August 10, 2006 5:55 AM | Simon Carless
There seem to be ever-more interesting links popping up from day to day, but hey - I'm learning about the man opossum while watching Mega64, so it's as good a time as ever to teach you about the educative stuff I ran into today:
- Over at the Rocky Mountain News, Kotaku's Brian Crecente has a more detailed write-up on Rockstar's Bully than previously seen. Actually, we at Gamasutra received an email from the delightful Jack Thompson today after our brief Bully news story, CC-ed to Anderson Cooper, among other people. Apparently Crecente got some Thompson lovemail too, and also a rare Terry Donovan quote in his article: "I think if the entertainment industry had always chosen the path of least resistance, I think we would have missed out on some incredible films, a load of life-altering records and a host of books that changed literature forever." Rockstar execs on the record? Amazing.
- This is just a leetle bit on the self-centered side, but it's undeniably fun to hear about James Mielke's interactions with Kenji Eno with regard to favorite music albums, etc. "The fun thing about Eno and I, is that despite the six year span between when I was last able to have a good conversation with him, it feels like no time has passed at all. And what's even curiouser is that we're both only children, and were born within two months of each other." Maybe interlocking horoscopes are in order? Some good overall music recommendations in here tho - YMO and Ultramarine, for starters.
- Following a GSW post yesterday about PopCap's multiplayer service ceasing, we see Aggro Me got a follow-up from the PopCappers, noting: "Unfortunately, the economics for the small (but devoted!) user base simply don’t support significant upgrades to these games." Still, a well thought-out explanation, even if it's a little bit sad.
- Dean Takahashi is sorta video game journalism's Droopy, I think, and he's got a pretty good write-up on Electronic Arts and original IP. This is a little cheeky, tho, from EA's Frank Gibeau: "We just decided to zig when the rest of the industry is zagging... We are getting radically more selective in choosing licenses for video games. You could argue it's risky, but you could also say that the time of the licenses has passed.' But didn't you zag before when some other companies zigged with regard to _more_ licenses? Either way...
- Matt 'Fort90' Hawkins made it out to anime convention extraodinatire Otakon, and has put up a series of two posts showcasing a massive bunch of cool game-related cosplayers from the show. Is it our imagination, or has the infusion of female-friendly manga and anime into the mainstream in the U.S. meant that North American cosplayers are looking a whole more... normal nowadays? Not that we're saying... you know, we're not saying that. Also - Zelda & Link-themed Day Of The Tentacle cosplay? Oh. Em. Gee!
- Game academic baiting isn't yet an Olympic sport, but Grand Text Auto is certainly upset with The Escapist's article on the issue, commenting: "Either the editors are desperate for material, or have a worrisome misunderstanding of how academic study operates. So much for the idea of well-informed journalism. (Note, my primary gig is not as an academic, so this shouldn’t be interpreted as a defensive statement.)" Eh - the post is vaguely defensive, but it's also vaguely correct, so it all works out.
- Ah yes, something from sister site Gamasutra! Sometimes people don't notice Jim Rossignol's new 'A Journalistic Bent' column, and the latest one is a pretty constructive column about game writing. Of course, we said game writing whinging was verboten, but hopefully Rossignol is a tad more positive, noting: "Perhaps as people learn to deal with greater and greater volumes of information the truly versatile games writer will appear - one for whom all of play is informed by everything else in life."
- The2Bears has spotted that Bizarre Creations is cease and desisting PC clones of its delightful Geometry Wars Reloaded, commenting: "We’re beginning to feel the effects of the Geometry Wars clones on our sales via Microsoft now and are beginning a process to begin to more robustly protect our copyright and intellectual property." Personally, I think that's fair enough - the clones are pretty darn exact. Others may not concur, of course.
- Kotaku spotted a fun CliffyB interview conducted by his older brother at a Gears Of War fansite- including totally amusing questions such as: "You were quite the hellraiser as a kid as I probably kept you from killing yourself with stupid stunts on several occasions. Do you think that your personality helped you develop an "edge" which translates to games?" It's the spiky hair and the MTV appearances driving Tim Sweeney's sports car too fast, man! Also fun: " I suppose you don't remember you and I working our way through Contra together, do you?" Definitely a close relationship between interviewer and interviewee, there.
- Heisei Democracy has a creator spotlight on 'doujin game developers’ duo Momo Pax', including "details (and exclusive screenshots!) from their upcoming STG/ADV hybrid Soft Landing." Nice - a shooter and a visual novel all at once, and being developed by Western dojin-heads in Seattle and Australia respectively? We definitely approve. [Via T2B.]