Rubbish I Did This Week
Not really done any personal blogging this week as it was quite a busy period, what with most of the Destructoid staff at GDC. Seems like it was quite an event this year. I might go next time, if I can get the time to travel.
Anyway, I did some bullshit on the Internet, as per usual.
By far the most extensive work I did involved my extensive coverage of Blades of Time. All the posts are tagged, so you can read them right here. This is an action game, a spiritual successor to the unremarkable X-Blades. From those who have played it, it’s actually not a bad game, which makes Konami’s silence all the more confusing. As you’ll see from my posts, Konami completely screwed this game up. Barely any marketing, retailers confused over release dates, and the producer not even being able to find the thing in stores.
I’m having fun with the coverage, trying to highlight Konami’s behavior in a satirical way, but I am genuinely disappointed in the company. It has gone off the deep end with several of its games lately, and to the outside observer, Konami looks like it doesn’t know what it’s doing anymore. It’s exasperating to see, as someone who counts himself as a diehard fan of several Konami franchises.
I’ve thus far been unable to find a copy to purchase, and Konami has not responded to a review copy request. Yeah … fucking ridiculous.
This week’s Jimquisition was a more serious followup to my previous episode on gay romance options in Mass Effect 3. Erotic fanfiction was deemed too subtle for some viewers, so I put all my gay cards on the gay table this time. I think the message was received.
I continued my Mass Effect 3 observations on GameFront, with an examination of the insane nerd rage that accompanied BioWare’s latest release. This accompanied a post on Destructoid, where I looked at the Metacritic user review backlash.
Also, we put out perhaps my favorite Podtoid in a long, long time. On this past week’s episode, I planned Jonathan Holmes’ funeral and we talked about running our very own hibachi restaurant. I think the show’s kept up the pace quite nicely, despite the sad loss of Max as co-host. Should be even more interesting once we get some guests on (currently chatting with Irrational about a Ken Levine appearance!)
That was the most notable junk I did, though of course keep reading Dtoid and GameFront for further garbage from me.
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!