2017: the year full of excellent releases in video games. 2017: not every game that came out was perfect because that’d be ridiculous, much harder on our wallets, and we don’t all share blanket collective opinions and likes on what’s good or not. So! Guess what we’ll be talking about for our next theme week?

Hello again, TAY! December is fast approaching. It’s a busy time of year for many but also, hopefully, some down time to spend with family, friends, and loved ones. And hey! Maybe some time to get those creative juices flowing.

For our last Theme Week, we took a look at our favourite video game worlds. This time, I’ll ask that we talk about our video game disappointments for 2017. This is the time of year where best of the year lists start rolling out. But let’s take a critical eye and look back at the games that we consumed that we didn’t like so much.

Whether it was a disappointment for a game you had high hopes for, something that had parts that were good but parts that were just rotten, or a thing that was mediocre now that you’re thinking about it: let’s give these not-so-shiny pieces of entertainment their send off. What’s the worst game you played in 2017, TAY?

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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 The Worst Game You Played In 2017. You can write, spark topic discussions or talk about it anyway you like. But let’s think critically! What made it a downer? Maybe a game just had one element you couldn’t love in an otherwise okay jaunt.

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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..

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Let’s set this Theme Week to run during the week of from now until the end of 2017. That’s quite the while to plan. 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.

Tag your articles with the following, “TAY Theme Week” and “TAY Theme Week: Worst Game of the Year 2017”, along with whatever other relevant tags.*

*If you wanted to expand the Theme Week to include other media like TV shows or movie, that’s welcome too!

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Most of all: Have fun! Looking forward to what we come up with.