By sheer numbers eSports is a very lucrative business venture. Huge events, like the recently broadcast EVO, rival the average viewership of some ESPN properties.
Our friends at Glitch Gaming have been busy working with Professor Seth Lewis at the University of Minnesota to educate students interested in careers in video games. It’s been announced that a brand new course — Journalism 1501 – Digital Games, Sims and Apps: Storytelling, Play and Commerce — is opening up next semester, and this course will largely revolve around the wonderful world of video games.
I’ve played video games my entire life. I grew up on Atari and Colecovision, and slogged away for hours playing titles like Final Fantasy VI and Shining Force CD. I was the master of the all day game-a-thon.
Then, about nine months ago, my wife gave birth to my impossibly awesome son.
I used to love it. When people I had just met would ask me what I did for a living, I’d smugly reply, “I’m a video game journalist.” Their eyes would widen as a string of drool would creep from the corner of their mouth toward the floor.
But now that I’m older and more cynical, I’ve come to accept that video game journalism is almost never actual journalism.
It’s a bit of a shame that — in light of the mostly spotty track record for movie-based games — instead of improving their quality, the only solution proposed by disgruntled gamers has been to simply stop making them altogether.
For reasons you may be able to figure out on your own, I have a tendency to play female characters over male characters. As someone who appreciates the female form in a physical sense, I’m not exactly upset when my female avatar is attractive. Plus, Marvel Heroes has done an amazingly good job of not objectifying female characters, so I find myself willing to forgive the still-ridiculous female costumes.
But guys. You failed the butt crack test.
I recently went on vacation to Las Vegas and had a blast (I’m not just bragging… really). The sights, sounds, and activities were enough to make a young man’s head spin. So naturally, as a gamer, I wanted so very much to recapture that experience the easiest and cheapest way possible when I returned home: by firing up a game that could simulate the Vegas experience.
Josh Wirtanen, GeekParty’s Editor in Chief, really doesn’t like it when we misspell DuckTales.
See, Josh is a super huge fan of the amazing cartoon, as am I, so I can relate to his misery. But it’s really hard to not poke the bear:
…woo hoo *sniffle*
Don’t blame me if it’s not entirely true. Oh, and don’t blame me for the water damage either.