General Update 5/1/2017

May 1, 2017

Oh darn! The obsession train is coming to one heckuva stop! For the past three or so months, I've been single-mindedly obsessed with arcade games. It wasn't a phase (you can't tell me it was a phase), but it's definitely time for a change. I'm still going to write this blog every week and play all of the arcade games that I can, but I'm going to give my brain a break. It gets extremely tiresome to think about only one thing for three months.

 

So, I might as well tell you all what I've been up to lately. Once again, my social media pages have gone dormant. That's alright, because I much prefer the blog. In other news, I've started drawing a webcomic. It's going to be quite a LONG time before I publish it, but you should at least know that I've started one. It's nice to get reacquainted with drawing. I kind of lost touch with it after starting this blog.

 

Also, I've been playing a lot more home console games lately. Obviously, I've always played and enjoyed them, but I'm definitely focusing on them more now. Recently, I've replayed The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Attack of the Twonkies (THQ, 2004) for the fourth time. You may be wondering: Why play a THQ licensed game FOUR times? Well, you see, I happen to be really good at the game. (After all, you know how to do literally everything after one successful playthrough.) I also like the music, and it's definitely the highest-quality Jimmy Neutron game overall. However, the main reason I replay it so much is because it's sort of a tradition. I play it once a year or so to relive the fun, and then I move on. Is it a particularly stunning game? No, but I enjoy it.

 

Besides my annual Jimmy Neutron playthrough, I've also been trying to build a Nintendo 3DS library lately. I already owned Super Smash Bros., and I've been trying to complete all of the Challenge boards. However, that is getting a bit tedious. To spruce things up, I bought Super Monkey Ball 3D. I really like it, but it's a bit too short to provide a summer's worth of enjoyment.

 

I've also been journeying back to the Nintendo 64. Along with Super Monkey Ball 3D, I purchased Cruis'n World and Jet Force Gemini. I have every intent to beat those games over the summer.

 

Speaking of summer, my break from school is coming really soon. The next two weeks (or however long it is) will be a bit slow, but I'm sincerely planning on posting better content when I have the time. With finals and the AP European History exam coming up, I just can't spare that much time to hobbies like this. But like I said, things will get better. On a bright note, though, I'm looking on finding "the" summer game. That's another little tradition I started, ever since I bought Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and beat it over the summer a few years ago. I'm going to try to buy Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights for the summer. As you can see, my taste in video games is all over the place. (For clarification, though, it's a game that I foolishly traded in to GameStop many years ago.)

 

Of course, my life isn't just about video games. I'm also big into comics and cartoons. Comics-wise, I still subscribe to The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Silk, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. I've been a bit bored with the latter three, so I'm probably going to go back to only buying the tried and true ASM series. Dan Slott has kind of confused me lately, but I still enjoy following the story. (Maybe if I had purchased The Clone Conspiracy series and Issue #24 of ASM, I wouldn't be so confused.)

 

Cartoons-wise, I'm still watching The Amazing World of Gumball. It's kind of become the biggest staple of my childhood. In fact, the series finale is probably going to line right up with my graduation from high school. I was worried about Season 5, but things have gotten a lot better recently. I just hope that Season 6 doesn't go awry. Oh, and I've also gotten into Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast. That show is HILARIOUS.

 

Anyway, I guess that's it. There is one bit of arcade news that intrigued me recently (if I should in any way try to stay on topic). On April 29th, Arcade Heroes reported that Specular Interactive had been sold to 2K Games, only to erase any existence of that news the next day. Either Arcade Heroes made a slight mistake, or something nefarious is going on here. If Specular is in fact a part of 2K now, I fear that we'll lose some of the greatest talent to ever grace the arcade industry. H2Overdrive, Dirty Drivin', and Batman were all fantatic. If 2K shifts Specular to console development, I might never get over it.

 

Of course, it's likely that the news was just a mistake. Let's all hope for the future, people!

 

Huh. Maybe I should switch this to a general blog about my many entertainment interests. Eh, we'll see.

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