Hello there, and welcome to a new era in the history of DarkRula Media. February saw everything from the Blogger site make its way here, and now everything is within the relevant section of this site. Some of the things might not be where you expect them, but there’s reasoning behind such.
I am talking mostly of the Core Franchises articles, that dive into more than just games of those franchises, yet currently sit within the Gaming section of the site. The reasoning for such is that I was introduced to all three franchises through their games, so it felt right to put them there.
Then there’s a recent article of Highlights of DarkRula Media’s 2019, which sits in the Stories section, under a category of Label History. Reliving history is a story in itself, so it felt right to put it there. And even if there’s a History section on this site, such a category could see more use in the future.
This will be the last Monthly Update you’ll be seeing, at least in this form. In fact, this month will be the last you’ll be seeing content added to here. None of this is going away, but instead migrating back to my website.
Back in 2014, I had two Weebly sites. One for stories and one for the little used blog. However, I decided to migrate to using Blogger as it afforded an ease of access I felt I didn’t have at the time with Weebly.
Times change, and my website had already done so in 2017. Gone were the stories from it, instead being used as a showcase of all that I do. But the blog was separate from it, being hosted on Blogger.
Despite efforts to link them closely together, I felt it hasn’t been that successful. Which is why a migration is happening again. All the posts that are here [on Blogger] won’t be going anywhere but will be posted over to my website throughout this month.
A Happy New Year to you all! 2019 was a great year, with 2020 already proving to be another great one. The reason for that won’t be appearing for a few days yet, but it does allow me to lead into the overall view of this year.
I’m looking to expand my output on this site by talking more about games I’m playing and the things I do within them. What I’m Waiting For does do that with certain few games, but never in enough detail.
Indeed, the latest posted one looked at Jedi: Fallen Order and Daemon x Machina, but those were just two games out of the more than twenty I’ve played in 2019.
There were a few first impressions posts last month, with the unannounced one being Mario and Sonic at the Olympics Tokyo 2020. Along with the post, I showed off a few of the events in a video. This one was a fun game, so I couldn’t pass on the chance to talk about it.
I also covered Farming Simulator 19, as I’m really enjoying the series, and even went as far as calling the series one of my favourites. Now, I didn’t give a video for it, as I realised how dull that would have been without commentary.
The two that I did announce were Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokémon Shield. Both of these had post and video to show them off and give my thoughts. And this idea of post and video continues this month.
October saw a slight change of plans in terms of the GTA map showcased, but it still offered a concept of what an area within the GTA-verse could look like.
While I’m not entirely certain when the map based on Michigan will see a reveal (there’s a lot of detail within this one), it will still be within one of these next two months.
I talked a bit more about Pokémon Sword and Shield, just giving out a few more of my thoughts before this month where the first impressions post will be released for both Shield and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
And while not technically a first impressions post, I did talk about Farming Simulator 2017 and the reasons for me taking a dive into the series.
September saw two videos relating to Star Wars Battlefront and the new content that had arrived for the game, with the refreshed version of Capital Supremacy and Instant Action being played. The month also had the release of my new ebook The Future Adventures of Halesowen, with a second preview being posted as well as the release post.
New stories are set to come, and while there won’t be any new ebook releases this year, I do plan on using Wattpad a bit more. New chapters of Pokémon: Shadow Boom will be continuing to appear on the 15th of every month, but there’s a little extra I’m planning for Shorts of the Rula and Alternate Extras of Halesowen throughout these next three months.
August saw the announcement and a preview of my latest book – The Future Adventures of Halesowen. Pokémon: Shadow Boom started back up with its second chapter, with new chapters set to be released on the 15th of every month.
I also revealed the expanded concept of Mii Resort Paradise, complete with some footage from Go Vacation to give a bit of an idea of just some of the things I mention. And speaking of videos, I took my Mini drifting in Forza Horizon 4.
July saw the start of a month-long event in Racing Month, where I visited some racing games by showing off some gameplay and shared the story of them in relation to myself. I looked at Excite Truck, Crash Team Racing, GripShift, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles, with each being released every Friday.
I had planned on featuring another game, but felt it was too similar to one of those already featured. And while I feel I could get away with the story I used for Midnight Club, I don’t think I have one for Test Drive Unlimited that would have justified its inclusion.
E3 arrived and proved to be a great week as always, even if it felt lacking in a few areas. Rather than list the individual posts made, just take a look inside the E3 2019 label. Of course, there was also news from the Pokémon Direct relating to Sword and Shield, which wouldn't be in that E3 label.
As for videos, I showed off some more custom races in Forza Horizon 4, along with a showcase of the LEGO Speed Champions expansion of the game. Between those were two GTA Online videos that took a look at some of my older custom races.
What I'm Waiting For - Volume 7 released, giving my thoughts on Forza Horizon 4, Kingdom Hearts 3, and The Crew 2, before stating a new game to put onto the waiting for list. As stated in the last update, the month of May would be a quiet one. Because June and July are going to be large ones.
I'd already said in that update there was an event I had been planning for May that I pushed to July. That event will be focused on Youtube videos with a few posts here giving thoughts on those games. You're not going to find out what the event is until the July update, but I figured I'd at least say what the plan for it was.