One Year of Blogging: My Favourite Video Games

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For my first year milestone of blogging, I thought I’d talk about my favourite subject, gaming!

My first post was a look at my video game origins, which you can check out here, and I thought it would be fitting to try to continue on with how my gaming tastes have shaped into the present with what I have narrowed down to my top three favourites over the years.

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May Update and Music

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Exams are over! I’ve finished my second year of university now and I’m feeling much more positive since my last update ūüôā

Several blogs that I follow have grown almost as quiet as mine over the past few months and I don’t think that’s a coincidence, but now I’ve got several months of freedom I should be posting much more regularly.

As mentioned in my last update, I’m very close to celebrating my first year of blogging, with my first post about my video game origins being posted on May 28 2014. I have no idea how bloggers usually celebrate this but I’ll try to think of something interesting!

So what’s happened since April? Only that Leicester performed a miracle and survived with a game to spare! I can’t get over how amazing this fightback was and it will hopefully get remembered as one of the best of all time.

I’ve barely played any games with all my revision occupying most of my time but I did finish Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller which was a traumatic and engaging story I recommend you check out. I seem to be a bit obsessed with ‘point-and-clicks’ at the minute as I’ve also finished the first Deponia game and I’m currently working my way through the Inner World.

Just looking at my recent posts on the right makes me realise how little I’ve been posting this year, hopefully I’ll make this up over the summer. I’ve got my final Premier League review I’d like to do after the season ends, obviously I’ve got to cover Leicester’s survival in detail at some point, and I really want to go back to posting more game reviews as my last one was back in October :O

I’m not sure what your thoughts are on my monthly music update feature but I’m deliberately only using one artist once so hopefully I’ll find something for everyone. Here are my three favourite tracks that I’ve been listening to this month:

What an album.

I love songs with layers like this.

If you haven’t seen the TV comedy show Friday Night Dinner then you should! Catchy theme for it.

April Update and Music

A bit of a late one sorry, my lack of posts has been pretty awful but I’ve been really struggling the past few weeks to find enjoyment and motivation to do anything, video games and football included.

My university course is nearing its end with just a couple of exams left and the blog is so close to celebrating its first year, I’d hate to be posting content of poor effort.

Hopefully this mood of mine will pass and I can get back to what I love most!

I haven’t been playing much but I have tried out Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller and have just finished the first episode. It’s interesting so far although I do find some aspects to be quite slow, the reviews mention how it picks up as the story progresses.

A bit of a range this month music-wise, hopefully you’ll enjoy these, I’ve only recently discovered ‘Daughter’ but her songs are just beautiful.

 

March Update and Music

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This is my monthly update for March where I talk about what’s coming up on my blog and briefly about the video games I’ve been playing and what the mood is like regarding football.

I’m pretty much at the half way point of all my assessments before Easter, but fingers crossed I’ll be posting some content finally in the coming days as I’ve got a lot to talk about!

I’ve just finished Kingdoms of Amalur and I want to write a review for that as I was actually quite disappointed with it. Deciding to gives RPGs a rest for the time being, I’ve been playing a bit of Crusader Kings II, I don’t think there is a more rewarding game once you grasp the basics.

I’ve been doing a quarterly review of the Premier League throughout the season, roughly every 10 matches, with comparisons between my pre-season predictions and the current table. I really need to post in time for the final quarter of the season, so I’ll aim to write this in the next few days.

Since my last update, Leicester have managed a 2-2 draw away at Everton – so easily could have been a win – and a closely fought 2-0 defeat at the champions, Manchester City. If this was the start of the season these results would be perfectly fine, and to be honest, who expected us to get a single point here? Yet the gap to reach safety widens. The only thing left to cling on to is the final ten games are all very much winnable, and if we do find our form and produce results our performances this season have warranted, then perhaps relegation isn’t so nailed on.

Anyhow, I’ve decided to theme the music this month on Leicester’s current situation…

The soundtrack for Inception is great, and as you can guess from my avatar, I do quite like the film too.

I’ve been listening to quite a bit of Florence + the Machine with her new album coming out soon. This track was a real gem from her debut album, and I think I’m right in saying it wasn’t released as a single.

