2011 has been a good year for this site in terms of updates and content compared to any other year. However, I need to take a short break from the site to focus on other things, so I won’t be updating until possibly the start of next year. Continue reading on for a little bit of trivia, my thoughts and some future plans for TAW.
I had decided before the start of this year to adopt a proper schedule for updating the site, focusing on Tuesdays and Thursdays for mapping and modding reviews, leaving Wednesday for any extras such as game reviews. This went well for a while until I got into a slump and fell behind and got stuck with making sure I posted something up atleast every Tuesday. I’d say I succeeded with that besides a few hiccups. Right now, Tuesday is the offical day a new review will pop up, but I’m hoping to add Thursday to that again. We’ll see.
Thanks to having a more consistent idea when I should be posting up my reviews, I’ve written considerably more this year compared to 2010 and 2009. I’m sure the quality of somes reviews could have been better, I’d still say that it shows doing this can be done and I should definitely stick to the approach. There is a total of 66 reviews this year, while in 2010 there were 22.
Since the horror genre in gaming is amongst one of my favourites, I’ve always wanted to do an event around Halloween to focus solely on horror related maps and mods across a variety of games. I started this back in 2009 as a form of countdown, but due to the inconsistent nature of my uploads, it wasn’t done exactly well. I missed out in 2010 after getting myself stuck in a slump and lacking the motivation to write. By the halfway point of this year and considering my new schedule, I decided it would be a good time to try again. I tried to avoid Thief and focus on looking at other games for a change, playing what other interesting choices are available. This let me focus on a few other sections like Crysis and Half Life. I’d like to continue this idea into next year.
I’ve been adding a few new sections here and there for other games such as Amnesia, Crysis and Wolf3D which I plan to update more regulary, and there will be other additions next year when I get around to those. As for Wolf3D, I haven’t had a chance to play that game until I bought the id Super Pack on Steam and gave it a spin. Surprisingly a ton of fun for its age. Besides from adding new sections, I also plan to return to some neglected areas, such as Quake 2. I’m sure some people have noticed the empty ‘Articles’ page. I’ve always planned to write about topics on my own views relating to game design and some useful guides related to playing maps or Source ports, but I’ve never gotten around to those yet. Perhaps next year will be a good place to start.