- Having stumbled upon this while checking out a webpage of a GSW commenter, I'm delighted to present Dave and Nihongonauts' '6 Annoying Trends in Games 2006' article, as petulantly readable a piece of writing as anyone could hope to expect, yay.

One of the highlights is 'Unwarranted Paranoia Over Microtransactions', for which it's noted: "The public has reacted with complete panic and paranoia, insisting that publishers will soon ship “incomplete” games that require additional purchases to fight the last boss, finish the race, or otherwise do what has heretofore been considered a part of a normal retail game. This is, needless to say, complete and total bullshit and a waste of time to even think about."

Also zinged, 'The Games As Art Debate': "Look up the f*cking word “art” in a dictionary! Any dictionary! See that part about the “conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements”? How about the “human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature”? This means that all games are art. Period. If my interpretation of the arrangement of a brick in an otherwise abandoned lot is aesthetically pleasing, then it fits the definition." Why do I get the feeling that this isn't the last word on that subject?