Every once in a while I become involved with a project that’s so exciting and engrossing that it pretty much completely locks up my brain and all I can think about is that one thing to the detriment of everything else. I’ve just kicked off something like that at work — I’d say it’s easily the most exciting thing I’ve ever been involved in, and not just because it’s a years-long personal obsession given form. Though certainly that helps!
I expect to have this particular endeavor ready for the public by the end of the month. For today, however, I can’t muster up enough spare mental capacity to do any work on GameSpite, which, you know, is pretty rare. So, in the meantime, I will direct you to a couple of 1UP articles I have been involved with this week and which, I must say, turned out really well.
- The first is a lengthy bit of musing on the nature of Nintendo’s next console — entirely speculative and derived from existing info, of course. This is, as it should be. My favorite part of any new console reveal is the chance it affords us to predict, extrapolate, and contextualize its nature.
- The second is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure preview of Deus Ex: Human Revolution I co-wrote with Thierry Nguyen. The two of us have very different play styles for games like DX: He’s savage and brutal, I am a stealthy peacenik. For some reason I decided to play this up full CYOA style and wrote my part in-character. Whatever, that’s not important. More essential here is the fact that our disparate play styles really did result in completely different experiences, which is something many games pledge but few realize. I hope Eidos Montreal can pull that trick off for the full game.
- Also, the latest Retronauts (Mega Man X) was pretty great and you should listen to it. I think this week’s show will venture into the murky waters of the pre-NES days, which could be tricky… I’m not sure how many call-ins we’ll get. But we’ll do our best.