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"I suspect many people in comics don’t know about my awful prehistory. For a very long time, I used to be a game critic. I worked for everyone, won awards and did literally anything a critic could do. I was moderately infamous, to a level where my name still turns up in textbooks. A lot of people hated me, which was a pretty good training level for dealing with writing comics. Point being: I love games, I love what games can do and I’ve missed having a place to publicly show that. And like anyone who really loves something, I understand the ambivalent and complicated feelings that should provoke. Don’t expect anything as comfort-food gee-aren’t-we-all-so-amazing-for-having-played-D&D as READY PLAYER ONE. I’ve been away for five years. I’ve been thinking." -- Kieron Gillen







Date: 2016-06-03 03:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alicemacher
Modded is pretty good so far. I suspect I'd appreciate it even more if I were more familiar with Pokémon.

Date: 2016-06-03 11:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] captainbellman
Now I want Gillen to bring back/revitalise the old Marvel UK concept "Wild Thing"...except also I don't want him to do that since now that I think about it rather than just suggesting it out of the blue it occurs that such a project would be tonally and visually similar to "Mercury Heat" to a degree that it would make the whole thing pointless and besides which, he's got enough on his plate already with "Uber Season 2" and "Wicked + Divine" and "Darth Vader", except wait, Vader's winding down soon and "Angela" hasn't been his for a while so what Marvel work is he doing, which makes me wonder, has Gillen extricated himself almost entirely from Marvel and not told anyone? What's his endgame? Who else can he go to, or are they about to put him on a big exciting book about which we don't yet know? And this is turning into a giant tailspin of a thought thread, so maybe I should stop it...right...here.

Date: 2016-06-03 04:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverhammerman
I don't think Gillen's been particularly shy about it, but yeah that's exactly what he's been doing. Back when he did Secret Wars: Siege he even talked and wrote about how it was essentially his love letter and goodbye to the Marvel Universe, and he hasn't written any Marvel superhero stuff since. I imagine that doing the Darth Vader series is just the sort of opportunity (in terms of money and potential profile) that you don't turn it down.

He hasn't ruled out the possibility of coming back, but to me it looks like Gillens just joined the ranks of creators like Fraction, DeConnick, Brubaker and Hickman who have used work-for-hire as a stepping stone to creator own work.

Date: 2016-06-03 01:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
No offense to Kieron Gillen, but I've been gaming for decades and this is literally the first time that I'd heard that he was associated with game reviewing. I do see that he wrote and I guess co-founded Rock Paper Shotgun, so he's not unknown; clearly he's only really well known for that in the UK and possibly Europe, afaict. You know, and for Amiga reviews. LOL.

Date: 2016-06-03 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] quatoria
Well, no. He was actually incredibly well known a decade ago as one of the heads of the 'new games journalism' movement. He got major press coverage, as did his pieces. I'm sorry, but you're just wrong.

Date: 2016-06-04 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] palgrave_goldenrod
Or he / she just doesn't have an encyclopaedic knowledge of decade-old games journalism, to be fair. I mean, this is literally the first I'm hearing about it as well.

Date: 2016-06-03 10:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stolisomancer
If you weren't in the habit of reading Eurogamer, the Escapist, and/or Edge magazine, then yeah, you could be excused for never having heard of him.

He was very much one of the people who were trying to Do Something with games writing, though. I heard his name come up all the time, especially after the founding of RPS, and he's one of the only games writers who ever won a journalism award.

Date: 2016-06-03 02:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
Anyone familiar with Gillen's career as a game critic? Would you like to recommend some of his reviews?

Date: 2016-06-03 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stolisomancer
His article about exploring Shalebridge Cradle in Thief: Deadly Shadows is one of the pieces that started the short-lived "new games journalism" trend, and is generally held up as a landmark essay in the field of games criticism.

He also did a pretty good review of BioShock Infinite a few years ago, although it's very much covered in spoilers.

Date: 2016-06-04 01:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
Oh, is that so? I used to enjoy "New Games Journalism" a lot – followed insertcredit, then selectbutton/actionbutton, subscribed to the Gamer's Quarter, read everything by Tim Rogers, Brandon, Persona etc. Still, I somehow managed to miss Gillen. Thanks for the links.

Date: 2016-06-04 01:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leoboiko
(After reading Gillen's review, I'm still partial to Tim's.)

Date: 2016-06-03 02:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espanolbot
Man, Ash Ketchum grew up to be a dick! ...Which makes a big degree of sense, I guess.

Date: 2016-06-03 09:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tugrul
Ha ha! You have captured my curiosity. Pretty please explain?

Date: 2016-06-03 11:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espanolbot
I remember him in the show being kind of abrasive, what with his arrogant need to beat everyone he came across. Although admittedly it must be nearly twenty years since I've seen the show.

Date: 2016-06-03 11:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] skjam
Ash hasn't aged a day--which combined with certain other odd things, indicates he's not actually human as we understand the term. (Ash has, among other things, shown Spider-Man level strength.)

Date: 2016-06-03 08:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lyricalswagger
This story made me sad. :(

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