Remember! It is April Fool’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a fool. Today, just say no to obvious and not especially funny “pranks.” To survive on the Internet, you must first accept that you are not as clever as you think you are.
Meanwhile, over at work, I continue shouting into an empty room by trying to diversify the Retronauts blog beyond just game content. The culture surrounding old games — music, books, movies, television, toys, whatever — is inextricably tied to the games themselves, forming the petri dish in which the medium fermented and mutated. With that in mind, I’ve decided to go full speed ahead with my Something Old, Something Blu column — a (perhaps somewhat overthought) effort to apply a patina of modern relevance to retro games and retro culture as old movies and film franchises trickle over to Blu-ray. This week: Quantum of Solace. Not exactly an old movie, I realize, but I was struck by the parallelism between Quantum‘s relationship to Casino Royale and every Bond game since 1998’s relationship to GoldenEye 007.
Basically: I am a master of flimsy rationalizations. But it’s nice to write about something other than just games at work, so I hope you’ll forgive the indulgence.