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27Jul/100

Burying the Lede

  • While I wasn't looking, Kill Screen magazine went ahead and printed their second issue, which they maddeningly call "Issue 1." If you can resist it after reading the excerpts, I do not want to be your friend anymore.
  • I never got to read the British PC Zone magazine before it got shuttered earlier this month, so I'll let someone who worked there eulogize it instead.
  • Being in England for the summer has prevented me from checking out @Gamer's first issue, but Kevin Gifford seems to think it's good for what it is.
  • Wikipedia entries on graphic adventures + in-depth interviews with the games' creators + a bit of design work = A freaking book.
  • The next time someone complains your reviews are "bias," show them this. If that doesn't work, show them this.
  • "I think games today are a great window into certain age groups and types of people, in the same way that music was a great place to find stories about young people in the 70’s."
27Jul/100

The Game Beat column on Gamasutra/GameSetWatch

GEt it? It's a column!I've been teasing this on my Twitter feed for a bit and I'm quite happy to be able to announce it today -- The Game Beat now has a bi-weekly column crossposted on Gamasutra and GameSetWatch. The first one, which went up today, is about how many critics seem preoccupied with the short length of recent Xbox Live Arcade release Limbo. Here's a taste:

Without a doubt, Xbox Live Arcade’s Limbo is an instant classic. The reviews are near-unanimous in their praise. Limbo is “bleak and beautiful.” It’s “haunting.” It’s “elegant and minimalistic.” It’s “clever." It’s “gorgeously constructed." It “will stay with you for a very long time.” Some are already calling it “a masterpiece.” Others are breaking out the dreaded a-word: “Art.”

But there’s one other thing Limbo reviewers are almost equally unanimous about. Some seem almost reluctant to bring it up. Others seem proud that they were able to find some flaw to balance out an otherwise glowing review.

Regardless, the critical consensus seems to be that Limbo is excellent but, well... it’s kind of short.

Leaves you panting and wanting more, doesn't it? If so, please feel free to read the whole thing.

What does this mean for this site? Not much, really. I'll still be posting my (hopefully) daily link roundups, and occasional longer-form thoughts as they come to me -- though I suppose I may save some of the best those for the bi-weekly column. Anyway, it shouldn't be a big difference to you, the reader, as all those columns will be listed and linked here as well. So stop your whining, voices in my head!

26Jul/100

Burying the Lede

Burying the Lede is a (hopefully) daily collection of interesting game-journalism-related links I've come across that don't require a full post but that I still wanted to share.

Didja miss me? Three weeks worth of links to catch up on, so these will be a little longer than normal for a while.

8Jul/100

Not dead

Hey all, just wanted to let you know I haven't forgotten about this blog and the daily Burying the Lede updates (or the more in-depth updates I'm theoretically still doing). What I did forget is to tell you that I'll be away on an Italian holiday through next Monday, and then away covering the Develop conference in Brighton for the rest of next week. Expect updates to resume after that.

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2Jul/100

Burying the Lede

Burying the Lede is a (hopefully) daily collection of interesting game-journalism-related links I've come across that don't require a full post but that I still wanted to share.
1Jul/100

Burying the Lede

Burying the Lede is a (hopefully) daily collection of interesting game-journalism-related links I've come across that don't require a full post but that I still wanted to share.
30Jun/100

Burying the Lede

Burying the Lede is a (hopefully) daily collection of interesting game-journalism-related links I've come across that don't require a full post but that I still wanted to share.

29Jun/100

Burying the Lede

Burying the Lede is a (hopefully) daily collection of interesting game-journalism-related links I've come across that don't require a full post but that I still wanted to share.

28Jun/100

Burying the Lede

Burying the Lede is a (hopefully) daily collection of interesting game-journalism-related links I've come across that don't require a full post but that I still wanted to share.
25Jun/101

Burying the Lede

Burying the Lede is a (hopefully) daily collection of interesting game-journalism-related links I've come across that don't require a full post but that I still wanted to share.