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About Barry Herbers
I like writing about things I love, and I love video games, so I write about video games. But, to be perfectly honest, if you met me in person you’d probably think I hated them. I’m one of those people who criticizes what he loves because he knows what he loves could be better.
If I had to pick, I guess I’d say my preferred genre is something along the lines of “atmospheric-adventure,” the kind of games that let me explore a world at my own pace, without constantly telling me where to go next, the kind of games that let me uncover their secrets simply through playing them. Just about all of my favorite games: Ico, Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, The Windwaker, Okami, Journey and—my personal number one—Shadow of the Colossus, fit into that category on some level.
I’ve also taken a personal interest in the indie games market (you’ll probably see me writing a lot of the indie-related news) because I deeply value being able to tell that the developers of a game had a real passion for what they were creating, and that’s an area where the indie scene really shines. Braid, Flower, Proteus, and—again—Journey are the indie titles I’d probably consider my “favorites.” But really, I love hearing about any interesting game that’s trying to do something new, so if you’re an indie developer yourself looking for a little bit of publicity, make sure to contact me and I’ll see what I can do.
I spend tons of time thinking about and talking about games—at this point probably more than I even spend playing them—and in the near future I plan to major in game development. Years from now, I’m hoping to create my own “atmospheric-adventure,” and if I’m still writing here (that’s the plan!) you’ll certainly be hearing about it.
To sum it up with just a few words, what really excites me about games is their potential to tell stories like no other medium can, through direct experience.
If you have any desire whatsoever to read up on some of my “game thoughts,” then feel free to check out a few of my editorials and post a comment if you feel so inclined:
—“How Indie Games are Resurrecting the Double-A Games Market”:
( http://www.gamnesia.com/articles/how-indie-games-are-ressurecting-the-double-a-games-market )
—“Why Do We Enjoy Exploring in Video Games?”:
( http://www.gamnesia.com/articles/why-do-we-enjoy-exploring-in-video-games )
—“Mechanics Vs. Dynamics: What Innovation Really Looks Like”:
( http://www.gamnesia.com/articles/a-change-in-mechanics-vs.-a-change-in-dynamics )
—“What Finally Made Me a Sony Fan”:
( http://www.gamnesia.com/articles/ode-to-sony )
—“Why Graphics Matter”:
( http://www.gamnesia.com/articles/why-graphics-matter-the-effect-of-aesthetics-on-kinaesthetics )
—“Why Smashin’ Feels so Great”:
( http://www.gamnesia.com/articles/smashin-feels-great )
Recommended Blogs/Web Series:
( http://www.theastronauts.com/#our-blog )
—The Big Picture:
( http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-big-picture )
( http://criticalpathproject.com/?v=38405048# )
( http://www.errantsignal.com/blog/ )
( http://penny-arcade.com/patv/show/extra-credits )
( http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation )
—FILM CRIT HULK! HULK BLOG!:
( http://badassdigest.com/author/67 )
—The Game Overthinker:
( http://www.screwattack.com/shows/partners/game-overthinker )
( http://www.bogost.com/blog/ )
( http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition )
( http://www.tigsource.com/ )
( http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation )
Upcoming Games I’m Following:
—A Hat in Time
...I really love how each of this game’s levels feels like its own world. This is looking magnificent.
( http://hatintime.com/ )
...Looks pretty damn interesting, and Total Biscuit had a glowing impression of it, so I’m certainly intrigued.
( http://contrastgame.com/ )
—Kingdom Hearts III
...Let’s hope this is better than some of the last few.
( http://www.psu.com/Kingdom-Hearts-III—g169.php )
—The Last Guardian
...I doubt you can even fathom the depths of my love for Team ICO. No more need be said.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Guardian )
...The little I’ve seen of this game has blown me away. I can’t wait for September.
( http://us.playstation.com/games/puppeteer-ps3.html )
...This looks reminiscent of ICO yet still original in its own right. I’m looking forward to it.
( http://us.playstation.com/games/rain-ps3.html )
...Wow, just wow. It’s like this game is trying its hardest to appeal specifically to me. I can’t wait!
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHgrSnEpwfY )
...After seeing some E3 footage, I’m sad to say that this game’s not looking so good.
( http://www.thiefgame.com/ )
—The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
...Still not sure about this one, but from what I’ve seen it looks solid.
( http://www.thewitcher.com/ )
...This game just looks all-around fantastic. Jonathan Blow is an incredible designer.
( http://the-witness.net/news/ )
—The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
...Heavily atmospheric Lovecraftian horror specifically made to be as immersive as possible? Count me in.
( http://www.theastronauts.com/#our-game )
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