God. Normally I don't respond to the fucking stupid comments I see along these lines, but today is the final fucking straw.
Look, I've been working 12+ hour days for about two weeks straight, pulling all nighters to put coverage of next-gen systems together for Destructoid. Not sleeping. Exploding from stress on a regular basis. Probably gaining weight. Getting sick for sure.
But this is not a call for sympathy. It's a lesson on how this all works.
I get to meet with creators, interview people, play games, and see early things, just like everyone else in this business does. My job in a nutshell. But I don't get to talk about those things until the embargo is up -- I sign off on this, just as everyone else does. Once it is up, I'm free to share the information I've gathered and the coverage I've written.
For a lot of the Xbox One stuff we've been seeing, TODAY is that day. That's why you see four articles on Xbox One features on the front page. Only that.
HOW IN THE BRILLIANT BLUE FUCK DO YOU DRAW A CONNECTION TO ME BEING 'PAID OFF' FOR RUNNING THIS COVERAGE?
I went out, gathered this information for you, and shared it with you as soon as I could. That's somehow bad?
Do me a favor: go and check just about any other major gaming site right now and see what's on their front page. See that? It's other people that work in my same field, wanting to share what they've learned as soon as they could.
AND HERE'S A HUGE FUCKING NEWSFLASH:
You're going to see more Xbox One articles in...oh, about a week. Why? BECAUSE A NEW VIDEOGAME SYSTEM is coming out. Don't know if you heard. They haven't given me shit. At all. I, like, had some of their cookies last week. And I'm hoping they give me an Xbox One debug system to play some of these new games on. But paid? I don't even know what money is anymore.
And get ready for a whole bunch of PS4 articles in the next few days.
ooooooooooOOOOOOOHHHHH THEY PAID YOU OFF, DALE. ENJOY THAT MONEY. THAT'S WHY JIM LEFT. CORGIS SUCK. SO CORRUPT. I HATE HUGE. I MISS THE OLD DAYS. ETC ETC ETC ETC
For the people that make them, play them, or promote them, Multiplayer Online Battle Arena games are the biggest thing since corgis. I know they're a growing segment, and I've seen the player numbers -- I'm not underestimating anything here. I've definitely heard the full rundown on why I should be covering MOBAs on Destructoid, and we have plenty of players of MOBAs on staff. Fine.
But I'm asking you, Destructoid reader. How big of a deal are these games to you? How important is coverage of updates to these titles, in your opinion? If you're a player and follower, would you like to see more coverage? Are we hitting it just right? Not enough?
I did the asking around about MMOs some time back. I wonder how your word on MOBAs will compare.
I think that some of the people that were excited by the idea of Final Fantasy Theatrhythm might have bought it, played it for a few days, and then sent it to rot in their huge, unfinished game collection. Not judging! I do that all the time. It's just that I'm still in love with this game, and still play it everyday.
I get that rhythm games aren't for everybody, but this one really speaks to me. Sure, it's just tapping and sliding, but its also a journey down memory lane as it lets me (kind of) revisit some of the best moments in Final Fantasy history.
But what really has me coming back is the challenge. I love how they didn't hold back with some of the ball buster levels. Mind you, I've beat this game once already and maxed out several characters with the Japanese version, and I'm almost to the same place again with the US release. I just love it that much.
Do you wear videogame t-shirts? I suppose that's a silly question. Of course you do. I do. We all do. Well, hold on...
I do, but it's rare. Maybe I haven't done laundry in awhile. Or maybe I'm working in the yard, or exercising. I have nothing against game t-shirts, mind you. I think they're great, and wearing them shows my interests, and lets me show some of my gamer pride.
I definitely wore them more in my younger years. I'm getting old now, and I've set into wearing clothing that maybe has a bit more shape or form, I think. Ah, maybe I'm just a clothes asshole.
Anyway, I've noticed that when I do wear game shirts out and about, it opens the door to talking to others about my passion for games, my career, and the industry in general. I think that's fantastic. And it never fails -- I wear a game shirt and someone strikes up a conversation. Love it.
Last night, for instance: I went to a local BBQ place to fuck up some pulled pork and beans (and mac & cheese). I was served and it was good. Later, the guy that prepared my food came out and said he liked my shirt. (I was wearing a Prototype 2 t-shirt that Activision gave me at some event.) I asked him if he liked the game, and he told me it was 'better' than the first. I laughed and told him that was exactly what I had said!
The convo went on as we talked about the hardships the developer is now going through, and then moved onto how much money Activision has. Nice guy, nice talk.
This got me thinking: Why don't I wear game t-shirts more often?
[But I know the answer! They always give me a fucking XL or L. One time I got an XXL. I'm a fucking SMALL. I'm a bony fuck that has no meat on his bones. And what's really fucked is that A LOT of people in my field are thin/bony/small. Why do they always give us large shirts?!?!? Even a Medium looks kind of silly already. I have a damned mountain of L-sized shirts in my closet, never worn.]