I didn’t intend to write about the Penny Arcade Dickwolves controversy for this week’s First Person column over on Bitmob (reprinted below), but I thought about what I’d planned to actually write about this week and it seemed so trite and stupid in comparison to this topic.
Bitmob does delve into gamer culture, but it’s mostly about video games, period. I wasn’t sure whether the Dickwolves bit had anything intrinsically to do with video games and actually argued the point to some game journos. Like I said in the column, a peer made a comment that convinced me otherwise.
I have no idea whether I have any sort of bully pulpit yet, though getting a link to Chew your food from a game criticism aggregate site, and then Gamasutra, gave that post a crazy amount of traffic for one of my Bitmob columns. It seemed worth trying to say something constructive on this issue. I just think the debate, argument, saber-rattling, whatever we want to call it, should be put on hold for the duration of the Expo, and then people can get back to it if they wish.
I don’t think that’s unreasonable.
Speaking of PAX East, Jane McGonigal, the woman giving the keynote lecture this year, did a book reading in Cambridge tonight. We got hit with a really bad snowstorm and so my wife and I decided not to attend, but from the twitter remarks on McGonigal’s talk I think I missed out on something great. I feel a little irresponsible for not attending considering how I’m increasingly leaning towards industry-centric writing professionally versus consumer-facing stuff.
The snow picks back up again around 4 a.m. this morning. Work has already been canceled for tomorrow. I’m going to hit Killzone 2 hard all day to try and get through it a.s.a.p. to be ready for Killzone 3. It’s going to be tough to avoid playing Fallout: New Vegas, though.