Happy New Year everyone! After a much-needed break as we finished off 2021, I am back as we kick off 2022. I know it is late, but I also hope that you had a fantastic Christmas as well. It seems as if the previous year just zoomed by to the point where I felt like 2021 was just a few months long. With each passing year, it seems the journey from January to January is getting shorter. That’s why it is important to make the most of each day that we are given. All of the time we have in the present will soon be a part of the distant past. But enough of the philosophical banter as it is good to be back and I wanted to share some changes I’m implementing in 2022 along with my gaming resolution for this new year.
Starting with this entry, the new posting schedule for the blog will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays. When I was on my break, I realized that the former schedule that I had been keeping for this site and the TVGA YouTube Channel wasn’t sustainable. And if I came up with an idea that I wanted to implement in the future, I wouldn’t have the energy to carry it out. Health-wise, I have days that I feel fine and days I don’t. I’m not able to predict which will be the case for me on any given day. On many occasions in 2021, I pushed through on the days I didn’t feel well because I wanted to maintain a steady flow of content. But it caused me to start losing my enjoyment of posting on this site. So the solution was to decrease the frequency of content uploads for a better balance. It will be the same with the YouTube channel as before I posted between 15-18 videos a month. The new posting schedule for the YouTube channel is now Tuesdays and Fridays. With this being something that I desire to do long-term, these changes were necessary.
Regarding the TVGA YouTube Channel, I spent 2021 deliberately trying out different ideas and then tracking what brought the most views. According to the YouTube data, my videos on sports game mods, wrestling game mods, and first-person shooter game mods were the most widely viewed on my channel. These three areas will be a central focus for 2022 with some other things sprinkled in here and there when something catches my fancy. What the TVGA YouTube Channel will be in general is a place where I feature great gaming mods that I come across. I love discovering new game mods and I’m excited at the prospect of sharing even more of my discoveries on YouTube. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the TVGA YouTube Channel.
Last year, I did a post where I listed five gaming resolutions for 2021. There were to ultimately have fun, limit Day One purchases, participate more in online multiplayer, indulge more of gaming’s past, and support indie gaming. I felt like I was successful in four of five of those endeavors. Online multiplayer was just something that I couldn’t get into and I wasn’t willing to force myself into it. Instead, I ended up embracing another gaming genre known as “deckbuilding” or “card battling.” Some of the games are more like RPGs with a battling system based on cards (Shadowverse: Champion’s Battle, Library of Ruina, Griftlands). Others are more battle-focused (Slay the Spire, NeoVerse, Magic the Gathering Arena). It’s been a delightful experience so far and this is a genre that I will continue to explore.
Now for 2022, my main gaming goal involves continuing to indulge gaming’s past but with a focus on completing more games this year. My purchases throughout the year will focus on discovering past games that I’ve missed along the way that I should be playing. One such example is Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which I bought for $5 during Steam’s Black Friday sale. I put more than 10 hours into the game last month and just find it astoundingly good. It’s easily the best game I’ve ever played based on Lord of the Rings. There’s a ton of abilities to learn and so much depth to the combat system that will remind you of the Batman Arkham series. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable games I played in 2021 and the game originally came out in 2014. More so than anticipating new releases, I want to discover past games that give me the same sense of satisfaction and elation that I experienced with Shadow of Mordor. It’ll also save me a lot of money and I’ll be able to buy complete versions of the games with all of the DLC included. That was the case with Shadow of Mordor. Like last year, my newer purchases will be more geared to supporting indie games.
As I’m getting older, I find myself more intrigued by what I’ve missed over the years as a gamer rather than focusing on newer games. I will be 43 years old this year and with all that I’ve seen, played, and experienced in gaming throughout my life, it takes much more than ever before for a game to impress me. At this point, there have been so many video games released that it is difficult for a new one to not remind me of an older one. I grew up during a time where everything seemed to be new no matter where you looked. Those are the days that I miss as a gamer. But I also understand that such thoughts also come with age because each generation goes through it. When you’re a child, everything is new.
So my adventure of past games will continue this year and I’m excited to see what I discover. I’ve got a huge backlog that I need to work on so that will be my focus. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post. Lastly, thanks to all of you who are following this blog. It was exciting to see that I reached 100 followers last month, which I am both proud of and humbled by. I hope for good things in 2022 for everyone reading. Happy Gaming!
QUICK UPDATE: I will actually be switching my posting days on YouTube from Tuesday and Friday to Wednesday and Saturday to match the posting days here on the main site. The main reason is that I will be creating posts for the mods that are featured on the YouTube channel. So expect two posts on Wednesdays and Saturdays, one on a feature topic and the other based on the posted video.
WHAT ARE YOUR GAMING RESOLUTIONS FOR 2022?