Our house illustrator (one Philip “Nintendo Super Squad” Armstrong) has turned in his rough for the cover of our next issue, and so I present to you: GameSpite Quarterly 2.
Obviously, this cover is yet incomplete. The finished product will have full color, see. But you get the idea. This volume devotes approximately 175 pages to the 40 greatest* games of all time (or about 215 pages to the 48 greatest* games in the deluxe edition), and as I said the other day, the articles are fantastic. I know I put a lot of myself into the pieces I wrote, and that same devotion and effort comes through in everyone else’s contributions as well.
Now, you’ll notice an asterisk after the word “greatest,” there. That’s because “greatest” is such a subjective term! Our rubric: a few months back I took an informal poll of Talking Time in which I asked everyone to rank their five favorite games of all time. I didn’t say why or for what purpose so as to guarantee frank, honest answers. We tallied up the results and compiled them into a list. And then we wrote articles about all the games on that list. And the articles are very good!
Of course, you can expect the results to be somewhat shaded by the source of this poll (namely, it came from forums attached to a site that began as a personal blog and has drawn readers who largely share my own tastes), so we make no pretense of this being some definitive list. It is simply our list, and the resulting collection of thoughtful, thought-provoking writings spawned from said list. That being said, it covers a pretty wide swath of content — yeah, a lot of console games of a Japanese nature feature, but you’ll also find a ton of western-developed games, especially for PC. I didn’t edit or change the results in the least, and Talking Time pulls in people who love the span of gaming. So you’ll see, say, Suikoden II in here, but it’s sandwiched firmly between Star Control II and StarCraft.
All but two articles (both by me) are complete and edited and placed; I just need to wrap my last contributions and put together the splash pages and indices, and once that’s done (which will be this coming weekend) I’ll submit it for proofing. The final piece should be up for grabs by August 15. Please look forward to it, bow, etc.