Thursday, August 25, 2011

Defending the Jimquisition

This is a sort of a repost of something I wrote previously. I decided that I wanted it here since Jim thought that it was somewhat eloquent

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Geoff Keighly "aces" Skyrim interview with Todd Howard

After Keighley asked a question about blending "action" into a RPG, Todd describes the choice oriented combat system in Skyrim, "It really plays off what you're actually doing; it goes by do what you put into your hands -- sword in this hand, magic in this hand, dual magic..." but what if you were able to wield a sword in one hand and good intentions in the other? Role playing is about interacting with the world, and combat isn't the only way to do it. Don't get me wrong, the new combat system looks absolutely fun and engaging, but what kind of focus has Bethesda put into non-combat and social interactions with the world and its people? I know Bethasda puts speech and reputation mechanics into their games, but whats new in Skyrim? Radiant AI and a flushed out world would mean a lot more if the game just wants you to hack, burn, and shout at it. I really like the idea of "skipping" unnecessary combat, or solving a problem through careful analysis and diplomatic thinking. Perhaps during side quests, instead of murdering the people in a dungeon for an item you can learn how to quickly gain their trust, or deceptively infiltrate them for it. I'm sure the game would be great regardless, but it would be nice to know what kind of thought has been put towards this particular play style.

Watch the two part interview after the jump!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Watch "The Journalism Show" Online!

Here's some gaming related content created by Topher Cantler of The Electric Hydra podcast. As a frequent listener of the podcast I'm aware of how much work Topher puts into this show, so I'd like to help get it out there! Episode 6 was just recently released at Rockmelon Soda. I would strongly recommend watching the previous episodes as well

Embeds of episodes 4 (my favorite) and 6 after the jump.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Read my exclusive interview (not really) with Destructoid reviewer Jim Sterling

Though some may claim he resembles one who takes residence under a bridge Jim Sterling stands steadfast above his lectern as a freelance games writer (not a journalist) and Reviews Editor for Destructoid.

To be honest, it's not really an interview nor is it exclusive. I actually just asked him a couple of questions on his formspring. But, they were very well thought out questions, and the reason I asked them was because of very blog which means I HAVE to post it here. It just makes sense.

Interview after the jump!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


You've made it to my blog, welcome! I'm struggling to come up with a direction for the blog, but for the most part I'll be posting about gaming related content.

After the jump I included a video that actually manages to add a bit of elegance and meaning to a Call of Duty commentary. Though it could have done with better camera work, the monologue and music work well together to provide some insight on gamer culture.