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On Nintendo

Stories like this one mystify me. Just look at the headline: “Nintendo’s Fall.” Now, far be it from me to question the experience and perspective that writer Doug Perry — a fixture in the gaming media for well over a decade — has, but I tend to scratch my head every time one of these “Wow, remember when Nintendo wasn’t doing so well?” pieces pops up.

The fact is, Nintendo’s never done anything but well. It’s as though people remember the years between 1996 and 2006 (AKA the Nintendo 64 and GameCube years) as some sort of Dark Age for the company.

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Watchmen: What’s different?

I just saw an early screening of Watchmen. To sum up: This is one of the best movies ever made. And I say that as a huge fan of the graphic novel.

SPOILER WARNING! SPOILER WARNING!

While it’s still fresh in my mind, I’ve flipped through my copy of the book and made what I hope is a fairly comprehensive list of differences — stuff that either got cut or abbreviated for the film. I figure it’d be interesting for Watchmen fans who are wondering what did and didn’t make it in. I will say, though, that nothing felt missing or unceremoniously/arbitrarily changed. The abbreviations were made in the name of pacing, and what works in a comic book doesn’t always work on a movie screen. I’m thankful to the filmmakers for actually realizing this — and once you see the movie, I hope you will be, too.

ONCE AGAIN, SPOILER WARNING! DON’T READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE!

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It’s a Long Way to Tipperary

I’m sure most anyone who would find their way to this site has heard the bad news by now — as of this moment, me and many of my dear colleagues at 1UP.com are out of a job. It’s not all bad, though; my good friends Nick Suttner, Anthony Gallegos, and Philip Kollar have enjoyed some pretty unbelievable success with the first episode of their Rebel FM podcast (as of this writing, it’s the #1 gaming podcast on iTunes, and the #6 podcast period). And the stand-up video crew that brought you the 1UP Show is cooking something up, and it’s sure to be worth everyone’s while.

As for me: You’ll see my name popping up on a couple of sites in a freelance capacity in the near future, and I’m hoping to find a more permanent new home before long. I’m also in the process of hashing out my own podcast, though that’s really gonna depend on whether you guys want it or not. I’ll try to keep you all updated on my goings-on. Leave a comment or hit my Twitter feed if you’d like to give me a shout-out and profess your support (or lack thereof) for a theoretical podcast.