Wed, 19 January 2005
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Hello to you all, I hope youâ€™re enjoying Buttonhole. The launch went very well indeed. Iâ€™ll try to do a new editorial column every Wednesday from now on.
We have some interesting things lined up for you this week, such as a fun little Q&A session with Cam Shea- editor of the Australian games magazine Hyper. Then thereâ€™s the interview with New Zealandâ€™s Mark Prebble who is the director of an independent film called Futile Attraction, starring Michelle Ang (probably best known from her work in channel Tenâ€™s soapie Neighbours).
The forums are starting to really get interesting. I know that there are a lot of people visiting our site that are yet to sign up for the forums and I encourage you all to do so. There are some good discussions and opinions being posted there and most of the Buttonhole team frequent the boards too. Get on there and have your say, tell the world what you are playing, what you are listening to, what you are watching or anything else you feel like sharing (within reason). You never know who might be reading. Iâ€™d like to thank the folks who have already signed up there; I have really enjoyed seeing your opinions and comments.
I was disappointed to receive very little feedback from the last editorial. Come on people,email me. I promise I donâ€™t bite! Of course, it probably didnâ€™t help that for quite some time the editorial page was broken and I failed to notice it, but these things happen.
I suppose Iâ€™d better come with a topic for this week. Okay then, I think we should talk about hype. Yep, thatâ€™ll do nicely. Games and movies in particular are often built up with a massive amount of hype before they are released. Sometimes the hype is so over the top that the product could never really be able to live up to the expectations it builds. Iâ€™ve noticed a little bit of a backlash going on with games like Doom 3 or Halo 2 and quite a few movies, Star Wars and the Matrix spring to mind first. The hype is so enormous that anything short of perfect seems like a let down and ravenous fans are left feeling unsatisfied. Is excess hype therefore harmful? Maybe and maybe not. I for one, like the fun of the build up and getting all excited about upcoming releases. It is like being kid at Christmas time. But I also know enough not to get too carried away. I donâ€™t expect a game or a movie to change my life or make the world a better place to live in. I just want something that I find entertaining and I usually manage to get that from my games and DVDs. As always, feel free to contact me and let me know what you think about this stuff.
I am going to do a thing where I briefly mention the things Iâ€™m into for each week. So, letâ€™s do this for the very first time. How exciting! (Ok, perhaps not). This week I am still playing the hell out of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, any other game is coming second when it comes to my gaming time. Iâ€™m digging the DVDs of Hellboy and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Oh and the awesome car chase in The Bourne Supremacy. I havenâ€™t been listening to much music lately, so I wonâ€™t comment on that one. Need to lift my game when it comes to the tunes. Iâ€™m readingâ€¦well, I always read Scott Tiptonâ€™s column over at www.moviepoopshoot.com and I recommend you do too if you have even a passing interest in comic books. Also, Scott thinks nobody would want to read an interview with him here. Please bombard him with emails if you think differently and would be keen to hear his opinions on various things.
Thatâ€™s it from me this week. Take it easy boys and girls.
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