The 800th Blog Spectacularsaurus Indoraptor III: Third Strike

Behold and quake in fear, mortals! For I have amassed 800 blogs here at the Wizard Dojo!

Gee, I’ve certainly been a busy bee, haven’t I?

Thank you, my kind, dear readers, for sticking with me for these past four-plus years and seven-hundred and ninety-nine blogs. You people are what keep me keepin’ on keepin’ on.

Anyway, let’s get to celebrating this milestone with some answers to questions and lists and stuff!

Now then, let’s hop to it.

 

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My Gaming Future

I love video games. I really and truly do. I love them so much so that, as I’ve stated in the past, I’d like to make my own games someday. In many ways, gaming is better now than it’s ever been. But gaming is also a mighty expensive hobby, and I’m not made of money. Even more so, gaming is becoming more and more time consuming.

Now, I realized some time ago how much of a time commitment gaming was becoming, but it really hit me personally when I played Persona 5. Now, don’t get me wrong, from what I played, Persona 5 was a pretty great game. But once I had put more than ten hours into the game and still wasn’t done with the first dungeon, it kind of lost me. I still want to go back and finish it sometime, but it really hit me just how long games get these days. And it would be one thing if it were a couple of games here and there, but it seems like most major releases these days require 50+ hours just to get through the story.

Somehow I actually managed to beat Red Dead Redemption 2, which was a great game, but took forever just to get through the story (and as I mentioned in my review of the game, it’s fifth chapter feels like little more than extensive padding just to drag out the story longer. And yes, this was the primary reason I scored RDR2 an 8 as opposed to a 9, despite its many, many strengths). For as much fun as I had with the game, it seemed like its main story – great though it was – went on much longer than it needed to, when the countless side activities the game’s open world provides would have more than sufficed in regards to content.

In short: these games are too damn long.

That’s not an innately bad thing, of course. But if you have one game after another after another that each take forever to complete, you begin to not have time for any of them.

That’s why, as of 2019, I’m trying to cut back on my video game purchases. Yes, I bought the Bowser’s Inside Story remake and Kingdom Hearts 3 already. But the former is a remake of my favorite DS game, a title I enjoyed so much I definitely want to give it another whirl in its new guise, while the later has been in the making for thirteen years (and, more importantly, I love me some contemporary Disney, so I couldn’t resist playing a game that featured Frozen, Tangled and Big Hero 6 in it). So that’s two games so far in 2019, plus a couple other I have on pre-order. But if we went back to this time last year, I had pre-orders up the wazoo! And, as is evidenced by the fact that I’ll only now be getting to my reviews of games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and God of War (and still need to get to a point where I can review Ni no Kuni 2), I’ve gotten pretty backlogged.

In my defense, the reason I’ve been playing so many games these past few years is, well, because of this website. I greatly enjoy writing reviews and sharing my opinions, and I want to build this site up. What better way to do that than build up an extensive library of game reviews?

Well, I think I’ve succeeded in building such a library of reviews covering several different eras of gaming and many different genres. Not to brag or anything, but my Red Dead 2 review was my 328th video game review. So I think I’m at a point where it’s okay to slow down with the video game reviews for a while.

Now now, I don’t have any plans to stop updating this website. I plan to keep on keeping on with the Dojo. But when it comes to video games, I think I’m going to start prioritizing the games I still have in my collection for reviews, and that I don’t need to purchase more than a few new titles every year. Granted, that may make my annual Game of the Year awards less interesting (talking of which, my 2018 awards will happen really soon), but there are only so many hours in a day.

I still have plenty of games I already own that are in need of some reviewin’, and I’m still going to buy new games and review them. But because time and money are limited, I’m going to have to be more picky. I’m going to try and put a number limit on myself for games per year, and try to stick to that (there will be exceptions of course. If Nintendo suddenly announces they’re making Super Mario Galaxy 3 and it releases this year, I don’t care if I’ve met my limit, that’s a game I’d make exception for no question).

