My gaming preferences are mysterious and ever shifting. Like a leaf upon the wind, one can never be too sure where they may land. … Which is to say, I’m very fickle and typically struggle to settle into any one title for any reasonable period of time.

Which let me tell you, can really make these games I’m playing posts a bit of a mission.

Often by the time I realise, “Yep — I’m playing this thing a fair bit” and reckon it might be an idea to add it to the sidebar, I grow suspicious of the fact that I will be done with it a day or two hence. Or that the act of officially recognising it might even somehow break the spell of game continuity.

But I’m going to risk it. I’m putting the cards out on the table and saying: Yep — I’m playing a boatload of No Man’s Sky at the moment. Not an outcome I expected when I first booted it up and tinkered around a bit. I didn’t really see much of a reason to consider it significantly improved over what I’d seen before.

Oh good. Doesn’t look like I’m on the menu today.

Turns out I was wrong. I’m glad I went back for a second look. I couldn’t even tell you now, only a few days on why I did though!

Not really any change otherwise this time around.

Changes to the Game List


  • No Man’s Sky


  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • Final Fantasy XIV

Nearly Removed

  • Lost Ark


  • None

My Lost Ark account is still functional, I check in every once and a while. But I’m trying really hard not to get too invested in my characters. The risk of being banned is still ever present and I can’t imagine the pain of that happening if I actually reach end game and make significant progress with it.

To such an extent I almost wish the ban hammer had already fallen.

I half expect to find some Night Elves hiding in the bushes here.

For all others interested — we’re told that an NA release is in the works, and it looks like Smilegate recently even put out job postings for an English localisation team. But the next step on this journey is the Russian release slated to go into open beta late this year.

That release is rumoured to have a native English language option. It’s also suggested that the Russian release will be far ‘safer’ for foreigners to play, with laxer restrictions than the Korean release.

So my plan is to hold off and wait for this release before getting too heavily involved. But… I can feel that I’m very close to getting my boat in Lost Ark, and I kinda want it. So we’ll see. ;)


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Michael Neale · August 22, 2019 at 8:14 pm

It’s great that you have been able to spend some time with No Man’s Sky. Did you play it before the update? It would be interesting to know just how much it has changed in the last 2 years

    Naithin · August 22, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I played maybe 10 hours of the 2016 launch version and then put it down since, except maybe for a 30 minute look around after NEXT.

    It has changed *a lot*.

    But this wasn’t immediately apparent to me starting out again with a fresh save. There is way too much to go into in detail, but the best thing (imo) came in an update called ‘Visions’ which added diversity to the types of planet biomes available, plus allowing at least some variety *within* a planet’s biome.

    Before a planet was one singular texture the whole way around. Now there are some variances on most types. It’s not major, but it’s enough to create a better sense of place than there was before.

    If you already own it, it’s 100% worth taking a look again. If any specific questions too, lemme know!

      Michael Neale · August 22, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      I never bought into the hype or played the game after I heard about all of the disappointment, but now it looks like a totally different game that’s worth my time!

      It looks like a nice game that you could play without taking it too seriously so I may pick it up soon 🤓

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