1 August, 2018
Okay, so… it’s Blaugust. And I’ve neglected this poor site quite severely. So, here’s an excuse for a flurry of posts for the month!
Let’s catch up a bit, shall we? It’s been… let’s ignore that stat for now, shall we?
What have I been up to?
Well, I’ve been playing a lot of games, of course!
FFXIV has been an interest, but waning lately. The recent release of Eureka was, to put it politely, a disappointment. Grinding for the sake of grinding is not something I really relish, so this really didn’t appeal to me. A lot of development resources obviously went into this and some friends who played FFXI, the prior MMO in the Final Fantasy series, were happy. But it left me cold and caused me to ignore the game for a bit. During this time I dipped a toe into the RP community, something I’ll post about later.
Warframe is a game I picked up to try out. It has an interesting free-to-play game with a pretty generous business model. You can trade the microcurrency, which makes the game interesting, allowing players to earn it by trading stuff to other players. I’ll write a bit about that later. If you’re curious about the game you can sign up for the game here and give me recruiting benefits. I’m -Psychochild- on there (hyphens are part of the username) on the PC version.
Blade and Soul is another game I’ve been playing lately. A friend of mine played long ago, and a streamer friend of mine (https://www.twitch.tv/maulgrim) decided to stream that on Wednesdays. Come watch me derp around on a little edgelord Warlock!
Finally, I’ve been doing board gaming. In particular I’ve been playing Gloomhaven about once a week. It’s a fun board game with some RPG elements that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. I might post more about this later this month.
Why haven’t I been posting?
This is a pretty deep question, but figured I would kind of address this here. Expect more discussion later this month.
The first problem is the common game industry veteran lament: Is anyone even listening? At some point you kind of repeat yourself, and the same problems keep happening. So, it takes a bit of motivation out of posting.
Further, MMOs are out of favor. The flavor of the month keeps changing. VR/AR is the new hotness now and getting the attention and investment. Kickstarter MMO projects have failed to produce much. Indie games are still not quite revived things; MMOs seem to be taking a long time to develop, even if we’ve gotten “better” at making them and the tools have gotten better.
And there’s a bit of a personal element: depression. Not an uncommon thing, but there are a lot of elements fueling these feelings, particularly dysfunctional things in the game industry. Expect some posts on this as well.
Here’s to a new Blagust!
Well, this is as good an excuse as any to do more blogging. Let’s see what the month holds, shall we?