Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The games development is not dead!

I've been getting a few worried messages asking if I've decided to kick games development altogether in favour of writing about games instead.

The answer to this is no, I've not given up on games development, I've just no urge to spend time working on games at the moment. Since the blog is sitting around not getting much attention, I thought I'd put it to some use by offering my thoughts and opinions on some games or other things in the gaming industry.

It's been around 18 years since I last wrote anything related to games or the games industry. Back around the early 2000's I wrote game reviews for a website called The Student Center. This was before the days of social media, but it was a site where people from different schools, colleges and universities could hang out together on forums, live chat rooms and groups (which were like forums but more exclusive), and there were a collection of articles, games and other activities.

I was a chatroom and forum moderator on the site, and, due to my experience of games, I also wrote games reviews.  It was a pretty cool place in the days before Facebook and Twitter, but the owners sold it when everyone started to migrate to the social media giants we have these days.

I'd long since left the site before the closure, being one of the more "mature" students in my late 20's when I first joined up. I liked the site very much, but by the time I was hitting my 30's I decided it was time to call it a day, and started writing my own blog on science and astronomy called PeteUplink's Universe.

I've gone back to writing about games to keep this blog nicely ticking over with new content while I'm taking a break from working on my own stuff. I have no huge allusions to becoming a proper games journalist, and I'm quite happy with the current reader figures the blog has, but I had noticed that reader numbers have been dropping off recently because of low content output. So I thought I'd find something to fill in the gaps.

I do feel that I have a few things to say about the current state of games and the industry, and writing my own articles should give me a nice platform to improve my writing a bit after nearly two decades of disuse.

So, no, the games development is not dead, and I still fully intend to finish UFO. I'm just not in the mood for it right now and decided to try something different to keep the blog fresh.

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