Editor's Note: Changing with Change

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Steve Butts:
Editor's Note: Changing with Change

Meet The Escapist's new Editor-in-Chief.

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EiC? Captain? Pffft.

You'll always be Doctor Strange to me. ;D

A Jules Verne quote in your first post as chief!
I couldn't be happier!

Couldn't we have just amalgamatedboth your DNA into one super editor? "Butts Pitts" would be a glorious leader indeed, may death come quickly to his enemies.

'reviews where the commentator's personal likes and dislikes masquerade as actual criticism.'

I can think of a very obvious example where this is not the case, and I'm actually not talking about Yahtzee. That said, I still watch their shows and enjoy their stuff, even if I think one of their shows excels the one they started out with.
It doesn't detract from the fact that The Escapist is my favourite website. Period.
Not my favourite games site, not my favourite video site- my favourite site.

I've really enjoyed your reviews in the past, Steve, so I'm delighted you're taking up the reigns.

To mash up cultural references...

'Perry White has left the building.

Long live Perry White!'

Does the Editor-in-Chief's chair have a mini fridge and a built in comm-system?
If it doesn't then I think that should be your first order as the new boss!

Also, congratulations on the new job!

Congratulations Steve!

Glad to see the Facebook commentators all share the same highbrow sense of humour.

Best of luck to you Steve! I hope you'll think of a nice way to end your articles, though Russ' /Fingergun will be hard to top..

Phlakes:

Kanatatsu:
Quote: "You won't find here ... reviews where the commentator's personal likes and dislikes masquerade as actual criticism."

Okay this made me lol a bit, because the vast majority of this site's traffic is initially brought by Yahtzee, who is the very definition of a reviewer whose "personal likes and dislikes masquerade as actual criticism". Now to be fair he also brings up a lot of excellent points and has a great deal of insight to share, but ... still lol.

Note: I happen to loooooove Zero Punctuation and it's the reason I even know about this site, so if the ultra heavy handed mods could refrain from banning or warning me, that would be awesome (a spade's a spade).

Yahtzee himself has made it very, very clear- he's not a reviewer, he's a critic.

Right, that's a distinction without any difference. Also known as splitting hairs.

I just hope you're not as evil as your avatar makes you seem. Seriously, look how devious that thing looks!

Big shoes to fill, but good luck ! :)

Congratulation on the promotion! Change is the only constant.

You referenced Jules Verne. We're gonna get on fine.

Steve actually does things here? I thought they just paid him to bask in the glory of his mustache. Congrats on your successful coup though Steve.

Congrats on the new position. Just don't drop the ball. 'Cause if you do *Shakes Fist*

I kid. I'm sure the site's going to go from strength to strength under your Editorship.

Also I remember mention of a mobile app in development that was due this Summer... any news on that?

well you had me at Captain Nemo... /blush

*obligatory text extension*

Does Russ's departure have anything to do with the Extra Credits debacle? Not saying it was anyone's fault, just curious.

Steve Butts:
Editor's Note: Changing with Change

Meet The Escapist's new Editor-in-Chief.

Read Full Article

Congratulations Steve.

I'm quite interested to see whats to come under the authority of Doctor Strange.

martyrdrebel27:

can you give us tl;dr version?

I hope that is a joke.

Reading is a very good skill to have. It does seem with the attention span of readers these days, pretty soon articles in newspapers, magazines, and online publications will have to be only one to two good sentences, because any longer and people won't read because they don't have more than a few seconds to read, because their lives are soooo "busy".

martyrdrebel27:

Steve Butts:
Editor's Note: Changing with Change

Meet The Escapist's new Editor-in-Chief.

Read Full Article

can you give us tl;dr version?

Butts says "hi".

OT: I look forward to seeing where you take the Escapist from here, I like the staff, the content and the general ethos and community at the Escapist but it seems to me like its been going though a tough time lately.
I hope your comments about companies not adapting and getting left behind don't prove prophetic!

Kanatatsu:

Phlakes:

Kanatatsu:
Quote: "You won't find here ... reviews where the commentator's personal likes and dislikes masquerade as actual criticism."

Okay this made me lol a bit, because the vast majority of this site's traffic is initially brought by Yahtzee, who is the very definition of a reviewer whose "personal likes and dislikes masquerade as actual criticism". Now to be fair he also brings up a lot of excellent points and has a great deal of insight to share, but ... still lol.

