It’s really weird when a hobby becomes a career, because after a while you start to take things that once would have blown your mind for granted. This past week at Game Developers Conference I met with the creators of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XIV, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Mega Man, and Zork. Among others. It wasn’t until I finished up the last of those that I paused and did a double take and wondered, “How did it come to this?”
Not in a bad way. In a disbelieving kind of way. I’m just a stupid nerd who grew up in Texas and made a pointless joke website about video games for fun because I didn’t have anything better to do with my evenings, and now I’m having casual conversations with the people who inspired me. Working in the games press is a grueling, poorly paying, dead end of a career that isn’t so much “thankless” as “universally detested.” But every once in a while… it’s really great.
Anyway, some stuff I’ve published recently elsewhere:
- A preview of Gauntlet. Yes, it’s being rebooted. And it’s pretty fun. The ’90s and ’00s sequels didn’t do much for me, but I dig this new game. Too bad it’s not coming to any platforms I own!
- Mighty No. 9: A preview-y, interview-y kind of thing. Mostly famous for the amusing Dragon Ball reference at the end. Keiji Inafune is a funny guy.
- A big ol’ Koji Igarashi interview.
- The Anatomy of The Goonies, parts one, two, and three
- The Anatomy of Mega Man, part one.