December 01, 2014

Blog Journal Volume 64: Operation: Get Back Into Gaming (Part 3)

Before we start the journal, here are a few updates on upcoming reviews:

-Tales From The Borderlands: A surprisingly funny and entertaining entry into the Borderlands franchise. Proved my doubts wrong. The Content Rundown just needs some editing, but it will be posted soon.

-Far Cry 4: Once again, haven't started with the Content Rundown. Will download all the videos for this walkthrough soon.

Game of Thrones: The newest Telltale episodic series is coming this week, apparently. Will do a Content Rundown as well. :)


In this instalment of Operation: Get Back into Gaming, Kyle describes probably the craziest game ever made and why exactly he went into game-burnout.

Hallo Leute! Welcome back for some more of the Blog Journal. This time around, it's going to be set more in the present day and less in the past.

I started playing Borderlands 2 a month ago. I first played it late last year, December time, and distinctly remember not liking it one bit. I felt it was repetitive and just not fun at all. The character of Zer0, an awesome concept, was just uninteresting and frustrating to play as. Stealth in Borderlands is not an easy task.

After redownloading it, for the purposes of actually giving it a chance this time, I started up the game, and decided to play as an assault character. The results were clear: I fully enjoy playing Borderlands. Matter of fact, it's really addictive once you get into it.

The zaniness of the characters and the thunderous mashup of RPG, Shooter and Open-World genre elements proved to be an effective combo. Yet again, this was the trademarks of a cult classic: You either hate it, or love it with a passion.

The latter is where I'm at. And it's awesome!

Now, before I end off this rather short series, let me explain why my game burnout started in the first place: I was (and still am) under constant pressure to get my life up and running.

I always feared that my video game playing and movie/TV show watching was detracting from actually getting my life in order, so as a result, I would get stressed out whenever I started playing a game or watching a movie.

I'll let you guys know that getting back into movies is actually quite simple. You only have to rewatch films you previously enjoyed and slowly branch out to similar movies. I recently watched Monsters University and thoroughly enjoyed it. Pixar films are really easy to get into. 

My plan to get back into video games follows the same pattern. I'm going to replay several games I enjoyed as a kid and try to recapture the "spark" when I first played them. Then, slowly but surely, I'll branch out to other games.

It's also hard to play games or watch movies when you're stressed about personal issues, and that contributed to losing my joy when it came to games and the blog. It's nothing about this site in particular; I'm just paralysed with anxiety over things in my personal life, and it's really hard to write reviews when you're fearing the worst about a situation you're in.

But, whatever the outcome, it won't help to take it out on video games. So while things are terrible in the real world, the virtual world is a great escape when stress gets too much, and it also helps you learn some valuable lessons.

Speaking of which, it's time to spread more positivity when it comes to my game reviews. I'll try to look for good messages and heroic traits of characters more actively, even in the most vulgar and disgusting video games you can find.

People need hope, and it's not something they can find on their own. Let's all work together to make a difference in each other's lives. Because now, more than ever, we need hope.

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