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Cacky's reviews and opinions on Edge are controvertial (Mario Land the greatest of the Marios ever? Woooaaah there...) but he does describe his viewpoint with exceptional accuracy- he just doesn't take the extra step to provide a thorough justification without prompting. Rattling off a list of things which are wrong or right inside something isn't the same as stating what's wrong or right about them, you see. :o

Whoever pointed out the irony of my statement should take a bow, though, I should've pointed out the reviews and statements which I thought were examples of it. Oh, well- see the aforementioned Mario Land review.

He's definately a big geek, though, but then we all are (he's just a bit more obsessive about specific genres than the rest of us), and he's part of the big tapestry of life and I'd hate to see his unique reviews and correctiveness lost (about as much as I'd hate to see Edge's equally controvertial reviews lost). He'd make a fantastic editor from precision alone.

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Yet you take great joy in the subjugation of others through their ignorance on gaming. So surely your dislike of gamers who are considerably more knowledgeable and sincere is more than a little transparent in motive?

If you're implying that I feel 'threatened' by people who know more than me, you couldn't be more wrong. I enjoy learning about new things, not just in the realm of gaming but outside of it too. I don't feel belittled by someone who knows more about things I have little knowledge of. What I resent is when this knowledge transforms into arrogance, and they start actually believing their own hype, as if their opinion is more valid than anyone elses on seemingly ANY subject because they seemingly have a reputation to maintain, and will defend it at all costs. This, quite frankly, makes them out to be complete pricks.

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I'd just like to say I think I was being far to harsh on NTSC, I don't really agree with what was said, just that I don't like the forum much.

I kind of just quoted and posted without really thinking.

So, sorry.

I know marcus' comments are aimed at me, so I just wanted to clear it up.

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Unfortunately, people did seem to care because the damn thread went on for five billion pages (they just had nothing worthwhile to say).

No, no-one cared about the corrections you made. They did care about your apparent grudge, however, (I even commented on the pathetic predictability of the whole thing, delivered with laughable clockwork efficiency) which is why the topic went on for so long, if memory serves.

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...yet Alex's wondrous accusation that I don't justify my statements is clearly false because in that ridiculous thread I did provide ample evidence. Again, learned.

We didn't learn a damned thing. We only had (and still only have) your word that you were even right with your lovely 'corrections'.

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I thought it would be obvious that I couldn't divulge their names. They just wanted me to say that they were "industry professionals" and keep a lid on it from there.

No offence, but that sounds a bit crap. Why not name some names? Surely, like you, these individuals have the strength of their convictions. Why the smoke and mirrors?

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I don't get embarassed, but I doubt a pathologically insecure self-conscious egotwat, such as yourself, would truly understand that.

YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW ME!!! How do you know if I'm a pathologically insecure self-conscious egotwat? You have serious paranoid delusions.

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And so, what Mecky thread?

Umm, the one where Cacky rather predictably listed all the errors in the mecky coverage in that issue of Edge, just after everyone was saying how he was quite likely to do that very thing.

Of course, no-one realised and no-one actually cared, but the topic went on for about 30+ pages regardless. Such is life!

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Good grief. I know Cacky can seem a bit odd / nutty / an anti-Edge troll, but it's a bit much to wish him dead. I think you owe him an apology, Ed.

And where did the anti-NTSC bile stem from. It's a fine forum, with some great members, even if I don't share the brers taste in games and sick street language. And I do find the reviews a bit overblown, but they're not professional writers as far as I know, so give them a break.

All this nonsense makes us look bad. Save the smack talking for when we beat the NTSC people on Xbox Live.

Oh Graham, I don't really wish him dead. To be honest, I find it amusing to sit here and watch him alluding to grand masterplans that he believes himself to be a part of, whereas he's actually just a poor little EA tester who occasionally doubles-up as a gimp for the higher-ups.

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No offence, but that sounds a bit crap. Why not name some names? Surely, like you, these individuals have the strength of their convictions. Why the smoke and mirrors?

Very good fucking question, admittedly I am their "shit shield" but I am getting a bit tired of not being able to say who these guys are (and they are more than aware of this). This is only EDGE for fuck sake!

...and the rabbit hole goes pretty deep.

Concerning the rabidity of EDGE fanboys, it has decreased somewhat but that is not really the issue here. They are merely the disillusioned footsoldiers, the real issue is that of the host organism. I, personally, reckon a shotgun blast to the kneecaps of the various EDGE editors followed by a merciless rampage of katana wielding death should finally end this charade of gaming journalism (to clarify, the above is irony).

Going back to Stuart-blokey's thing on my "shite" website reviews, I do rate Super Mario Land over all the others but I didn't justify why in those brief attempts at silliness. That much I admitted at the time, and pinpointed Stuart's clumsy attempt undermining my work (despite him conveniently overlooking the expansive portfolio that I had already accumulated by that time). As for why I rate it higher, it's down to concise and lean level design aimed at a gaming system that was meant to played on the move. It was the quintessential handheld game and concentrated the simple design mechanics that Mario has always championed. Admittedly, Mario 64 did advance the series in terms of the versatility of Mario himself but the game was simply Mario in 3D...and Miyamoto didn't create three dimensions.

In any case, geeks eat chicken heads. I am just enthusiastic and passionate (and not just about gaming). Deal with it.

As for you Eddy, I haven't been one to allude to any grand masterplans. That has been the reserve of the various mysteriously motivated cocks that seek to undermine me via spurious means (must mean I am onto something).

Crackarthy, I don't know you in real life but those that do support the fact that your online persona is identical. My main basis of judgement is entirely based on your online and in-print behaviour though. I thought that would be obvious?

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Crackarthy, I don't know you in real life but those that do support the fact that your online persona is identical. My main basis of judgement is entirely based on your online and in-print behaviour though. I thought that would be obvious?

YOU DON'T KNOW ANYBODY THAT KNOWS ME IN REAL LIFE!!!

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For what it's worth I'd like to stand up and be counted. There isn't anything wrong with NTSC-UK. It's a very well run forum with some passionate people posting pragmatic, pithy prose. (Carried away with the alliteration there.) The reviews aren't half bad either.

Caco, mate. You have to stop this. I'm sure you're a lovely bloke in real life but you can come across as ever so slightly paranoid. A messenger? From God? Stop it.

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Very good fucking question, admittedly I am their "shit shield" but I am getting a bit tired of not being able to say who these guys are (and they are more than aware of this). This is only EDGE for fuck sake!

...and the rabbit hole goes pretty deep.

OK then, put your money where your mouth is and list some of these errors that have so offended not only yourself but these 'lofty types'.

Clearly, I assume that you'd think that i'm in no position to judge these errors, being BIAST and all, but hell, I take it that there would be some people here who could be objective.

Let's see if this rabbit hole is worth delving into in the first place, eh?

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OK then, put your money where your mouth is and list some of these errors that have so offended not only yourself but these 'lofty types'.

Clearly, I assume that you'd think that i'm in no position to judge these errors, being BIAST and all, but hell, I take it that there would be some people here who could be objective.

Let's see if this rabbit hole is worth delving into in the first place, eh?

iirc, the use of the word "fallout" caused offence to some jap-types.

Mind you, so does the phrase "whaling-ban", go figure :o

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OK then, put your money where your mouth is and list some of these errors that have so offended not only yourself but these 'lofty types'.

Well, that's just it, isn't it? Please, Cacky, just hurry up and give your campaign some legs outside of these comedic forum spats. I don't know how deep your particular rabbit hole goes, but I do know that your reputation as a laughing stock - both inside and outside of the industry - is proceeding with much more substance than any of your little jihads.

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So, uh, what was the question again? Oh yeah, games journalism. Well, I only really read GamesTM. Good price, covers a lot of stuff that interests me, and I like the retro section. I used to read EDGE quite a lot, but I'm not really interested in enough of the articles they publish nowadays to warrent a monthly purchase. PCZONE also gets a look in as I like their writing style (even though they do big up the FPSs a bit too much).

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