First a thank you to those who read, and those who have clicked an ad. The revenue since I’ve put them up just cleared the monthly hosting cost. Having a hobby become revenue neutral, even if just for one month, is a wonderful thing. I guess I could try making the blog a little more optimized for search engines, but I don’t know how many people are even looking for things like “blog where the person games but expects more from games but doesn’t think it is cool to get angry about it and knows something about game development but isn’t a programmer and also thinks most game news sites are bad”. Maybe I could just make that a tag on every post?
I got a proper night’s sleep for the first time in a while, a rare thing with a baby, and so I’m feeling pretty energetic about the rest of this week. I am hoping to maintain this rhythm of three “Real Posts” a week, with one update post, but am also considering doing quick little Aside posts on off-days where I share links and videos I enjoy. I am still of mixed opinions on that, as I don’t have a desire to become an aggregate. I’d rather just opine and observe. That being said, here are some random links:
- A first-person engine in 265 lines
- What Programmers Say vs. What They Mean
- TruePCGaming: Our Favorite Free PC Games
- TruePCGaming: War, the Game Interview
- PCGAMER: Mojang hints at crackdown on “pay for perk” servers
I have to wonder how much that last one will impact people like WoodysGamertag who have branched out beyond YouTube for their income. Speaking of such, Gopher, one of my favorite YouTubers has started a Patreon account where he has already hit over $3k a month, his first milestone goal of Stability. Gopher does tutorials for modding, particularly the Gamebryo games such as Skyrim and Fallout. I’m a fan of his modded New Vegas Let’s Plays, and he has recently started a STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl one. I would say I am enjoying that one, and sometimes I am, but at other times I want to pull my hair out, as it is a Blind LP and I am familiar with the area.
I used my new 360 gamepad for the first time this week, first in a trial run in Ghosts, and egads gamepads are not suited for first person shooters. Then I tried it in Rogue Legacy and found it pretty fun. I did record a new video for my now long standing yet short lived Rogue Legacy LP. I typically do 20 minute videos, but this one came just under 9 minutes. It felt like it was 20 minutes because I had to pause it multiple times to take care of my daughter. I’ve embedded it below for those who are interested in seeing me do a bad job at platforming: