I have submitted GameSpite Journal 11 to the printers for a proof copy. If all goes well, the book should be ready around April 15. Perhaps you, unlike me, will be receiving a tax return this year — well, golly! I have some suggestions for how you might invest it.
I have been playing around with a few different cover treatment ideas and eventually settled on this sort of retro-ish look. I was stumped for how best to express the theme of this issue and eventually decided, “Eh, the heck with it.” Better to have something simple and visually appealing than an on-point mess, I suppose. Plus, the books we’ve published over the past year have had such monochromatic covers. We needed a little boldness to spice things up, you know? I’m not sure if using modified official art is kosher, though; I just couldn’t seem to come up with any of my own that communicated quite as clearly as more familiar images. Decisions, decisions.
And what is that theme? The theme this time is “second chances.” That is, every author approached this book by going back and replaying a game or two that they dislike in order to give them another shot at winning their heart. I spent many hours with games that I’ve loudly criticized in the past and in doing so offended a fair few readers: Final Fantasy VII, Xenogears, and Metroid II. However, you will simply need to wait to learn whether I found new respect for these games or if I continue grinding my axe. I’m sure you are waiting on tenterhooks and with bated breath to learn. Yeah.
Anyway, some really good stuff in this book. I think you will enjoy reading it, in about a month.