As 2009 is rapidly coming to a close, I’ve begun to think about how Consoleation will evolve in 2010. While I’ll continue to react to gaming news and sales figures, I’m seriously contemplating creating some regular entries having to do with older games. I’m at a point, financially speaking, where I don’t have the money to keep up with new releases and post impressions or reviews like I did for a lot of this year. Meanwhile, I do have plenty of games already in my library that are worth playing or replaying and breaking down or discussing.
It’s interesting to note that I’ve spent a fair amount of time playing PSX games over the past week or so. I played Jumping Flash! 2 once through in just 90 minutes, plus I started a new playthrough of Metal Gear Solid and I resumed playing the PSX ports of my favorite Midway sports games like NFL Blitz and NBA Showtime. With the 15th anniversary of the PlayStation upon us, I’d like to dedicate a bit of time on the blog here talking about the platform and its games. Consoleation PlayStation will begin in January, and I think it’ll not only be fun to play and relive some great memories, but sharing it with all of you makes it all the more special. If there are games that you’d like me to play or cover, feel free to comment or drop a line with suggestions. I have a few in mind to start with, but would love to read some of your ideas.
Consoleation PlayStation is not the only idea I have up my sleeve for 2010. I’m really hoping to bring to fruition some pieces on some of my favorite video game series of all time. Ace Combat and Ridge Racer– two of Namco’s bigger IPs– are on my list. Midway sports games are another possibility, as is Castlevania and Tony Hawk. These pieces will likely revolve around playthroughs of many, if not all, of the games in the series and my personal reactions to and reviews of each. Is Air Combat really better than Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere? When did the Tony Hawk franchise peak? Were reviewers a bit harsh when discussing Castlevania: Curse of Darkness? Consoleation Chronicles will be fun to put together, and it starts with playing through these games.
These are just a couple of ideas for Consoleation in 2010. Since the blog is my own personal project, I’d really like to see what I can do with it and possibly gain more than a few new readers. I know that this will require dedication on my part, but I look forward to the challenge. Now that I’m becoming more situated in my new living situation out here in the desert, it’s just about time to focus more energy on two of the things that I love to do in life: play video games and write about them.
I hope that you’ll join me for the journey. For now, though, a job interview awaits at 10am local time. That means I need to get a little sleep. Maybe I’ll even scan through the VGA telecast today.