Reviews of October (2016)

Well, October is officially over and while you’re all recovering from your candy-holic hangovers, allow me to wish you a very happy November and a happy National Author’s Day (in uhh ‘Murica). Autumn is now in full swing. My favorite time of year! My anniversary, the cooler weather, the colors and foods, the coziness and cardigans, the fire in the fireplace. Best time there is. Life is grand!

So we say goodbye to October with a look back at both our accomplishments and shortcomings of the month to see what we can learn. In October we reviewed:

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Though we got off to a slow start, October was an exciting month for several reasons. Firstly, we picked up a new author! The amiable Red Hot Chili Mage (who’s alter ego is secretly Reuben of Stuff and That) wrote up his debut review for our Well-Red blog with a piece on Rocket League. Guy poured all kinds of passion into the thing. Cheers and welcome aboard!

Not to be outdone, The Shamrock Show Mage gave us a reason to keep living in his overview of CW’s second season of The Flash. Very thrilling show. I’m on season three and enjoying the heck out of it. Speaking of TV shows, I wrote up a review on one. Yes, it’s true. I watched Supergirl and did not like it very much.

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Rage Mage rightAnd speaking of not liking things, the Rage Mage dropped his characteristic can of whoop-gluteus maximus on a hack n’ slash adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from EA. We just let him do his thing.

It being Halloween and all (the holiday which puts October on the map, so to speak), we reviewed a fan favorite in a discussion-inciting write up of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. For more spooktacular and other bad fear-themed puns, check out “The Versatile Blogger Award *Halloween Special*“, also by The Shamrock Show Mage.

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Keeping the fear alive, we did our monthly musical exploration in Spooky themes across the wide world of video games. Lots to choose from. Possibly some hurt feelings for suggested tracks that didn’t make the cut. It’s only a Top 20, folks. My condolences. Well-Red had to be true to hisself.

A few others things that made October awesome: we hit 20k views and we entered the Bound Photo Contest based on four screenshots you helped me pick out (still waiting on the contest results).

We streamlined and updated our archival system and we scored our very first perfect score ever in the history of Well-Red MagedomSuper Mario Bros. 3. Pretty hard to argue with that one.

Oh and a little thing called the Nintendo Switch was announced. Maybe you’ve heard of it? The thing electrified the internet and dominating gaming conversation. I personally cannot wait to get it.

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As mentioned earlier, October was a slow month to get going. This has occasionally happened to me with a sudden case of writer’s block at the first of the month. It’s like there are so many options of games to suddenly play and review that I get a little literary constipation. This blog came about for one reason because I wanted more practice on getting around so-called “writer’s block”, and luckily things eventually started… flowing again. Sorry for the mental image. Here’s another:

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But because the month began so slow, I know that it affected the flow of traffic. For those interested in such things, I’ll give the refrain again: inconsistent posting leads to inconsistent visitation. Evidence, NPC’s.

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17 posts less than July, 1 post less than August, 9 posts more than September. July was a month of consistency whereas October opened to a slow week.

There’s nothing disappointing about these numbers to me, but they’re here as facts to show the value of consistent, frequent posting, to prove that to myself and to anyone else.

As always, thanks for reading and thanks to those who participate in our community projects like voting and suggesting things. Bless your widdle hearts!

My October recommendations are the dramatic Grim Fandango Remastered and the elegant Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Both are near perfect and both can be completed in a short amount of time, so they wouldn’t necessarily clog up your backlog. Of course, Super Mario Bros. 3 is perfect and if you haven’t played that yet…  you probably deserve to get hit with giant tanuki balls.

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Ranked from best to worst:

Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)  10

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)  9.5

Grim Fandango Remastered (2015)  9.0

Rocket League (2015)  8.8

Super Smash Bros. (1999)  8.8

Flash, the [Season 2] (2015)  8.4

Dig Dug (1982)  8.4

Breath of Fire III (1997)  7.9

Mega Man IV (1991)  7.4

Earthworm Jim 2 (1995)  5.8

Supergirl [Season 1] (2015)  5.5

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the (2002)  4.3

 

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9 thoughts on “Reviews of October (2016)

  1. I’m glad you’re having so much success with the blog. Mine hasn’t had anywhere near the activity of yours. I really wish I could people to come over and interact lately, like you’ve bee having. I’m sorry if this comes off as bitter and self-loathing, this isn’t my normal. I’m just pretty down about how little traffic I’m getting. Honestly, I really am happy you’re site is doing great! I really enjoy the good reads on here!

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    • Sir, the last thing I want to be is discouraging. I hope I can inspire. I can’t really give any huge list of tips and tricks to get to where you want to be. It seems to me that you’re a consistent blogger. Here, I can only give credit to the fortune of meeting friendly people and the writers who’ve helped craft The Well-Red Mage together. Maybe building a writing staff is something you’d be interested in doing? Thank you for your heartfelt comment.

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