By Dave Gilmore
10:24 AM EDT, April 27, 2012
•••• Adam Sessler, host of G4TV’s gaming flagship “X-Play,” has left the network and the long-running show. Sessler was a fixture on the network’s previous incarnations, ZDTV and TechTV, having co-hosted “X-Play” with Morgan Webb for nearly a decade. [Kotaku]
•••• A new study has found that playing “Tetris” can ease the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. It can also get you kicked out of math class if you play it too conspicuously on your TI-86 calculator. [HuffPo]
•••• Speaking of “Tetris,” these MIT nerds students turned the side of a high-rise building into a giant game of “Tetris.” I can’t believe it’s 2012 and I’m posting not one, but two “Tetris”-related news items. [Boston.com]
•••• Are we done making fun of the Han Solo-dancing Kinect game yet? Good, because here’s the promo trailer for “NBA Baller Beats,” which requires you to dribble an actual basketball in your living room. Have at it. [Engadget]
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Blowing Off Steam
I’ve been writing for newspapers and on the Internet for a little more than a decade now, and I’ve never heard the word “journalist” uttered as much as I have in the last two months of writing about video games.
Everyone who writes, professionally or just as an aspiring blogger, seems to have this specific notion of being a “games journalist.” Perhaps it’s a bit petty to pick on nomenclature, but the need to append the “journalist” tag seems like overcompensating to me.
And perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. The history of video games is so brief that there are plenty of people alive who were adults when there was no such thing as video games. Struggling for legitimacy is something the industry itself had to contend with until the money started pouring in. Then all the ancillary business (such as writing about games) followed suit.
I guess I’m saying it doesn’t matter what you call yourself, either your passion and work in covering video games is legit or it isn’t. No need to pretend you’re Seymour Hersh when you’re reviewing “The Witcher 2.” Games are entertainment, and should be taken as seriously and as lightheartedly from a writer’s standpoint as music, film, and theater.
So lighten up. And don’t call me a journalist. I just write about games.
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The “Uncharted” series is always heralded as one of the most cinematic, story-driven works outside of Hollywood. But wait, you don’t own a PlayStation 3 so you can’t play this Sony-exclusive masterpiece? Well not anymore! Through the magic of someone else’s incredible amount of free time, they have spliced together all three games into “movies” that involve all the cutscenes and minimal gameplay to tell a feature-length story. Watching this must be torture for people who like to skip through dialog. Honestly, I didn’t even know YouTube allowed single videos this long.
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