A Paladin’s Update: June 2015 In Summary. Reflections on Reviewing Old School Games and More.

Monthly update on A Paladin, TLW and more…

The heat, the heat taxes me. It saps at me. It burns at me. Good grief I can’t deal with 95-100 degree weather all the time.

A Paladin Without A Crusade

I’ve been busy this month on this “little” project. Eight reviews, Journey Through Steam and Steam Buyer Guide certainly kept me busy. It’s been rewarding though and I especially enjoy my review of The Bureau. Legend of Grimrock 2 was…interesting and currently getting slapped with a lot of down-votes on Steam unfortunately. But what can I do. Just move on and be proud of what I’ve done. (Which is really hard for me to be. Proud of anything).

July is going to be a puzzling month. You’ve already seen my review on Portal. After that, I’ll be publishing my overhauled review of Portal 2 later this week. The next couple of weeks are pretty interesting. I’m thinking of taking on a 3rd person crafting/survival directed game as well a couple of indie titles that caught my attention recently. I’ll then finish off July by tackling a Match-Three puzzle game I probably shouldn’t review but I’m going to anyway because I’m insane.

All badly written reviews have now been removed from my Steam profile. These include: Psychonauts, Shatter and Miasmata. These aren’t the only ones that got pulled but they are the last. These reviews are still on the blog….and to be completely honest, I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with those just yet. I may decide to pull them down. Those that were pulled may get an updated review sometime in the future. I’m not sure. Though the Psychonauts and a couple of others will probably be permanently pulled. I don’t like the review on Psychonauts in particular and I know why now: it’s a 2005 title. Besides that review not being well done (and I fully admit that) there’s another reason why. General rule of thumb for me: my cutoff year for games I’ll review is 2007. Anything published before 2007 will not be officially reviewed on this blog or my Steam profile. That just so happens to be the year I graduated from High School but it’s also the year that my eyes were really opened to the larger PC gaming scene and videogames at large. Before 2007, I was mostly in Blizzard games, random titles from the local retailers and lots of Nintendo gaming. I had no idea that Steam even existed during my high school years. Shortly after I found Steam and the world of Indie gaming, I started A Paladin Without A Crusade and eventually formatted my current review style.

And I feel that my review style really suffers when it comes to older games. I didn’t grow up on them, I find a lot of the mechanics, UI and other quirks of old school gaming tends to cause problems. Psychonauts is a prime example of that problem. It’s true that I could correct for older games but to be honest, it’s not really in my interests. There are plenty of old school gamers/reviewers who grew up on them and make reviews now. Sure, I will play them and enjoy my fair share of them. But I won’t officially review them. To me, DOS/older titles are a casual experience for me. I don’t want to be thinking about how I’ll critique them while I’m playing them. I don’t think this will change at any point in the future either and I’m ok with that.

All remaining reviews are either in the state I’m happy with or will be updated very soon. After I’m done updating those reviews, I’ve got some plans for what I’m going to do. But I’m getting close to done. I’m still working on the strategy series, it’s been on my mind. I just haven’t figured out a few of the pieces yet. Hopefully I’ll have more to say next month and/or get work done now that I don’t have to prepare for the Summer sale anymore.

Reviews Published This Month and Listed Based On Popularity:

A Paladin’s Journey Through Steam

Top five posts for the past month:

  1. A Paladin’s Steam Sale: February 2015 Mystery Midweek Recommendations.
  2. A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Final Day! Top 20 Games To Buy Today. June 20-21, 2015.
  3. A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Well, It Has Arrived. Day One, June 11th, 2015.
  4. A Paladin’s Buyer Guide for Steam’s Summer Sale. Day Five: Grand Strategizing My Jump Scares. June 12, 2015.
  5. A Paladin’s Steam Review: Portal Stories: Mel. A Well Executed “Mod” and Tough As Companion Cubes.

Stats were up this month which I’m glad to see though they didn’t go as high as I had hoped for the amount of work that I did. Still, up is up and I’m not going to complain. It should be little surprise that the Steam Buyer Guide took up the top four places this month. That series wouldn’t be worth doing if it didn’t get any attention whatsoever this month. I would cancel it if I got five or less views for every post. But I didn’t so, I’ll keep doing it. Why did February 2015’s Midweek recommendations get top place? I have no idea. I think a hyperlink got confused somewhere and people thought it was talking about the summer sale. I’m additionally not surprised that Day One and the final day got top spots either, that seems to be consistent with expected behavior. I’m heartened to see Portal Stories: Mel review get #5 but again, not surprising. Reviewing new games or even new mods will get you a boost of views in the first month of release and then taper off. Whereas older stuff has odder behavior depending on the review.

TLW Tech Services:

It’s been a slow month but recently been picking up occasional clients. Otherwise, there’s really not much to talk about.

Other Personal Items:

Honestly, stuff has been happening that I don’t really want to talk about. Maybe next update, but not this time around. If you have any questions for me, now’s the time to ask them. Otherwise, I hope everyone has a great 4th of July (in America) and a great rest of the week. I’ll be seeing you real soon.


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