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Hi, welcome to Rambling Reviews.
I know what you’re thinking - another blog, Amy, seriously?
What are we doing?
More specifically, first impressions after only playing a game for 30 minutes.
After only spending half an hour on a game, will I love it enough to play it again, or will I decide it’s not my thing? And most importantly, will I actually play the good games again, and am I missing out on wonderful games by judging them too harshly?
All of this thrives on reader interaction. Did you already know the game I played? Did you like it? Am I playing it completely wrong? Or did you discover something new that you absolutely love and are installing as we speak? Did I call one of your favourite games complete trash, and you have opinions about that? That’s what the comment section is for! Let me know!
All that, in Rambling Reviews.
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This actually isn’t the first time I start a review blog.
The first time was in 2020. The world had just gone into lockdown due the Covid-19 pandemic, and I was counting down the days until March 20 - the Animal Crossing: New Horizons release date.
In an attempt to keep myself occupied and work through my ever-growing, never-ending Steam library backlog, I challenged myself to play a new game every day for at least 30 minutes and then write down my first impressions. This blog was called “Project 2020”, reached a handful of loyal readers but otherwise didn’t take off.
The second time was a couple of months later, when I had burnt through hundreds of hours on AC:NH and was bored again. I decided to continue the reviews but rebrand it to ‘Rambling Reviews’ and loosen the deadlines a bit, to one post a week. In this blog, I started doing the occasional compilation post, such as mod lists for Skyrim and Stardew Valley, or a handful of similar games within the same genre that my brain lumps together. I’d rate the game(s) from 0 to 5 stars and write my recommendation to (not) buy the game. Still not a raging succes, but once more, incredibly fun to do.
So here we are: third time’s a charm. I moved platforms from a self-hosted WordPress to Substack, and decided I will advertise a bit more because I thrive on reader interaction. I will rate the games from 🗨️ to 🗨️🗨️🗨️, “mildly uninterested” to “wildly enthusiastic” respectively. A summary of the reviews will be posted to Steam. We’ll see where it goes.
Will this time be different? Probably not, but a girl can try.