My game of the year was watching Hollow Knight finally receive the critical consideration I told everyone it deserved.
Joking aside I enjoyed a lot of games in 2018 from different years and different platforms. And that is in itself quite a nice if remedial sentance to write. The past year’s events in my personal life have demonstrated that my capacity to invest in gaming and it’s associated community as a hobby has probably dried up for the foreseeable future.
The counterpoint to that though is that away from investment in the medium for its own sake, I have been able to appreciate video games as a companion in the down time I can afford to them. Theres such an availability of really good titles at this point that my desire for anything in 2019 or beyond is very minimal. Should I get the chance, I can foresee myself just playing favoured games from the last few years on repeat, never mind the dozens that remain untouched in my library. They’re a good way to spend leisure time.
It’s also hard for me to separate the progress of video games from monopolising most of life experience within a media and data complex which is existentially terrifying. There’s something pleasingly analogue about the Nintendo Switch in that aspect which has made it so central to my leisure time in the last few months. Nintendo feels palpably safe in comparison to the dystopian omni corp that is Ubisoft and co.
I think I’ve spent a lot of my time over the past console generation wondering where video games can/will go, and that’s still a fascinating question. But im more inclined to just enjoy the vintage at this point rather than look for the next harvest.