Rubbish I Did This Week
For the past two weeks I’ve been trying to alter how I work a little bit, especially at Destructoid. I’ve made an effort to write less daily news posts, and do more original work. No hard-hitting journalism (pfft), but interesting observations, things to get people talking, and that sort of shit. I’ve been trying to see opportunities for articles that people wouldn’t ordinarily think of, and I feel it’s been paying off.
This week, I’ve written about a few diverse subjects. The big one was that whole fighting game community sexual harassment deal. It’s interesting how many FGC members saw it as an attack, which it certainly wasn’t supposed to be. I still maintain that I was impressed by how many FGC members stood up and said, “This behavior isn’t what we’re into.” Still, there were many others trying to push the stereotype that the FGC is into that, which was quite sad. In any case, interesting discussions were had, I think.
Although many people challenged me to write more about the FGC, the amount of people who quite venomously don’t want any mainstream coverage puts me quite off.
I had more fun writing about Blades of Time, a game that’s releasing next week and that Konami has almost entirely refused to promote. When you find out some of the game’s details, and just how little the title’s been acknowledged, it’s quite amazing. Speaking of which, I also responded to the astounding level of backlash Konami’s getting for Silent Hill: Book of Memories. People are viciously dogpiling on that, and I can’t say I’m totally shocked. It’s a weird departure for the series, though I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a good game. Finally, I poked fun at myself and fellow reviewers for using the word “experience” way too much when writing.
That’s an example of the kind of thing I want to start bringing more of to Destructoid. Not news posts, and not exactly features. Just interesting things I’ve noticed, be they humorous or serious. It’s certainly been rewarding bringing more individual content to the site.
That’s not all I did at Dtoid this week. Reviews went up for Binary Domain and Journey. Liked ‘em both! It’s been a long time since I’ve had a “review controversy,” and I am rather enjoying the respite. Even my negative reviews lately have only had one or two lunatics throwing around accusations. I wonder how long the calm will last.
Oh, and then there’s Podtoid, of course.
I won’t go through everything I did for GameFront, as there’s a lot, but I did a nice thing about Facebook gaming this week. I have a really passionate article prepared but it’s not been published yet. Hoping it goes up today.
Let’s round things out with this week’s Jimquisition, which proved to be quite the tongue-wagger. It was a simple reading of the Mass Effect 3 erotic fan fiction I wrote, parodying the drama over gay romance options in the game. I didn’t quite expect discussion to explode so readily, and I didn’t expect to be so shocked by some of the responses. The next Jimquisition will continue the discussion, and it’s going to be quite spirited.
So that’ll be fun!
New Things And Stuff
This week I started a new job. Kind of, anyway. I haven’t lost my old one and I’m really just extending things I’ve already been doing for the past year, but it definitely feels like I’ve doubled my workload, so I shall crack on that I’ve started a new job.
I’ll be contributing to GameFront on a daily basis now, as some readers might have begun to notice. Once per weekday, I’ll be posting a single PC-related post, tossing up anything interesting that tickles my fancy. I’ll also be posting my usual [/RANT] column on a Wednesday, as well as a PC-themed RANT.EXE on Thursday. On Friday, I’ll be posting an article about my adventures with a particular title from Good Old Games’ catalog of titles.
This in no way will affect my existing work at Destructoid, where I’ll still be posting my usual selection of punditry, reviews, and original nonsense. I have been asked before to quit my job at Destructoid and go work for people on an exclusive basis, but that has simply never been a deal with me. If anybody wants my services, they need to understand that Destructoid is my first concern, and anything else I do has to fit around it. GameFront was very understanding of that, and I am not producing anything for Break Media that I’d produce for Destructoid. Two different outlets, two different focuses, two different types of content.
GameFront is aiming to become a more dedicated PC-based outlet and the guys in charge have a strong idea of what it wants to be. As a guy who has been doing this job for quite some time, I relish the opportunity to help build up another brand into something competitive. Destructoid’s grown and grown into something uniquely powerful, and I am proud as pigfuckery to be associated with it. I’m interested to see if GameFront can do the same. In any case, if you happen to enjoy my work, I’d suggest you add the site to your usual visiting rounds, just to see a little bit more of my useless shite. Sorry … I mean, “unique insight.”
I enjoy being busy and I enjoy being able to work and provide for my family while doing something I love. I’m very grateful for it, and to everybody who reads my stuff, watches my videos, and allows me to continue. So thanks for that!
Rubbish I Did This Week
Every week, I shit out a load of guff onto the Internet and some people are silly enough to look at it. I figured I’d round up all my trash on a Friday so you can look at it with the eyes in your ridiculous head.
The week kicked off, as it often does, with The Jimquisition. This was a conclusion of my examination of videogame piracy, and concluded that although piracy isn’t theft, there’s a certain type of piracy that should be called theft anyway, because illegally downloading indie games is rubbish.
I had quite a few reviews on Destructoid this week — Kingdoms of Amalur, Resident Evil: Revelations and NeverDead. The latter article is worth reading if you want to see what I think about lazy, incompetent game design.
Speaking of Amalur, I wrote about how every Western RPG needs a re-spec option like the one found in 38 Games’ freshly released RPG.
I wrote one of the dumbest features that’s ever been spewed from my brain this week — a collection of Kenner Aliens toys holding videogames. Y’know, because videogames.
Finally, you can listen to Jonathan Holmes, Samit Skrungen, and Max Scoville alongside my own chatting voice in Podtoid. That’s a podcast I do. I try to have sex with Jonathan on it. Sex.
That’s all the notable bullshit I did, anyway.
Doing The Thing With Things
I felt it was high time I started one of these. I’ve got too many things to say and not enough people who care, which I believe satisfies the remit for operating a Tumblings Blog. Literally anybody reading this knows who I am, but talking about myself is too good to pass up.
So I am Jim Sterling. I review videogames and pen editorial for Destructoid.com. I also host a weekly video show on The Escapist, called Jimquisition, where I ramble about various videogame issues, mostly from a pro-consumer perspective. I host Podtoid, a Destructoid-related podcast that you can hear on iTunes for free, which is still too expensive, and I contribute weekly opinion pieces to GameFront, a growing sector of Break Media’s many interesting things.
As a freelancer (which I still do from time to time), I’ve written for IGN, GamesRadar, GamePro, and a few other places. I occasionally produce The Videogame Show What I’ve Done, a comedy video series that started a reboot on Machinima recently. You can catch me all around the Internet, upsetting and/or amusing people, depending on your preferences.
That is what I do, and most of my interesting stuff happens on those places or on my stupid Twitter account. I probably won’t be writing stuff here everyday, but I’ll share the occasional bit of literature or blogs related to reviewing that is too self-centered to justify posting on Destructoid — yes, there’s shit too self indulgent that I won’t post there, despite what my productivity on Dtoid would have you believe.
I used to use G+ for long-form bloggery, but let’s face it … what’s the cunting point of that now?