Note: I happen to loooooove Zero Punctuation and it's the reason I even know about this site, so if the ultra heavy handed mods could refrain from banning or warning me, that would be awesome (a spade's a spade).

Yahtzee himself has made it very, very clear- he's not a reviewer, he's a critic.

Right, that's a distinction without any difference. Also known as splitting hairs.

Not really, you can criticise and comment on a game without reviewing it at all. A review is something very specific, criticism is not.
As for Yhatzee he's more entertainer than journalist, his videos are funny rather than informative.

Not at all, his videos are funny AND informative, his ability to point out what doesn't work in a game and why is top notch, as good as anyone else out there today.

*Salute" I hope that as your first order of business you remedy the distinct lack of Shamus Young that this website has.

Welcome. Let's just hope you don't make the same mistake your predecessor made and get into a dispute with one of the more popular contributors, which forced them to leave.

I'm talking of course about Extra Credits.

And yes, I agree with some people here. We need more Shamus Young. :)

Glass Joe the Champ:

"You won't find one-sidedly optimistic previews here, or reviews where the commentator's personal likes and dislikes masquerade as actual criticism."

Did anyone else immediately think of Yahtzee, lol

I think everyone did, they just let politeness cloud their increduality.

OT; Well, good for you. You got the big desk and the fancy calender. Enjoy the job, I suppose...

The question we all want to have answered:

Do you have a finger?

And more importantly:

Do you have a gun?

bring back lisa!
ehem, excuse that outburst (but don't, actually do it) and congrats on your new over lord status.

Congratulations on the new position. For whatever it's worth, I've always enjoyed your reviews and articles. I'm sure you'll be fantastic in the top dog position 'round here. :)

Sorry I'm late to the party, but I, too, want to welcome our new EiC. I was very happy when I found out who the new EiC would be, as I'm familiar with Mr. Butts' work and know he'll do good for this site.
So, congratulations to the new job and I hope the best for you. Btw, you still haven't changed your title on the forums ;)

Sonic Doctor:

Steve Butts:
Editor's Note: Changing with Change

Meet The Escapist's new Editor-in-Chief.

Read Full Article

Congratulations Steve.

I'm quite interested to see whats to come under the authority of Doctor Strange.

martyrdrebel27:

can you give us tl;dr version?

I hope that is a joke.

Reading is a very good skill to have. It does seem with the attention span of readers these days, pretty soon articles in newspapers, magazines, and online publications will have to be only one to two good sentences, because any longer and people won't read because they don't have more than a few seconds to read, because their lives are soooo "busy".

yes it was. thank you for almost nearly getting it too. i'm a big fan of reading and writing, i just thought it was a nice chance to take a jab at our internet culture, where a man is posting a long insightful message about a life-changing event, and someone asks for a tl;dr version. i thought it was amusing. but like most things i do, it was enjoyed only by me. sigh.

Steve, I think a lot of what you say rings true. I've definitely trusted the Escapist to provide the most insightful and honest commentary on the industry. That said, respectfully, I sincerely hope you don't start treating the Fruit Ninjas, Angry Birds, and Farmvilles of the world as legitimate gaming experiences worth equal coverage.

I know there are a variety of opinions on the subject, and yes, they are games, but I don't think they are ever going to be the type of game your average Escapist reader comes here to read about, and I honestly don't think soccer moms are going to be logging in any time soon for the latest Angry Birds news.

Think about it this way: Did PC gaming magazines ever make a big deal about Minesweeper back in the day?

martyrdrebel27:

Sonic Doctor:
Snip

yes it was. thank you for almost nearly getting it too. i'm a big fan of reading and writing, i just thought it was a nice chance to take a jab at our internet culture, where a man is posting a long insightful message about a life-changing event, and someone asks for a tl;dr version. i thought it was amusing. but like most things i do, it was enjoyed only by me. sigh.

Sarcasm and jokes don't translate well in text unless they are very clear. I have seen stuff like the remark you made and those people were being serious. I wasn't sure.

That is why when I make sarcastic remarks or jokes in comments, unless what I type is totally clear, I put a [sarcasm] tag next to what I say or a "=P" to show I am just joking.

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