I miss talking about videogames, for videogames. I miss reading about videogames, for videogames. I stopped. I made a point to pull away from the literary exchange of VeeGee's a long while ago. I still play games, and I still love games. I hate reading about them. Know why?
Cause there's too much bullshit. I'm on Destructoid 'cause I'm into the art...
The words, the ideas, and the way the words make play with the ideas through wordplay and presentation. Communication through facets of creativity. Standard fare, you know. There's a lot of great writers here. When you work around the ego's and Bulsh
, you'll find you're left with quite a volume of works, from a diverse collection of authors, offering various views, on several topics (in front page quality, mind you). Much of this community puts just as much thought and hard work into their articles as any professional, published author I've ever read, and that's just based on what I've seen in the past week. So it's a shame to see (on many media outlets) so much conflict surrounding menial details like a consoles HD space, or how a certain company didn't build a product to cater to So & So's
specific needs, that's it's becoming so far removed from videogames, and steadily evolving into a narcissistic outcry for attention.
Personally, I don't care about what anyone thinks of the specs of a specific console. That's my prerogative, and I won't preach that on anyone else. I have my opinions, you have yours. Fine. The bottom line is, at the end of the day, I still love the video games I choose
to play. If I had so much issue with what's available, I would stop. That's a little trick we used to call common sense. I know the limitations of my PS3. I knew the limitations before I threw a bunch of cash at it. I know the limitations of my Gamecube. I knew the limitations before I hooked it up the other day and spent a good two hours on The Twin Snakes
. It doesn't have cross game chat, it doesn't have HDD space, it needs goofy little memory cards, and the graphics are obviously dated. Did Nintendo inconvenience me
by forcing me to spend money on memory cards? No. That's just the way she goes... I know all the shit that it doesn't have. But for me to sit and campaign against all the things it doesn't have
(now or then) only robs me of the opportunity to enjoy it to it's fullest capacity. It's counter-productive nonsense, and does more damage than good to the core/legacy of the industry/culture, beneath all the site traffic and dollar signs.
You wanna play? You had to blow all these fuckers first. Guess what? It was still fuckin' awesome.
What about all of the great things it does
have? All of the current gen consoles have positives, that may or may not be available on the other. It's just the way she goes... Both Microsoft and Sony have great games, and great online services. Malicious posts just work to burry a console/game and promote the author... Why aren't we spending our time promoting the growth of the console/game/industry with intelligent discussions on where things could go from here, or how certain weaknesses could be solved through innovation. Why not discuss, and highlight the artistic merit of the medium, or the thrills of button mashing and it's correlation to excessive masturbation. Why not talk about why we love gaming? Maybe I represent a minority, and I'm fine with that, but I am an observer, and a proud member of the culture, and what I see is a very juvenile obsession on everything that's wrong with what we claim to love. That's a recipe for an abusive relationship, and the last time I checked, Chris Brown was still a douche bag.
It's a good time to be a gamer, and I for one am extremely excited for the coming wave of blockbuster titles, despite anyone's traumatic hardware issues, or the constant showing of cocks over on that other site.
I love videogames.
PS: I remember bitching to my neighbours about the Genesis' 3 button controller layout in comparison to the SNES's game changing design. It was frustrating getting my ass kicked in MK2 on the Genesis, but being completely competent with the grey little guy from the future. I wouldn't have had it any other way.
PPS: I think the Genesis has the most unusual, but genuinely 90's cool, library of games. SNES won the cup for better single player experiences, but SEGA took the cake for better multiplayer. SNES always felt like it was governed by a board of censors made up of Disney characters and the cast of Family Matters, with all it's vibrant, soft colours, where as SEGA felt like it was secretly funded by the good MTV, and hung out with Tango & Cash. Such hard, dark, contrasting colours; blacks and neons. A very crude display, something you might see at a Japanese karaoke bar-strip joint (they had joint's instead of clubs).