Games journalism 2019 - Everything is streaming

This is probably true.

I find the approach juvenile because I think a lot of the games they play are not that deep. I mean the anime games are what they are. The Sims, Rimworlds, a fair amount of those games are kind of what you make them, with or without mods.

I look forward to the day there is enough adult content in gaming that covers a huge range of genres and approaches, but today… I don’t see how anyone could right in that narrow sphere and not have to come up with stupid articles like semen cafes. It seems like a better approach would’ve been tackling the appeal of adult mods in an industry that is largely lacking in quality adult games. Course once you write something like that, what else is someone going to write about for the next eleven months?

Wade Callender’s lawsuit against Randy Pitchford is over.

A video (doc?) of the first video game ever, 1 hour of duration.

As soon as I saw the title I knew it would be an Ahoy video, haha. I look forwards to watching it.

Awesome article on Wired about the making of a really bad, but interesting, 90’s FMV game.

(Indie) Video game development: not even once

Full of stories of the type ‘I kind of stay afloat thanks a government fund + living in a room in a cheap shared flat’…

Every struggling artist ever.

Least surprising news ever. Gamedev has become the new garage banding, as was obvious would happen with proliferance of tools and easy access to digital distro.

Yeah, I actually use the same example sometimes in RL conversations. Making a game with a few people and having a ‘hit’ is more or less like forming a rock band with friends and turning into rockstars. It’s… possible, there are rockstars out there so it has to happen to some, right? but chances are, you won’t be that guy.

But at least if you form a band you might actually improve your chances of getting laid.

Well, at least the drummers get all the chicks!

My favorite reddit post title is “I spent 6 years on my game and it’s finally done!”

Okay, that’s great, I’m proud of you. What is this game exactly? Maybe start with that.

Hahaha. The timing is excellent with the above story @Woolen_Horde.

It does seem to be an issue mainly with the US press. As the article notes, the Guardian still has robust games coverage, including a podcast, although maybe not as good as in its heyday. And at the other end of the quality spectrum the Express, of all papers, seems to be trying to be the new GameFAQs with comprehensive release info, presumably largely automated.

Don’t Read That If You’re Planning To Play The Goose Game!

(Seriously, it spoils one of the best gags in the game, which is much improved if you don’t know about it.)

I found it more sensationalist than edifying, but it was their story to tell…

It looks like some shit’s going to go down at Kotaku:

For some context:

Plus G/O Media is cleaning house at Deadspin. They fired the Deputy Editor, and told the rest of the staff to “stick to sports” and stop writing other content.