Sundays are for doing work and compiling a list of interesting (primarily) games related reading from across the week for your delectation. Also, desperately resisting linking to a pop song that’s set my head on fire all week. Resist. Must… resist.
- Following from Jack Arnott’s wry look at adults hiding their gaming, Splash Damage’s Ed Stern writes for the Guardian on the inevitable evaporation of the stigma around gaming … well, when we get past the horseless carriage stage. It’s commonly held stuff – but it’s also good seeing a developer on a large public stage doing it. I wish more would. That said, I also remember going clubbing with games journalists who introduced themselves to girls as “I’m a mumblemumble journalist”. Man! We suck.
- Hello Games‘ Joe Danger has been getting a lot of splendid coverage after their Eurogamer Expo appearances. We haven’t done much on it – not least because they haven’t made up their mind on the bloody formats yet – but they’ve been doing some columns for Edge about the experience. This one on Public Relations is especially good.
- Has Quinns said all he wants to about the Void yet? No. No, he hasn’t.
- Comrade Jim Rossignol writes about the history of Artificial Life for the Escapist.
- This one caused some amusing Brit games journalist fisticuffs on twitter. Edge on Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe.
- Hobbit Strategy-King Troy Goodfellow and friends are running a decade feature over at his blog. Basically, year by year, the games and why they mattered. For a taste, here’s his look at the immortal Sacrifice.
- Leigh Alexander had a good week. She’s got another piece I’ll link to next time – I don’t think it’s up yet – but here she is taking up the conversation-item du jour writing about difficulty. As in, give her some.
- Chris Evans waxes nostalgically about the Half Life enemies.
- Lars Westergren pointed me in the direction of this Portal piece – specifically about its meta-narrative. To me meta-narratives are stories about metahumans who can fly with capes and similar.
- By now Garth Ennis is probably the greatest writer of war stories the comics medium has ever seen. He’s starting a new series of them and here’s a splendid interview with him about ’em.
- On a similar War And Comics notes, Ellis writes about Jack Kirby’s wartime experiences and how they informed the work.
- Meanwhile, Punk Rock Queen Becky Cloonan is made of sparkles.
- Uberbrain Matt Jones’ presentation on the topic of time. As in, how it was made, how it comes in different sorts and other splendid things.
- Crash Director Paul Haggis ditches Scientology and writes why.
- I’ve been obsessing over this one since Gabe McGrath recommended it to me. Go Home Productions’ “Finally, Did You No Wrong” Sex Pistols/Ce Ce Peniston piece of bastard pop. It’s like some essential missing link from that early-2000s Garage Rock revival. Hell, the band it sounds just like is at the tip of my tongue. Growls!