History themed posts. This day in history, political ideology in historical context, and the like.
Sports Monday: A post every Monday that talks about an issue in modern sport that would usually be focused on baseball, American football or football.
I don’t hate any of these ideas, though the Die Hard Tuesday concept seems far too specific to survive. Rocky Week could easily happen. The others are definitely workable. I suppose the only thing that has held me back is that whenever I try something like this it has the opposite effect of that which was intended: I write less, not more.
The missing suggestion above was a day out of the week that looked at video games specifically. I like writing about video games and I wish I played them more often. Or at least as often as I used to, when I also complained I would have liked to have been playing more often. The idea would be seriously compromised though by being subject to whatever small amount of playing time I had got in that week. For example, if I had a Video Game Friday the last couple of weeks would have been posts detailing the experiences of Starcraft 2 multiplayer for someone who isn’t any good and doesn’t have much ambition to get better. Thrilling stuff.
It is still a topic I’d like to be writing about though, and something that’s been on my mind. This morning I sat down and saw a clear solution to the issue of neither playing games as much as I’d like or writing about them as much as I’d like. I’m going to pick a genre and spend a few weeks getting through games I’ve been meaning to play (or in some cases play again) but have never given myself the time to do so. I have an initial list to work through. The idea is to get through a game a week and write about it on the Friday or Saturday morning. Here’s my list (with an asterisk beside games I’ve played before):
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Freedom Force vs. the 3rd Reich
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis*
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
King’s Quest Collection*
The Longest Journey
To The Moon
Most of the games are adventure games. That’s intentional. I like adventure games. I purchase adventure games. I don’t play adventure games. I always find excuses. This is an attempt to essentially manufacture a reverse excuse. Some of them I hope to complete in a week, but my logic is that as long as I am making significant progress with a game then covering it two weeks in a row won’t exactly be a nightmare. For Terraria, it will very much be a “my week in Terraria” post. I have no intention of playing all the King’s Quest games in one week.
The plan is to finish the games but if something just doesn’t strike me as I hoped that it would, then I’ll write a “why I didn’t like X” post. Though honestly, I hope I don’t have to do that at all. I’ve never been patient with games, at least not in the last decade. I have limited time to play games and so I’ve become quite unforgiving. Hopefully this will change things.
So here we go. The game for my first week is:
I’ve always wanted to play The Dig, as I’ve heard good things about it. It’s also my own personal little tribute to LucasArts. I’m going to be sad about that for a while.
See you next Friday.