1. I have been trying to avoid the internet over this last week, primarily because I haven’t yet seen The Last Jedi. But since today’s a half-day at work, and since there’s a movie theater literally across the street from the office, I have my afternoon plans all sorted. And then I can get back to having regular internet access again.
2. I’ve said this a lot here lately (to the extent that I’m here at all), that I’m feeling weird about doing top-10 lists for 2017. This year sucked, and I’m in no mood to celebrate it. That being said, since I haven’t yet finalized anything, that still gives me the option of making changes to these hypothetical, non-existent lists. And to that end, let me say that Gorogoa, for iOS, PC and Switch, is one of the most inventive and unique puzzle games I’ve ever experienced. This Kotaku piece is a great read of the work that went into developing it.
3. There are several reasons why I bought an Xbox One X, even though I don’t yet have a 4K HDR TV. For starters, I’ve grown to prefer the Xbox One user experience; for another, the XoX makes all my existing X1 games look better. My recent, very enjoyable experience with Assassins Creed Origins has reminded me a lot of The Witcher 3, and now that the Witcher 3’s graphical upgrade patch has been released, I’ve been going back and putting it through its paces. Without having a 4K TV, obviously I’m not getting the most out of this update, but I can say that there is a noticeable difference. I can also say that between the two new graphical modes, “4K” is more enjoyable than “Performance”, because 60 fps feels kinda weird with certain games. Maybe it’s different on a real 4K TV; someday I’ll see for myself. I will say this, though, which is a weird thing to say – The Witcher 3 might be one of my favorite games of all time, but after playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, The Witcher 3 feels a little weird in my hands. To put it another way, The Witcher 3 is still a better game, but ACO feels better to actually play. Does that make sense?
I will see about lists next week. I know that nobody really cares except me, but it’s my blog, so, hey.