Two Years and Counting: TVGA Blog Update

It has been an interesting year so far. But with much of the health issues from earlier this year behind me, I’m looking forward to getting back into the thick of things again on the blog. Yet it will be in a different way. As I was recovering, I enjoyed gaming without content creation being in the back of my mind. I have to admit that it has been nice. At the same time, I’ve missed posting here and on the TVGA YouTube Channel. So after much thought, I came to a compromise where instead of adhering to a certain schedule and number of posts I’m trying to achieve each month, I would post when I feel led to as I’m easing my way back into this.

I can’t believe that it has already been two years since I started the blog. My first post was on July 25, 2020. Now it is August 2022. Time really does fly, especially the older you get. I’m no senior citizen, but I have noticed a significant difference in how the days pass now in my forties versus when I was in my teens and early twenties. At this point in my life, my goal is to put my time and energy into people and things that I enjoy. Going through major health issues and seeing loved ones pass away will make you rethink some things in life. During my time away, I came to the realization that the way that I was working on the blog and YouTube channel every month was so structured that it started to feel more like a job instead of just an enjoyable hobby. I don’t make any money off of this. Yet I still became a bit obsessed with growth to the point that I was burning myself out at times. As a result, I made a much-needed change to do away with the previous structure and schedule I had in place. Going forward, my posts will be more spontaneous based on when I feel I have something to write about instead of trying to reach a certain number of posts for the month. It’s a tweak that I hope will allow me to continue posting for years to come.

Last week, the TVGA YouTube Channel finally reached 800 subscribers. This is especially amazing when considering I have not posted a video since March. I’m thankful that the content I have on the channel continues to attract new viewers and subscribers. I do plan to do a few videos this month. In the meantime, one of my greatest delights on YouTube is checking out the videos of the content creators that I’m subscribed to. I learn so much from other people’s channels that I would have never discovered on my own. It’s a lot of fun commenting and interacting with different people on the various gaming channels.

I will be taking the same approach with the YouTube channel that I’m taking here on the blog. My uploads will also be spontaneous on YouTube. One area that I am thinking of tackling is that of mod tutorials. There doesn’t seem to be enough content creators doing mod tutorials and I think that it is something that could always use more people. Over the past few months, I have received many comments from people needing help getting specific mods to work. I empathize with them because I have been in the same boat countless times. There have been times that it has taken me days to get some mods to work so I get the frustration that sometimes comes with installing mods. Perhaps I can use YouTube to make that process easier for people.

So what have I been playing lately? If you know me, just about everything. But the games I’ve spent the most time on are The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Switch), Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (PS5), both versions of Star Wars Battlefront II (PC), LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga (PC), Trouble Shooter (PC), and Vampire Survivors (PC). Other than that, I’m always on the lookout for new mods. NFL 2K23 (NFL 2K5)NCAA 06 NEXT (NCAA Football 06), and Battlefront 2022 (Star Wars Battlefront II) are outstanding. I’m also really enjoying the Grabimod (by The Grabisoft) for Battlefield 2 along with the map pack supplied by A I Gaming. The modding community is great.

That’s all I have for now. Thanks for taking the time to read this update. I’m about to head out to run some errands. Along the way, I will be picking up Xenoblade Chronicles 3 and Live A Live for the Nintendo Switch from my local Best Buy. The Switch has been on fire with its exclusive RPG offerings this year. Triangle StrategyFire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, and Pokemon Legends: Arceus are all terrific games that have been released in 2022. The console has been home to many other multiplatform RPG releases as well. If you are into RPGs, keep an eye on the Switch. Happy gaming!


2 Comments on “Two Years and Counting: TVGA Blog Update

  1. Hi, great update on your blog and YouTube. I’ve taken a very similar stance as well and made choice to have a more relaxed / spontaneous approach to blogging and YouTubing. I love doing both, but it can take over sometimes. End of the day it should be fun, and that’s why I like following your stuff so much. Sounds like you’ve been playing some great games, especially Rift Apart. I’ve been playing the Assassin’s Creed Ezio Trilogy, really enjoying it. Need to check out that Lego Skywalker saga was well you’ve been playing. Hope you recovery is going well, take care, and glad to see you back. 🙂

    • I’ve been into LEGO games ever since the first LEGO Star Wars game was released years ago. The games in themselves are very simple and non-challenging, especially since they are more tailored to children and families. I find them to be very relaxing to play and a change of pace from the intense games I normally play. LEGO games focus more on exploration and trying to find all the secrets and unlockables beyond the regular campaign. What I really like about LEGO games is the developers are not stingy when it comes to the playable characters. For instance, the Star Wars, Marvel, and DC games each have an enormous amount (hundreds) of selectable characters that normally wouldn’t see the light of day in other video games.

      LEGO Star Wars: Skywalker Saga is probably the best LEGO game I’ve played to date. It definitely sports the best visuals I’ve seen in a LEGO game. I like that in between missions, the game allows you the freedom to explore the different planets you’ve unlocked and that’s where you find a ton of side missions that are separate from the main story. It’s a nice love letter from TT Games to the main Star Wars films. Some of the DLC includes characters from Rogue One, The Mandolorian, The Bad Batch, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. I do wish that the game included some missions from those movies and TV shows but at least those characters are in the game. I’m currently on Episode VII and I have been doing the movies in the order they were intended from Episode I. I’m enjoying it.

      You take care as well. I am glad to be back.

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