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My first-ish attempts at pixel art. Last time I did this type of thing was in high school, I’ll have to find that picture somewhere…

My first-ish attempts at pixel art. Last time I did this type of thing was in high school, I’ll have to find that picture somewhere…

"We believe Nintendo can create very profitable games based on in-game revenue models with the right development team, Just think of paying 99 cents just to get Mario to jump a little higher." - Seth Fisher

My only reaction…

Source of such idiocy.

Game Journalists and Criticism: Grow up for God’s Sake

I tend not to get to worked up about games journalism anymore, there’s no point in it. It’s fundamentally broken in just too many ways to count. It’s frustrating to wade through so many worthless articles and reviews that it fries your brain cells and makes you wonder what editor was sleeping underneath his/her desk when they allowed said to be published. Sure, not all game journalists are bad, but there’s not very many good ones either.

Reading this reddit post is so ridiculous for me. The redditor in question who posted this article basically feels hurt that the post went viral, and that it puts real issues that game journalists deal with in an overly simplified manner, boo freaking hoo. You can take any serious issue, and spin it into a simple thing. 

The ABCs of Game Journalism is a very snark post, and that’s the point. I don’t think the person who posted on reddit really gets that there are OTHER posts there that are ABCs of other things: Marriage, 80’s action movies, Sales, etc.

The reason that post went viral is because of how true it is. I’m going to just go through this reddit post and dissect the guys faultyness in posting this (Italicized is the redditor, Bold is my response):

Yes. The games press lives in expensive cities. Why? That is where the industry is. The symbiotic link. The source for new material. Some can move away. Many do not.

There really isn’t a such a need to live in these areas anymore, most of the news is online and can be snatched from so many other sites you can spin your own preview without having actually played the game, which I’m sure some random journalist does.

Yes. The games press is friendly with PR and Marketing. They are the gatekeepers to the games industry. The games press are the gatekeepers to their readership. A good work relationship benefits both parties.

And that is the biggest problem to the readership. Unless the press universally demands that they get access without having to be cozy to the PR and Marketing, it will only get worse. Do I need to even bring up Mass Effect 3, and how the press was so protective over the game? And that anyone, EVEN people who had legitimate gripes with the game were labeled entitled? I don’t hear of movie critics having to be cozy to movie studios for the next private screening of (insert film/unnecessary sequel here).

Yes. Sites do depend on ad clicks to survive. Free content needs a method of monetization. Responsible and good editorial will know their readership. They will put out good content. It will be read.

How many times do I have to hear a cry fest over people using AdBlock? If a reader chooses to keep obtrusive, distracting ads off of their page, that is their right, and choice, quit trying to make people feel bad about that.

Yes. Some sites abuse agendas. Social responsibility is important. Going too far can be risky. Some sites benefit from this. Some race to the bottom of quality. Depends on editorial staff.

I’m not going to argue this one, the SJW craze really burned me out from paying much attention to game webpages anymore. You either where supportive of the crusade of how old video games (that were based on gameplay, not on story) were misogynist, or you’re a rape apologist. But if some web pages want to say they’re all for equality, yet post garbage that is often unrelated to games, and then still preach that some game makers are sexist pigs, you’re a hypocrite (see Kotaku).

Yes. A lot of games writers are terrible. Unmannered. Unprofessional. Can’t write. Can’t plan. Can’t edit. Some move on to editorial. Some editors are still terrible. Many are not.

Been seeing/saying this for years, moving on.

Yes. For many the endgame is the industry. Most keep writing in other methods. Very few actually develop.

And this is why the distrust stays so strong with the gaming press. It’s not too rare to see well known individuals in the press often going to work for a game company as their PR, or writer, etc.. It’s great they find a better paying job, but it’s sometimes gigantic proof for some of crooked practice that we see all too often in the real world (Senators are often a rotating door of lobbyists for companies).

(Had to break this next paragraph up, same format as before)

Yes. Compensation in games journalism is typically poor. Competition is extreme. Man from previous writeup left games writing for corporate copywriting. Now does games writing as hobby. Now paid more than he could have if he stayed. Other games writers not so lucky.

That was obviously a smart man. I think people who review or do game writing as a hobby are often people who enjoy it more, and can be far more objective than a guy who has to put in at least 20 hours into a game by sundown who still has three more games to finish and review

Quoted from Ben Kuchera formerly of Penny-Arcade Report on news of termination: “My career options are 1) Have a senior position at an online publication focused on games and technology or 2) Walmart greeter.”

This a quote taken completely out of context on TWEETS. I’m pretty sure that Kuchera was kidding on his two options. He worked for Ars Technica, which is a good site, why he left that is beyond me. Penny Arcade Report had promise, but it devolved into just another web page of worthless posts and click baits. Kuchera is rarely a good writer either. 

Quoted from Kris Ligman formerly of GamaSutra on news of termination: “Twenty-seven years old and all the marketable skills of a three-legged mule. Goodnight.”

Which brings me to a point that I’m going to repeat, that’s not our fault or issue, that’s yours pal.

A lot of skilled people in games journalism could do things outside of games writing. Many do not.

That is their choice, and probably to their detriment.

Picture this: a job having lackluster pay and no direct marketable skill development that’s occasionally enjoyable. Everyone wants this job. That’s games journalism.

How does games journalism improve from here? How does free content profit when adblock exists? How does compelling content compete when lazy copy can convert? How can press members have social responsibility without it overtaking editorial? How can writers be paid more when the market does not support it?

