Apparently Jeff Cannata is going to be on Scoops and The Wolf this morning. I just wanted to suggest that people check it out even if you don't normally listen. Jeff is a verteran of The Totally Rad Show on Revision3 and is starting a new show called Newest Latest Best on YouTube (for now). He's also a regular on the Weekend Confirmed gaming podcast.
What's so great about Jeff Cannata?
He has a voice that the industry is sorely lacking and I really believe in his version of games discourse. He is incredibly articulate and manages to talk about games intelligently without coming off as though he is trying to hold games up to some lofty standard that is unreasonable for an entertainment industry. He, to quote his personal catchphrase, "loves loving things", which really captures that spirit of what made Nintendo Power fun in the old days. If a game sucks, he doesn't love to dump on it, he's legitimately sad that it wasn't better. Ultimately, he just doesn't have that "I was picked on in high school so now I'm out to cuss as much as possible and talk as dirty as possible to pretend I'm an internet tough guy" vibe that other journalists have. And I think, finally, the thing that gives him so much more insight into gaming than other journalists have is that he's a working actor and a producer of content. He actually has some idea of what the creative process is like, instead of a number of journalists who seem to have no idea how to actually create anything and instead just feel they are qualified to critique what other people have done.
So, listen to Scoops and The Wolf, get turned onto Cannata.
Check out Weekend Confirmed and Newest Latest Best