Ben Howard is one of my favourite artists and I love the build-up you experience in this song.

February Update and Music

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A new (and hopefully great!) idea I’ve had to keep you up-to-date with what to expect on my blog is a monthly ‘update’ I plan to do. This means you’ll know what to look out for and I’ll be able to briefly talk about video games, football, work etc in a few paragraphs.

At the end I’ll embed some youtube links to three of my current favourites songs that I’ve been listening to a lot this past month and that I highly recommend you give a listen to, I’ll try to include a range of genres for everyone!

Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this going throughout the year as they shouldn’t take too long to write, and it will more importantly keep you from thinking the blog has died when there has¬†been a long gap in posting!

Starting with uni work, if there is ever a noticeable delay in my posts then this will no doubt be the reason why! March is full of assessment deadlines that they conveniently crammed together so I’ve been working hard the past few days getting started on them. With the last deadline being the 20th of March, I’m going to be busy for another few weeks.

Unfortunately all of this work largely involves typing away on my laptop so to be writing reviews (I know it’s been a while sorry!) or anything else really, it’s just a struggle to motivate myself to do it.

With so much work I surely don’t have time for gaming right? Well I try to keep myself logged out of steam throughout the day, and play maybe a couple of hours in the evening as a relaxing way to end… I’ve just finished The Wolf Among Us which was great and really quite funny in a dark way in places. I really really want to get started on Dragon Age Origins but I think I need to set aside a good few hours for several weeks to get the most out of it.

I was preparing to write a review on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning having put 63 hours into it and had just the Legend of Dead Kel expansion left to complete, but my controller had finally stopped working after quite an impressive life literally just as I had arrived on the beach! I’ll get a new controller soon and hopefully write that up near Easter.

Finally, football… Liverpool have been on a remarkable rise which has been a welcome relief but Leicester sadly look in serious trouble. I’m sure you’ve seen the Pearson sacking mess Sky made which was just awful but I’m not sure where I stand with him. We’re bottom of the league yet we haven’t truly been convincingly beat so far this season I don’t think, I’m relieved to see Kramacic get a couple of goals as that was a big risk signing.

Music time, feel free to comment with any recommendations of your own or games you’ve been playing. Enjoy!

I haven’t played Transistor yet but I did buy it in the Steam Winter Sale so I’ll get round to it at some point. The soundtrack has received great praise so I had give it a listen and ‘We All Become’ really did stand-out, I can’t wait to hear it in-game!

Holy Fire is such a complete album full of tracks that could easily be released as singles, it’s hard picking my favourite but ‘Stepson’ just has something about it that feels special.

Yeah this song just makes me smile!

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I’d really appreciate your feedback on this new theme I’m trying out. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Parament theme as I thought it was much too dark, and I think it’s important to be able to read my content!

I’m not too sure about all the green – don’t worry I haven’t been taken over by a Plymouth Argyle fan! – but I think it does looks okay¬†with the white.

I can’t say that I like the fade effects on the side widgets but they may grow on me.

So please tell me your thoughts, especially if you’ve been following my blog and can compare the two.

Thank you! ūüôā

New Category: Music

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Nothing like a nice bit of music to settle you down…

Sorry for the bit of a gap in my posting,¬†I’ve been a bit busy recently updating my MMO reviews¬†–¬†I’ve come to the conclusion that walls of text aren’t so great!

Anyway in an attempt to give my blog a bit more content, I’ve added in a new music category.

I’m a huge fan of soundtracks used in films and video games so I’ll be posting a few of my favourites as well as nostalgic tracks that are¬†linked with my gaming posts. I’ll also be including some of my favourite musical artists and my pick of their best songs.

My music tastes are really quite broad so there should be (hopefully!) something for everyone.

I’ve had electronic keyboard¬†lessons for quite a few years until I stopped last summer, so I’m naturally quite drawn to a nice bit of piano but I also really like stringed instruments in songs.

Please offer any suggestions on how I should go about this by providing any feedback in the comments.

Thanks for reading!