Week in Review – December 25, 2016

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The final week in review before the site launches. That’s pretty exciting if you ask me!


The past few weeks have been extremely busy for us here at Gameumentary, even if it doesn’t seem like it. I’ve been setting up interviews for the site like a mad man, and I can tell you one thing. We’ve got some really neat features lined up for you.

As promised, I’ll let you know about a few of the features we’re currently finishing up now.

One of the features you’ll see first here on Gameumentary is one of my first longform articles that I’ve worked on and published. It covers the Midwest’s game development scene and covers perspectives from developers from all around the country regarding why the entertainment industry hasn’t exactly expanded out to the country’s heartland just yet.

I recently had that feature published in my school’s magazine, which is my second big feature article that I have had published since attending college. My professor was rather impressed with it, so hopefully all of you will be as well and learn something new about a section of the country you don’t hear about all that often.

Following that, we have a feature covering a new studio located in Kansas City whose currently working on a open world nautical adventure game; a feature covering a studio working on a cooperative title that might remind you quite a bit about Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons; a feature covering how a certain studio developed the expansive lore for their recently released title…and plenty more.

Like I said, we have a lot of interesting and unique features in the works for the site and we plan to continue that all year long. If you’ve been looking for real games journalism and a site that will provide you quality stories, you’ve come to the right place. I’m extremely excited about the stuff we’re producing and can’t wait to share it with you soon.

That’s not even to mention the secret stuff we’re working on…sorry, still can’t tell you what that is!


Unfortunately I’m not going to have a lot of time over my Christmas break to get any substantial gaming time in. I’m currently in New York visiting family, so don’t really have access to my consoles at the moment. I did pick up Stardew Valley on the PC though and have been trying to get into that. Not sure its my style of game just yet, but I’m giving it a chance.

I do have a lot to play though when I get home next week. I snagged Watch Dogs 2, Dishonored 2 and Titanfall 2 for Christmas, so my backlog just grew exponentially. I’ll probably get Dishonored 2 and Titanfall 2 completed early next year before the onslaught arrives, and I still want to play through The Last Guardian at some point as well.

As you’ve probably already guessed, however, I’m still hooked on Siege. My friends and I also recently picked up Early Access copies of Astroneer on Xbox One and have had a blast exploring and figuring out how to play the game. I also picked up a copy of Mortal Kombat X and have been playing that quite a bit lately as well.

Other than that, I’m preparing to finish up my last full semester of college. Feels surreal to be at this point in my college career already, but I think I’m ready to start the next stage of my life. I won’t actually graduate until next December, but I only have this semester, two classes in the summer and two next fall before I’m all said and done.

So I’m already starting the job hunt and have no idea where I’ll end up following the end of college. As of right now, I think I’ll end up on one of the coasts, most likely New York so I’m closer to family and that’s where a lot of PR work in the gaming industry can be found. Needless to say, 2017 will be an interesting year for me, and hopefully a better one than 2016.

Hopefully the launch of Gameumentary on the 1st of January starts my year off on the right foot. We’ll see you next week!

  • Hammercorps

    Glad to see the launch is going well! Excited to see what you’ve got cooking up.

    Not too much in my personal gaming world, busy playing Tyranny for the last 2 weeks. It’s pretty enjoyable so far, the gameplay is pretty standard CRPG stuff, but it’s fun and well-designed. The writing is really good too so far, it’s definitly a much more Witcher-esque, morally grey handling of evil, which I’m really digging. Interested to see where it ends.

    Other than that, I haven’t been up to much, working and also reading Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Futu.re as well, which is completely fascinating.

    Good luck!

    • Ha, good thing you’re playing Tyranny. We’ll be talking about it soon here 😉

    • Thanks Hammer!

      I did not know Dmitry Glukhovsky had a new book out! I just finished Metro 2033 and loved it — gonna have to pick up Futu.re!

      • Hammercorps

        Just finished it a couple nights ago, and I can say his writing quality has greatly improved since Metro 2033. I liked both 2033 and 2034, but Futu.re probably goes into my top 10 books list for sure. It’s extremely brutal at some points, and definitely more adult than his earlier work, but I think the themes it tackles and the take on them are really fascinating. Worth a read for sure.