My Favourite Games I Played in 2018

Thanks to my One Year of Games post a couple of months ago, I can see exactly which games I’ve spent the most time playing throughout the year. Now it’s time to go beyond the stats and talk about my favourite games of the year. Note that this list differs from a traditional ‘Game of the Year’ list in that I have included games which came out before 2018. I’m writing this post to talk about games which I either played for the first time in 2018 or were officially released this year. Now, let’s get into it

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Kick ’em in the Head

At the start of 2018 I decided to push myself outside of my comfort zone again and give Taekwondo a go. I used to do Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a kid, and I have considered picking up some form of martial arts again several times since then. After being invited a couple of times by my new friend Simone, I went along to a few classes and signed up as a white belt.

8 months later I received my green belt and completed my final RTR class for the foreseeable future. In that time I have competed in two tournaments (winning 3 medals), double graded twice, attended roughly 60 classes and met a whole lot of new people. I’ve learnt a lot by pushing myself to try a new sport this year, and I want to use this blog post to write some of it down and share it.

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One Year of Games

For the past year I have been logging all of my time spent playing games, this data is from October 1st 2017 up until September 30th 2018. I recorded the game I was playing as well as several other data points, and then used the Giantbomb API to pull in extra data about each game. I didn’t have a set goal for this project, it was more to satisfy my curiosity about how much time I actually spend playing games. Plus, I like graphs for reasons that I have

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Sparring

A couple of weekends ago I competed in my first proper Taekwondo sparring match as part of the National/Oceania Championship. I walked away very happy with how I did (even managing to earn a gold medal for my efforts), there are things I’d like to improve on and keep in mind for next time. So I’m writing this post so I have something to look back on in the future.

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