Well, Monday morning, but I’ve been off at the London MCM expo doing my thang (And hello to any readers who said hi). Anyway, even if it’s Monday morning when you read this, it’s still a good time to sit back and take in a carefully prepared list of pieces which caught my eye this week which I tried desperately hard not to include any links to top disco classics.
- Comic Godhead Al Ewing has been crashing at my house this weekend, and he mentioned that he actually blogged on games for a year. Somehow I didn’t know this. Useless. Anyway, with a mass of stuff already written, let’s start you here – his review of 1985 classic Gauntlet: “Red Elf Shot The Food”. Frankly, I have never seen such bravery.
- Kyle Orland writing his Press Pass gathers opinions from journos on the effect of Hype on coverage. I was asked about my take on this, but never responded as I am crazy busy. Useless old me.
- Bill Harris over at his Dubious Quality has been having a bad time – and, as such, writes effectively about the consolatory nature of games. No puns intended. This is one of my pet themes – not consolation per se, but the utilitarian function of games. It’s also something Jim touched on heavily in his book – namely, games as an antidote to bordeom.
- Not games, but Paul Boutin writes for Wired on why Blogs are obsolete in 2008. Worth thinking about if you care about Web culture, even if you disagree with him on a fundamental level (Which I do).
- Comrade Edwards goes off on one over Far Cry 2. We’ll be doing our verdict this week, which proves to be an interesting one.
- Paul Barnett has started doing a daily video diary. This one namechecks John Walker and World of Goo. Woo!
- And while we’re on Warhammer, Ex-Mythic MMO-sage Lun (Not Lud, Kieron, you nub – Ed) (Actually, it’s Lum. I was up all night. What’s your excuse, Ed – Kieron) the Mad talks about five things he loves about Warhammer and five things he doesn’t like. I don’t like how my subscription has just died. Man!
- Leigh Alexander picks up from where I left off and thinks about the responsibility of journalists and whether she’d have grabbed exactly the same quote.
- BOOGIE WONDERLANNNNND!