smcn's forum posts

#1 Posted by smcn (901 posts) -

@chippy180: He's fine, just a bit of controversy not appropriate to bring up here. You can probably google it.

#2 Posted by smcn (901 posts) -

@nictel said:

@video_game_king said:

Anybody got any ideas on how to make writing about video games financially viable?

Record YouTube videos in which you write about video games?

Are you seriously saying that on some level, people would pay to see me:

  • type out rough outlines of my points
  • consult my notes for said rough points
  • fuck about getting the rough outline to work
  • getting distracted for twelve minutes as I search for a link or point to make in my writing
    • only to remember that I was writing something
      • only to remember what distracted me in the first place

Or whatever the writing process is?

I'd disable AdBlock for that.

#3 Posted by smcn (901 posts) -

"If you don't like seeing news about people being laid off from websites, consider turning off your ad blocker. "

Ugh, tweets and ideologies like this just really burns me. Yes, it is my fault they got layed off. Not the Ad agencies that cover 90% of my screen, cause my eardrums to burst with louder than normal sounds (which is supposed to be illegal now), and exposing me to potential backdoor threats. Nah, it is all my fault.

Yeah it's filling up my Twitter feed right now too, and I agree with you. I've blocked ads since the days when all you could do was set up a hosts file. Hell, when I was a kid watching TV I would spend commercial breaks channel surfing. Advertisement has never benefited me, and these days it's actively harmful.

But I'm not about to argue that point with someone who just lost their job.

#4 Edited by smcn (901 posts) -

@excast said:

@smcn said:
@excast said:

I realize Giantbomb is small and all, but it is super weird that they were given funding to higher two people exactly a month before that many people in the same office get axed. I hope that this doesn't end up affecting this site at all, but who can say?

Giant Bomb hired two video guys. GameSpot is firing writers. Shifting paradigms, revolutionizing outside the box, etc.

It fucking sucks.

Isn't Ryan MacDonald a video guy?

Yep, and two others mentioned in a tweet from earlier were GS producers including one who worked on The Lobby. This seems like a general cleaning of house and focusing on a handful of employees who do both on and off camera work rather than a "fire the writers" layoff.

You're right, my mistake. Too easy to have a knee-jerk reaction with everything that's happened over the past month.

#5 Edited by smcn (901 posts) -
@excast said:

I realize Giantbomb is small and all, but it is super weird that they were given funding to higher two people exactly a month before that many people in the same office get axed. I hope that this doesn't end up affecting this site at all, but who can say?

Giant Bomb hired two video guys. GameSpot is firing writers. Shifting paradigms, revolutionizing outside the box, etc.

It fucking sucks.

#6 Posted by smcn (901 posts) -

anybody got any ideas on how to make writing about video games financially viable?

It would probably require every person who ever visits a video game website to disable ad-block.

In other words, we're fucked.

#7 Edited by smcn (901 posts) -

@koolaid said:

Maybe I'm a selfish person but I wish someone here at GB would confirm that no one here has been laid off instead of posting something vague and foreboding and going offline.

How about instead something vague and foreboding you might not have seen yet, posted yesterday on Patrick's tumblr?

EDIT: Though I guess it could just be a reference to the Max Temkin stuff.

#8 Posted by smcn (901 posts) -

Dear long form writing,

Your days are marked.

Signed the guys and girls who killed radio.

Radio was killed by ClearChannel execs obsessed with "format" replacing every station with top 40 garbage, so... actually, I guess the comparison is apt. Goodbye thoughtfulness, hello YouTube.

#9 Posted by smcn (901 posts) -

And that's the last we're seeing of Yuuko's neurotic ass.

That reminds me, does anyone else think Yuuko and Kenji might have dated at some point? There are a few lines in different routes that seemed to imply it, especially in the Bad End, and whenever it is that Kenji asks Hisao to return his books to the library.

#10 Edited by smcn (901 posts) -

Even in our immersive virtual reality future, FPS RPGs will still have dice rolls: