The man behind the blog TheNoyse.com has a full-time job. He also has three children. Like many other adults, he can lament the lack of free time for hobbies, such as playing video games. Nonetheless, he is providing daily updates on a provocative project: Every single day in 2013, for 365 days straight, he is going to play a different video game, and he is going to write about it.
“Staying up late is key,” he says on Twitter, where he is quite willing to engage in gaming conversations, and makes it clear that he is willing to sacrifice precious sleep in order to maintain his unique commitment.
Newcomers to his blog may confuse his intent and need a couple clarifications, however. Perhaps the primary clear-up is to understand that he is not a reviewer. The blog updates are not strictly reviews of the games, but just words about his experiences with each title. In fact, he is not even going to finish every game, which may surprise some, even if it certainly helps explain that the purpose of his project is not to complete as many games as possible.
Also, one intriguing element of TheNoyse is that the writing style can wildly differ from entry to entry. Whether the blogger seeks to form a skillful sequence of phrases in order to better elucidate a gameplay session, or just wants to offer a personal recollection concerning a related childhood memory, visitors will never know what they are in store for in each new post.
So far, TheNoyse is loud and clear, well into February with a perfect attendance record for daily posts. Gamers will notice that the writer is also intent on playing a thorough mix of video games both modern and retro, with a handy right-column chart elaborating on per-console totals. Hopefully, he will be able to keep up all through December.
Eric Bailey blogs at NintendoLegend.com, where he is reviewing every American-released NES video game. He also serves as Editor-In-Chief of retro gaming features site 1MoreCastle.com, and can be followed on Twitter @Nintendo_Legend.