- The End of GameSpotting
As most of you GameSpot Journal-Hoppers may already know, GameSpot has just published the final GameSpotting. I'm not gonna lie here--sometimes I can't bear to read EVERYTHING EVERYBODY writes on it, because I just don't have the time. (That doesn't mean I don't check out the re-runs when I have time though.;)) However, since it was the last one, I thought I'd make time to check it all out.
In this apocalyptic special, you'll find pieces from Greg Kasavin, Jeff Gerstmann, Andrew Park, Ricado Torres, Alex Navarro, Ryan Davis, Brad Shoemaker, Jason Ocampo, Brian Ekberg, Justin Calvert, Carrie Gouskos, Steve Palley, Avery Score, Matthew Rorie, Greg Mueller, Kurt Collins, and that crazy guy who used to be a forumer... Adam Buchen.
Each of these GameSpot staff members poured the hearts into some of the best editorials found anywhere. Some of the most notable (actually, they're just my favorite) ones include a controversial twist on a popular GameSpot Community contest by Greg Kasavin, a big lie presented by Jeff Gerstmann, an inside-look at the "hardcore" and "casual" by Alex Navarro, a piece about bizarre gaming twists by Brian Ekberg, thoughts on how appealing the the festivities of E3 are by Carrie Gouskos, and a hilarious letter for the fanboys written by Adam Buchen.
- Selected GameSpotting Thoughts and Analysis
Greg Kasavin - Confessions of a Poseur
Now, a lot of you GameSpot forumers are probably still extremely shocked and or pissed about Greg Kasavin's last entry. For those of you who haven't checked it out and are too lazy to do so, Kasavin stated that he entered DFTD 2 and 3 as September23--the winner of both contests. Considering the fact that I've never entered both of the contests, I'm still going to offer my opinion defending Greg. Before he even mentions the fact that he was a poseur, he talks about certain things critics and other "powerful" people can and cannot do. People are what they are because they can't do other certain things. Greg critiques games because he can't make them, so he used DFTD as a test. Sure, he wasn't supposed to enter, but isn't it common for people to want to do what they cannot do? Either way, Greg impressed everybody. Nobody knew who the hell September23 was, but the guy was a genius. Seems to me that Greg proved himself wrong. Not only could he critique games (of course, some of you may think he can't), but he also has the creative mind of a developer, as proven. Nobody has any reason to be mad about this. You lose contests because someone beat you, and that someone turned out to be Greg. Too bad. It doesn't matter how qualified or how old you are, the better person will always win unless there's a conspiracy going on. Believe me, there was no conspiracy with the judges.
Jeff Gerstmann - You Are Being Lied To
I'd first like to admit that I've never seen The Last Starfighter. I mean hey, I was born in 1988--I never even knew this film existed. But to hear (or read) that this film has visual effects that beat the graphics of today's standards? That's insane. It makes me think, "When are we actually going to achieve photorealism?" A lot of people seem to think that it will happen this coming gaming generation because of those jaw-dropping trailers we're seeing for games that'll appear on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. But really, is that what you really expecting? As another GameSpot writer said in their own GameSpotting, Sony showed us amazing clips of games we can expect on the PS2--but hey, we didn't get those kinds of visuals. Anybody can make games like good, but we aren't really seeing any kind of "evolution." Do you think the jump from the last era into this one was big? Not even. It was the jump we had from the 16-bit era to the last era where we really started to see some changes. Mario wasn't about going to the right and jumping on things anymore, now he's about finding shiny things. RPG's like Final Fantasy aren't so choppy and flat anymore, now they have to show us how great the cutscenes are. But on a serious note, I don't think we should be expecting much on graphics. Instead of a technical thing, it's starting to become more of an expectation, and quite frankly--I don't think we'll really be met on our expectations during our lives.
Alex Navarro - Casual Every Day
So it is true, not all of GameSpot's employees are "true" gamers. Like it already hasn't been addressed. *rolls eyes* We have people reviewing mobile games now, but do people consider them to be gaming achievements? I haven't seen anybody call them those. Casual gamers get jumped on by elitists every day for buying games like Madden every year, and why is that? NOBODY is in the position to bad mouth any kind of purchase. If you buy a game just because someone thinks its cool or just because it gets good reviews, doesn't mean it's a good game. In a lot of cases, some of the "greatest games of all time" just happen to be someone's least favorite (minus the fanboys, people). It's not like people are born with gaming intelligence. I'm sure there's been a day where someone bought a game just because the box looked cool. I was one of them. Today, we don't have much of those anymore. Now I look at the back of a box, and see screenshots with darn good visuals. You've all done it before. Does the game really end up looking like that? Not always. Madden never looked like that throughout the whole game, neither did Final Fantasy. In my mind, there is no hardcore or casual. You just have someone who just likes games, and you have someone who just likes few a developers/publishers. Where you do fall in this? Are you willing to try a game with a weird name like Katamari Damacy? Are you willing to try popular games like Burnout 3: Takedown? It's always your own decision.
The E3 Me - Carrie Gouskos
I don't really know who Carrie is, but this is someone I can relate to. We all know that E3 is probably the best time of the year for gamers. We get all sorts of surprising announcements, and we get to see the latest and greatest games hit the floor. But one thing's for sure, this is starting to be one hell of a place for pop culture. We're seeing a lot of movie stars, professional athletes, and celebrities here. Are they there because they like gaming, or are they there for our benefit? I'm a guy, and I like girls. Would I ditch a free GB Micro to touch Stacy Keibler? Sadly... I probably would, and I know a lot of you would too. They might as well lengthen this convention, because how often have we heard the editors say that they didn't get to play everything? Is it their fault, or is it everybody else's fault? Sometimes, I'm glad I don't get to go to E3. It's a lot of work, and that work can be a hassle for things you'd really want to do. I wanna check out Spore, and I wanna meet Stacy Keibler--but sometimes, we just can't have both. Temptation sucks.
- New goodies?
That's pretty much it for my thoughts on the latest GameSpotting, but I'll probably provide more on some threads people write about. Either way, it kind of sucks to see GameSpotting leave. While I haven't really been as active in it as I'd like (I was never featured either, but it's okay as others my age haven't), it's safe to say that it's one of my favorite weekly features GameSpot has to offer. From here on out, Freeplay is here to address our editorial needs, but can it live up to the success GameSpotting had? To tell you the truth, the two are pretty much the same. Freeplay is just updated daily with one new entry.
- GameSpot, DRV, and the Future...
Now that GameSpotting is over, GameSpot is sure to offer some "other good" stuff. We have to be aware that this site has been getting better and better as time progresses. It's true, if it weren't--we all wouldn't be here. I applaud GameSpot for always living up to our expectations, and I know they won't stop anytime soon. As an aspiring writer, I look up to GameSpot.
I, too, want to be someone who guides and helps other people. That's why I'm a part of IGO. Like one Jeremy Yerby said, it looks like GameSpot's Moderators are posing as GameSpot Employees through our jobs at IGO and our titles in the community. What we do means something, and we take pride in doing it. Some good things may certain have ended, but that doesn't mean we can't allow some new things to take surface. Who knows? They might turn out to be better.