FWD Progress: Life Can Be a Distraction

Dad and BabyYou know all those people that say having a baby is hard work? They're right. When people say the time starts to fly by? It does. How about when they say it's the most rewarding experience you'll ever have? They are most certainly correct about that. I have never felt a feeling of love so great as when my baby girl smiles at me in the morning.

Our daughter Evelyne is almost seven months old and much of that time seems like a blur. I've taken on a lot of duties around the home in preparation for my role as stay-at-home dad and it feels like I'm always taking care of a chore, errand or meal, or that I'm too tired to move. This hasn't left any time to work on Game Forward content, but our little family is starting to develop a daily routine, which should afford me an hour or two a few times a week. Read More...

I may have mentioned this before, it's been a long time since I've written a blog post, but I finally added a simple press release section in order to get content I'm interested onto the site in a quick and easy fashion. I will still write genuine news posts and reviews when I can, but even playing through a game can be tough these days.

That said, I did manage to sink 30 hours into Sleeping Dogs during the summer and for the first time saw my completion reach 100% an open world action game. Needless to say, I really liked it. In fact, it was my favourite open world action game since Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas came out almost a decade ago.

I also played through Dust: An Elysian Tale on Xbox LIVE Arcade and though it became a bit of a slog near the end, I managed to unlock everything in that game as well. It had a fantastic presentation and "Metroidvania" style gameplay with light RPG elements.

I really need to get a review to get back into things again and it will likely be one of these two games, despite their relative age.

Wei Shen is One Bad DudeWei Shen is One Bad Dude

Recently, I've been putting any time I can into the insanely addictive Borderlands 2. It's better than the first in just about every way, especially the awesome and frequently outrageous guns.

Nathalie has generally been on the couch with the baby while I play and has inadvertently taken up the hobby of reading videogame-based novels, which, trust me, is quite a departure for her. She enjoyed the first three Mass Effect novels and thought the fourth was garbage. She lliked the two Metal Gear Solid books and is currently reading Bioshock: Rapture, which she seems rather indifferent to.

I've been amassing quite the stockpile of Indie games on Steam this year and I plan to do a year-end wrap-up of some of my favourites like Lone Survivor, FTL: Faster Than Light, Legend of Grimrock and Torchlight II. I also plan to revive my favourite downloadable console games overview posts this year.

There are a couple more retail games I hope to get around to before the year is out, namely Dishonored and XCOM: Enemy Unknown, both of which came out last week. Assassin's Creed III and Forza Horizon are also on my radar.

I Can't Wait to Open My Wii UI Can't Wait to Open My Wii UThere is nothing I love more than playing with and writing about new hardware, so I'm very excited to have my hands on the iPod Touch 5th Generation and, of course, we'll be picking up a Wii U on launch day. Unfortunately, aside from New Super Mario Bros. U none of the launch titles have my interest as of yet.

Finally, in terms of content, I'm starting a series of brief reviews called Backlogging in which I will group two to four thematically-related downloadable games together and compare them. I have a terrible habit of buying games and not playing them and this will help me kick it. I hope.

Before I play or write anything else, I NEED to get the core of the site updated. The version of Joomla I'm using is about to be end-of-life'd (if it hasn't been already). The upgrade itself will be simple enough, but I'll also have to upgrade the components, modules and theme I use as well.

I'm going to do a minor update to the logo and overall look of the site as well, but nothing major is planned in that regard. One more thing I hope to implement is a native mobile version of the site, since most of us browse the web on our smartphone or tablet these days.

Chances are you already follow me on Twitter or Facebook, but if not, feel free to. Thanks for sticking with me, I'll be putting as much focus into the site in the next few months as I can because once Nathalie goes back to work I'll have even less time than I do now.