Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Presenting: "THE GAME OVERTHINKER"

Yes, it's been almost a week since the last new post. Wanted to drop a review of some of this weekends new releases... 'cept I didn't go see anything and, frankly, do you really need ME to tell you if "Fool's Gold" is going to be any good?

Truth is, I've been putting the finishing touches on something I've been working toward for awhile now; and it's finally in a form I'm reasonably comfortable putting online: I'm paying some big-picture respect to my 2nd great geek-love by joining the ranks of gamer-culture "video bloggers."

This has been kind of a (relatively) new web phenomenon for awhile now. Apparently it got "decided" at some point that while movies and politics are best commented on through text-reviews, video games would be best served by breathless, minutia-strewn multimedia presentations. To get some idea of what the BEST versions of this look like, well... if you aren't ALREADY making "Zero Punctuation" (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/zeropunctuation) and "The Angry Video Game Nerd" (http://www.screwattack.com/AngryNerdMain.html) regular visits, you should be.

Now, I'm not even going to pretend that what I'm turning in here is anywhere NEAR the kind of quality you'd see from Mssrs. Croshaw and Rolfe on a regular basis, but I am surprisingly proud of how it turned out. For the record, my baby down there is called "The Game OverThinker;" the general premise being to take broad, seemingly simple questions or "memes" of gamer culture and think way, way, WAY to deeply about them (example: Currently working toward an episode set to be titled "Super Mario and The Sacred Feminine.") For this opening shot, the subject-proper is the depressing "sameness" about modern-era games and particularly their increasingly-bland lead characters.

I hope you like it, and feedback is GREATLY appreciated. Seriously. If this sucks, I need to know ;)


4 comments:

Yakiniku said...

Great points. I enjoyed it.

Amer H. said...

I enjoyed your video as well.

I don't agree with some points, but that's natural.

Still, you were dead right with your comment about the "that's gay" thing, that forces the industry to rape many classic aspects of gaming so the new gamers will feel confortable with the games.

I'll watch your other videos now, and i'm gonna link your blog to mine. If you don't like it, just tell me and i won't.

Overall, a really good work.

Aaron said...

Wow. I could not have said it any better. I'm having one of those moments where I feel like I've been trying to say something for a long time, and then BAM, someone made it visual for me. Thank you.

Jack Z. said...

Just saw this on ScrewAttack. Excellent, excellent video. I've now bookmarked your site and will visit it regularly.