Another year, another review post. Like last year there wasn’t any defining achievement or goal reached, mostly slow progress on everything. Though I left my job and started working as a contractor. Luckily my former employer gave me my first contract due to their rapid growth so I’ve been able to start with a solid foundation.

Games Played

2017 had some really good games. Here’s my ranking of all the games I played:

  1. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  2. Mario x Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  3. Finding Paradise
  4. Sonic Mania
  5. Life Is Strange: Before the Storm
  6. Super Mario Odyssey
  7. Horizon Zero

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Today the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy is released (yes I pre-ordered) so it’s the perfect time to talk about my favourite game.

I’ll never forget the first time I played a Playstation. I was sitting at home with my Sega MegaDrive playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Then, my dad came home from work with a box and said “Hey I got this new video game console. Let’s set it up!”. So then some unboxing, connecting SCART cables and there it was – but what the hell was it? There was no cartridge? A CD? What’s that?

Anyway, he put in


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My relationship with Pokémon starts back in 1999 when I first played Pokémon Red and Blue and was amazed by the Pokémon World. I would watch the TV show every morning before school and draw Pokémon comics after. That year was also the year I got my first computer and began my game development journey.

In 2002, I came across a fan-made Pokémon MMORPG called ‘Pokémon Online’ (aka ‘POL’) made by MeowthBG. I was excited. The idea of playing Pokémon online with other people amazed me. My brain hadn’t even thought of the possibility of online gaming, nevermind Pokémon online


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I don’t have any particularly strong feeling about my 2016. If my life was a TV show it would be one of those boring filler episodes.

Games Played

I only played a few games this year. Here’s a ranking of the games I finished:

  1. Steins;Gate 0
  2. Doom
  3. Stardew Valley
  4. Hitman
  5. Firewatch
  6. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  7. Pokemon Sun

I was really disappointed by Pokemon Sun. It got good reviews but I felt the game world didn’t flow – there were too many transitions when walking around the towns and islands. Not sure why it was implemented like this as you can …


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I’m Tom Cashman. I make video games and work as a software engineer.

What is this blog about?

I wanted to way to talk about things I’m working on, things I’m experiencing and to be able to look back on my life in the future.

Is that your real name?

Yes. Though on the streets I’m known as T-Money.

Who are you?

I’ve made a number of games since I was 10. The most well known is probably the Pokémon MMORPG I worked from 2007 to 2010 on that Nintendo C&D’d.…


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