You know, there’s a common misperception about our little site here among certain corners of the Internet — namely, the sort of slow-witted corner that doesn’t have much going on in the way of reading comprehension. That gross misinterpretation of the site shakes its fist at the way the writing here is so hateful toward games, because look! It’s called “game spite”! It must be full of contempt by people who don’t even like the medium, right?
Well, no. Actually, the majority of the articles published here are full of effusive love for the medium and the specific titles called out. But hey, those portions of the Internet aren’t known for getting facts straight or welcoming corrections, so I figure why fight it? Thus Issue 10 is official The Spite Issue, full of venom and criticism for games.
Mega Man 9
Of course, into every life a little exception must fall, and we begin this issue of vituperation with a tiny parcel of love for Capcom’s freshly-released return to Mega Man’s roots. My advice would be to come back to this article once you start feeling heartburn from the acidity of the rest.
The Games of Nippon Ichi
The spite begins in earnest, though, with Bob Mackey’s calling out of the emperor’s lack of clothing. Nippon Ichi’s games are darlings among a certain set of gamers, but the fact is that the company has been riding the good grace’s of Atlus’ fortuitous work with Disgaea for years now. And that just ain’t right.
Then Kirin continues his journey through the Suikoden series by looking at the worst game ever to bear the name. I suppose it’s possible that the card game or Suikogaiden graphical adventures were worse, but those had the decency not to pass themselves off as full chapters of the series. Not Suikoden IV, though!