Fitting, as I would say Gamefan is one of the most horrible things to ever happen to game journalism. It created so much of what is awful about the fanbase now. Gamefan was the first place I encountered console fanboyism, import game snobbery, Western vs. Eastern game design wars, and so many other things that are hallmarks of the “noise” part of GAF’s signal to noise ratio.
Heather Anne Campbell’s stuff was really good, even if I disagreed with her on some things.
It is awesome that she’s the one you have a caveat about, because as far as I’m concerned she’s the only one on that staff with her head on straight. She keeps the gushing to a minimum, she calls mediocrity out where she sees it, and she gave Castlevania Judgment the thrashing it deserved. I have no idea how Halverson tolerated her, but she was the sole voice of reason in that magazine.
And having read Dave Halverson for so many years, I know where he stands on games, so his cheerleading was entertaining and not at all a problem for me like it is for everyone else.
I’ve read Halverson since Gamefan days and his burbling positivism is just as irritating and embarrassing as it ever was. Look at that Bayonetta quote. How can you take anything in the review seriously after that? What purpose does it serve? What good does it do anyone to just praise everything to the heavens no matter how flawed or lazy it is? I love Bayonetta, but that review is useless to anyone who isn’t Dave Halverson. All I learn from it is that Dave Halverson loves Bayonetta far more than any human should, and my previous experience with him allows me to know that this is absolutely nothing new.
Jaded hatred and misery wins again.
It’s called “criticism,” Dave. It’s how things grow, evolve and improve. What Halverson does is essentially advertising.
Also, what exactly constitutes “jaded hatred”?