Hello. Something I want to know - does the USA / Canada / Australia have any 'specialist' games mags? I hear about something called EGM, which sounds like our CVG - standard news-(p)reviews-chips&teats layout, sub-par writing, inane reviews ("this game has great gameplay!!"). Is this the case?
A few years ago, the UK was doing alright - we had both Edge and Digitiser. Edge was, and arguably still is, the hardcore gamers preference. Holier than thou attitude (referring to itself in the third person), consistent editorials (Redeye, yes), interesting features, and very, very big words. Think Tequila on caffeine. Not much caffeine, after all, you know Tequila.
Hey - not perfect, but well worth its £4. Critics argue that its quality has rapidly deteriorated in recent months, but I'm not fit to comment on that.
Then there was Digitiser. Updated and available for free every day, each issue of Digitiser on Teletext (I think this was a brief fad for Americans, to summarise - magic telly words) contained some news, a review, a preview, and some letters. And some humour. Very much a Marmite thing, you either got it or you didn't - though I'd have to question the mentality of any human that doesn't find Insincere Dave hilarious - Digi became a cult hit. Sadly, after ten years, Digi's writer - tottering, nude drunkard Mr Biffo - left to become a big television sensation (writer). So far, he's wrote some kids shows, Crossroads eps, and an episode of Eastenders featuring human beatbox and Dirty Den saying The Most Taboo Word on primetime.
It's strange that I can rattle off names of UK games journalists easily - Stuart Campbell, Paul Rose, Kieron Gillen, Tony Mott, Stephen Poole, etc. It's not as if they're famous or anything, but their reliable and entertaining words in the past have left me wanting more from what's available today. I find myself having to go online, but I only have Tycho and the Extra Life crew. Not much, really, is it?
OK, so, main point of the post. One: is / was your available gaming journalism any good?
Two: read these - give them each a good ten minutes of your time:Stuart Campbell archives
- in particular, his Digitiser Panel 4s.Digiworld
- brief attempt to start a new online gaming magazine. Died. All archives are available and free to try, £4 to pay if enjoyed.Moleman's Digitiser archive
- it's a humour test! You're to read through these funny bits of Digi, and see how many times you laugh. Note: if none of you enjoy it whatsoever, I can attribute this to both culture divides and your soul and how it is not there. Regardless, I'm not the only one who found it frequently funny. If you like, check out Bell's fan site.
Please comment on these. Enjoy them? Different? I don't know - tell me.