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Christmas Wishes

Andy Chalk | 2 Dec 2008 21:00
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A pony. Susan got one so I want one too. But make mine black. With glowing red eyes and cloven hooves that echo with otherworldly thunder when they strike the ground. And don't forget the armor. And make it breathe fire!

More European craziness. Seriously, did you play S.T.A.L.K.E.R.? Shadowgrounds Survivor? What about The Witcher? That was some crazy shit and believe me, it's not the kind of thing you're going to see developed on this side of the planet. But I worry sometimes that the dull, cookie-cutter game design so prevalent in the North American industry is going to work its way overseas like some kind of creeping red weed, choking off the unique, innovative and, I admit, sometimes weird games we've been so fortunate to have landing on our shores.

But it's exactly that sort of unorthodox creativity we need to keep the industry fresh. Would EA ever give us a game that not only allowed but actually encouraged players to have sex with random female NPCs by turning it into a sort of mini collectible card game? I think not, and that doesn't even begin to address the fact that as things currently stand European and Russian studios probably represent the best hope for continued vitality in the PC gaming segment. The importance of diversity to the continued health of the industry really cannot be overstated.

Speaking of PCs, how about a win or two for the PC Gaming Alliance? While I wouldn't suggest that you bring about the downfall of the entire console industry (although I won't argue the point if you really want to), there's no reason the PC gaming industry can't exist and flourish as more than just a vehicle for casual games and MMOGs. PCs have the horsepower and the user base to be viable gaming platforms, and shifty-eyed excuses about the PC being nothing more than a piracy money-pit are pure garbage.

And as long as we're on the topic, how about putting the kibosh on executives who insist on spouting that crap? I'm all for an open and honest discussion about the impact of copyright infringement and file sharing, but as long as high-profile industry figures insist on sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting "BLAH BLAH BLAH PIRACY" we're not going to get anywhere.

Make Deus Ex 3 not suck. I know that's pushing it, even for you, but do your best.

That's all! It's not such a bad list, is it? I'm hoping really, really hard that you'll read my list and remember me this year when you're giving out your gifts. Thanks, Santa!

Love, Andy

PS. Tell baby Jesus I said happy birthday.

Andy Chalk doesn't necessarily believe in Santa Claus, but he likes to keep his bases covered. What's on your list?

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