Kotaku Confessional!

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It’s “senior week” at our parent company Gawker Media, a time to write what we really want to write, though that’s kind of what our sites have been doing for the past 14 years. What’s the occasion? Someone new is about to buy us, likely with a plan to infuse Kotaku’s budget with about a billion dollars. Before they do, we’ll let our hair down some (not easy for me, if you’ve seen pictures). Today, I have some things to confess and hope you will all join me in making equally bold, personal revelations:

  • I have never been that crazy about Sonic games.
  • I’m beginning to think that the Kirby series is the second-best platforming franchise after Mario. Yes? No? I’m baring my soul here, people.
  • I’d rather press a trigger or face button to sprint. I’m just not a big fan of the L3 input.
  • In retrospect, I like Assassin’s Creed IV more than Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and regret supporting replacing the former with the latter in our Bests gaming lists. Both are very good games, but, yeah.
  • One of my professional regrets is failing to explain to Will Wright what was cool about Cubivore. I did the best I could.
  • I don’t regret our reporting, but I do miss talking to developers from Bethesda and Ubisoft.
  • I still can’t tell what’s happening in most esports, but, damn it, I’m trying.
  • Until this weekend, my Kinect was plugged in.
  • I play a lot of games every year, but I have never played Half-Life.
  • I used to think unboxing videos were worth doing, but readers talked me out of it (thanks, readers!).
  • Far too many of my memories are associated with video games. So, when Muhammad Ali died, I soon remembered that: oh, yeah, the one time I met him at an event in New York City, I had to first wait on line outside and was, for a few minutes, standing next to a closed gaming shop that was running WaveRace 64 on loop on one of its TVs.
  • I don’t go back and play older games because I am suspicious of nostalgia and would rather remember them for being great than go back and discover they weren’t.
  • I always adjust the slider so that the image/logo/icon is more than just slightly visible.

Phew. I feel as if a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Dear readers, is there anything you would like to let the world know?

UPDATE: Let’s do a poll to clear something up....

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also, I don’t think Final Fantasy, Persona, or most JRPGs I’ve played have that good of stories. Sorry, Jason.