Schedule Change

I’m going to start experimenting with a modified schedule which distributes content more evenly and gives me more time to work on larger articles as well as on other things like catching up on uploading the current backlog of videos and improving the site. This week is going to be a little odd because I want to finish the In Extremis article today and the Three Ghostly Roses article from before the hiatus on Friday. However, here is my current plan for the new schedule:

Monday: Main article preview for Friday’s article
Tuesday: Stream
Wednesday: Short Article (player-created content, short games, demos, first impressions, etc)
Thursday: Stream
Friday: Main article
Saturday: Stream
Sunday: Miscellaneous Stuff

I might switch back to the current schedule in the future, but for now I’m happy with this one. The biggest change here is that instead of either two main articles or one main and two short articles each week, there is now one main and one short article each week. It’s a little less content, but it’s also a lot more consistent. Streams will still generally be at 8:30 P.M. EST, but they’ve changed from a Monday/Wednesday/Saturday schedule to a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule, which feels more evenly spread out.

As for Sunday, this is sort of an ‘anything goes’ day. I might focus on getting videos uploaded or on updating Indie Overlook in some ways, I might decide to do a stream or write a short article, or I might simply take the day off to do things not related to Indie Overlook.

Concerning The Hiatus

Hi everyone, you may have noticed the complete lack of updates on Indie Overlook for over a week now and for that I am truly sorry. I have not lost interest in indie games nor in writing about them in the future, but I’ve had some serious stuff going on in my life as of late which has lead to my schedule becoming a mess and, to be as bluntly honest as possible, has sapped me of any desire to write or stream until things get back to normal.

I’d really love to be able to give an exact date for when I’ll start updating again, but that’s impossible for me to nail down. I’d very tentatively like to say Indie Overlook will start updating again within the next week, but the last estimate I gave was for August 27 and, as it is now September 5, it’s become pretty clear to me now that it may just as easily be another two or three weeks before things start to get back to normal both in my life and on Indie Overlook.

With all that being said, while streaming is definitely out of the question for me right now, I might still be able to make a few shorter articles during this time. I don’t want to make any promises on the matter nor give specific dates on which articles can be expected, but I would like to provide Indie Overlook with at least some content during this stretch if time allows.

UPDATE: The hiatus is over and I’m back to writing about and streaming indie games! The article for Three Ghostly Roses is actually going to still be delayed for a bit because at this point it’s been so long since I played it that I’ll need to play through parts of it again for the article. However, you can expect an article preview for Shrouded in Sanity within the next hour tonight, a stream tomorrow (probably of MagiCat), and the article proper for Shrouded in Sanity on Thursday!

Sorry For Slow Updates!

First of all, I really do want to apologize for not releasing new articles and streaming on schedule lately. I’ve had a few things I needed to focus on unrelated to Indie Overlook and I haven’t had much time to play, let alone write about, more indie games; I’d rather get off schedule than release subpar content on time. Though I can’t give a solid date as to when the schedule will get back to normal, it will probably be in a week or two. Until then, I’ll be releasing articles and streaming (I always send out stream announcements on Twitter) whenever I can.

Introducing First Impressions!

With the Steam Summer Sale currently in full swing, this seems like the perfect time to introduce a new feature for Indie Overlook, First Impressions. I’ve been wanting to add something like this in for a while so I’m really excited about this. First Impressions will be short articles based entirely on the first ~30 minutes (~60 for RPG’s) of gameplay with accompanying videos showing my experience during those 30 minutes.

Unlike with most other articles, the games on display here are going to range quite a bit in quality since, after all, I’m going into these games blind and any game I choose for a First Impression will get an article written about it regardless of how good or bad it ends up being. There’s generally going to be a harsher tone to both the videos and the articles as well in part because of the wide quality range and in part because I’ll be speaking and writing about a very specific, small part of the game without having experienced in it full.

First Impressions will be located in the Extras section for now, but they’ll likely get their own section once there are a decent number of them. I plan to make a Gaming Grab Bag stream every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday in which I play through three or four games for 30 minutes each for the duration of the Steam Summer Sale. Every day that isn’t a stream day will be dedicated to writing one or two First Impression articles for the games shown off in these streams until I’ve covered all of them.

Last, but by no means least, I want to stress that these really are first impressions. Seemingly good games may wear thin later on and games which get off to rough starts may turn out to be great once they get going. These are by no means judgements upon each game as a whole. Nevertheless, good first impressions are important, even for video games, and I hope these articles prove to be both fun and informative for everyone who reads them.

I’m Back!

Well, things are back to normal and back on schedule starting today! This means that I’ll be continuing my ongoing ‘random classes + highest difficulty’ run of Alvora Tactics starting at 8:30 EST tonight over on my Twitch channel!

Likewise, the schedule for the rest of the week looks like this:

Tuesday: Article Preview
Wednesday: Stream
Thursday: Full Article
Friday: Article Preview
Saturday: Stream
Sunday: Full Article

I usually start all streams between 8:00 and 8:30 EST and I always announce them on my Twitter page.