Say a big, cheerful hello to Hookshot Inc, a new games journalism project from a UK journo supergroup. Will Porter (occasionally of this parish), world’s nicest man Christian Donlan (never of this parish, despite repeated requests to be so), the Guardian’s Keith Stuart and expert gaming curio-/story-finder Simon Parkin have ganged together to do what RPS has always hoped more of our peers would: found their own site, free from the agendas and interferences of any corporate overlords.
Hookshot Inc, which is unfortunately named after something from Zelda games but don’t hold that against it, aims to cover games that cost $15 or less, on any and all formats – phone, XBLA, those two-screened Nintendo thingies, PSN and, of course, PC. Wait a minute…
Sadly they immediately drop the ball by making their inaugural feature an interview with Tim Schafer about Double Fine’s Kickstarter success: no-one knows how much the resultant adventure game will cost, so they’re waaaaay out of their remit already. The big sillies! Nonetheless, it’s a great interview, and also covers his discussions with Notch about a possible Psychonauts sequel.
Also: lots of reviews of enormously interesting games, plus the odd retrospective or two. Hookshot Inc is a good thing, despite being A SHAMELESS CLONE OF RPS THAT EVEN HAS BLOODY ‘SHOT’ IN THE TITLE AND A THREE LETTER ACRONYM, staffed by excellent writers, and you should definitely be reading it. Welcome and good luck to them.
There is only way this can end, of course: