It’s GamesCom this week, essentially Europe’s own E3, and so it seems fitting that we should start with a post about games. Or rather one game; in this case, it’s the recently-announced Bioshock: Infinite, and Adam Englebright has done the writing. For the record, I agree with him that Bioshock is a little overrated, though I’m looking forward to seeing what Ken Levine and team bring to the table with this follow-up.
A post related to an accidental breaking of Bioshock: Infinite’s embargo led to a brilliant post from Mike Grant about the subject, not only because it reminded me of a great time when our tiny independent website Press Start Online had a world-exclusive review of Halo 3 up that netted us well over half-a-million hits.
There’s a heartwarming story about games testers from Ella Jensen that actually manages the difficult feat of making a tough job sound semi-attractive, while Krystian Majewski ponders the question “what if books were like games?”
Of course, it’d be boring if we talked about games all the time, so it’s only right that I include a few posts not on the same subject. Mat Murray this week expressed his love of the countryside (accompanied by a gorgeous photo) while Ian Dransfield was lucky enough to meet one of his childhood heroes. And make them laugh. I managed the same with Shigeru Miyamoto once, which has to rank as one of my proudest moments.
The ever-excellent and prolific Pete Davison and Rhiarti are both on form this week. The former offered his own personal take on Buffy The Vampire Slayer – complete with the best stick drawing of someone kicking a vampire in the nuts I’ve ever seen – as the latter recovered from a brutal week in her new favourite place.
Pick of the posts this week, however, goes to Jennifer Allen. Jen’s been a #oneaday stalwart since day one, always posting despite often being far too busy (or ill, for a brief time) to want to bother. So I was particularly heartened to read her post about a smile; coincidentally, by the time I’d read it I was grinning from ear to ear.
Before I go, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank those who have stuck with #oneaday through trying times. People have started and people have dropped out, but we still have a core group of posters who are sticking firmly to their guns and making sure they blog daily. It’s funny; those who seem to have been struggling the most with life and its travails have been the most prolific contributors. I only hope that when they’ve reached their quota, they look back on their blogs with genuine affection. Perhaps most importantly, I think we’ve all made new friends, and I’m sure even when 365 days is up, we’ll stay in touch with each other.