...I left my dog in the car with the windows up and all of the plants are dead. The stretching sound you hear is a metaphor being abused.
I've come to realize that it's taken me three years to get even halfway through 1980. Play-lag has reared it's ugly cliched head in this blog before, but now it has become actually detrimental to the experiment itself.
The "vision" if you will pretend with me that what I'm doing actually takes some degree of vision and not just a large degree of OCD, was to play the early games in their context with each other. To be able to look at, for example, Atari's Maze Craze, and say, "Wow this is so much more fun than that maze game we played last year on the Bally Professional Arcade!"
The problem is: I can barely remember playing Amazing Maze on the Bally Professional Arcade because I played it three years ago. I don't even remember playing the Fairchild Chanel F's Maze game. If I can't remember a game I played "two years ago" in the Chronology, (because it's been about four years since I've played it in real time), then there's a problem with how I'm approaching this. I need to make a better plan.
Anyway, not sure what I'm going to do. When I first started this I spent a huge amount of brain space on it. Between getting the games, playing them and writing about them, time and money was being poured into this project, and I really loved it. I still love it, but I've been absent-minded about it for at least three years. Months and weeks will go by and I'll suddenly be "OMG, when was the last time I chronogamed?" I blame it on gainful employment, but my wife says I can't quit my job to play games and write about them.
So, anyway, when I figure out what I'm doing, I will let y'all know. It has to be a version of chronogaming that I can sink my teeth into again, while at the same time, producing for it at regular intervals, so I don't reach a "WTF...why are all my fish dead?" point again.