I remember in my younger days, I replayed video games a lot more. Star Fox 64, for example, is an easy game to beat. But I still probably spent countless hours on it over the years playing its single and multiplayer modes over and over. I find myself continuously wanting to replay games like Bloodborne and Super Mario Odyssey, but then I tell myself I’ve already reviewed them, and that I have other games to review. But games like Bloodborne and Odyssey are the kind of games that beg to be replayed over and over, much like Star Fox did all those years ago. Besides, it’s not like someone is paying me to play these games (though I am continuously trying to build up this website and hopefully can get some earnings from it. Wouldn’t that be dandy?). Plus, there are more ways to write about games than the direct reviews themselves.

While it’s been great picking up different big releases each year to review them, I think I’m at a point where I can also just replay games if I feel like it, and write other articles about them. Don’t worry, I’m still going to write game reviews, but probably less for newly released games every year. Gotta pick and choose.

Yeah, I will review Persona 5 and other extensively long games when I can. But I’m not going to try to rush those games to completion just to add another review to my belt sooner. If anything, my review of Red Dead Redemption 2 felt special. As long as that game was, I took my time with it, and my review almost felt like a reward to myself…as weird as that sounds.

Basically, my point is, it’s getting harder and harder for me to review every big game that gets released these days. So I’ll be slowing down with that for a bit. Again, I think I’ve reviewed enough games, covered different genres, and awarded each number on my scoring system more than enough to justify the majority of my reviews in the foreseeable future being games I already own. Like I said, that’s no shortage of games as it is, and with the occasional review for a new release, Indie games, and other articles focused on games, and I think I still have more than enough game-related material for my site. And of course I also have my movie side of things and, as I keep saying, I want to start writing about TV shows to some degree as well.

So…sorry I’m not going to be able to review every major release that hits shelves, but I will still keep the gaming side of this site strong and healthy. Like a kid who ate his broccoli. Plus, this opens up more time for me to work on other creative outlets, like my long promised videos and studying up on video game design. You’d want to play a game made by me, right?

Hope you enjoy what I have in store.

Another January Update

Oh no, am I doing another one of these filler posts? Sadly, I am, but with reason. In my last January update, I mentioned I was planning on reviewing some big games during the month (namely God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), and that I plan on doing (at least) one top 5 list and one top 10 list per month. Obviously, I’m running out of time in January to get all that done. There’s maybe time to squeeze in another big review before January ends, but not all of these things. So I’m here to apologize. I should still be able to get to all of these soon, however. But sorry I couldn’t get it all done when I planned.

As for the top 5/top 10 lists, I do plan to start doing those on a monthly basis, and it does suck that I couldn’t start on the first month of a new year. But, as always, better late than never, I suppose. I will say I am working on my list of Top 10 Nintendo Systems as we speak (err…as I write), which I planned to have up for a couple of weeks, but have backpedaled on the ordering of said list numerous times, thus postponing it (I know the top 4 for sure, but I keep flip-flopping the others).

So yeah, sincerest apologies for more filler, but I’d hate to have mentioned doing those reviews/lists this month, not do them, and then say nothing of it. So I hope you look forward to them. On the plus side, this filler post brings me closer to my 800th blog milestone, and these delayed posts should probably push me to said milestone. Then it’s off to my 2018 video game awards, and beyond. But I’ll keep that “beyond” a secret for now.

Thanks for putting up with me.

Ask Me Anything IV

 

It’s that time again! I’m fast-approaching my 800th blog here at the Dojo (this particular post is number 790). And that means it’s time for another edition of Ask Me Anything!

Yeah, I know, I never get a whole lot of questions. But who knows, I have a relatively larger following now. Maybe I’ll get a decent amount. But probably not. But maybe.

Anyway, if any of my loyal readers have any questions they’d like to ask me about this site, my opinions on stuff, my hopeful game-development endeavors. Basically anything, really. You can ask multiple questions if you wish. You can even suggest a game or movie you’d like me to review. Just leave your questions and such in the comments of this post, and I will answer them in blog #800.

And I’m thinking after I reach the 800 milestone, I’ll finally get around to my video game awards for 2018. After that, I’ll try to have some surprises in store along with my usual reviews and such.

Now then, ask away!

