Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A link to the present

A little link love for a post-E3 week:

-If you're not reading Jeremy Parish's 25-part celebration of the Famicom's 25th anniversary, you should be. Nobody does retro reporting so well.

-Stephen Totilo has the definitive take on Nintendo's E3 performance, which was poorly received in hardcore quarters (hardquarters?). To me, this is just another example of the uselessness of these shows in general, but now that the backlash has started against E3 critics, maybe I'll just shut my big mouth.

-Then again, if you still agree that E3 is a waste of space, maybe you'd like Magical Wasteland's take. It didn't have to be this way, says Matthew.

-Matthew Gallant takes a look at bloom disasters. Bloom can be quite pretty, but a little goes a long way. I remember finding myself squinting at Tomb Raider Anniversary, wondering if the settings on my TV were wrong.

-Tommy Tallarico drops by Cruise Elroy to discuss "real music" vs. "video game music." Besides presenting an interesting look at game audio (as Dan Bruno always provides), this is also proof positive that any time you mention anybody on the Internet, they will respond within 24 hours. Even if, as has been this case on this blog a few times, your traffic qualifies you to be little more than an ant under their shoes.

-Giant Bomb launched. Whether the world needs another straight-up news and reviews site, I don't know, but it's hard not to root for Gerstmann and friends after all they've been through.

-I try not to read reviews of games I'll be covering, but when I read Gamers with Jobs' review of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, I didn't yet know that I'd be reviewing it myself. Unfortunately for me, Sean Sands' take is just about perfect.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link, Mitch. I was impressed by how gracious Tallarico's response was; even if it was ultimately based on a misunderstanding, I had just called out his opinions on music as "a load of bull." He's a stand-up guy in my book.

Speaking of gracious, I'm a big fan of Jason Scott's work and he was very cool when I saw him at ROFLCon back in April, but he definitely has a confrontational streak.

Mitch Krpata said...

No one's ever lost any ground by responding to things with grace and good humor, so it's strange how rarely it happens. But when it's so easy to find anything critical written about you, I guess it's understandable.

I once Googled myself and found some right-wing blog savaging a letter to the editor I'd sent to the Boston Globe. I didn't respond to the post, but I got completely hooked on reading the blog!

Matthew Gallant said...

Oof, that Guitar Hero Aerosmith review was both brutal and spot-on.

Thanks for the link Mitch. If this screenshot is any indication, Tomb Raider Anniversary could have easily made the list.