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I gave my brother a kidney, so just try and sue me for being late! Here is my backlog of "Letter from the Editor" from the last three issues in one handy blog post!
The Golden Cartridge Heard Around the World
I know some Game Informer readers were not playing
games (or perhaps even born) yet when The Legend of Zelda was released on the
Nintendo Entertainment System, but you can take it from someone who was there
in 1987 when it hit North America: It's hard to believe it has been 25 years
since the groundbreaking title debuted in Japan back in 1986.
The odd part is not that the release feels recent; it
is that it seems so much longer ago. We have seen so many innovations and
changes in the industry over the last two and a half decades. The graphics, the
design, and the technology behind every aspect of gaming has taken massive
leaps forward in such a small span of time. Yet The Legend of Zelda still
stands as one of the greatest of all time.
Imagine if you saw a game of the same graphical style
being sold for your phone today. Most people would say that it looks like
garbage based solely on the visuals. Zelda, of course, is about the furthest
you can get from garbage. This game - this entire series - has
defined gaming for years. The classic tale about a hero saving the world and
the struggle between good versus evil is timeless; don't be surprised if gamers
continue to celebrate Zelda's anniversary (and new installments) for many more
decades to come.
Game Informer has let too much time pass since our last
celebration of the world's favorite little hero in a green hat, and this month
we fix that with an amazing cover story that both commemorates the series'
anniversary and explores its future with a 10-page cover story on Skyward Sword.
Enjoy the issue.
It Sure Can't Hurt To Ask
It's our November issue, which means that if I want to
get in my wish list of goodies in time for the holidays, I better do it now. I
could be selfish and request that Audi R8 V10 I'd like in the old present pile,
but I've decided I'd rather give to everyone and make some requests that I
would like to see happen in the video games industry.
First on the list, console price cuts. Nothing gets
more people playing console games like making the cost of entry cheaper. Sony
dropped the price of the PS3 to $249, which is a great start, but we all know
the magic number is $199, so let's go Sony and Microsoft - let the masses
get in on HD gaming.
Next up is new intellectual property (or IP). We all
love the established giant franchises that dominate the market, but they were
all new IP once, and the industry can always use new blood and new
perspectives. The big sequels make the world go round, but we need new ideas to
keep our fingers busy year round.
I love first-person shooters as much as the next guy,
but I would really love to see some other genres get a little more love (and
yes, I realize that consumers need to do their part and be more adventerous to
make this happen). Elder Scrolls is one of the few RPGs hitting it out of the park
these days on consoles, and its success shows that people are willing to pay
for great experiences in different genres. All you have to do is be committed
to making great product.
And finally, one selfish request: I want my 2D Metroid
in HD and Half-Life 3. The wait for these two games is killing me.
Enjoy the insane amount of games that are out this
month, and the issue.
For the Sake of Argument
I've never been shy about pointing out things that
annoy me, and like any good loudmouth, I get proven wrong on a frequent basis.
It comes with the territory.
The Nintendo Wii? From day one the controller and lack
of HD graphics annoyed me. Do I love some of the games on the system and think
it's imperative that a gamer own one to play all the greats? Without question,
because Nintendo is one of the greatest - if not the greatest -
game developers in the world. I know I won't be the only gamer blowing the dust
off a Wii, ejecting a copy of Super Mario Galaxy 2, and smiling through
the lingering cloud as The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword slides into the disk
Do I think I was wrong about Nintendo Wii? Probably, as
the system has dominated sales this generation and entertained tens of millions
of gamers around the globe. But at the same time, in the last year the
excitement around the system has slowed to a crawl. Some of it can be
attributed to the announcement of Wii U, but I think there has been some
fatigue at the gimmicky control system.
Nintendo isn't the only company guilty of mistakes.
Xbox 360s still break around this office and at friends' homes like drunken,
blind mice built them. Can anyone turn on a PlayStation 3 without having
to install an update? Of course, some people's original Xbox 360s are still
chugging to this day, and if you play PlayStation 3 every day, there must
be at least be one or two days a year without an update (I kid, I kid).
At the end of the day, all these complaints and
criticisms are just part of being a gamer. Complaining about games, game
machines, developers, publishers, game magazines, CEOs, and websites are part
of the fun. If we didn't have arguments about review scores and whose system
was better, what would we talk about or use to show the depth of our nerd cred?
Gaming is all about the fun when the machine is on, and when the machine is
off, arguing about games is sometimes as entertaining as playing the games
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Good to have you back. Hope you are both doing well!
You've been gone this long?!
Glad to see you back Andy! Wishing you and your brother the best!
Great to hear from you again and hope all went well for both of you.
Glad your surgery went well and glad your brother is hopefully doing better. Happy to have you back.
Next time HURRY UP and give your brother a kidney, why would you make us wait like that? Jeez you're so selfish.
Glad your back. Hope you and your brother are both doing well.
Glad you're back and in good spirits!
How dare you donate an organ! Kudos. Hope you both are well. As far as Skyrim, I wonder if its crushing success also has to do with shooter burnout. Don't get me wrong, I love the game and am thoroughly addicted. However, I also was ready for a diversion from Battlefield 3, Rage, etc. Just a thought ...
Good point on the 1st person shooter bit, hope your feeling better!
Nice to have you back! I missed you in the magazine because you made me see reason about the covers of the magazine (like whenever it's not a cover for a game I'm really excited about). It's important to get better after having a kidney out, though. My dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer and had to let one go... He looked pretty bad for a while. I'm glad your brother got a kidney, and everything's okay now.
Hope you and your brother are doing well! :D
Wow, I’m impressed. Both that you gave a kidney (always a good thing) but also that you even bothered to do put out “letters from the Editor” that you missed. I appreciate the gesture, though I’m sure people would have understood if you just picked up from when you got back. However, it is cool to see that kind of dedication.