You know, considering I run the freaking site, I sure don’t pimp 1UP enough here. Not that anyone reads GameSpite anymore, but I suppose I should cross-pollinate a little more. Send over a couple more readers. Pay a few more cents of my own salary.
There’s actually some pretty good stuff there these days! I know I mentioned this before, but we’ve cut way, way back on volume and are focusing on depth, voice, and quality of content. I realize that latter claim is the subject of no small amount of contention, since a big part of our focus now is not to report but rather to comment… and that means expressing opinions, which the Internet in general finds deeply offensive and is quick to decry. So it goes.
This week’s highlights, in reverse order:
An Asura’s Wrath review that takes the game to task for not really being much of a game. I love that this game exists in all its over-the-top glory, but I can’t imagine spending what they’re asking for something you barely play for four hours. But I’m frugal these days, so what do I know.
Well, kind of frugal; Konami didn’t send us review units of Metal Gear Solid 3D until today, so I had to go out and buy my own copy in order to have a somewhat timely review up. I do not regret spending my own scarce and hard-earned cash on this game; I desperately wish it ran at a more playable resolution, but otherwise it’s really quite a nice improvement on a masterpiece.
Bob wrote about a recent horrifying traffic jam of unsettling sexism in recent games, and Tina Palacios and I wrote a TMZ-style send-up of some of the more egregious character designs we’ve seen in recent years. Together, what we learned is that our audience doesn’t really recognize humor when they see it. Now, it’s one thing for people to read these and say, “Hey, your attempt to be funny? Not funny.” Fair enough. Comedy is hard. It’s something else altogether for people to take these blatantly glib commentaries at face value. Something sadder. Something that makes me concerned for our childrens’ future. Especially if, as Bob speculates, those children will be placed into micro-bikinis at age six.
P.S. do not ever read the comments on the misogyny feature unless you are looking for an excuse to wish for the total annihilation of our species. The article wasn’t intended as a honey pot, but… well, yikes.
Anyway. Months ago, Marty Sliva got a drunken tip from someone supposed in the know that Assassin’s Creed III will take place in revolution-era America. So he finally wrote about it. Then everyone else jumped in and tore down his case. We tear because we care.
I threw together a look at why no one has been able to top Nintendo in the portable market, except maybe Apple. It was meant to be a collection of short little vignettes but ended up being three lengthy pages long. After all this time, I still don’t get this whole “brevity” thing.
Also, on an idle whim, I spent 10 minutes writing a quick piece comparing Tetsuya Nomura’s original Cloud Strife illustration to the mopey sad sack that the character has been in the post-Final Fantasy VII world. Naturally, this has been one of our top-performing pieces of the month. I find that the less time I put into creating something, the better it does. Internet, you are not encouraging me to pour forth my full effort, you know that?