2009 In Review

Over the last year I haven’t done much game “making” and instead have been busy entertaining myself with movies, books and games. Since 2008 I have tracked what I have read, watched and played to see the impact that having a child had on my entertainment time. I am really surprised at how much I can still fit in! So here is a quick summary of what I did in 2009.

Games
Games took the hardest hit in 2009. I only list games that I have “completed”, not ones that I only tried. In 2009 I only finished three games vs. 9 in 2008.

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  3. Resistance: Retribution

Next year I am going to focus on playing more games as I picked up a bunch of games on steam this holiday season. Expect some breakdown/reviews on: Trine, Torchlight, The Witcher, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and maybe some others.

Reading
I read 10 books in 2009 vs. 6 in 2008.

  1. Honor Harrington: At All Costs
  2. Hedge Knight 2
  3. Graphics Black Book
  4. Prey
  5. Terminator: Salvation Prequel
  6. Shader X2
  7. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
  8. Lieutenant Hornblower
  9. Hornblower and the Hotspur
  10. Hornblower and the Atropos

Of these books I really have to call out the Hornblower series. I’m usually not a fan of classic literature but this stuff is amazing! I hope to finish the entire series next year.

Movies
I watched 58 movies in 2009 vs. 54 in 2008. The best films I watched this year were:

  1. Avatar – I may do a blog post on this in the future but simply put: Wow.
  2. Star Trek – Major plot holes but a lot of fun and very re-watchable.
  3. District 9 – 30 million budget? This is science fiction at its best.

Blog
I didn’t hit the goals I set this year for blogging and I am going to re-evaluate what I think I can get done this year. I’m thinking of either switching to JavaScript games on this site and I am also looking at doing a few strictly programming based applications.
Expect a few blogs on purchasing a home theater system, getting used to owning a mac, upgrading my pc and a few more game breakdowns. I am hoping to do a few more programming posts as well but I think I am going to reboot my game coding again. Perhaps I will have some new goals soon.

Summary
I had lots of fun this year and didn’t work on hobbies very hard. I’m going to find more ways to make games for fun in 2010.

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