on Aug 7, 2008
I have created an Amazon Wishlist. If you’re one of the people who has offered to buy me a game recently because you want to see my review, then read on.
EDIT: Okay. You can stop now. I expected this is be some low-key thing. I thought I might get one or maybe two if someone was feeling generous. Maybe a game would show up every odd month or so. I just checked the page and I have six games on the way. Thanks so much to those who pitched in. I wasn’t expecting this kind of response.
This feels very odd. I’ve been putting off doing this because using a wishlist makes me feel like a late-90’s camwhore. You know, one of those self-absorbed skanks that would string along a collection of lonely male readers by unloading a stream of daily minutiae and an implied promise of boobie pictures in exchange for presents, like some kind of proxy meta-prostitute. Or something.
And really, what I’m doing isn’t that different. Instead of showing you pictures of my
boobs rippling chiseled torso, I’ll take the game and write eight or nine metric tons of blather about it. (Probably.)
But I’m trying to think of the list as a natural extension of the symbiotic relationship we have here, where I fill my need to put games under a microscope and you get to… read about it. I guess. I get offers in email and in the comments from time to time: “Can I send you game X for review?” I’m never comfortable accepting these offers for a number of reasons:
- There is a (increasingly likely) chance that I’d get the game and find my PC isn’t up to it.
- I need to vet titles to make sure I’m interested in them and that they don’t have unacceptable DRM.
So this system seems like a good way of handling this. I have an Amazon wishlist with a few titles that I’m considering for review or as subjects for a future comic. These are titles which have DRM I can tolerate and which will run on my machine. If you’re one of the literally countless* people who have inundated me with these sorts of requests, give it a look and see if your chosen title is in the list. Note that I do not promise to give the game a favorable review. In fact, there are games in the list I have chosen specifically because I’ve played them before and I plan to lampoon them. Be sure you’re comfortable with the idea of me not loving the game.
So this is a two-way wishlist. It’s both for games I wish I had and games you’d wish I’d tackle. Like a Venn diagram, when these two sets overlap, mutual benefit is possible. Also note that I’ll probably get many of these games eventually, so I don’t want you to feel like I’m holding the titles hostage until you pay the ransom. This is for the impatient and generous. You can also look at the list to see what sorts of things I might be covering in the future.
* Assuming you can’t count to four.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.