This is late late late. No matter, last week boiled down to some gems, to mix-metaphors. Allow me to re-highlight them, and please don’t judge harshly that I picked one of my own.
- What the New Assassin’s Creed Gets Wrong (and Right), According to a Historian - Chris Suellentrop talks to a historian who shows some of the game’s accuracies, creative liberties and missed opportunities.
- Forget No Man’s Sky. I’m Getting Hyped To Play Some Spore - Another from Chris, this one a sort of preview for a game that came out long ago. Expect a new “review” eventually, too!
- When A Game Is Busted, But You Can’t Stop Playing - Luke Plunkett doing a superb job explaining the allure of the sort of broken PC game Emergency 2016.
- Undertale: The Kotaku Review - Nathan Grayson reviewing a video game and, to an extent, reviewing himself. This is simultaneously raw and polished stuff—and makes me want to play Undertale!
- At First I Didn’t Succeed, So I Tried 45 More Times - My story that’s partially about a Batman game but really about how one deals with repeated failure and eventually succeeds.
Best old quote: “Obviously it’s a very slow news day, and people are very bored.” - former Sega exec shooting down accurate 2001 IGN report about Sega making games for non-Sega systems.
Best GIF (from this post):
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