Catching up

The past nine months or so of my life have been difficult. Not necessarily bad — sometimes bad, definitely, but sometimes not — but consistently challenging. Hence the fact that my blogging habits have plummeted from “once a day” to “once a month, maybe.” After posting to this site almost daily for more than 15 years, that honestly feels like defeat. I really want to turn it around.

I’m not making any promises along the lines of I’m back baby right now, because (1) I have no way to guarantee my life will suddenly ease up on the stress and challenges long enough to cooperate with my urges to write, and (2) who even cares anyway? But I’ll give it a go.

In the short term, I would like to post the past several months’ worth of Game Boy World videos for you to enjoy, because I used to keep the site up to date with that progress and, honestly, I’m pretty proud of the work I’ve been doing there.

I’m well aware that I’m far from being the most dynamic video personality on the Internet, but I put a lot of effort into writing, researching, and producing these videos. Thus they’re some of the best work I’ve ever created, despite the fact that it’s my voice droning awkwardly over top of badly played game footage. These videos also incredibly niche (I mean, check the view counts on these things sometime), which is why I have to produce them in my spare time. If I tried to produce a comprehensive Game Boy history video series on the clock for USgamer, I don’t think I’d be allowed to remain on staff for much longer.

But, honestly, the fact that this project appeals to such a tiny audience makes me more proud of it. That’s probably just a sign that I’ve become completely delusional in my old age, but oh well.

8 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. Don’t fret Jeremy and know you have no need to apologize. God only knows the forces that beckon us in the many directions they do… The writing and projects you do manage to publish are much appreciated but by no means more important than keeping life in check.

    Thanks for your hard work. It is much enjoyed from here in my humble corner of the world.

  2. I’ve gotta admit, it’s been pretty hard going without my daily IV-drip of video game writing at this site. But that’s actually because it’s really hard to find anywhere else on the internet where people care enough about video games to put hard work in researching them. To be sure, there’s a handful of other sites like hardcoregaming101 that do this kind of thing, but I want to emphasize that the kind of well-researched, thoughtful, thorough analysis of video games that you do here is extraordinarily rare–to the point that most “video game criticism” or “games journalism” seems, from the perspective of an average reader like myself, to consist mostly of bloggers, youtubers and fanboys spouting off half-baked opinions. Come on Jeremy, we all know the last thing we need is another cartoonish, paper-thin entertainment ego, and I think I speak for a lot of readers here when I say that we’re here exactly because you’re not that kind of critic–you’re the real thing.

    • Ah, you’re giving me entirely too much credit. There’s a lot of great stuff out there these days in games journalism, from voices a lot fresher, more experienced, or more in touch than mine. I appreciate the sentiment, but games blogs are brimming with excellence!

      • I guess I’ll defer to your judgment on the general quality of games criticism. To me this is a classic case of you being quite a bit more charitable to others than to yourself. So take it easy. It sounds like you have enough on your mind without having to worry about the quality of your writing and videos, which is excellent anyway.

  3. Jeremy, you really don’t give yourself ENOUGH credit, so there! I really appreciate the content (videos and writing) you produce and I’ll echo what Bret said about there not being enough of the type of content you produce. Yeah, sure, there are other places to get the type of content you produce, but there are few that produce it with the quality that you do and it is really appreciated.

  4. Goddamn if I don’t look forward to these like Christmas morning. And for all the self-deprecation about your “droopy” or “monotone” voice I’ve always found it quite soothing and actually well suited to your video and podcast work. Keep it up! I’ve only been following you for about 10 years, but it’s been a fantastic 10 years!

  5. I don’t comment much but I just wanted to chime in and say I’ve really enjoyed a lot of your stuff over the years. I love the Game Boy World videos and the Anatomy series! It’s great work and fun to read. Hope things get better for you! God bless!

  6. Keep up the good work. I have enjoyed your writing since the 1UP days and I look forward to your thoughts and insights on the games industry/history. Perhaps it is because of common interests, but your very tongue-in-cheek appraisal of games and all related, keeps things fresh.
    Blog when you can. Keeping life’s big priorities straight sometimes requires sacrifice of other priorities.

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