Chalk Talk: Forgiveness

Chalk Talk - A new way to show off GameSpot members blogging skills! This week GameSpot members write about forgiving the games industry.

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This weeks Chalk Talk assignment is about forgiveness. For those of you who are unaware Chalk Talk is a new community feature that gives bloggers a chance to gain special recognition. This week we asked GameSpot members to write a blog about a gaming publisher, developer, or franchise they felt had wronged them and despite their actions they still forgive them and they are still willing to care for and support them.

Pierst179: Whenever there is passion, time, money or dedication involved, there will most likely be intense emotions, and to most of us gamers watching a company that is a favorite of ours do well is similar to watching your team win a championship, your favorite rock group walk into the Hall of Fame or even patching things up with someone you care for….read more

Sonicare:: Bioware had let me down. Always the master storyteller, they fumbled the ball on the one yard line. I dont think I've ever been that disappointed about a game, which in a sense is a credit to Bioware. The prior games had been so great that they set me up for this big fall. Had they not crafted such a great story and characters, I would have had less emotionally invested. Had they not set the bar so high, I wouldn't have seen it come crashing down so hard…read more

Azghouls: I would like to forgive a certain game that caused me grief and aggravation and lets not forget, wasted time during the unusual events that surrounds my adventures sailing the grand oceans. The game I'm referring to is Ship Simulation Extremes…. read more.

SuperMassive20: I started to get mad at Crytek, all the things that made Crysis the game I wanted to play so badly were gone! No more open world, no more tropical setting and a completely different looking enemy. The only thing that had seemed to have made it from Crysis was the Nanosuit. Instead of the enemy freezing tropical islands we were given New York covered in slime and sick people. A setting and a situation we have all experienced through games as well as other mediums a thousand times before….. read more.

-Saigo-: So what happens when a game developer breaks my trust? You guessed it: One and done. Peter Molyneux of Fable fame guaranteed a masterpiece with Fable 2 and lost a customer for life. Activision / Treyarch promised a new Call of Dut" game but lost my business when I opened another map pack. …read more.

Extra Credit

Sometimes a good blog is simply a good blog, and these GameSpot members deserve recognition for their efforts and contributions:
- ArmA II 4 Noobs - Easy Fun With the Ambient Combat Module By: DraugenCP
- Soundtrack Special: How Important Music is to Video Games By bbkkristian
- HD Collections - a waste of time and money? By: michaelP4.

Next Weeks Assignment: The Art of Storytelling

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. - George R.R. Martin

For next week’s assignment we want you to discuss video games in literature and its effect on the games mythos and history. In need of inspiration? Consider this; do video game novels have a positive or negative impact? Do you feel that some games in desperate need of deeper explanation into the lore or are some books simply tools used to coarse fans into spending more on their beloved franchise. If you'd like an example, check out Synthia's recent blog

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Discussion

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Soulreavercross
Soulreavercross moderator

This is a cool feature, maybe when I have some extra time I may do up an entry

sonicare
sonicare

I agree with best_Alchemist.  This is a nice new feature.  I like the problem focused nature of it.

best_Alchemist
best_Alchemist

I support any feature that pushes for the recognition of those who invest in GameSpot's blog department as well as encourage other users to participate. I believe this is a step in the right direction.

kjhg53
kjhg53

I'm liking this idea. Keep it going, GameSpot!

ClaudeLv250
ClaudeLv250

I don't think I can forgive Capcom for what they're doing to Megaman.

calvinsora
calvinsora

I love this idea, keep it coming!

SickHammer
SickHammer

this Chalk Talk thingy is useful and fun... hope it won't crash

kkee
kkee

It'd be good if there was an easy way to get to this page via a dedicated link.

TAMKFan
TAMKFan

Interesting. I wonder if I would ever make any of these lists.

neomoglin
neomoglin

I think it's good to have a thing like this where people can talk about shortcoming of developers/publishers maybe we can even help each other to forgive certain devs/pubs. Excellent idea GS

Spinnerweb
Spinnerweb

Chalk Talk is such a cool idea.  :D

Baconbits2004
Baconbits2004

Oh, this is nice.

I wonder if this will get The_Druggie to start writing them again...

