Welcome to another week of GameSpotting, where the wizard needs food. Badly.
Do you like games? We sure do. We like them a whole lot. We like games so much that we'll happily trudge through hundreds of hours of fetch quests, random encounters, rubber-band AI, and horrible underwater levels, just for the opportunity to play something exceptional. When we're not playing games, we're thinking about them, talking about them, and writing about them, and GameSpotting is where we get personal about them. So jump on in and enjoy our semicoherent diatribes about beat-'em-ups, the Game Boy Advance, Q1 2004, and how saving the world is stupid. Do you like what you see and want to help the cause? Pitch in with your own GuestSpotting column, or just start a discussion about how smart/good-looking we are in the forums.
Saving the World Is a Weak Goal
Jeff Gerstmann/Senior Editor
"Why are so many games bent on putting the world in danger? Well, it's certainly an easy button to push."
See You Next Year
Andrew Park/Senior Editor
"This was supposed to be the year that PC games made an incredible comeback."
I'd Rather Be Using My GBA
Greg Kasavin/Executive Editor
"These days, I somehow find myself particularly drawn to my GBA. My three GBAs."
An Open Letter to Abobo
Tyler Winegarner/Associate Producer, GameSpot Live
"This business of making newfangled brawlers, complete with levels that last more than 20 minutes, with the same environment and the same disposable enemies, gets stale quickly."
Ricardo Torres/Senior Associate Editor
"I feel like original ideas are tougher sells, especially if you're a developer known for a certain type of game."
GameSpot OWNS U!
Ryan Mac Donald/Executive Producer
"I was a little nervous, since the opposing team had Dave Geffon, who, as I was told, is considered one of the best CS players in the world."
RPG Shortcomings/RPG Renaissance
"Unlike most games, there is almost no skill required in RPGs--no hand-eye coordination, no button-timing. So then, why do we play RPGs?"
Where Gamers Go to Mouth Off
Number One Donkey Kong Jr. Math Fan/GuestSpotter
Anyone can hop on a forum and declare Donkey Kong Jr. Math the greatest game ever conceived, but it takes strong writing chops to make people want to read such an insane diatribe. If you think you have what it takes, read our GuestSpotting FAQ, and submit your own column for possible publication in this glorious feature.