Wednesday, 25 December 2013

TSSZ: Vertical Slice - Xmas Special

Vertical Slice Xmas Special

The following is an excerpt from "Vertical Slice - Xmas Special", an article written by me and published on TSSZ on Dec 23rd 2013. The article describes the noxious concentration of hatred throughout videogame fandom and the contribution my past writings may have had on said negativity.

Of the two previous opinion pieces I've written for TSSZ, one addresses the Sonic the Hedgehog fanbase and the other addresses Sega’s free-to-play business practices, and both do so negatively. But why? Why did I decide to tackle aspects of Sega I disagreed with instead of celebrating its recent achievements?

For one thing, it always helps to be topical when writing such articles, and Sega hadn't given consumers or fans any good news at the time the two articles in question were written. Instead, Sonic Dash for Android had materialised from the ether and the Ken Pontac “scandal” had generated heated debates amongst fans – both of which were topics begging for commentary by yours truly.

See, it’s my thinking that human beings have an affinity for the negative. We’re inexplicably drawn to controversy, carnage and the moral failings of others. Just look at the headlines of any form of news reporting, be that video game news or otherwise. Simply put, we crave reasons to hate.

The article "Vertical Slice - Xmas Special" can be read in full over at TSSZ.

Related Articles:

Vertical Slice: Sonic Fans are LOVE [TSSZ]
Dear Sega: The Disappointment of a Non-Response [Sega Addicts]
Sonic, Sochi and Russia’s anti-gay crisis – Why Sega fans should care [Sega Addicts]


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