Thursday, January 2, 2020

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Happy 2020, and welcome to Pete's Perspective-- my little corner of the internet! I'm glad that you took the time to visit, whether you came by clicking a link I shared on social media or just because you stumbled upon the site in another way. 

The highlight of 2019 for me was having my work published alongside the work of a fantastic team of writers and staff who put together this book. It's a project that we all worked on for more than 18 months. I got to play and review most of the sports games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It was definitely a challenge at times (like playing all seven Madden games), but all of the time and effort was worthwhile. 

I have more than 85 reviews in the book!
One of the lowest points was when my PlayStation 4 console died late in 2019, about 5 years after getting it. I decided against replacing it, because having to reinstall 3+ terabytes of games (between installs, downloads, and patches) would take months... and I really didn't want to bother with such an ordeal. The beneficiary of this unfortunate event has been my Nintendo Switch, which I've used a ton since. I'm appreciating it a lot more now than I did when my PS4 was the main gaming console. While the Xbox One X has taken that mantle for now, it's pretty much a 55/45 split between then when it comes to time spent playing modern games. 

On the retro side of things, my library of older games surged past 3,000 titles in 2019. I have more than 950 PlayStation 2 games now, and over 700 original PlayStation games. In addition, my Wii library is now up over 300 titles. I focused a lot on PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and Gamecube this year, though I did back off of collecting NES, SNES, and Genesis games. The biggest challenge for me now is finding space for the collection. It's an annoying problem, but certainly not one I'm unhappy about, to be sure. 

Yeah, that's a lot of games.
My Unsealed video series continued all the way through 2019, reaching 125 episodes before the end of the year. After I struggled with show ideas like Retro Unscripted and Retro Referee in years past, I've really found my stride here. In fact, I've incorporated my Retro Referee character into several of the episodes and my work with Retro Unscripted really laid the foundation for using my own experiences and memories when talking about the games that I open. While I'd love to see more viewers or YouTube channel subscribers, this project is not about the metrics-- it's about having fun and making the videos that I want to make. It's been a fantastic ride. 

So... what lies ahead for 2020? I don't like making "resolutions", because I don't think I'm as good as I should be at keeping them. Instead, here are some things that I would like to accomplish in the coming year:

1. Play more games: It's great to collect, write about, and talk about video games... but I've gotten away from actually playing them. When "adulting", finding a balance between work, self-maintenance, social interaction, daily or weekly errands, and entertainment can be really difficult. That said, I am fortunate to have a ton of games to play and want to make time to just enjoy them. What's more, if I do that, it could give me more things to write about here. Speaking of which...

2. Add content here more consistently: It's a goal, not a resolution... but I really want to do this. I'm paying for the domain, after all, so I should do more with the site than leave it idle for long periods of time. I think this and my goal of playing more games will go hand-in-hand. I hope it will. I have some ideas, like...

3. Rediscover the Nintendo 64: I didn't play my Nintendo 64 once in 2019. That's sad. I also tend to have a pretty negative opinion of the platform, and have been thinking lately that maybe I could have my mind changed if I just spent time playing games on it. The first order of business will be to make sure that the thing still works (which is on my short-term list of things to do). Then, if it does, it'll be time to clear my mind and just play. Maybe this could be a running diary that I can document here. Also, if it does, I'd like to resume adding games to my library for it. I'll have to be a bit selective, though, given my limited space. 

4. Finish an RPG: I haven't played an RPG to its conclusion since Final Fantasy II/IV for the SNES back in 1992. I've played a lot of RPGs since, but never beat any. I kind of want to play Chrono Trigger, given that I can play that anywhere on my 3DS, since it turns 25 years old here in the United States this year. Maybe I'll play through Final Fantasy II/IV again. Or maybe I'll pick something else. In any event, I have 12 months. Let's see if I can do it. 

5. Honor the PlayStation's 25th anniversary here in the United States: I have a huge place in my heart for the original PlayStation. Despite the rocky start I had with the console (stupid Zenith TV and that bouncing picture), I loved it before I even owned one on September 9th, 1995. It has such an awesome library and there were many important life events that took place during its time of relevance. I'm still trying to figure out how I want to do this, whether it's on video, with written entries here, or both, but it's important to me. 

With that, it's time to get this year started. May 2020 bring you and yours health, happiness, success, and time to enjoy some video games. 

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