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
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.
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
In this installment, I start out my career as a frigate commander and start to uncover some of the mysteries of the universe.
My adventure continues in a new solar system where I somehow become the captain of a freighter, and explore the most visually stunning planet I’ve come across so far.
In this installment I finally journey out beyond my starter solar system, it goes downhill pretty quickly from there.
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.
I embark on my first actual mission of this adventure, incurring the wrath of the sentinels and finding a missing person who had deserted his post on the space station (but only as far as the planet which the station was orbiting).
Part 2 of this running series is here, where my attempt to start exploring the galaxy doesn’t go exactly as planned. I end up back where I started, but got to spend some relaxing time exploring a lovely beach planet.
Read Part One, here