Just a trio of articles on Spiffing Reads this week, kicking off with a comeback from Sonic in an unlikely quarter.
How Sonic the Hedgehog’s weirdo Twitter account could bring him back from the brink (Polygon)
Most corporate Twitter accounts are harmlessly banal, and the same was true of the official Sonic the Hedgehog account – until Aaron Webber took over. Now Sonic’s famed ‘attitude’ is very much in evidence, and we get plenty of cheeky digs at other games and companies, such as this zinger on the disappointing launch of Mighty No. 9: “Congrats on the launch,
@MightyNo9! It’s better than nothing.” Yowch.
It’s interesting to draw back the curtain on corporate social media and see the attention to detail and sheer strategy that goes into every post. Long gone are the days when a social media manager was just someone doubling up on their day job and firing off the odd tweet.
HOW BIASED ARE GAMES JOURNALISTS? – by Mr Biffo (Digitiser 2000)
Answer: just as biased as everyone else. Mr Biffo has given several takes on this subject in the past, but it’s always fascinating to read his well-formed opinions. Certainly games journalists aren’t any more biased than regular journalists or film critics – but perhaps video game fans are more vocal than most. Well, some are, at least.
Link’s Awakening: Rendering the opening cutscene (KZone)
This is a fascinating look at all the coding tricks that went into making that impressive cut scene that begins The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy. Man, they worked that little grey box hard to pull this off. I’ll admit to getting lost in the technical details about halfway through, but I can appreciate the skill that went into this.
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