My time at EGX 2017

So I went to EGX again this year. This would be the point in the article where, if I’d have been a real journalist, I’d have given a brief background into EGX. But I honestly can’t be bothered to make that kind of effort right now. All you need to know is that it’s a big video gaming and culture convention that take place in the West Midlands of the U.K. for 4 days a year.

It’s the third time I’ve gone in as many years and it’s pretty standard fare as far as these type of conventions go. A bunch of developers, large and small, show up and pedal their wares, so to speak. On top of that there are plenty of other attractions. People selling niche and retro merchandise based on video games, or other things the type of people who go to this type of event will probably like. Continue reading “My time at EGX 2017”

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The Lack of respect for the emerging mainstream

I am getting a little bit fed up with seeing beloved pieces of my childhood disregarded in the media, vilified by the news and abused by cinema. I thought we would be past this by now. “Nerd Culture” is so widespread now that there isn’t anybody it doesn’t touch anymore, and yet we continue to see dated viewpoints and a lack of basic respect for a culture that is fast becoming the dominant one.

I’m not claiming that mainstream media needs to respect all the things I like, but it needs to take a look at itself and update its attitude towards certain subjects. Time magazine, a publication that, like many, refuses to drag itself out of the mindset of 30 years ago has featured Palmer Luckey, creator of the Oculus Rift on its cover in a way that the collective internet has interpreted as ridicule.

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