Nuggets of Wisdom: Video Games, Black Folk and Green Lanterns
Throughout the week, Fanbros.com puts out plenty of dope content. However, we do not have a monopoly on all the dope content from around on the web (well not yet at least). Taking inspiration from similar weekly reading logs, I’ve put together a short list of interesting reads and content from around the web Fanbros will surly want to take a look at. Welcome to Nuggets of Wisdom.
The first edition of the log features articles and videos from this past week and beyond. You’ll find a common theme among them – video games, the debates, the critics and the companies that make them. Perhaps my favorite piece among them is a goodbye (for now) to our friend John Stewart.
Kotaku’s Editor and Chief did a write up this week about a recent talk Anita Sarkeesian gave at NYU’s Game Center. Sarkeesian possibly equally known for her video series examining Women in Video Games and the hordes of people who hate her because of said video series. Many believes she is the force that will destroy Video Games. Tolilo has been promising to write his full thoughts on Sarkeesian for as long as the outrage surrounding her has been around. While this is not that write up, focusing more on the content of Sarkeesian’s talk and the atmosphere of the event, given the numerous threats made against her in the past, some of Totilo more nuanced opinions of Sarkeesian’s position surface here.
So next month Green Lantern CORPS will be ending and with it so will Green Lantern John Stewart’s time in a leading role for a major DC title. We have talked about the importance of John Stewart to this generation’s geekdom before, so it’s disappointing as it appears DC does not really have anything planned for him. Still, it is great to see Jensen reflect back on his year with the title. He covers a lot here, from the original rumors he was planning to kill Stewart, to how the Architect turned Marine became one of his favorite heroes of all time. This co-opt is a fitting goodbye to one of the best from the man who has been guiding Stewart through the cosmos for the last year.
So a few weeks ago, AOL killed Joystiq. It was sad. Sadder, given Joystiq reported on its impending doom. While the long running blog didn’t have the brand strength of IGN or personalities of Giantbomb, it was known for its wit and playful satirical tone. With Joystiq gone, Engadget is now AOL’s tech and gaming powerhouse. Staff writer Joseph Volpe’s breakdown of a recent Nintendo investor call is reminiscent of the Joystiq humor of past. Nintendo, who some have described as “a big dopey elephant”(while still putting out great games) has increasingly become more un-relatable to its fans because of Nintendo “reasons.” Volpe does a great job explaining Nintendo’s logic in the most Joystiq way possible in this recap. #RIPJoystiq
Even Narcisse is a Fanbro. Since joining Kotaku a few years back as a staff writer, he has written numerous times at length about the lack of black game characters and game developers. His latest piece is another excellent roundtable discussion that features game critic Austin Walker, developers Shawn Alexander Allen, TJ Thomas and Catt Small each speaking on their own personal experiences of Blackness in and outside of video games. It’s like a slice of Black Cool but about video games.
Yo, You should watch this
We’ll see you next week Fanbros!