Orlando_Magic
Orlando_Magic

RARE where is Banjo Threeie?!?! I will never forgive you :(

sieg6529
sieg6529

great idea for a new segment.  some of the best insights come from the community (but usually not me!).

Defy_The_Fallen
Defy_The_Fallen

Very interesting new segment! Might get me back into the whole blogging stuff again, been meaning to start writing more recently.

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

It's always great to highlight the creative people lurking around the boards!  Way to go, community!

Allicrombie
Allicrombie moderator moderator

Good stuff guys!

harry_james_pot
harry_james_pot

Great stuff there. I'll try to participate next time.

Darthkaiser
Darthkaiser moderator moderator

I skip GS for a couple of months and they add all sorts of stuff while I'm gone

*Sigh* catching up is gonna be really hard

Still, this is a pretty awesome feature I hope I get mentioned one day :P

gbrading
gbrading moderator

Great segment, but I still don't like the name. I mean, Chalk Talk, come on... ;)

iowastate
iowastate

always nice to read a few blogs I don't normally notice.  Chalk talk is a nice concept

PhazonBlazer
PhazonBlazer

This is a really good way to get the community involved in the site, nice job.

R3FURBISHED
R3FURBISHED

I'm going to keep following these, but it seems (from the offerings here) that most people are just going to whine about their experiences in one game

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Hmm, very interesting indeed. Good to see something similar to the 'ol Soapbox feature; especially something that spotlights good blog reads again. Very creative spin to as well. I might have to try to do one one day.....preferably on a day off or something when my mind's not mush, lol.

Ballroompirate
Ballroompirate

Some of them were interesting to read and some weren't so much. Anyways glad to see blogs getting some love on GS.

Arach666
Arach666

Interesting idea,good stuff.

Dragon66116
Dragon66116

I think this is a really cool idea. Keep up the good work.

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Thanks to whoever fixed my name! ^_^

s8man888
s8man888

Good idea, I like some of those blogs.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I really do not forgive anonymous entities unconditionally and they need to show sincere remorse in order for them to earn forgiveness. Currently, I have no publisher or developer that I felt truly "wronged" me that I am willing to forgive it.

dalger21
dalger21

This is interesting..a different way to read blogs.

auron11022
auron11022

Very good to see it on the front page.  If I ever quit working 72 hours a week, I'll be submitting my own.

GeminiEntity
GeminiEntity

Great way to read some good blogs, nice.

Tazzman1000
Tazzman1000

Wow all these articles are great. One even made me remember why I bought a wii. Can't wait to read next weeks articles.

Nerissa
Nerissa

It's great to see an interest in expressing our gaming hobby by the use of blogging, even more ideas into gaming will surface. Congratulations to the bloggers and future ones who participate.

benleslie5
benleslie5

Congrats on those that were mentioned on the Chalk Talk

fabz_95
fabz_95

Congrats on those mentioned, chalk talk will be awesome!

david_lck
david_lck moderator moderator

Pretty neat feature, anything that gets the community sharing different viewpoints from their perspective has to be commended. Look forward to reading more user submitted articles and maybe submitting one myself. :) 

zinoalex
zinoalex

I'm liking this idea. Its' been some time since the bloggers of this site have received attention. It's nice the one who can have a natural talent for it get their due.  I just don't want the same people to win or be recognised over and over again. Other shorted blogs, that may not be as wel thought out or detailed , need attention to. Not just the ones with 10-12 pictures, footnotes and annotations.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

 @thom_maytees That's kinda my feeling, too. I mean, I don't feel a personal sense of being 'wronged', how there are things I really hate that some publishers have done that disappoint me.

 

BUT, if I was to say there was one that kinda quasi-felt that way about, lol, it'd be Capcom for not localizing Ace Attorney Investigations 2, butchering the DMC series, and abandoning my Onimusha.....>_<

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

 @auron11022 Well I, for one, miss reading your writing. Here's to less hours and more money. 

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

 @zinoalex Totally agree with you my friend. I hated the Soapbox for that very reason. The more entries / bloggers the better I say. 

DigitalDame
DigitalDame

 @zinoalex I think that's the idea, there's that little section marked "extra credit" which were blogs that didn't have anything to do with the topic but were still solid reads. 

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

 @PumpkinBoogie Not localizing Ace Attorney Investigations 2 is a crime. Easily their worst decision.