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Looking back at Bio Break circa 2008

Since Bio Break has been around for more than 11 years now, I thought it’d be kind of fun to go back and look at the very first month I blogged here.

I used the Internet Wayback Machine to pull up the original banner I was using back in December 2008. At that time, I had been blogging on WAAAGH!, a Warhammer Online-focused site for the better part of the year, but I realized that I would need a more general purpose gaming blog for my ever-shifting interests. Therefore, on December 5th, I opened Bio Break for business. At the time, I was just 32 years old and had just one 8-month-old kid in the house. Oh, Syp of 2008. If only you knew how loud and crazy life was about to become.

“Unlike WAAAGH!, Bio Break is not going to be a daily updated blog, but rather a time-to-time journal of my thoughts on past, present and upcoming titles. Nostalgia will be a big factor, as will my eternal love for all things Chrono Trigger. So welcome, stay tuned, and keep your flies zipped!”

Obviously, I’ve stuck to the not-daily-at-all format here. Actually, Bio Break quickly became my primary blog while I pretty much stopped blogging about Warhammer Online three days earlier.

Games that I was playing:

  • Fallout 3 (“Everything’s pretty much top-notch in the game”)
  • Chrono Trigger (“Some stories transcend the limitations of the technology to burrow into our minds forever.”)

Things that I was talking about:


5 thoughts on “Looking back at Bio Break circa 2008

  1. You may not want to cross the streams here, which I can certainly respect, but looking at your blogs from way back then led me to Watchman, your previous devotional blog.

    I am not a person of faith myself, though I consider myself educated in comparative religion, and though I try to respect the belief systems of others insofar as they respect mine. I enjoyed reading Watchman and seeing that side of your life in any case.

    I wonder if you’ve ever considered writing a post for Bio Break in which you comment on the ways in which your Evangelical Protestantism informs/doesn’t inform your gaming. Are there games you just won’t play? Quests in an MMO you won’t perform? Character types you won’t ever select? Or are these things utterly separate in your mind? (If they are, how does your view that God is interested in all aspects of everything His creations do intersect with that sense of separateness?)

    I personally would find such a post really interesting, although again, I can understand why you might not want to get that personal here, or anywhere online.

    In any case, thanks for writing. I may tease you about your inconstancy with regard to MMOs and your weird animus toward elves, but I genuinely enjoy your blog, and I have for years.

  2. I should point out that I’d also be very interested in hearing about ways in which your faith has enhanced your experience as a gamer; J.R.R. Tolkien’s thoughts on “sub-creation” and the manner in which creating characters and stories deepened his own sense of connection to God spring to mind as only one example of what I mean (i.e., I don’t mean to imply that the relationship between devoutness and gaming need be a negative or opposed one).

  3. I love these 10 year jumps. Half the games that people were playing seem so old, the other half I feel like I just stopped playing them.

  4. I vaguely remember this. I found your Warhammer-blog, became a regular reader and more or less got aware of the possibility of having a blog to write about games in the first place!

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