These are the problems plaguing the industry. Not personal vendettas. Not petty issues. Actual problems. We need to find a balance.

To the audience: how do we solve this?

To the author: WE, THE READERSHIP, DON’T. THAT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. This goes right back to the point I said I’d repeat myself on, that we are not responsible for the problems that plague the gaming press, and passing the responsibility to us is lazy, cheap, easy, and unprofessional.

Gamers just want honest reviews, not tainted by PR speak, and fancy words that press try to use to make their review sound glossier than before. We don’t mind a preview spread that talks about an upcoming game, but quit acting like it’s the second coming of Christ when it’s only getting an 8/10. Quit trying to make every game, including indie games (that five years ago would have been completely forgotten in five minutes of their release) as being “Bold, Daring, FRESH”, when half the time it’s just them using sprite work and animations that PALE in comparison to games from the NEO GEO.

If the press is so concerned over their plight, it is THEIR responsibility to make a better life and profession for themselves, it is not the readership’s job to help with that. 

And quit crying about your real life issues, we don’t come to your site for that, we come to read about games. I don’t know why they think we want more than that.

Guardians of the Galaxy World Premier Trailer from Jimmy Kimmel

I AWAIT WITH ANTICIPATION

A deleted tweet by LeBreton, who worked on BioShock with egomaniac Ken Levine, who’s “winding down” his studio Irrational Games.
Irrational Games is most famous for overblown/overhyped games such as BioShock, and it’s third game, BioShock Infinite. The latter was probably not a big seller, and maybe didn’t break even. So to cut the losses, they’re letting Levine “wind down the studio” (aka shut it down), and sending over a 150 employees a pink slip or to relocate.
It’s pitiful that instead of focusing on the loss of so many talented individuals, we’re getting a spin like this from good old “blow”-taku. Instead, read this article by Brendan Keogh.

A deleted tweet by LeBreton, who worked on BioShock with egomaniac Ken Levine, who’s “winding down” his studio Irrational Games.

Irrational Games is most famous for overblown/overhyped games such as BioShock, and it’s third game, BioShock Infinite. The latter was probably not a big seller, and maybe didn’t break even. So to cut the losses, they’re letting Levine “wind down the studio” (aka shut it down), and sending over a 150 employees a pink slip or to relocate.

It’s pitiful that instead of focusing on the loss of so many talented individuals, we’re getting a spin like this from good old “blow”-taku. Instead, read this article by Brendan Keogh.

Parappa The Rappa “Live Rap” (The Final Stage)

I don’t know how this song can’t put a smile on your face, especially if you’ve ever played this game. If you’ve got a Vita, the PSP edition is available to download. It’s tough, but fun.

Jet Set Radio “Everybody Jump Around”

My favorite song from this game, and I’ll never forget the day I saw this game at “Babbages”, on the Dreamcast Demo Unit

heffydoodle:

tinycartridge:

My favorite part from the new Smash trailer ⊟

I saw these GIFs reblogged on Nadia Oxford’s tumblr, where she wrote, “Glad to see it acknowledged that Samus is tall as hell and not the tiny, frail waif Other M makes her out to be.”

Agreed! She’s supposed to be close to 6’3” and 200 lbs out of her armor, according to this Nintendo Power comics scan. Little Mac is like 5’7”.

PREORDER Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS, upcoming releases

YES, thank you. The focus on Other M in Smash 4 so far has worried me a little but it’s great to see they’ve kept some of her essence and didn’t conform entirely to Sakamoto’s fanfiction fantasy.

The new trailer for some reason also gave me vibes of Viewtiful Joe with it’s art style. Did anyone else get that?

starwars:

Take a sneak peek at TIE fighters, the Ghost starship, and new heroes in this special teaser!

I’m looking forward to this. 

Rewatching Season 2 of Sherlock, then watching this Looney Tunes episode made me do this.

Rewatching Season 2 of Sherlock, then watching this Looney Tunes episode made me do this.

rakatakat:

please watch this

Your Final Fantasy 7 memories, washed away by a guy who-live-in-a-pineapple-under-the-sea.

You know, there was a time when Valve focused on games, and less on being a service, I’m really starting to miss those days. Kind of like when I was hoping that Half Life 3 would come out some day (probably never). 

Forza 5 “Microtransaction Bull”
This is the future. Instead of being able to play that $60 6 hour game, you’re going to be punished for actually playing the game and not spending to skip the content in it. Consider your options on how to not allow this crap in your games (hint: with your wallet). 
In the meantime, read Mark Brown’s post on why he doesn’t play free to play games. His reasoning on it reflects my own opinion.

Forza 5 “Microtransaction Bull”

This is the future. Instead of being able to play that $60 6 hour game, you’re going to be punished for actually playing the game and not spending to skip the content in it. Consider your options on how to not allow this crap in your games (hint: with your wallet). 

In the meantime, read Mark Brown’s post on why he doesn’t play free to play games. His reasoning on it reflects my own opinion.

heffysdoodles:

Trying to get into the habit of drawing at least a little something every day. Fanart often helps!
Bowser’s a character I drew all the time as a kid, so much that I never really need a ref to remember his features, heh.

Should they redesign Bowser, I’d think they should go with this.

heffysdoodles:

Trying to get into the habit of drawing at least a little something every day. Fanart often helps!

Bowser’s a character I drew all the time as a kid, so much that I never really need a ref to remember his features, heh.

Should they redesign Bowser, I’d think they should go with this.