The two things that stand out in my viewings for 2017 are Game of Thrones and the Great British Baking Show. I finally caved in and joined the rest of the world and watched through GoT. And that probably would have been my highlight of the year if it wasn’t for the Great British Baking Show. What a lovely departure from the race to the bottom, zero-sum aesthetic of every other “reality” show on the air. What a cheery and uplifting change from what’s usually on the television. Coco was also embraced this even making the world of the dead more lively, cheerful, colorful, and hopeful than the world we see usually portrayed on the silver screen.
I didn’t watch as much as last year, even though I did watch 31 horror movies in October again. Click-through for the list.
Because this is now an annual thing that I do. Because I can’t help myself from keeping stupid lists. Because my backlog never seems to shrink. Here is the list of video games I completed in 2017.
Unlike 2016 not much stands out. The new Mario is a highlight, Bloodborne was fantastic. For new releases that is about all that I can really recall. I finally finished Star Control II after having it in the ‘to play’ pile for literally decades. Other games that have been sitting in the pile for far too long, like Pharoah and the Star Wars Dark Forces series, also got scratched off the list. Last year was also different in that it bucked the trend of less and less that has been the norm.
Regardless, you’ll find below the fold my list of completed games for last year. I wish I remembered more of them. Actually, I wish I’d find some sort of useful pastime… =P
2016 was not a good year for me. I did not have anywhere near the pool or running time that I had in 2015. 2017 is off to an even worse start (more like middle now…) Life transitions can be hard on your routine and a new living space and a new job have both wrecked my workout schedule. This has been compounded by me having difficulties in finding the motivation to workout consistently.
These are areas I’ve identified for improvement…
Anyway here is my working out broken down by month for 2016. Miles are for distance ran and yards are for how much I swam.
Since I began tracking this the number of video games completed has gone down year after year, except for the outlier year of 2014 (what was going on that year?) I only played 36 games in all of 2016. That number isn’t very large but the quality of game I played this year was very high. The Uncharted Series, Dark Souls 2 and 3, the new Kirby, Dragon Quest Builders (my Game of the Year). I may not have the time I once did to pursue this hobby but the time I can dedicate to it is being taken up with some really phenomenal work.
I may not have the time I once did to pursue this hobby but the time I can dedicate to it is being taken up with some really phenomenal work. Browsing through this list I’m hard-pressed to find a game that I was disappointed in or found objectively bad.
With that here is the list of video games completed in 2016: