As an East Tennessee video gamer, life can be tough. The news regarding video games is practically non-existent (relegated to the hardware or major software releases) and offering no opportunities to progress in the industry unless you move hundreds to thousands of miles away. One of the few beacons of hope in this darkness is Dave Prince's Digital Hackery review section.
As someone who spends at least a full-time job's worth of my day reading the latest gaming news, commenting on said news with interesting folk on a variety of gaming forums and blogs, and on occasion actually playing the games that take up so much of my day, it's refreshing to have a local view on the multimillion dollar industry (I'd say multibillion dollar industry, but I don't want to get too cocky). I've enjoyed Dave's reviews (albeit they are a few months behind initial releases—hopefully so he has adequate time to fully play the game before forming his opinion) and while I don't always agree with his assessment of the games in question, it's nice to have a *cough* "professional" *cough* opinion.
That said, I was happily shocked to see Dave take a different format with his latest piece with the coverage of Good Old Games' recent exodus from beta. ["Lament of a Fake Death," Sept. 30, 2010] Perhaps it's due to the late-summer/early-fall slump of game releases (still waiting on your Halo: Reach and Mafia 2 reviews Dave :p ), but to see him take a moment to address something that 1. talked about a facet in the industry, and 2. talk about a facet that revolved around PC gaming was shocking and left me grinning from ear-to-ear.
It's refreshing to see a local opinion on how the industry is handling itself as it goes through one of the biggest changes since the mid-'80s Video Game Crash, not to mention some local coverage of a platform that is being overshadowed by its mainstream brethren in the console hardware. All I can say is, keep up the insightful article, Dave!
While Digital Hackery has been reduced to bi-monthly features in Metro Pulse [Ed. Note: Digital Hackery has always run every other week.], I sincerely hope that Dave will take some time every so often to highlight some important facets of the industry (and how fans of that industry are reacting). We're seeing a change within this extremely profitable market that is, quite frankly, unrivaled and it's nice to have a local outlook on the happenings.