Kemuel's Place

A diary of sorts, wherein I moonlight as a games writer. Under haphazard construction.

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Old stuff I’ve only just played at long last: Timesplitters 2!

If you’d asked me a couple of weeks ago what I expected I’d enjoy playing the most whilst on holiday with my family last week I probably wouldn’t have said Timesplitters 2. Or probably even considered it for that matter. Or even remembered that I owned a copy.

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Pause 2: The Unpausening

Not having anything to write about’s a rubbish excuse, but it’s one that I’ve somehow managed to thoroughly convince myself of. “I’m not playing anything current right now”, I say, whilst continuing to make slow and appreciative progress through the bright themeparks of Wildstar. “Nothing’s really impressing me enough to write”, I claim, despite wanting to rant to everyone I know about how much I am loving Netrunner, and the X-Wing Miniatures game and Mighty Tactical Shooter, and how everyone else should be playing them too right now. “I’m mostly just spending my evenings on Hearthstone, or Kingdom Hearts, or Dwarf Fortress”, as if none of them would be worth writing words about.

I need to take a step back with this place, I think. Stop trying to write big grandiose pieces and just settle for whatever I’ve had fun with the past couple of days. I’ve been hesitant to touch Netrunner or X-Wing or Hearthstone or Wildstar because they’re so widely-discussed absolutely everywhere else, but I really need to stop letting that put me off. This is my diary of stuff I’m playing and enjoying after all. It’s not like I’m trying to break news or do anything particularly deep or original here.

So yeah, I’ll get on that.

For now have some random screenshots of the early Wildstar game up to level 20. I’m not entirely sure what it is that I’m finding so compelling about Wildstar, but the fact that it looks like this all the fucking time can’t be hurting.

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Pause

Well, I knew at some point I’d have to start actively looking for things to write about, rather than simply putting shape to existing ideas. And I guess I kinda knew I’d struggle with it, particularly whilst changing jobs. I’ve been at my new office for two weeks now, one which was busy because I was learning tons of stuff very quickly, and the other because the office had six visitors staying all at once. Now I’m ill, so that’s an excuse as well, I guess, but not a bad one as they go.

Once I’m better I’ve got a few things to write about, mostly about what I have (and haven’t, in fact) been playing lately. Hearthstone, Sir You Are Being Hunted, Dark Souls,  Dragon’s Dogma, Divinity: Dragon Commander, Lego Marvel Superheroes, Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends (真三国無双7:猛将伝, rather), Metal Gear Solid 2, more Wildstar..

It’s felt like I’ve not really been playing anything lately, and I’d probably have told you as much before I stopped to think about it, but then, I guess it never really does when I flit around between stuff. Lego Marvel’s definitely grabbed my attention, though, and Dynasty Warriors is still holding, it against all odds. So much so that I might end up spending money to import the base game as well, and then buying it in English on Steam. I think Wildstar’s also slowly winning me over too, so I’ll have words about all three once I settle back into a writing routine. Which I shall do! I found previously that writing between 9 and 11pm worked out nicely, so hopefully when I’m not quite so exhausted at the end of each day I will be able to try that again. 

So yeah, this is a brief pause I guess, but hopefully it’ll be over soon.