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Video game writers wanted

You may have noticed it’s been a bit quiet in The Manor lately. Sir Gaulian announced his retirement in February (although he’s promised to pop back in to say hello when the fancy takes him), and I’ve been riotously busy with work, to the point where all blogging duties have ceased.

However, things are a little calmer now, and the blogging fires are lit within me once again – there’s a veritable avalanche of articles in my head that are poised to cascade into my computer. But it’s a little lonely in The Manor all by myself – which is why I’d like to put the call out for some lodgers.

If you’re a games blogger or fancy yourself as a bit of a writer, get in touch at amostagreeablepastime at gmail dot com with a link to your work, and we can have a jolly old chat. It would be great if we could get together a team of writers who want to contribute regularly, but if you just want to write the odd guest post, that’s wonderful too.

Let’s get this old house rammed to the rafters with writing talent.

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I finally got a PS4

Finally, more than two years after its launch, I’ve bought a PS4. Hurrah!

After blitzing my way through my backlog and selling a ton of games, I had the cash to hand. I spotted a sweet deal – a 500GB PS4 with No Man’s Sky, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Force Awakens Blu-ray and and extra controller for £269 – and I decided to treat myself for my birthday (which was last weekend). Hello current console generation, I’m here!

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Now, in some ways this is probably the worst time to buy a PS4 – on Wednesday Sony is going to officially announce the much-leaked PS4 Slim and PS4 Neo, so prices for first-gen PS4s are likely to plummet. But in the end I decided that prices probably won’t drop much lower than the deal I got. And anyway, I’ve waited so damn long that I JUST CAN’T WAIT ANY LONGER.

Also, it was my birthday, and I was determined that my treat would be the chance to go and explore undiscovered planets. It was either that or go-karting.

Speaking of No Man’s Sky, I’m having an absolute blast with it so far – I’m currently in the Led Zeppelin II galaxy and I’ve just had my first encounter with space pirates. Which didn’t go too well. Better shields is the next thing on my shopping list…

I’ll post more thoughts on the game later, but safe to say I’m having a whale of a time. My strategy is currently to ping about between the first couple of star systems in order to max out my ship, a bit like this guy who spent 30 hours on the first planet. Even on a single planet, there’s just so much to see – I keep telling myself “I’ll just see what’s over this ridge”, and before I know it hours have passed, along with countless ridges. I’m sure the novelty will wear off eventually, but for the time being I’m in spacehog’s heaven.

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A Most Agreeable Pastime is five years old today

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Happy Birthday us! On this very day five years ago, Sir Gaulian and I first embarked on our grand Victorian gaming adventures – and what a merry time it’s been.

Many of the Victorian stylings have been dropped along the way, and the ambitious Choose Your Own Adventure game I started to create using nothing but various WordPress pages was quickly abandoned (although bits of it are still out there if you know where to look) – yet we’re still going strong. Arguably stronger than ever, I reckon.

It’s interesting to take a look back through the stats and see some of the hits and misses we’ve had along the way. Visitor numbers got off to a slow start back in 2011, but the article ‘Bikini Warriors: The Sorry State Of Female Representation in Video Games’ was one of our biggest early hits, along with retrospectives on Psi-Ops and Shadow of the Colossus, as well as a look at ‘musou’ games.

2012 saw Sir Gaulian’s excellent time-travel post ‘Past Present, Future Present and Past Future‘ rack up an enormous number of hits after it was featured on ‘Freshly Pressed’, and my controversial thoughts on CoD Modern Warfare – ‘This Is Just A Modern War Song‘ – also proved popular. The following year, Sir Gaulian scored another hit with ‘The Two Dollar Coin‘, a musing on the value of gaming ‘loot’, and my review of the failings of Far Cry 2 also racked up the views.

In 2014, ‘ZombiU: The Scariest Game I’ve Ever Played‘ topped the hit chart, followed by Sir Gaulian’s wonderful ‘Stealth games can learn from human behaviour in public toilets‘, while in 2015 we had our best year yet, with total yearly page views smashing through the 20,000 barrier for the first time. A couple of posts stood head and shoulders above the rest in terms of hits, namely ‘BJ Blazcowicz, the Nazis and the Aryan race: how Wolfenstein: The New Order tackles the rise of the far right‘ and ‘Big Ant Studios is swarming America’s cultural monopoly‘, followed by a look at Amiga piracy – ‘The hand and the pirate‘ – and ‘The Gentlemen decide: the most agreeable games of the generation (Xbox 360, PS3)‘, in which we spent many enjoyable hours deciding the merits of our favourite games.

This year, meanwhile, the most popular post so far is ‘Microsoft, I’m so confused‘, which got picked up by N4G as part of their E3 coverage and accrued some, ahem, ‘heated’ comments from Xbox fans.

Here’s looking forward to the next five years – we’re hoping to make the site even bigger and better in the future. And if you want to look back to see where we’ve been, I’ve activated the Archives in the side column so you can do just that. Thanks to all our regular readers, and thanks especially to those who have been with us since the beginning. See you in 2021!

Lucius & Sir Gaulian

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Sir Gaulian says goodbye. For now at least.

11933458_10153537383462416_5024428238482388977_nA Most Agreeable Pastime turns five in June and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve built here. I’m lucky to have an incredibly talented co-author on whoms coat tails I have so joyously ridden on for half of a decade. For every post I’ve written I’ve certainly become a better writer, due in no small part to the excellent benchmark Lucius has set in his writing. I’ve always found time to contribute to this incredible place we’ve built even when life continues to change at an incredibly rapid pace and with it my priorities.

It’s been a while coming but it’s time for me to take a step back. This isn’t goodbye but it’s certainly farewell.

Well, for the next year at least.

It probably won’t come as surprise to some of you that I’m writing this. In fact in March last year I wrote a post titled “Is This The End?“.  Reflecting on my honeymoon way back in September I wrote on how video games had begun to take a back seat. That has only intensified in recent months. I’ve found video games have become a device to write about other things – like my love for cricket or cars – sometimes even drawing a very long bow to write about Korean musicians.

Video games have indeed become a less important part of my life and I feel like my writing has really reflected that. In fact one of my favourite posts, a thinly veiled tribute to Richie Benaud, has almost nothing to do with video games. It also happens to be one of my favourite things I’ve written on here. That speaks volumes.

But it’s not just changing tastes.  My work has also increasingly encroached on my spare time, and as anyone in the research field knows, it’s all too easy to find yourself throwing your all into writing what seems like that career-defining paper.  Add on to that the fact that I’ve slowly but surely developed an interest in Korean economics and politics and I haven’t got much more ‘pontification’ capacity. I’m even planning on writing a book about it, something I wouldn’t have even contemplated 12 months ago.

Basically, life happens and things change. And if i’ve learnt anything it’s best to not resist change.

In short it’s been a long time coming.

This certainly feels like goodbye. Even if it’s not forever.

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