Halfway mark to GOTY

You know, I’ve been keeping this data current, so I might as well post about it.

Currently, there are 19 video games that are eligible for the inevitable Top X Video Games Beaten in 2018 article (I don’t know how many spots I’m going to have this year). That number would be reduced to a paltry five if I only included games released in 2018.

Of those, I feel like three have guaranteed spots, and only one is an actual 2018 game.

The rest are six maybes, four that I’m kinda meh on, and six that are definite nos.

The moral of the story is that I’ve clearly been playing too many games that I don’t really like this year. I may have to do a reassessment of the list with a more forgiving heart. Keeping in mind that I immediately cut 32 of the 54 games eligible for 2017’s list, so the ratio of definite nos to total games is still a lot better this year (32% in 2018, 59% in 2017).

Did You Know: Ryan is a Lazybones

Here’s an interesting tidbit: I have 18 posts listed as drafts. Not that I think anyone cares, just a weird little thing I figured I’d take note of. Now let’s break them down!

There are a whopping nine articles that I have left incomplete to some degree. Some are so very close to done, and others are like two paragraphs in. A couple I’ve been working on slowly because they are massive. One I took all the pictures for but never started writing. These may or may not ever be completed.

Three articles have been fully written, and are ready to post. Except that I need to get screenshots/pictures for them before they can go live. One even has all the pictures and I just need to make a fancy banner for it. Another has been constantly put off because I can’t post screenshots from the Switch directly to WordPress like I could with the WiiU.

One blog post was half-written out and then I realized how completely incoherent it was, so I decided to burn it down and start over. I have not followed through on the starting over part.

There is one blog post there that seems to be complete, and I think maybe that I just accidentally left it as a draft instead of hitting the Publish button.

Three articles/blog posts are there, half written, but have been sitting incomplete so long that they have become irrelevant it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to post them now. I might finish and post them anyway, but I may also just let them languish as half-finished drafts forever.

Finally, there is one post, fully written and complete, which will remain a draft forever. Because it’s a piece of writing that means a lot to me and I want to keep, but I don’t feel like I should be sharing it with anyone. It’s not anything interesting or embarrassing, either, so don’t waste your time hacking your way in to get at it.

And that’s that. Personally, I thought there would be more finished articles that just need pictures. I know I’m really bad about procrastinating on those pictures.

Wherein I showed some effort

Guess what! I went and slapped a few more of those old non-WordPress articles into WordPress! Now there are more things here to read! Hooray! Exclamation points!

GameCube Demo Disc – Honestly, I wish there were more of these. I’m very much at the point in my life where hidden gems of that era interest me greatly.

Birthday Article 2003 – The first of… several. Certainly could be classified as a relic of another era, as I will never again get enough things for my birthday to write an article about.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! – Read this and get excited for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch! Or at least, wish that Nintendo would bring back the two-person karts. I liked that gimmick a lot.

Holiday Viva Puffs – I had actually moved this one over back in December, but forgot to make a big stick about it. Whoops!

With these up, all articles from 2003 and 2006 onward are available on the WordPress site. Of course, they all still exist in their gaudy web 1.0 glory on the archive site. So feel free to check that out if you’re tired of the unified white-and-blue theme. Some of them have ugly background jpgs!


Should I make a Switch category? I kinda want to make a Switch category. What do you think?

Nah, I don’t think I’m gonna do that. It wouldn’t be fair to all the other consoles that don’t have their own category. And I’m way too lazy to go back and tag all the archived posts accordingly.

This post probably should have been a Tweet, if I were the type to Twitter.

Watch your follow-through

‘Member last week when I said that I transferred an old article from the Angelfire TE to WordPress TE? ‘Member how I made you guess what it was? If you didn’t care enough to figure it out, here is the answer:

TMNT2: Battle Nexus (GBA)

This is important, because something related is just around the corner. You may want to read up now, to make sure that you’re ready.

Also I got wrapped up in the moment and transferred a couple more “gems” over to the current site. I won’t mess around with you this time. Here are the links:

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

The Three-Foot Six-Pak (Part One)

If you haven’t read these before, one is kinda like mehhh, and the other one is a beloved TE classic. Try to guess which is which!

What is filler? We just don’t know.

Hey so September’s been a pretty quiet month vis-a-vis blogging.

Here’s an update: I moved over an old article from the Angelfire site. Which one? Stay tuned, as you’ll find out in three days!

Will I do any others? Ehh, maybe. I’d like to clean up the stragglers, but I don’t see myself being so motivated as to actually follow through.

(This is very much a 2003-style post.)

Top 15 Albums of 2015

Do you like listicles? Because apparently I do. I promise that I won’t do as many of these stupid things this year. Cross my heart.

Okay so remember a couple years ago when I did lists of the top albums and artists that I’d listened to the year before? Well I’m doing it again. Only just with albums this time because it’s so redundant to do both. It works like so:

I pull up my Last.fm page and check the top albums for the last 365 days. Keep in mind that this is only considering tracks that were actually scrobbled. So anything I listened to via the Scrobbler app on my phone or Winamp on my PC. CDs obviously don’t count (not that use those too often), and neither do tracks that were played with Media Player Classic, because I don’t have the Last.fm plugin for that, if there even is one.

So no, the list isn’t entirely accurate, but it’s the best metric that we have. Enjoy.

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This is what I’ve learned

Apparently WordPress automatically turns text emoticons into smilies? I had no idea. Maybe it’s just the theme? I don’t think I’ve ever actually used one in a blog post before yesterday.

Anyway, don’t worry about me. I’m fine. I went to work yesterday as usual, even though I was feeling a little snippy (not that anyone noticed). And I spent the evening with my family, so it’s not like I was stewing in my misery all alone. I’ve been fairly good in general, it was just the one big day that brought me down.

You can now write at me

Well, you always could. There’s a comments section below each post. But only spammers have used the feature over the last… woah, it’s been exactly two years since the last legitimate comment. Spooky.

Anyhow, I’ve put a link to the long-abandoned Torrential Coozy Forums on the left bar there. I beg you, please sign up and be my internet friend? Or not, whatever. It’s your choice. We actually just had a new member sign up in December, so technically the forums are more active than the blog comments! What even are you waiting for?

Here’s a special bonus even: sign up and I’ll write a big long blog post on the topic of your choosing. It’ll probably be boring as all heck if it’s not something I’m interested in, but I’ll do it!

(A more interesting alternative may be to join Talking Time, where I post quite often and there are a bunch of cool people.)