2019 was… a year. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember too much of the first half of the year, except that we were probably excited and gung-ho about improving our blog, Double Jump as a whole, and really figuring out what our ambitions are for life.
I’m with you. I barely remember the beginning of 2019 as well. 2019 wasn’t kind to my mental health. I got into a gaming slump for a few months and even a blogging slump as well. However, I feel like things weren’t too bad on the gaming and blogging front for Double Jump.
Yes, we did hit that slump in the middle of the year, particularly in the summer months. We were busy with other life obligations, but it’s true that Double Jump didn’t do too badly, in my opinion. Despite not being able to keep up with daily posts and being a little sporadic with our streaming schedule, we’ve made strides with our goals. At the very least, our goals have become more concrete and it’s been a year that has taught us how important our mental health is amid the Internet.
It’s true. Through the rough patches this year we were able to take an in-depth look at where we are and where we want to be when it comes to gaming and Double Jump as a whole. These past few months, we’ve been working hard on some new features and ideas for Double Jump beginning in 2020.
We’ve been a couple of busy bees these last few months, both with Double Jump ideas and features as well as life obligations. Despite our mid-slump, it was great to take that time to prioritize what we wanted and where we wanted to go. Of course, we’ve had plenty of supporters and friends when it comes to our work and lives, and we’re grateful for all of them.
Yeah, amid everything, we had a great gaming community to support us throughout the year with gaming, blogging, and beyond. We’re grateful for all of you (you know who you are) and we’re eager to see what you all bring to the table in 2020 as well. Despite everything, Kris, what was your favorite part of 2019? Do you have a favorite blog post we (or you or I) did or a favorite game you played?
I think one of my favorites posts we did together was our post saying goodbye and thank you to Reggie Fils-Amié. While it probably wasn’t our most eloquent post, the meaning of it is what makes it a favorite post of mine. Growing up with video games, particularly Nintendo games, has made such an impact on our lives and being part of the scene enough to witness such a prolific person in the industry reach the height of his career and retire happily is a fantastic memory. Aside from that, the game Arcade Spirits sticks out to me, not only because of how well crafted it is with the programming, art, and voice acting but also because of it being one of the first games that I’ve played offering nonbinary and friendship options. Considering I’ve posted on this blog how I’m asexual for the first time this year, that was huge to me. What about you?
Seeing Reggie go was bittersweet. It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year for that. He left in April, I believe. There are too many posts for me to mention, but I think we had a couple of fun debates throughout the year. For games, Luigi’s Mansion 3 definitely was my favorite this year, but that’s pretty recent. Looking back, Cattails sticks out in my mind. That game is bizarrely good and I enjoyed my time with it. I’m still looking forward to getting back into it.
That was an odd game, one that was amusing to watch you play. We did have some good debates, particularly the ones about the Legend of Zelda Dungeons and Divine Beasts, as well as Special versus Physical attacks. This year also saw us playing Dungeons & Dragons for the first time, and I love that we’ve gotten a good party with our friends from our writer’s group. Being able to find others to play with after wanting to try D&D for so long has been great!
Oh, that’s right. I feel like we’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons for so long now. I forgot we only started in… February, I believe. In addition, we did stream a good amount on Twitch. Our schedule flopped from time to time but it’s always great to see the same people join us whenever we do go live again after so long.
It is, yes. Circling back to our comment of being thankful for our supporters and friends goes hand-in-hand with seeing familiar chatters on our Twitch live streams. Despite the slump and learning to prioritize our mental and physical health, 2019 wasn’t too bad at all. We’re aiming to make 2020 even better, but 2019 was a great stepping stone for our goals and dreams.
We have a couple of new things planned for 2020 and we can’t wait to share them with you! Thanks for a great 2019 and we’ll see you all in 2020!