So I’ve been writing on this site for eleven years. If this site was Duke Nukem Forever, it would be 73% of the way to its disastrous completion by this point.Let’s talk about the site and how I’m running it these days.
For the first time, someone else is regularly contributing to the site. Sure, Spoiler Warning and the Diecast have always been collaborations. And occasionally other people have written a few posts of their own, but right now Rutskarn is regularly posting long-form articles twice a week, and we’ve never done anything like that in the history of the site. I was nervous about this at first. This site is heavily associated with my name, and I was always worried that people would just give me credit for his work.
But it’s worked out beautifully. Someday Ruskarn will hit the big time, but until that happens I’m happy to have his quality work inflating my precious pagerank numbers or improving retention with the youth demographic, or whatever it is he does in those posts of his. As a reminder, I’ve got my Patreon and he has his, so make sure you know who you’re backing. If you get us confused, remember that I’m the one who writes long-form image-heavy posts about terrible videogames while in contrast so is he.
The content changes from time to time, but for the last several months this has been the posting schedule:
|Sunday is often a dead zone, unless I have something to re-post from the archives.||The Diecast. Also general announcements often end up here.||The weekly column, or other similar-sized bundle of thoughts.||Morning: Rutskarn posts Battlespire. Evening: First episode of Spoiler Warning.||Morning: The next chapter of the current ultra long-form game retrospective. Evening: Second episode of Spoiler Warning.||Evening: Final episode of Spoiler Warning for the week.||Rutskarn’s GMinars.|
I’d love to fill in Sunday and Friday morning. I keep hatching plans to make that happen. I’ve been trying to make a new Reset Button video for about four months now, but I can never seem to get enough time together in one block to make it happen.
Allow me to definitively answer a question that pops up every few months:
Hey Shamus, are you ever going to turn The Hobbit into a screencap comic?
No. Firm no. A few months ago someone emailed and asked if I’d have a problem with them doing The Hobbit. Of course, I don’t own the idea of Tolkein-based screencap comics and they didn’t need to ask permission, but what I think they were REALLY asking is, “Are YOU planning to do one?” I told them to go right ahead. I don’t know if the project ever got off the ground, but maybe someone else will take up the torch for us.
I’ve watched bits of the Hobbit Trilogy and I’m completely numb to it. I know I really mocked the movies, but the truth is that my Lord of the Rings series came from a place of genuine affection and admiration. In contrast, I feel nothing for The Hobbit. I can’t even get up the energy to hate the dang thing. It’s the same sensation I get watching the Transformers movies: I sort of zone out for long periods of time and then finally turn it off when all the sound & fury becomes wearying.
For a long time I toyed with the idea of doing something with Star Trek: The Next Generation. In fact, I’ve still got a bunch of jokes I’d like to use. But the made-for-TV nature of the thing made it impossible. The show was shot in standard definition. SD looks terrible on the HD web to begin with, and by the time I started zooming and cropping the screen grabs it would turn into blurry pixel soup.
While most of my writing is driven by my various passions and obsessions, like most creative people I do sometimes crave that sweet, sweet audience approval. And I usually judge “approval” by the metric of “whatever stuff seems to get the most comments / social media shares”. But I’m curious if there’s anything you’re missing these days. Is there any kind of content you’d like to see brought back to the site? Something in the archives you’d like to see more of?
The next entry of Final Fantasy X will go up later today. Thanks for reading.
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