That dreadful time of year is almost upon us once more. Yes, exams may be ending, and the wonderful long days of sunshine and outdoorsy living with BBQ and friends are nice. But where are the videogames?

TAY’s Theme Week Returns with its 5th Installment, in which I ask: How do you plan on handling the upcoming drought in videogames known to happen in the Summer?

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What’s Theme Week? It’s a column that aims to spawn shared stories of the medium dear to us. I’ll present a topic, and you write/sing/do something creative about it in response in the form of your own articles.

Here’s a recap on the topics we’ve covered in the past:

This next theme is all about your summer gaming plans. It may involve diving into your backlog, speedrunning, replaying something meaningful to you, waiting for sales, or maybe it doesn’t involve gaming at all!

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For this challenge, it’s perfectly acceptable to discuss past methods of dealing with the summer drought. It could be you discovered a really great game when you weren’t expecting it. If so, tell us about that game and how cool it was. You can recall past stories about Summer, so don’t feel too restricted by specifics. You’re all really creative, so I am sure you’ll find wonderful ways to approach the question.

Some Basic Things You Need to Know About Theme Week:

I know that many of you are hard-pressed for time, or not feeling very motivated. It happens. It sure does to me. But I’m hoping we can do something together to encourage our fine fellow TAY’ers that hitting the publish button isn’t so daunting. Or that getting to know your fellow TAY’ers a little bit more shouldn’t be a scary situation. Or simply to let you all know and each other that all of your contributions matter.

The rules of Theme Week are simple: Write, Art, Discuss, Encourage.

The Theme, as mentioned, is How Will You Tackle The Video Game Summer Drought? You can write, spark topic discussions or talk about it anyway you like.

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What else can that something be? Here are ideas and some things to get you started:

  • It doesn’t have to be a 3,000 word essay. It can be a paragraph or two. It can be a topic discussion — some of the easiest ways to engage the community is to put forth a simple question. It can be an invitation to watch you stream a game. It can be a song you want to share. It can be a silly or amazing drawing. A poem. A piece of tasteful satire. A fictional story. A hilarious screenshot with a few words to back it up.
  • You don’t have to have TAY authorship to participate. Maybe you’re testing the waters and don’t know how to start. This is a great time to try! So how do you get seen? Tag your article with “TAY Classic” and someone will share it over.
  • No Pressure. The point of Theme Week is to get our creative juices flowing and to have fun. You don’t have to participate, TAY. If someone does participate though, the only thing I’d suggest is that we give that person some feedback even in the simplest of ways. A “great article” comment goes a long way, and if you can do more to have a thoughtful discussion with the author, awesome. It’s the sort of thing we should be doing as is, theme week or not. I know we don’t always have the time to comment but trying is something we can all do..

Let’s set this Theme Week to run starting next week, May 7 through . 13th. Theme week runs in conjunction with whatever you want to write or had planned. And again, this isn’t mandatory but rather a fun writing prompt for the community to get involved.

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Tag your articles with the following, “TAY Theme Week” and “TAY Theme Week: Summer Drought”, along with whatever other relevant tags.

Most of all: Have fun! Now let me go think about what my plans are... Looking forward to your thoughts!