A variety of ramblings on a variety of subjects
30 Jan 2016 // Quick shots
Quick shot: DemoNight 2016
Every year, near the end of January, the Montreal chapter of the International Game Developer Association, the biggest non-profit working on behalf of game developers worlwide, makes a little event called the DemoNight. During that time, indie and not so indie game developers get to show off their current work. The only rule: your game must not have been released already in a finished state, although early access titles are fair game. Your game also needs to be interesting. Oh, and being well connected in the Montreal indie scene should help quite a bit. And it’s a five minute real time demo: no trailers or pre-baked marketing bullshit is allowed.» Read more / comment...
26 Jan 2016 // On the subject of
On the subject of meaningful shooting
Wow! It’s a new year already! Time sure flies fast. I figured I’d start this year with… well, a subject I wanted to talk about late last year but didn’t get to. Now I can. So let’s talk about single player first person shooter experiences.» Read more / comment...
31 Dec 2015 // On the subject of
Goodbye, twenty fifteen
Woa! Another year down! That one sure flew quickly! And just like the two previous years, I’m going to write a few things about the last 365 days, and of course, which games I’ve played and which one I liked the most. Now, if you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know what that is. Or maybe it was all a huge trap and there’s a big twist at the end of this article.
Don’t hold your breath, as this article is somewhat long and I wouldn’t want you to die.» Read more / comment...
30 Nov 2015 // On the subject of
On the subject of divergent criticism
Like most people interested in gaming, I consume a lot of gaming media. I’m truly fascinated by how various gaming news outlets report things that occur in that world. From what I gather by reading articles, games journalism seems to happen in a strange vacuum where everyone is a liberal (in the American sense) comic book geek and where the same story can be milked several times over. I find gaming news websites to be both intriguing, entertaining and sometimes even unsettling.
But the thing that gets me the most is how games journalists, who are supposed to be at least slightly more neutral and objective than the average human being, are so eager to jump in the hype machine and gush about upcoming games being “awesome”. And that’s when whatever they write doesn’t sound like a press release. So, let’s talk about that hype, because Fallout 4 came out recently and the whole Internet lost their shit. And I think it’s time for an intervention.» Read more / comment...
26 Oct 2015 // On the subject of
On the subject of greater goods
You know, gamers sometimes get the short end of the stick in the mainstream media. Since they’re not part of that mainstream for a variety of reasons, they generally can’t defend themselves properly when someone comes looking for a decent scapegoat. Thankfully, some gamers decided to take the matters into their own hands and do something good for the world.» Read more / comment...