There’s a cool little sushi bar in the 3rd street promenade under the overpass with the candy baron inside, and I really like eating there because I feel like Harrison Ford in the first scene of Bladerunner. Except with more yuppies and babies.
I’m okay at chess. Problem was, I never learned it fast enough to play people who studied strategy when they were younger.
so hey not sure if y’all follow my tweeter but today Zoe Quinn announced the FMV game we conceptualized with Rock Paper Shotgun’s Nathan Grayson in Vegas a couple weeks ago. it will be starring Ashley Burch (aka Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin? and Tiny Tina from blands2), Greg Sestero (o, hai Mark), with as of earlier this afternoon Jesse Cox in an as-yet-undetermined-but-probably-awesome-role(s). I’ll be writing along with Zoe and Nathan and potentially others but I’m not sure I can say yet so I won’t.
The development and sound team is unannounced as of now, but I can say that it will blow your fucking world out of the ocean and have dirty monkey sex with it on a pool table in Rachel’s stepdad’s pool cabana. Stay tuned because this is real, it’s happening, and it’s gonna drill to the heavens.
Sweeping the entire story under the rug? What, is this Teapot Dome? Am I the British Government all of a sudden? I knew I’d be fired when I wrote the thing. Why would I try to spin it for Maker?
Here’s the thing: Polaris and Maker were, at the end of the day, responsible for naivete and falling into old media autopilot, respectively. The subtext of that article (which only a few picked up on) was that this is a company struggling with its own identity as both a start-up and a corporate production house, and the result of that was a failure the size and scope of GAME_JAM. They hired Matti. They fought for him to be on the project. They let him get to a place where he was in charge. And when he took down the production, he was very much representing Maker as well as Pepsi - and the devs knew that, and they walked.
Maker wasn’t ill-intentioned. Polaris was DEFINITELY not ill-intentioned. Lazy, maybe. A little old media for my liking. And likely, if you want to go there, it was hard for the former to understand a perspective that wasn’t their own (referring to the devs). But they weren’t this fucking Chernabog reigning over the spirits of bald mountain with shitty contracts and poisonous staffers. So I was, as a journalist should be, objective about their role. It wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad. It just was.
Looking for monsters in closets won’t work on this one. There aren’t any.
I’m going to be up for one million years if you want to swing by? Not that it matters because you’re having a SCHOOL NIGHT