As you have probably noticed, after my post from September 2014 celebrating the 10th anniversary of this blog, there were no new posts for OVER A YEAR! This was not intentional, I just got a bit distracted with my YouTube channel and found it hard to find the time to devote to both things. However, one of my new years resolutions for 2016 is/was to bring the blog back to life and dedicate more time to it. I will be achieving this in a couple of ways. Firstly, every YouTube video I make starts with a written script - that's just the way I work. So, there is no reason that script can't be used as the basis for a blog article as well. Since the beginning of the year, I've already been doing this, and I think it's working out pretty well - we already have reviews of Tales of Xillia and Evoland live, a written version of my Cobra Triangle video from Rare Replay, and my Monkey Island Mondays series will be starting very soon.
In addition to this, I would also like to post content that is exclusive to the blog. This will take the form of diary type posts initially, but I would also like to include other things as well. Sometimes it's difficult to make a video of a game because capturing the footage is challenging - 3DS and DS games can't be captured very easily unless I a) spend a lot of money on getting my system modded or b) point a regular camcorder at the screen, which results in crappy quality. I could sometimes use footage captured by other people - for example World of Longplays let you use their video, as long as you give them credit. In cases where they haven't covered the particular game I've been playing though, a written review will have to do. I will try and find some other blog exclusive things that I can post as well.
My plan is to make the RetroModern Gaming Blog bigger and better than it's ever been before in 2016. It's a shame about the large absence - I am thinking about posting some of the content that didn't make it on there, as I still have the written versions for most of it. Mostly though, this year is about looking forwards, not backwards (unless it's playing old games - that's allowed!). I already have quite a list of games that I'm either playing now or want to play in the near future, including: Fallout 4, Evoland 2, Tales of Xillia 2, The Book of Unwritten Tales, all the main series Resident Evil titles I haven't finished (5, 6, Revelations and Revelations 2), and all the Legend of Zelda titles I haven't finished (Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Majora's Mask, The Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, Skyward Sword). There's no way I will get to all of the Resident Evil and Zelda games this year, but I would at least like to make a start. I will also be playing quite a few smaller Steam games, and playing more graphic adventure games thanks to the Steam Link. I am actually hoping for a fairly quiet period where new releases are concerned, so I can focus on playing older games! There will inevitably be some big new games that distract me though, such as No Man's Sky - I can't wait for that one!
All things being well, Monkey Island Mondays will begin next week - I have the written version all ready to go, I just need to finish editing the video version. I would like them to go live at the same time. It's been quite a lot of work putting it together, and a long time coming, so I hope you really enjoy it. See you next week!