Blue Screen of Awesome
Open up your bookmarks tab, ladies and gentlemen, for there’s a new gaming website to spend hours at a time reading at: Blue Screen of AWESOME.
Of course, there has to be at least two billion gaming websites out these days, and most of your time is probably already taken up by Ninja Game Den, so what makes this one special? Well, I’ll give you one word: Jarenth. Or rather, Jarenth is regularly writing articles and providing commentary on games there. Guess that’s more than one word.
Jarenth, as you all know, is a regular commentator at here, Twenty Sided, Chocolate Hammer, and all those other cool places where the cool people talk about cool stuff. Jarenth is also somebody I have occasional conversations with on Steam. Awhile ago he mentioned something to me about him saying stuff about games with his friends on a website of some sort, so I’ve pretty much been holding my breath since then. Just from reading his comments on other people’s blogs one can tell that Jarenth is a really good writer, and I’ve been wanting to see what entire articles of his would look like.
And now their site appears to be open to the public. Well, it’s been “open to the public” for awhile, but he didn’t throw me a link until yesterday, so whatever.
From the looks of it, each cast member has his own little personalized column devoted to some topic, and then they all join together to review big games Rock-Paper-Shotgun style. Jarenth’s little corner is called Indie Wonderland, and it appears to be devoted entirely to writing about cheap little indie games.
I find this interesting, because that’s exactly the sort of thing I was originally planning to do with my blog when I first started. My first two posts were about Plain Sight, an indie deathmatch game, and Plants vs. Zombies, a tower defense game that technically isn’t indie but goes for $10 nonetheless. I was considering devoting this blog entirely to the little leagues, but then I remembered that I generally can’t focus on something for more than eight seconds.
In any case, Jarenth has already written about a few games I was thinking of writing about but never did (Xotic, The Binding of Isaac). You should go read those. His opinions of those games are eerily similar to my own, and yet slightly more eloquent and sexy. There’s also a guy who plays MMOs, and another guy who plays… Soccer, I guess? Whatever. You’ve got time. Go read it. This is journalism, people. It’s serious business.