Welcome. Thanks for dropping by. I hope I have your undivided attention. Well, at least for the next little while. Let me start by telling you a bit about myself.
I am a sci-fi fan, a tech geek, and a gamer and I have been most of my life. My love of computers started with the Commodore VIC20 in 1980 when I was 9 years old (yeah, I’m that old!). My everlasting love of video gaming followed suit in 1982 with the advent of the Colecovision and the Commodore 64 (where I taught myself how to code). Believe it or not, I still have my Commodore 64, but over the years, all my game disks have gone missing so it’s essentially useless now. Throughout the years, I have had nearly all the mainstream gaming systems since the NES as well as the handheld devices.
As I got older my love of gaming has never dwindled, but what has dwindled is my available time to play. I am the father of 3 beautiful girls, Eria (13), Ezri (11), and Sydney (10) and most of my gaming now comes after the family has retired for the night which only gives me an hour or so to play. To be honest, however, this is just enough for me to unwind at the end of the day. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can still play for hours on end when I’m given the chance but these chances are becoming rarer these days.
This brings us to my reason for this new blog. I have had an idea for a few years now for a different kind of gaming review. I am not here to give you a full-fledged review after playing and finishing an entire game. You can go to any number of great gaming sites, including my good friend Justin’s site found at GeneralGames.ca, for such a review. What I aim to give you are my initial thoughts on a title after only one hour of solid gameplay. My lasting first impressions, if you will. With my limited available time to play, new games must be able to grab my attention within that limited hour of play in order to bring me back to it. If the game doesn’t give me a reason to come back the next day, why would I do so? I will simply move on to the next game in the list, or go back to a title that successfully proved its worth.
It is my hope that this kind of review will be of interest to those who share in my game-time-limited lifestyle. I will tell you what I liked about the game, what I didn’t like and whether I feel it would be worthy of spending many more hours of play in the world it portrays.
Feel free to leave comments on what you think of this idea and if you’re on Twitter you can follow me at twitter.com/Xiantayne.