A Very January Update

I was going to try and post another movie review today, but it won’t be done in time. But I want to keep these January updates rolling for a bit, so I figured I’d give a brief preview of sorts of things to come here at the Dojo.

Some of my next movie reviews include my much-overdue review of Ralph Breaks the Internet, as well as Mary Poppins Returns, and in keeping with tradition, I’m going to try and post a review for a Hayao Miyazaki-directed film on January 5th (Miyazaki’s birthday). But I’ll keep it a secret as to which one it is for now.

As for video game reviews, I figure I’d (finally) get around to reviewing Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as a retro title or two sometime in January.

Additionally, one thing I’m hoping to improve on with the Dojo in 2019 is to make more top 5 and top 10 lists. My current plan is to do at least one top 5 and one top 10 list per month. So hopefully I’ll get cracking on that soon.

And, of course, I hope to start my video game awards for 2018 in the near future. Though again, depending on how long it takes me to finish the last couple of 2018 games on my list, I may have to push them into February. We’ll see.

So there’s just a quick preview of the things I have in store for January here at the Dojo. Who knows, maybe a surprise or two will show up as well. And hopefully I’ll have a review or something up tomorrow.

The 2018 Christmas Special/Four Year Anniversary Celebration!!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone! How about that Solo, eh? Oh wait, that was several months ago. My “how about that [recent Star Wars movie here], eh?” schtick doesn’t work this time. Dang it, Disney! You ruined this running gag!

 

 

 

Whoa! Wait, hold up! It’s Christmas already?!

Yes, somehow it’s already Christmas Day of 2018. That means that, somewhere out there, Grant Kirkhope is obsessing over eggnog, and it’s WWE wrestler Rusev’s birthday. It also means that it’s the anniversary of the launch of Wizard Dojo! Santa be praised!

Indeed, it was Christmas Day of 2014 that I launched Wizard Dojo. Okay, okay, so technically I bought the domain name and set up the basics a number of days beforehand. But it was on Christmas Day that I published my first wave of posts. So that’s the official launch, as far as I’m concerned. While I published over twenty different posts that day, I specifically selected my review of Mario Kart 8 to be the very first post here at the Dojo. That’s right, Wizard Dojo was built on the shoulders of Mario Kart 8. A pretty darn game to build one’s site on the shoulders of, I must say.

Yes, it’s been a great four years, building up the Dojo with hundreds of video game and movie reviews, Christmas specials, often-promised lists of my all-time favorite games, and endless ranting about why Geno should be in Super Smash Bros. (he really, really should).

Now, in keeping with the tradition of my Christmas Specials, the rest of this blog will be separated into multiple chapters of varying degrees of nonsense. So let’s cut with the chit-chat and get right to the good stuff.

 

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Incoming Content

Uh oh, this is another filler blog, isn’t it? Maybe. But hey, it’s a good means to write about what I have in store for this site, which in turn is a good way of getting around to writing those things.

Anyway, I am currently in the process of writing reviews for Red Dead Redemption 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Creed II, in addition to my annual Christmas Special. Admittedly, this is the first time I’ve worked on this many different posts simultaneously for this site, as I usually follow the unprofessional (yet affective) method of writing a single blog all in one sitting, while maybe writing another in bits and pieces at a time on the side.

So the aforementioned posts will be the ones to look out for in the near future. I also have some reviews in store for January, as well as some potential top 5/10 lists (including Top 10 Nintendo Consoles). Hopefully my reviews for God of War (PS4), Ni no Kuni 2 and Pokemon Let’s Go will be among the January lineup. Lord knows I’m overdue on those. Naturally, I also have my movie/game awards planned for January, but depending on how many more 2018 movies and games I’m able to watch and play in the coming weeks, my awards may be postponed to February. I have a few other surprises in store for the first few months of 2019, which I will explain more in my Christmas post. So stay tuned.

Oh, and you may have noticed (but probably not) that I added a new “Specials” sub-page under the ‘Writings’ category. This will be where you can get quick access to my past awards, milestone blogs, and the aforementioned Christmas specials.

So yeah…something better next time… hopefully. Sorry for the filler.