stories by Andrew Galbraith
For my pressing issue assignment, I was given the task of creating a how-to guide to getting a site covering video games up and running. While it was a bit frustrating at times, I came to the understanding that sometimes explaining the how of something can be a bit more difficult than stumbling down the path, making it up as you go. Nevertheless, I sincerely hope that this serves as a valuable asset to anyone looking to start their unique video game website and to those, I wish them the best of luck.
Editor's note: Andrew looks at what happens when Splinter Cell: Conviction's narrative makes him do something he isn't comfortable with. (Minor spoilers.) — Demian
Editor's note: Andrew's story of finally beating the original Zelda without FAQs or guides more than 10 years after first playing it warmed my heart. Score one for perseverance! -Brett
We all have our reasons for gaming. Some play to escape the drudgery of an otherwise stressful day. Others might play because they want to enjoy the game as a work of art. Many do it just for the fun of it. But for me, I was raised on it for more than my part.
Piracy is old as time, which garners it the most attention. Admittedly, I believe if something is worthwhile, it should be purchased. But, the line of justifying piracy is still blurry. Some think it acceptable to download games. Conversely, there are those believing a product worth more that the effort it would take to acquire for free is what makes it exceptional. In the digital age, it has ostensibly become exceptionally difficult to decipher the true value of games.
I sincerely believe that while technical achievement and graphical eye candy are all well and good, the thing that stands out succinctly best is when a game is genuinely fun. As artsy as I do enjoy my titles as well, I would enjoy being shown something that just may blow my socks off. But if a game is crazy-awesome in the way it treats me to a good time, then odds are I really won’t be complaining. That being said, I feel I’ve made a succinct introduction to my top 10 games of the last ten years.
So, I had a Playstation 3 for a while. It was a saucy little number touting its sweet little 40 GB hard drive. We had our torrid love affair much to the dismay of my Wii and Xbox 360, but in the end, it wasn’t meant to be. After waiting with baited breath for something to make the relationship worthwhile, it all fell apart.