Let’s see what Microsoft has for us this year. My hot takes:
Xbox One S: The Xbox One-and-a-half. It’s smaller and has more oomph to make hitting 60fps more do-able. I feel strongly It should have been called the Xbone Extended Release, because “XBonER” is the only thing more fun to say than “Xbone”.
I spent the entire time snarking my way through Gears of Whatever and dumb crap about controllers, but then We Happy Few showed up and I basically stopped being able to think about anything else.
Minecraft: I don’t remember anything about the Minecraft presentation because they brought out John Carmack wearing a VR headset and had him say just 2 lines of dialog.
Scalebound looks like Marlow Briggs crossed with Final Fantasy.
Sea of Thieves: This looks like streamer fodder for the Yogscasts of the world.
State of Decay 2: I have no idea.
Halo Wars 2: RTS on a controller didn’t work last time, but… we’re trying again anyway.
Xbox Scorpio: Wait. You already announced the Xbox One S! Now you’re announcing the next gen console? What?
Mixing “You have the Freedom to choose!” with “Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive!” was pretty hilariously dissonant.
A video Let's Play series I collaborated on from 2009 to 2017.
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A music lesson for people who know nothing about music, from someone who barely knows anything about music.
Shamus Plays LOTRO
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The Best of 2012
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2012.