When you're knee deep in gaming culture there's a real pressure to remain present — to keep pace with the constant new releases, to discuss the games that were released this week. This month. This year. It's draining. Shameless Gaming is our annual antidote. In July, when the release schedule grinds to a halt, we give ourselves a month to play catch up — to play the games gathering dust on our piles of shame.
Shameless Gaming was a concept dreamed up by Kotaku regular Trjn and the beauty of shameless gaming is that it's shameless. You can play the games you want to play. You can try and finish as many games as possible or you can just do... whatever really. The point it: take time out from the latest releases and play what you want for a change.
This will be Kotaku Australia's third year of Shameless Gaming in July. The first year I blasted through about three or four games including Bulletstorm. Last year? I spent the whole month playing Dark Souls and Dark Souls alone. I had always wanted to dedicate a serious amount of time to Dark Souls but just never had the opportunity. Dark Souls now ranks among some of my favourite games of all time.
I am unsure about my plans for this year but, since I'm spending the entire second half of July overseas on holiday, it will probably involve handheld gaming.
But just off-hand, while I'm here, there are a few games that I'm keen to finish. Games I started and enjoyed, but I got sidetracked somehow. Games like Thomas Was Alone, The Walking Dead. There's been a copy of LittleBigPlanet for the PS Vita sitting on my desk for the better part of a year — I might give that a try now that I've finally dragged the Vita out of retirement for Hotline Miami.
I was also thinking about making an attempt to learn a completely new type of game — playing Civilization or something, or maybe an RTS? These are games I've neglected my entire gaming life. Maybe it would be worthwhile giving something like that a try.
Or maybe I'll just play through some of my absolute favourite video games, just to remind myself of what I really love about games. Metroid Prime, A Link To The Past, Metal Gear Solid 3 — games like that.
But that's the beauty of Shameless Gaming. Do whatever the hell you like. Just play video games. Without shame.
What will you be playing?
Getting involved in Shameless Gaming this month? What are your plans? What's sitting atop your pile of shame? Let us know in the comments below.