Backloggin’ is a journey, an odyssey if you will and sometimes you just need to blather on about it!
Jargon Jargon Blah Blah Blah
Good afternoon backloggers!! Since I’m still in the process of finishing up Celeste (still working on Chapter 7 strawberries) and nothing new and exciting has happened in Borderlands 2 since the last time we spoke. I thought it would be fun to daydream about what I’ll be playing next from the backlog and maybe a shallow dive into the progress I’ve been making with regards to some website updates that are in the works. It may be a bit of a long one too, because I’m making up for the fact that it’s been a short week and there won’t be a Daily Backlog tomorrow!
First off, let’s talk about some of the website updates. And more specifically the most exciting enhancement I’ve been working on, The Backlog Tracker!! Which is my humble homegrown backlog database for The Backlog Odyssey. There isn’t too much to show so far, mostly since I’m still figuring out the nuances of coding PHP for WordPress plugins, but what I’ve been able to accomplish up to this point is kind of exciting!!
The obvious and most important factor of this tool will be tracking my backlog and assigning the games within it, various statuses. Statuses like completed, unplayed, playing, etc. But I also wanted to add more data about each game so I could search or sort these games by things like genre, platform or publisher. Making it so much easier to find exactly what I’m looking for as well as using that data for fun statistics. That and I could integrate all of it into a toolset that’ll make following my progress so much more engaging! At least that’s what I would hope.
The features I’m most excited for though, includes things like randomly selecting groups of games based on specific (or loose) criteria for polls (or just for fun) and tying game data to actual tags in the website. Which I’m hoping will make finding all posts related to a game, or a platform, or a developer a little less cumbersome. I also have some plans, or dreams I guess, of adding more interactive ways to play with the data, but until I actually fill the database up and finish working on the backend, it’s tough to say what’ll be possible!
The toughest thing really, at this point, short of actually coding the thing, is going to be entering all the data. Not only that, but making sure the data that is added is accurate, usable and didn’t have to be manually entered line by line (at least not the majority of the time). And that’s when I decided to try out the super handy and all knowing GiantBomb API! There really wasn’t any other database I could think of that was more detailed, reliable and accessible that I could piggyback off of to validate my game data! It also allows me to search for games and retrieve any information I need regarding them, including the obscure stuff!! And let me tell ya, it integrates into my little app seamlessly!!
Anyways, I’ve probably rambled too much about all this technical hullabaloo, but I’m sure it’s not hard to see that I’m pretty dang stoked to finally add it to the live website. Which, fingers crossed, should happen within our lifetime!
Yeah Yeah But What’s Next?
Okay, now that I’ve gotten all that technical mumbo jumbo out of the way. It’s time to get to the important stuff! Video games! And at this point, you’re probably asleep, so I’ll just write it all down so you can come back to it later.
So, with me banging my head off of Celeste trying to finish it up, fully enjoying myself of course, and still in the honeymoon phase with Borderlands 2. It’s tough to decide what I’m in the mood to play next. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m kinda in the mood for a shoot em up. You know, something short and easy to pick up and play. But then when I really think about it, I could honestly go for a good horror game as well. And then there’s still a couple review codes I need to get to, on top of it all! I know, I’m a busy man!
But I need to make some decisions right?? So here are the games I’m waffling on at the moment, one shoot em up, one horror game and one random JRPG. Because it wouldn’t be the Backlog Odyssey without a little anime in the mix!
Neptunia Shooter (Steam)
The Coma: Recut (PS4)
Dragon Star Varnir (PS4)
Neptunia Shooter is an obvious choice because it has the best of two worlds! Super cute pixelated anime graphics and hectic shoot em up fun! And on top of that, it’s from the wonderful folks over at Idea Factory, so I would be remiss to not play it! Actually it was a toss up between that and Akai Katana by CAVE, but since I’m in one of those “cute-em-up” moods, I landed on that.
When it came to my horror pick, it was a little tougher. Mostly because I still have a lot of heavy hitters still on my backlog. Like Silent Hill HD Collection and the entire Fatal Frame series. But since I recently did a giveaway for The Coma, I thought it would be fun to get my thoughts out there. That and it seemed the most unique out of all my other choices.
And then finally, Dragon Star Varnir because I’ve been on a bit of a JRPG kick lately and this one seems like it’s going to be fun. I mean, it’s filled with dragons and witches (or something like that)! Truthfully, you can’t argue with that combo! From what I’ve seen about it so far, it has a very Fairy Fencer F vibe, and I’m totally on board with that! Really it was between this and starting the Drakengard series, (which also involves dragons) but since I owe a review for this game, I thought it would be the more appropriate choice!
A Series of Three Ones
Well my friends, just as predicted, it’s been a pretty long post, so I think I’ll give you all a break and call it quits for the day! With over 700 games still on the backlog, I’m thinking we still have a lot of work to do, both playing games and building things to make finding them easier. Oh and writing about them. You know, because that’s what we do here on The Backlog Odyssey!!
Anyways, have a great rest of your day folks and I’ll see you bright and surly next Monday!!
Celeste (Xbox One)
Punch Line (Steam)
Borderlands 2 (Xbox One)
Total Backlogged Games: 721 …the number of ideas per minute I get thinking about the website.
Total Completed Games: 28 …the necessary number of donuts needed to combat programmer’s stress
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