Game studio CD Projekt Red -- often abbreviated as CDPR by their many fans -- made a low key possible announcement of a huge slate of upcoming video games from their popular Witcher and Cyberpunk IPs, plus a few completely new surprises.
I tend to be a "deep-dive binge" kind of gamer.
Whenever a transmog system is introduced into one of the many games I play, I immediately look at it and debate whether or not it would be a good fit for World of Warcraft, the game that taught me how much I love transmog.
I'm not exactly ashamed of the fact that as soon as I saw a form of transmog was making it to Cyberpunk 2077 I was already downloading the patch before the folks in our Discord could start to ask me questions about it.
I really wanted to like Brutal Legend.
To this day, when I hear the original theme that plays behind the World of Warcraft login screen -- you know the one -- I am immediately drawn back to December of 2004, when I would log on to my Human Warrior Marketh (later deleted and rerolled as my Human Warrior Scythos because I didn't like the name Marketh anymore) and run around the Wetlands trying to get to the boat to Kalimdor.
A game's launch -- the period of time in which it first becomes available for widespread play -- is one of the most important for that game's overall reputation, and many factors can impact whether or not that crucial event goes smoothly.
Honestly, one of the reasons I'm still playing Diablo 3 all these years later (it came out in 2012) is because it still has this perfect gameplay loop that sparks a mellow, relaxed feeling for me.
So right now I'm playing Horizon Forbidden West, while also dipping into Cyberpunk 2077's new 1.5 update/soft reboot which makes the game amazing on consoles, while also preparing for World of Warcraft and the upcoming patch 9.2, while also working on my renegade Shepard playthrough in Mass Effect Legendary Edition, while also...
It has been a really terrifying, hellish month and it's only the third day of it as I write this, and so, as a coping mechanism I've been playing a lot of Fallout 4. Yes, that's right, I deal with stress by playing a game where humanity blew up the world.