The Community Spotlight features some of the best unedited articles that didn't quite make the front page. This week, we take an early look at Forza: Horizon, analyze the continuing saga of Kickstarter, wonder about the Wii U controller, break down some bald guys, and more. Please consult your barber before reading on.
Forza: Horizon, between a rock and a hard place
By Michael Lenoch
In recent years, we've seen publishers and developers move toward yearly, incremental releases instead of less frequent series revamps. Forza: Horizon aims to take this path…and Michael isn't pleased. "Don't expect many surprises with this title, which is why I'm lowering my expectations," he writes.
Kickstarter, this is only the beginning
By Ash Uzuki
By now, we've all heard about Kickstarter's success at reviving once-dead gaming franchises using crowdsourced funding. But Ash goes further than that: "I'll say that in two years you’ll have your first AAA crowdfunded game." Do you agree?
How much does the Wii U gamepad really matter?
By Mike Callanan
Since E3, everyone's been talking about the Wii U…and often not in a positive light. Mike still isn't sold on the one really unique feature of Nintendo's new machine: the touchscreen controller. He points to the announced Pro Controller (which lacks a screen) as proof that the Big N is mixing its messages.
Male stereotypes: How baldness pervaded the gaming industry
By Jeff Heilig
Sexism and stereotypes are a hot-button issue in games, especially when it comes to depictions of females. Jeff observes that males, while not sexualized in the same way, are still rife with stereotypes. What do you think?
Everyone's entitled to have a stupid opinion
By Stojan Jovic
So. You've got some feelings, and you want to share them. Good for you, Stojan says…as long as you share them the right way. "Just because you have an opinion doesn't mean it's the right one," he writes. "If the video game community wants to be respected, it's time for everyone to start acting like adults, from both sides."