June 29, 2022

The Summer Drought

It’s hotter in the UK than in the Med, we have the Olympic Games, the Queen has her diamond jubilee and Euro 2012 as well. It’s a packed summer… and unfortunately, that means that most developers are a little shy about releasing games for those of us who prefer not to get sunburn…


It’s been another scorcher of a day here in the United Kingdom. And this good weather is expected to last for a few more weeks yet.

On the one hand, this is brilliant. Just when we need it down here in Cornwall, there is a sense that hey, we might have some tourism to buoy our ailing economy. With the footie (Euro 2012), the Olympic Games in London and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, it seems that this summer may even be a hugely profitable one for the majority of the country.

Of course, as a gamer, this comes with it the downside that every summer, developers and publishers slow down their game releases. There is method to the madness, of course – from June through to the end of August, people tend to go on holiday. This means that they are not at home, and therefore have no reason or ability to buy actual games for their consoles. It isn’t like most of us will take our X-Boxes, PS3s and Wiis with us to the south of France – why bother going away if you aren’t going to enjoy the scenery?

However, the upside is the likes of me – a blogger, one man trying his bloody hardest to keep up with the gaming world – I can begin to catch up with the stack of games I have obtained so far this year. There are only so many hours in the day (it’s a cool and crisp 2am as I type this out!) and with raiding, writing and regular therapy sessions, it can be difficult to find the spare time in a busy day to get through enough of a game to have an opinion on it. I do prefer to PLAY a game for a KOG Quickie, especially since this new layout provides me with better options to add full reviews as well.

Personally speaking though, I am not a big lover of the sun. I am at my happiest in snowy regions, because I have this romantic dream of doing this blog from a small wooden-clad bungalow in the Canadian Wilderness, with an open fire and a couple of huskies for company. Plus I burn easily – half an hour in the sun is like sticking my head inside an industrial oven.

Hence I’ll be working on this blog, finishing games and generally keeping in the shade. Hello Summer, and by the way, we’re still not on speaking terms, goodbye… 😛


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