In the time I've been away from here I've been working hard at getting the dissertation data pulled together. Still working on it. However, I'm making a great deal of progress. I'm also making some headway in getting the "Official" Steve Kuniak merchandise out there. Expect that up and available shortly.
I had a great time at Wizard World Philadelphia a few weeks ago. Met a lot of great people, and my panel discussion was rather well attended. I hope everyone enjoyed the talk as much as they seemed to, and as much as my post panel feedback would suggest. I'll look forward to the next panel opportunity, hopefully in the near future.
I did get to watch the Xbox One Reveal, and I've been tracking what I can with what's going on at E3. I'm having a very hard time in avoiding all of the negativity that's going on out there with regard to the console wars. If you haven't heard about all of this, consider yourself very lucky. I have to honestly say that I have a hard time with the battle lines that keep being drawn out there. The absolute negativity out there just makes me rather sick. If you don't want to buy a console, no matter which it is, I have what I consider to be very important advice. Ready for this . . . DON'T BUY IT!
Your complaints aren't going to make any of the big developers change their mind on their product. If enough people don't buy the device, that might, but the reality is that no one should be digging trenches and recruiting followers to one side or another. Put your opinion out there if you must, and then let it go. I've fallen into the position of listening to other peoples' advice on purchasing one or another product over the years. I always end up regretting my choice, and really I just end up feeling hollow. This is a function of we as people making decisions that are not really based on our own decisions. This incongruent decision making is the basis of a number of psychological struggles, of which I won't lecture on now.
The truth is that I will be buying an Xbox One. I put my reserve on it on day one. I feel lucky to have done so, and I will love my new console. I've enjoyed each of my Xbox consoles thus far. I figure I'll have similar luck with the Xbox One. As an aside, I actually own just about every console (even a TurboGrafX 16, anyone else remember those?), and have a gaming rig laptop. So I don't consider myself a fanboy buying the next console in line. I buy them because I like gaming in general. I pick the ones I want as my primary consoles, but I do give them all a try. Just because I may not like using your method of gaming, doesn't mean I dislike you or believe you're "wrong" in representing yourself as a fellow gamer. I have a tendency to believe that I'm not the only person out there who finds gamer snobbery distasteful. I hope some folks find this entry in line with your own thoughts. Sorry for the lengthy post, I had to get it out there. It's therapeutic.