Hello everyone and welcome to day 10 of my 31/31! I’m really sorry about today’s blog being late. Life decided to throw a little curveball at me, and it took me by surprise to say the least. Now, as many of you know, I’m one of the younger members of GIO here. Because of that, a lot of my actions and responsibilities are tied to my family and what they decide to do. Today, I found out that my family and I are going to be taking an impromptu 2-week “vacation” over on the East Coast due to some family and court dealings. This took me by surprise, especially since this means that I am leaving this Friday morning for the airport. This is going to make finishing the 31/31 really difficult, especially with college tours occurring alongside a 20-page paper and some math assignments on top of it all. Now, if I was still at home for all of this, that wouldn’t be that bad, but I also have to travel just about every day. Long story short, I am apologizing in advance if my 31/31 blogs suddenly drop in length and/or quality, but I am thanking you all for your patience and support so far. It really has meant the world to me. Now, onto videogames…. When I heard this news, it made me feel the exact same way as I did when I was writing my celebration blog on Tuesday. While I feel that the blog came out great, I encountered a common difficulty when writing my blogs. That difficulty is finding relevant references. 
        Now let me explain about how this is such a difficult thing. See, when the PS3 and Xbox 360 came out, I was around 13-14 years old. Now, at the time, I was allowed to play T rated games, but since I have a younger brother who is younger than me by a few years, so we weren’t allowed to play those types of games around the house. This led to my household obtaining a Wii for this generation. Now, I love my Wii, don’t get me wrong. With some great games like Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Wii was beloved by me. However, with all of my friends turning to PS3 and Xbox 360, I rarely had friends to play games with, nor had a frame of reference when they would be at school the day after playing through the latest must-play game like Portal or Mass Effect 3. I basically felt like this: http://xkcd.com/606/ The same thing occurs whenever I’m about to write a blog for GIO. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still a big gamer, and have done my best to play games of this generation, like Mass Effect 3, Portal 1 and 2, The Last of Us, and many more games, but often times it was really late and after they were popular. I found myself playing games less and less, and even stopped caring about franchises all-together. Now, you might be thinking at this point, “Well Saturday, isn’t the Wii part of this generation?” Yes, but because of its irrelevance among the “hardcore” gaming world, I felt as if I had been temporarily sidelined and isolated. My gaming actions had reflected that as well.
        Gaming is an activity and hobby that holds a large spot in my heart, and is a passion of mine as well. So to take a step back from gaming was difficult. It was a feeling akin to seeing a friend again that you hadn’t seen for 3 years. You are still friends, but it’s awkward, and a lot more difficult to come up with conversation topics or something to laugh about. When I blog, I feel shoe-horned into making blogs about Nintendo games that I bought 5-6 years ago instead of being able to write a compelling piece about the latest AAA franchise, or even the quirky new indie game that has just been released. It’s this lack of relevance that is often the biggest obstacle for me to overcome when it comes to my blogging. Because when people want to read something, you have to give them a reason for them to read. A “so what?” Type of aspect in your story. It’s why I have really enjoyed seeing blogs here from many of the bloggers on the site. GIO generally does a great job covering various aspects of gaming, and they approach it with a unique viewpoint that allows both the bloggers opinion to shine through, and the uniqueness of the game they are covering.
        Do you have any things that are roadblocks for your blogging? Do you find my blogs relevant? I apologize for the short blog today, and I hope you still enjoyed it. Please feel free to leave a comment, and I’ll try to respond as soon as I can.