Wed, 9 February 2005
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Gâ€™day again everyone, I hope youâ€™re all well. This update is a little late, but there wasnâ€™t really a whole lot to talk about last week, so I just left it for a while. Iâ€™ve done a longer one this time to make up for it a bit. Or maybe itâ€™ll just bore you to tears, but you canâ€™t win â€˜em all!
So whatâ€™s new? Iâ€™m glad you asked. We have a couple more game publishers on board, so thatâ€™s all good and is continuing to improve all the time. Iâ€™m sure all of them are great and we should each buy every single game they ever make. Ok, that probably isnâ€™t true, I just wanted to suck up. This is a pretty slow period for game releases, but that is about to pick up soon with some great titles on the way.
The Cam Shea Q&A went over gangbusters (whatever that means, the word makes me laugh so I used it). We got a great response to that one and I personally found it very interesting and amusing. Quite a few people have requested some kind of follow up and I suspect that it wonâ€™t be the last we hear from those whacky Hyper staff members.
The Mark Prebble interview is also online now, so please have a read and check out Markâ€™s site. I think that his is a fantastic and inspirational story. It just goes to show what you can achieve if you set your mind to it. Of course it also helps if you have some talent to back it up. The other great thing about it is that it shows the public are happy to get behind artists who are willing to have a go. Mark seems like a very intelligent guy with a good sense of humour; Iâ€™m really looking forward to seeing his film Futile Attraction. We get a good number of hits from New Zealand too, (including some fans of the kiwi band 48 May who weâ€™ve also featured) so it is always nice to showcase some talent from there.
The forums are growing larger all the time. Fazz is doing a great job there. Iâ€™d also like to thank Rene (Ren) for helping us out in that area. Ren is a freak with figuring out how to fix things and I suspect he has some kind of magic powers or something. Anyway, keep joining people! I know there are still heaps of people yet to sign up and youâ€™re all missing out.
For those who havenâ€™t noticed it yet, we have been doing a different quote of the week for each section for a while now. These are a fun little bonus novelty to provide some extra incentive to check out the individual sections of Buttonhole.
In the last editorial I talked about hype and whether too much hype (especially referring to games and movies) was a negative thing in the long run. I still didnâ€™t get much feedback really, I expect that to improve or else Iâ€™ll start breaking some legs. The first and best response I got to the topic was from Josh Niczynski, who posts in the Buttonhole forums as Josh 666. Josh is definitely of the opinion that too much hype can be damaging, hereâ€™s what he had to say:
I was lying in my comfy comfy bed last night and I was thinking about the matrix trilogy... Honest. Anyway, I was laying there naked, and thinking... if they had been able to follow straight away with the sequel to that movie and keep the trilogy moving along at the pace no. 2 and 3 came out... it probably would be one of the greater trilogies ever. I know... exonerating circumstances. But like... if they hadn't given Matrix fans all that time to think about the first movie, it wouldn't have screwed them over in the major way it did.
The hype outgrew the movie, and crushed it... like so many American mothers with fat babies. I mean, lets consider the fact that those movies aren't anywhere as bad as they seemed two years ago. They're not, if you try to forget everything you know about 'the matrix', and just watch them, theyâ€™re actually pretty good... not great... but good.
The game on the other hand... was still crap, but was pretty to look at.
The Matrix, and all its hype would have worked best if the directors died before they could fulfill their vision; meaning that the trilogy would always float in unfinished glory - 'Unfinished Symphony Syndrome'
Star Wars had that before they made the prequels. Now it's bad.
So yeah... thatâ€™s my two cents...
Thanks Josh, some good points there mate. I donâ€™t agree with everything you said, but thatâ€™s kind of the whole point of getting feedback; Iâ€™m after interesting opinions, whether I totally agree with them or not. Keep â€˜em coming dude! And everyone else should follow his example and let me know what you think too.
For this weekâ€™s topic Iâ€™ll go with something pretty straightforward, but I guess still potentially controversial: who is the greatest band of all time? Chat about it Here My pick is a very obvious one- The Beatles. Pretty boring answer I know, but I actually believe it to be true, so thatâ€™s the one Iâ€™m going to stick with. Iâ€™ll be keen to see what others people might be able to offer as their choice.
I am looking forward to doing Nintendo DS reviews, thatâ€™s going to be awesome. Bring it on! And of course the Sony PSP is still on the way too, I still canâ€™t get over how powerful that thing is for a handheld.
Hmmâ€¦I think I have crapped on enough for now, so Iâ€™ll leave it there. Keep on truckinâ€™! Oh yeah, nearly forgot- vote on our poll if you havenâ€™t already. Cheers.
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