I have obsessed about games ever since I was a kid.
There are a lot of blogs and websites about videogames out there, all clamoring for attention, many of which claim to be some kind of authority on some aspect of the culture or its history. Plenty have already established themselves as common go-to’s for news, reviews, and controversial opinions alike. Do we really need another one? No, not at all.
But I really like games, and think about them often, especially since I’ve reached a turning point in my life where the time I have to play them is much more limited than my prime slacker years previously allowed (ages 5-28, so, you know… pretty much my entire life). I’m a dad now, which is unbelievably amazing, and since I’ve committed to putting my son first as much as I can, I find myself going back to games of my youth that are much “smaller” in scope than the standards that most current games strive to maintain. I say “smaller” in quotes because as a kid, these games were vast, sprawling, and epic. And in a lot of ways, they still are.
In most cases, these are games I can pick up and play, drop in on, drop out of, and return to my dadly and husbandly duties without losing an exorbitant amount of sleep or sanity. Whatever game I’m playing kicks my ass, laughs in my face, and I get my fix.
So, this is going to be another blog about videogames… specifically, my personal experience with videogames. I do not claim to be an authority on anything other than my own personal experiences. Therefore, this blog might have a lot of autobiographical stuff, but before you accuse this nobody-at-the-keyboard of exercising needless reinforcement of self-importance, please understand that I really just want a good way of documenting my recollections of what I think of as nice memories, many of which just so happen to have 8, 16, or 32-bits attached to them.
PIXEL/POLYGON may end up being heavy on the nostalgic / retro side of things for the reasons stated above, but I do play some new games. There might be posts that come across as borderline reviews, there might be some that touch a bit on gaming history, and there will definitely be some that talk about art and music… but I think the overall focus will mainly be about how games made (or currently make) me feel. You know, the distant, hard to describe stuff.
If you’ve made it through this mass of text, thank you. I hope to have something interesting to say that keeps you coming back for more. Let’s have some fun!
(dad, husband, gaming enthusiast, human being)