Jul 172013
 

With actual, salary-earnin’ work picking up into high gear this week, I was unable to find time to play a retro game and talk about this week for The Retrospective. Apologies if you care, but it’ll be back next week. This week, I’m going to take some time to talk about a touchy subject plenty of folks that interact with games on a regular basis.

Where do we draw the line between a great respect for something and blind allegiance to it or its creators? This is something I’ve grappled with for a while, as I, like plenty others I’m sure, realized that my relationship with the games community is perhaps on the bitter side of bittersweet. Too often, a wall of vile, despicable muck blocks the path to constructive discussion. Perhaps this is an internet thing, anonymity and such, but maybe there’s something deeper at work, something far more sinister. Perhaps we’ve allowed our company/product/creator worship get out of our collective hands. Perhaps, it’s simply because we’re lowly humans.

I'm a pro-tier stick collector. Your argument is invalid.

I’m a pro-tier stick collector. Your argument is invalid.

So here is a quick self help guide to making the world a better place for everyone. Whether you just think your PC ecosystem is the bee’s knees and can’t imagine why anyone would play on consoles, or you fancy yourself a skilled Street Fighter player and can’t conceive of any reason to play something that doesn’t involve competition (who needs STORY anyway?), you may hopefully find something valuable here.

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Jun 122013
 

Hey all, Travis here writing from hot, sunny LA. I’m currently quite busy with a temp gig at E3 (unrelated to work with Moar Powah, unfortunately), and have managed to pull myself away from my duties for a quick but fairly personal opinion piece on consoles. No I’m not going to go into a tremendously overdone examination of how the PS4 fell into the public’s praise and how the Xbox One was damned by public ire, but what I am going to look into is the issue of longevity, and how waiting for consoles to ripen may be the best way to enjoy them.

Controllers - TRAVIS - 1

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