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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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Welcome To The Manor

“In Which The Concept Of The Manor Is Explained and we indulge our creativity.  Just go with it”

As you approach the imposing red brick facade of The Manor, the front door glides effortlessly open to reveal the gaunt, hunched figure of Snodgrass the Self-Reflexive Butler. He peers at you myopically over his enormous beak of a nose until he manages to place your features and, with a sudden flash of recognition in his tiny black eyes, his quizzical, downturned mouth transforms into a sideways smile (that could perhaps be more correctly described as a leer).

“Ah, there you are! We’ve been waiting for you! Welcome to The Manor – do come in.”

With trepidation, you step over the threshold into the gloom of the entrance hall. You dimly perceive the shape of an umbrella stand made out of an elephant’s foot, and halfway down the hall there appears to be an enormous Ming vase stuffed with peacock feathers. As your eyes adjust to the gloom, which is punctuated by a single, sputtering gas lamp somewhere off to your right, you realise you are standing near the foot of an enormous, finely carved stairway, decorated with various African flora and fauna. There are many, many doors leading from the hallway in front of you and the landing above…

“As you’ve no doubt realised by now, you’ve walked into an elaborate metaphor”, says Snodgrass as he fixes you with his beady eyes, “Don’t worry, we know it’s a bit much to take in at first, but just go with it – trust us.”

Snodgrass lights the triple candelabra on the side table next to him, then picks it up and sweeps it in a big arc across the hallway, revealing the many doors radiating away into the blackness. He turns to address you.

“You’ve stumbled into The Manor of Lucius P. Merriweather and Sir Gaulian – two Victorian gentlemen who are rather partial to the delights of video gaming.” He sneers the words ‘video gaming’ as if he were describing the contents of the water closet. With a barely perceivable shake of the head to clear his thoughts, he continues: “The many rooms leading from this humble hallway each represent a different topic related to video games. For example, in The Library you can find all sorts of pretent… stimulating discussion about the nature of gaming, whereas in The Cellar you’ll find a treasure trove of long-lost gaming delights. Then there’s The Mantelpiece, on which you can find the embarrassingly large pile of video games that Messrs. Merriweather and Gaulian have hoarded but haven’t quite got round to playing yet. By the way, we know The Mantelpiece isn’t a room, but just go with it OK? It’s hard enough to keep this metaphor sustained without you picking holes in it all the time…”

Snodgrass suddenly looks a bit sheepish and his gaze drops to the floor, before he adds in a muted voice: “Oh, and speaking of exploding metaphors, you might notice that Mr Merriweather and Sir Gaulian don’t always write their posts in the same elaborate, faux Victorian dialogue they describe the rooms in… But give them a break all right, it’s hard enough to keep this metaphor propped up as it is!”

The curious butler clears his throat with an officious ‘ahem’, gathers himself up to his full height (although with his hunch he barely reaches to your chin) and continues: “If you’re curious to meet the gentlemen owners of The Manor, hasten forthwith to The Drawing Room, where you’ll find them engaged in deep conversation, as per usual. Finally, I believe Mr. Bradbrook, our resident artist, can be found painting in The Gallery. Oh, and we’ll probably add more rooms as we think of more things to write about – that’s the beauty of an entirely metaphorical manor you see, it can be as big as you want it to be and we don’t have to seek planning permission if we want to extend.”

Snodgrass pauses and looks at you expectantly. Suitably bewildered, you look around at the many doors, baffled as to which one to try first.

“Well, I’ll leave you to get on with exploring then… Enjoy!”

The sinister butler withdraws down a side corridor, then half turns and whispers menancingly: “Stay a while… STAY FOREVER!!!”

You stare at him in a mixture of shock and incomprehension.

“Ah. Sorry… I’m not sure why I said that,” he admits sheepishly, before shuffling out of sight.

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