Twitter seems to be the great neutral zone of the gaming media. Unlike the contrived rivalries of morning zoo radio shows or even major cable news networks, twitter lets us, the common user, see that even though it has become an ever increasingly competitive market for even less revenue, professional courtesy and respect has not only maintained; it has increased. Within a single day, or much less during the frenetic E3 period, individuals on the sides of multiple fences continue to refer to each other with mutual respect and admiration. Tweets are cordial and familiar; podcast references are jovial and even suggestive to possible competitive products. How can this be in a currently unstable market? It is my belief that it is the trailblazer’s spirit. This is truly the first generation of game critics. True, there have been critics before, but what exactly were they criticizing? This red block is better rendered than their red block? I may be speaking out of ignorance, but my age is very close to the majority of old guard reviewers, and I feel a need for consistent solidarity with supporters of video games as a respected media. Their situation could be compared to radio DJs of the 1950s and 1960s in regards to rock music. It was oppression that kept them united, regardless of competition. It is with this metaphor that I believe that I have the privilege of witnessing gaming and gaming in its adolescence, before splits itself into factions of graphics versus interface, story versus gameplay, and console versus console. These concepts exist , but they are merely academic. It is my hope that a true separation for personal ore corporate gain never exists.
It was because of that whole business of Nov. 2007 that I first ventured away from my cuddly internet gaming home to broaden my horizons. I landed at 1Up and promptly subscribed to their podcasts. I got to hear the final glory days of Jeff Greene and Shawn Elliot and hear the synergy that was the GB crew mix it up with the 1up yours staff. If they land on their feet half as well as the Giant Bomb gentlemen did, they'll be alright. Either there's been to much of this stuff going on as of late, or I'm just getting old and don't know how the industry works.