Monday, 22 November 2010

Nablopomo and other aliens: Day 22

National Blog Posting Month has shaken Well-Rendered Towers to its very foundations. Or perhaps that's just the dodgy radiator. If nothing else, it's re-enforced for me the importance of taking time to research, compose and edit posts properly, and that if something's worth doing, it's worth doing well. It's also driven me to look further afield for different things to write about. Unfortunately, it hasn't really given me time to write about them, so you'll see more on those mystery topics once November is over.

I spent a lot of my researching time on The Escapist. If you haven't had the pleasure, this magazine brands itself as "The Mouthpiece of the Gaming Generation", and has a vast bank of contributors. Its diversity is probably its greatest strength, and this is most immediately apparent in the video section.

Although everything on the site is worth a look (I Hit It With My Axe is a fast-emerging cult favourite), I spent a happy lunchbreak the other week watching Extra Credits, which professes to take "a deeper look at games; how they are made, what they mean and how we can make them better". It's all pretty inspiring stuff, and I don't mind saying that I wish I was as good as them.

This episode, for example, beautifully summarises the some of the symbolism that lies at the heart of gaming whilst still being enjoyable to watch and simple to understand. It sets the bar for (animated!) video game criticism pretty high, which can only be a good thing. I just wanted to share that with everyone.

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You might have noticed three very long posts today. As you might have twigged, I wrote them a while ago for Studycove, but Steve kindly gave permission for me to post them on my own site as well.

The exciting mystery occurrence occurs tomorrow.

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