Behold, I have reached 11 glorious years of blogging! Because I’m a weirdo who likes statistics, I’ll start this post off with a few. There has been a general downward trend in viewership over the years, which is odd because my subscribers have been growing faster than ever. This year, I grew by 76 subscribers! Sweet! I also finally beat my previous best day for views. Originally, my most successful day was December 9, 2012 with 208 views. This year, I have bested this score with 647 views on February 18, 2021, with the month itself getting over 1000 views!
In general, it’s been a rather weird year. I didn’t even doing my usual “Ducket List” at the end of 2020 because it’s a bit disheartening listing goals that won’t likely ever be met. The biggest of those is finding a house, which is taking much longer than expected due to a really insane housing market. Back when we could afford a pretty decent house, we were stuck with a long lease on our rental that we couldn’t break. Now that we can leave at any time, house prices have skyrocketed, which is frustrating, to say the least. For the longest time, we watched in despair as our options grew worse and worse. In more recent times, things look like they might be starting to get better, but I can’t figure out why it seems the vast majority of houses in our price range right now have only one bathroom!
Since we’re hoping to move somewhere rather far away, our realtor has been filming the houses for us and sending us the completed video. She’s been really great, and her positive attitude and insistence that she’ll find us the right house helps a lot. We’re trying to not be picky and understand that the concept of finding our “dream house” may permanently be beyond our reach, but we at least want the basics. Many houses have poor Internet service, are being sold as-is, or are next to businesses and parking lots. And so the search continues. Living out of boxes for a little over 1.5 years has gotten really old, but I can’t bring myself to unpack because I keep hoping we’ll find a home soon.
On a more positive note, here are some games I’ve played over the last year (most of which were recorded for our Virtual Bastion Youtube channel):
- Replayed the entire Donkey Kong Country trilogy
- Inmost and Among the Sleep: two spooky games I recorded for October 2020
- The First Tree: starts off boring, ends beautifully
- Crash 4: It’s About Time: what can I say, this game was so much fun!
- Abzu: beautiful and relaxing game for those who love the ocean
- Seasons After Fall: beautiful art style, but boring gameplay
- The Last Campfire: charming puzzle game
- Yooka-Laylee: second playthrough was more fun than my first
- Celeste: super challenging
- Little Nightmares 2: what an amazingly creepy and atmospheric game!
- Undertale: my second playthrough and another Pacifist Route
- What Remains of Edith Finch: beautiful game that tells the tragic story of the Finch family
- Outer Wilds: a truly amazing open-world space adventure
- Hatoful Boyfriend: pigeon-dating sim…
- Shadow of the Colossus: I get to feel super guilty as I beat up 16 monsters who did nothing to me…
- Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: haven’t played this game in probably a decade
- Ty the Tasmanian Tiger: nostalgic old-school platformer from the early 2000’s
- Mooseman: super cool concept, but not super engaging to play
- Inside: atmospheric puzzle game and an example of wordless storytelling done right
- Various demos because free is good
- And a few other games I recorded that should be made public soon…
Lastly, here are some random highlights from the past year:
- Though I was unable to afford a PS5, I had the pleasure of watching the newest Ratchet & Clank game, Rift Apart on Youtube. I have to admit that it’s a bit disheartening no longer being able to keep up with one of my very favorite video game series, though I’m quite happy I at least got to watch the game’s cut scenes and keep up with the story.
- Likewise, the new game has inspired me to finally return to my Ratchet & Clank novel, Utopia. Man, I literally wrote only one chapter this year. I’m so slow…
- Mother Duck and I also watched a playthrough of the Pirate’s Life update to Rareware’s Sea of Thieves game. I guess they worked with Disney to bring a Pirates of the Caribbean update to their game, with references to the movies and the ride galore! While I like the original trilogy of movies well enough, we loved the references to the original attraction the most, which are most prevalent in parts 1 and 3, if you’re interested.
- We have been rewatching our favorite seasons of Dr. Who lately (Doctors 9-11), which has been a lot of fun. By the way, while I still love the episode “Blink”, it sure is a shame it doesn’t terrify me like it used to. Weeping Angels, you hold no power over me anymore.
- I finally got the Sly Cooper Funko Pop! I preordered it a few days before its release, but they somehow didn’t seem to get it in stock until about two weeks later. Not sure what the deal was, but it’s here now. Sly gets to chill with my Ratchet and Clank Funko Pops in my bookcase.
Well, mid-2020 to mid-2021 has certainly…been a year that took place. As always, I’ll just keep doing what I always do. Blogging and doodling and gaming and Youtubing. It’s certainly nice to see my subscribers growing more and more each passing year. As usual, thank you to everyone who has been reading this silly blog of mine! You make my time here on the Internet more worthwhile!