Man, yesterday took the wind right out of my sails. As in, I came home and crawled into bed rather than sit around dwelling on matters.
In the time I’ve been at Ziff, I’ve sat through entirely too many magazines being shuttered, but this one was the most depressing. GFW was a magazine approaching three decades of continuous publishing under one name or another, the oldest extant gaming publication in America — maybe the world? — and it also happened to be the most smartly-written. Despite not being a PC gamer, I still read each and every issue cover-to-cover. And I fondly remember thumbing through the old, glorified-newsletter-style CGWs that my friends had stacked by their computers as they trekked through The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy or Pools of Radiance or whatever. At least the smart writing will still be around, since the GFW crew will simply be focusing its efforts online. What this means is that 1UP’s PC coverage will soon crush the rest of the Internet’s… in fact, we’ll probably have to improve the console content to match.
Certainly I’ll need to shape up. This new preview for The World Ends With You feels like it’s within spitting distance of being really great, but doesn’t quite get there and just comes off scattered and unfocused. And I’m still not happy with Retro Roundup, despite the new format. I need more space and more time so each write-up can focus on the game and really dig into the details; all I can manage currently is a brief, fatuous, cursory glance at each game. And any jackass can do that. Ah well.
That’s right: Cry, emo boy.
On the plus side, I did manage to coin the term “Nomuraverse.” And better yet, that fishy smell from the crawfish place has finally dissipated from my fingers. Small victories, man. Take ’em where you can.