Allow me to begin by saying I know almost nothing about blogs/blogging/vlogs etc. This is an attempt to no longer find myself aimlessly screaming into the void, and to channel my energy (both positive and negative) into creating something wonderful. I undertake this with the hopes of starting some discussions or, simply finding some like minded weary web travellers to share in my reflections.
My name is Stoo. That’s all your getting. I am 30 years old, I live in the London area and I am a lifelong passionate gamer. I have, on the whole, been a console gamer for the majority of my life. I started hammering my dainty little fingers against the clunky keys of the C64 which was followed by an couple of inherited Amiga computers. From then on I’ve dabbled in PC gaming but stuck mostly to consoles, with a definite preference for the Japanese made shiny black one. I’ve owned all the Sony consoles along the way, and will probably continue on that route. So there you have it, I have announced my allegiance. Please don’t use it against me if the console war ever finally steps up a notch and has us throwing disks at each other across a barren wasteland littered with the crushed remnants of DualShock controllers, fashioned into crude but effective clubbing instruments. Anyway…
As I’ve already stated, this is an attempt to channel my thoughts and feelings towards modern day gaming into something productive. Many a friend and family member has often felt the onslaught of my most recent tirade regarding the ‘next big thing/game’ or the next ‘I cant believe (Insert developer/Game Title) have done blah, blah blah.’ Usually these rants are reciprocated with nothing more than stoic grunts or some oh so subtle attempts at a rapid topic change. I realised recently that blogging could be the answer to the many plights of the modern gamer.
I chose the name GamingWonders, because it resonates well with my sense that as gamers now, we are living through a time of great change. Technology is fast evolving. The gaming industry moves swiftly. Developers come and go, studios come and go but new ones always rise to take their place. So sit back and wonder, take it all in. This is a great time to be alive and to love video games. ‘Wonders’ however, has its darker side as well. Sometimes I ‘Wonder’ what the hell is happening at some Dev HQ’s, or I ‘Wonder’ about short sighted decisions made by massive companies that are ultimately undone. Do developers feel intense pressure to please their consumers or are they just in it for the money? Is it right to charge full price for a game, then ask for more to unlock content that’s already on the disk? These are just some examples of commonly touted issues that I’m sure anyone with an interest in gaming will have seen popping up in the last few years. I’m not saying I have the answers, but I’m sure as hell not getting anywhere ranting into the void.
Hence a purpose is revealed and the antagonist reveals the machinations of his devious plan in great detail, at the opening of the third act. I hope to update this blog at least several times a week. My intentions are to focus on probably only one or two big issues in gaming, but I will also make a point to highlight any important news, upcoming big releases or controversies. Having never done this before I welcome criticism, and encourage anyone who has read this far to get in touch. As a bonus, I’m also a huge movie fan and may occasionally make allusions to movies and whatnot.But don’t count on it.