Thursday, June 16, 2011

Insert Coin to Continue

I've mulled this for a bit, and imagined various degrees of apologia in how to present it before ultimately deciding against the absurd narcissism of thinking it matters.

The long and short is this - I'm putting this blog on hiatus. There are a number of reasons - waning interest in writing it, frustration at what I perceive as a lack of quality in recent entries (Your mileage may vary, but it turns out that as nobody is paying me to do this and I'm my own editor, my opinion of my own writing really does matter more than anyone else's), and a need to free some time in my week for other projects including ones that might actually make me some money.

The official position is that we'll resume again someday and make it through the rest of the alphabet, but let's be honest, that position should probably be filed along with those "under construction" banners of 1990s Geocities pages and the idea that Half Life 2: Episode Three is ever coming out. Then again, Duke Nukem Forever and Chinese Democracy eventually got releases, so you never know. But if we're being honest, we should admit that this is an indefinite hiatus, that Rover has not actually gone to a farm where he can run so much as been euthanized, and that Mommy and Daddy are probably never coming home.

What it comes down to is that I still love the idea of this blog, but feel like I don't have anything particularly interesting to say about NES games right now and I'm not enjoying saying things I don't find very interesting. When and if that changes, we'll be back. Until then, I am still blogging three times a week over at TARDIS Eruditorum, and other writing projects are actively being worked on.

See you around.

16 comments:

  1. I think I can empathize, but I do hope you pick it up again someday. It’s been a pleasure to read. Best of luck in your other endeavors.

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  3. I really quite like your writing, and I was greatly enjoying reading something by you every day of the week, whether it was on this blog or on The TARDIS Eruditorum. You've had some really good articles in this blog, such as your Gradius article, and it'll be a shame not to continue to hear how you link childhood memories to different Nintendo Games. Regardless, thanks for all of the really interesting insights. It has been apparent you weren't enjoying this blog very much for a long time now, but it was always incredibly enjoyable to read.

    Please let us all know, at least on the TARDIS Eruditorum, what new projects you're starting, and how we can follow them!

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  4. This was an incredibly well-written, if sometimes perplexingly meandering, blog, and I will miss it.

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  6. Well, I can't say I'm surprised - you often seemed like you were having more fun with TARDIS Eruditorium, so I guess it was only a matter of time. Thankyou for providing such insight into your life and videogames, and I wish you the best with your future projects.

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  7. Hi. Have been reading TARDIS eruditorium since about its beginning, periodically checking in and catching up on this blog as well. You've indeed seemed disenchanted here. Honestly, it sounds like an exaggerated version of something I've felt twice before.

    1996: I find out about a store called Funcoland which sells used NES games for quite cheap. I count up my pennies and buy a stack of games for much less than $20 dollars. Some I know and remember, some I've never heard of. But it's a game. For $1.15. If I consider the context of when it was released, only ten years prior, the majority of that should remain for someone who *likes* old games. No.

    Next was within a few years, possibly early 2000s. Roms and emulators were old news for geeks like us. But the idea of a rom *pack* was new. A single zip file, only ~300mb, containing every US NES game ever known. A thought occurred that there in this set is a snapshot of a gaming era. The predecessor of everything we have now. Let's play through A-Z, shall we? Okay, well we can skip this one. Okay, we can skip sequels of games which clearly had sucky first titles. Okay. Maybe we can limit only to titles that sound familiar or have directly recognizable pop-culture involved or... No. This just isn't fun.

    Were these games ever fun? Is it just the times that have changed? Our patience? Our standards? These are questions you've raised here a few times. The vast majority of these games, I'm sure, were fun. We each had at least one of them. That other game. I loved my Marble Madness and all the Marios and Zelda and yes even Bart Vs. the Space Mutants was great in a way. But I had Tiny Toons. This is one of those franchise games which has no business existing. There were levels I remember dying within ten seconds, repeatedly. It never stayed on long, but it always came back. It was that other game, and little by little we actually made progress with it. Slowly mastered its moronic levels, embodied the spirit of the uninspired schmoe who was responsible for producing this drivel. Some people had two games like this. Games that only got booted up when friends who didn't know better, and wouldn't listen, were visiting.

    In short, these games had homes and were not unloved. But no one person has enough love for all these games. It's a terrible burden, but we do thank you for trying. Please, though, keep the TARDIS eruditorium going. It sounds like it's going to be tough for you to make it through Pertwee. I am watching them in order myself, and have just gotten to Genesis of the Daleks. It has been fantastic revisiting these stories shortly after seeing them, through your writing. I do think you could manage something publishable from this.

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  8. Well, I hope you do one day find interest and pick this project up again. I really enjoyed it for one.
    Though if you do, don't make it like Duke Nukem Forever or Chinese Democracy... that was a rather disheartening choice of comparisons.

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  9. Knowing your love of the Mega Man games, I am a bit sad you stopped long before reaching them, but I hope / look forward to the eventual day when you either return to this, or get a book deal that allows you to complete this project while making "cash money".

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  10. I think this was/is an excellent project, but I definitely understand losing steam on something and needing to put it on indefinite hiatus. I'm sorry to see it go that way, but I also haven't had the time to keep up with reading it, so I certainly can't blame you for not having the time/interest to keep up writing it. Good luck on your other projects.

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  11. I enjoyed this blog, and am sorry to see it go. I got a lot of stimulating thought out of it, so thanks a lot for that. I can understand not wanting to continue though - it must get old trying to pull interesting insights out of a largely inane collection of games. Good luck with your other writing projects!

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  12. I just read this post and it made me say "Alack" for probably the first time in my life.

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  14. And before we were able to reach Kabuki Quantum Fighter.

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