Did you know? My secretest shame of all is that my favorite ongoing bit of videogame writing these days isn’t on 1UP, or in fact connected to any Ziff Davis property. Nope, it’s actually @ Play, GameSetWatch’s completely incredible biweekly column dedicated to all things Rogue. I have about zero patience for Rogue and Nethack, but I find them endlessly fascinating in the complexity and nuance that belies their simplistic appearance, so these exhaustive looks into the minutiae of genre are like voyeurism for nerds.
Well, I suppose plain ol’ voyeurism is your average nerd’s favorite flavor of voyeurism, but you get the point.
As today’s Thursday, my own weekly ongoing concern has also been updated, along with our usual podcast. Retro Roundup isn’t as interesting to me as @ Play, but mostly because it’s more familiar material. Also, I think it’s generally harder to find your own work gripping, period. Maybe next week will be more fascinating, though, given that our Retronauts topic for 2/15 is the Commodore 64. And to my recollection I’ve never actually played a C64 game. Will it be interesting or simply a train wreck? I give it even odds.
Meanwhile, I wish I had been responsible for this.