Few processes of the mind can be as thankless and mind-bending as writing. Unless you’re Alan Wake. Then it’s a matter of life and death.
Remedy Entertainment’s long-awaited tale of a novelist fighting dark, ghostly elements in a secluded town reeks of romanticized elements about the power of the written word, the essence of artistic vision and the struggle between light and darkness.
In case you haven’t seen Al’s previous posts, a few of us at Tech-Out are actually attending the sea of gaming madness called E3. Today was press-con day: Xbox, Electronic Arts (which I almost forgot I registered for), and Ubisoft. Instead of inundating you with reams of text about stuff you’ve probably already heard about (see links on the right side for actual news), me and Reggie will share our thoughts about some of the things that really clawed at our eyeballs and collective gaming psyches. No tears of joy were shed in the viewing of these conferences … except perhaps the from the Final Fantasy crowd. Oh yeah, and Steven Spielberg, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney showed up. That sets the tone for the discussion, which comes after the jump.
I start it off after the jump. And no, we haven’t forgotten the fact that Hideo Kojima was there. Continue reading →