Today's Place: Revolution Report
Way back during the summer, I was starved for next-gen news. I was looking everywhere for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Revolution news.
E3 didn't offer much. Yes, we saw glitzy tech demos for Playstation 3, but given Sony's penchant for LYING ("jack into the matrix" with the Playstation 2? Hardly. Hardly.), those meant absolutely nothing to me. We saw 360 - running on development kits. Sure, Elijah Wood's pansy arse showed it off to crowds watching MTV. All that feature did was show how horrible Perfect Dark Zero looked at the moment.
And the Revolution? Bah. All Satoru Iwata had to offer was a dinky box that had a blue glowing light. Big deal. Big effin' deal.
Then, Revolution Report came along. The site was SO many things:
- clean and excellently designed
- ambitious especially given the lack of actual information to go on
- professional and full of integrity when it came to reporting rumors versus news versus hypothetical editorials
- most of all, FUN
Revolution Report must have been the absolute first site dedicated to Revolution news that wasn't some haphazard blog, or fanatical fanboyish site pumping up every single rumor in order to "pwn" Xbox 360 and PS3. It also managed to pump out one hour-long podcasts consistently - again, without any information to go on either.
Didn't Matt Cassamassina over at IGN do the same thing? Sure. Am I tired of his shtick? Sure. Well, not really - Matt is a good source of news and he constantly gets information from development sources. But it was time for other opinions. Opinions that superb reporters Shawn White and Rob Galbreath could offer. Opinions that could be presented in a clean and appealing manner using Aaron Canaday's great web authoring skills. Opinions that could be put together gracefully by a site run efficiently and professionally by Ian Mikutel.
Let's not forget that damned podcast, which contains more personality than any gaming podcast I've ever heard - considering Cheapassgamer.com's CAGcast is a hilarious and entertaining offering in its own right, this is no small feat. James King's "sexy" Canadian Barry White voice (hey, they said it, not me) and newcomer Jonathan Lansing's opinions complete the package. Apologies if I've missed the rest of the staff (Terrel and Steve); everyone has done great work in bringing what was once a new, unknown and unproven property into fruition.
So, here's to smaller, independent sites that will one day make it big. We may not make it into the videogame limelight, but Revolution Report certainly deserves to. If you're a Nintendo fan, go there now, listen to their podcast, and dig into their news and rumors.
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