What do you want from your games journalists?

The rabid folks who frequent NeoGAF had some pretty interesting reactions to writer N’Gai Croal’s latest column, which deals with realism in games. Croal’s column is an interesting piece that discusses the contrast between art design choices in a few current-gen games, and I recommend giving it a read.

Some of the NeoGAF community members’ responses have me shaking my head, though.

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The Geekbox: Episode 12

Another short-but-sweet episode — enjoy! And if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and like comics, head over to Comics Conspiracy this weekend to pick up some cheap books  from Geekbox co-host Ryan Higgins during the shop’s 16th anniversary sale!

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The Geekbox — Episode 12 (2009-04-17)
Wherein we discuss Street Fighter tournaments, TV sweeps periods, Lost 5×12 (spoiler warning!), the series premiere of The Unusuals, fickle television networks, terrible movies, the big World of Warcraft 3.1 patch, stupid Pokemon games, awesome Batman and Superman stories, a new non-Fitch Hitch, catastrophic Facebook glitches, and more Lost theories from the forums. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, Greg Ford, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 7m 18s
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The Geekbox: Episode 11

LATE WEEKEND EDITION! And another long one, too. I hope my random laughing fit in the latter part of the show doesn’t screw anything up too much. As usual, please Digg this article and review it on iTunes if you enjoy the show!

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The Geekbox — Episode 11 (2009-04-10)
Wherein we discuss idiotic April Fools’ jokes, the value of comics, Master Higgins’ lack of reading, piracy, Hollywood reboots, Hidden Mickeys, delicious snacks, Punch-Out, the latest on Lost (spoiler warning!), Nintendo’s wacky methods, Geoff Johns’ rumored JLA run, and our “best Lost theories” contest. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Andrew Fitch, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 1h 37m 45s
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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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The Geekbox: Episode 10

Double digits, hell yeah! Enjoy tis week’s extra-long podcast; hopefully it makes up for last week’s short length. Please Digg, and take 5 minutes to review it on iTunes if you enjoy it!

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The Geekbox — Episode 10 (2009-04-02)
Wherein we discuss the joys of marriage, Tales of the Black Freighter (spoilers!), Lost (more spoilers!), Large Marge, Smallville (mild spoilers), the LexCorp bailout, Scrabble as serious business, GDC 2009 (including Smartbomb co-author Heather Chaplin’s verbal attack on the gaming industry), Noby Noby Boy, the latest chapter in the Fitch Hitch saga, the difference between LARPers and gamers who LARP, and OkCupid success/horror stories. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, Ryan Higgins, and Jade Kraus.
Running Time: 1h 31m 8s
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The Geekbox: Episode 9

Ouch! Apologies for the short length this week — that’s what happens when you try to judge a visually oriented contest on an audio podcast. If you’re curious about who won our Watchmen art contest, all the details are in this thread. And check here for details on our “Best Lost Theories” giveaway. Enjoy the show, and don’t forget to Digg and review!

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The Geekbox — Episode 9 (2009-03-25)
Wherein we discuss Fitch’s possible whereabouts, random comics (and why Chuck Austen is a horrible writer), wonky twist endings, frozen yogurt, Karen’s week at the SXSW festival, punching Harry Knowles in the face (or not), last week’s episode of Lost (including more crazy theorizing — oh, and spoiler alert), the Battlestar Galactica finale (more spoilers), Watchmen art contest winners, and a brand-new Lost-related giveaway contest. Starring Ryan Scott, Karen Chu, Greg Ford, and Ryan Higgins.
Running Time: 57m 51s
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The Geekbox: Episode 8

Here’s this week’s episode. Enjoy — and don’t forget to Digg/review! And yes, this episode’s got an ad at the beginning, which I guess means we’re kinda-sorta-maybe successful at this point!

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The Geekbox — Episode 8 (2009-03-19)
Wherein we discuss co-host Karen Chu’s current whereabouts, a whole bunch of TV shows (beware Lost spoilers!), some more Watchmen, the SciFi Channel’s ridiculous  new “direction,” hot sci-fi cyborgs, Resident Evil 5, terrible game controls, Killzone 2, Bioshock 2, Street Fighter IV, Ryan Scott’s upcoming wedding, the latest Fitch Hitch update, and the upcoming GFW Radio reunion panel at Penny Arcade Expo 2009. Starring Ryan Scott, Mike Cruz, Andrew Fitch, Greg Ford, Ryan Higgins, and Jade Kraus.
Running Time: 1h 18m 15s
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