It has been pretty hard to miss the existential controversy this lovely little site of ours has seen over the past week. Which means that I get to do what I do best! Which is to say hide in the corner until it blows over.
Actually, no. Letís not.
Iím not going to talk about Nanbu or what I thought of her. It doesnít matter. I do want to thank her though for sparking the discussion that reignited my drive to be active on the site. We have seen a lot of great responses to her blog, including some of which I think have the potential to bring back the spark in all of us (in fact, just check the caps below!). Myself, I was kind of in a downwards spiral on Dtoid which I wasnít sure was my fault or the siteís. Maybe I didnít visit as often anymore because the site was getting worse, or perhaps it felt like the site was getting worse because I wasnít visiting as often anymore. Who knows?
But seeing the passion of the people here to keep Destructoid a great place means a lot to me. From silly jokes to well-reasoned thoughts on why the site can still be great, and even the ones who see problems but give suggestions on how to fix them. Itís all valuable. Because Destructoid is all of us. And we can make this place as awesome as we want it to be.
Everything else has already been said, and me repeating it doesnít make the point any better. Just go read the blogs instead, you know the ones. Go out there, and start having fucking fun.
What I do hope though is that this new wave of inspiration also reaches the front page writers. On the one hand itís great that Destructoid has separate areas so that we can claim the Cblog as our true home on the Internet. On the other hand I also have a place in my heart for the frontpage. On reflection, I think that a conversation I had with taterchimp had some truth to it. He said that the site was becoming too negative, with all the controversies going on and how many writers constantly point out the flaws in the industry. I donít think heís necessarily right in saying that weíre ďtoo negativeĒ though. I think itís more a case of us being ďnot positive enoughĒ. There is a difference.
Too negative implies that we should let some things slide because weíre afraid to come across as bitching or making a big deal out of nothing. I donít believe thatís the case; when things are shit, things are shit and we should call the ones doing the shitting out on it. More positive, however, means talking about cool things just for the heck of it. More positive means being excited for something and proudly displaying your internet-boner (includes lady boner) for all to see.
Iíll show you what I mean.
I think I mentioned this sometime before, but let me show you my favorite Destructoid article ever.
What strikes me with this article is one thing, and one thing only. The pure excitement on display. Here we have a grow man, a self-described ďfat cuntĒ, and heís being giddy like a schoolgirl for a game in which Kirby is made of string. So giddy, in fact, that he just went ďfuck itĒ and wrote a news post for no other reason than to show how giddy he is.
I do feel that we havenít seen as many of those kinds of articles lately, and thatís a great shame. Fuck the people who complain that it doesnít have any news value. Fuck the ones who think the game looks kiddy. Fuck everyone. Just be excited about Kirby being made of mothersh*tting string again. While I donít think it would help much for the people who think the industry is getting too negative, it would mean the world to me.
Thatís what I want to see more of. Letís just be excited for the sake of being excited again. Letís not focus on being less negative. Letís focus on being more positive. And again: letís start having fucking fun.
In case you've been living under a rock or just waiting on NieR: Automata (thanks for the delay Amazon!), Nintendo just launched its newest console. Whether it's a success or a failure remains to be seen, but many people have bought themselves this shiny new console for their home. It's been a while since we've seen this sheer amount of excitement over a console, and a Nintendo one, no less, considering the amount of goodwill they probably have since the Wii U.
But the QP has been having endless buzz over the Switch, despite concerns over hardware faults in the Joy-Con or cheaply produced docks. Personally, I'd love one despite the lack of software on day one. I mean, I could play Zelda while at work. And not a handheld Zelda either. A proper, huge console-designed Zelda! Asides from that, it's all about the love of having shiny new tech in your hands. So that's what this month's bloggers wanted will be about: console launches, the hype and the release into getting it into your hands.
To participate, title your blog "Let's Do Launch: [your title here]" and use the "Bloggers Wanted" tag, and in a general sense, talk about your favorite launches. We've had the PS4 and Xbone years back but were we genuinely excited or just looking forward to it? Or how about where you were when the GameCube released? Don't worry too much about celebrating the exact launch date, either. I still clearly remember the time I got my Sega Genesis from Costco, complete in a bundle with Ecco the Dolphin and Donald Duck's QuackShot.
Don't worry about being positive or timely. Did you grow up to see the Vectrex launch? Go ahead and enlighten us youngins about how much of a love/hate relationship you may or may not have. Still rocking an Ngage? I'm sure you are. So how did it feel to purchase such a mistake of the universe? Go ahead and let us know, and eventually, we'll get around to promoting it to the front page!
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