Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
About Deviant Member MigsMale/Philippines Groups :icon1983-doomsdaystories: 1983-DoomsdayStories
Beyond the Wastes
Recent Activity
Deviant for 4 Years
Needs Premium Membership
Statistics 608 Deviations 32,566 Comments 54,674 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

*WIPs in progress*

Random Favourites

Critiques

TUMBLR - Bruges by White-Seafoam

The first thing that one notices is Belgie herself. In all honesty, she looks incredibly sexy and feminine, especially in that dress. A...

DAF : love? by White-Seafoam

Admittedly, it's wonderful as always. But I'll try to make it more concrete. Vision: It's definitely fitting the fantasy image you're t...

winter in brussels by White-Seafoam

While the work in question is good in my opinion, I'll try to explain why as briefly but concisely as possible. Vision: Technically, it...

Donate

mdc01957 has started a donation pool!
436 / 1,000
This is a donation pool for a Premium Membership account! Anyone's more than welcome to contribute. And if you're interested in point-collabs, please feel free to talk about it! :)

You must be logged in to donate.

deviantID

mdc01957
Migs
Philippines
Current Residence: Philippines
Favourite genre of music: Light rock or jazz, retro anything
Operating System: Windows 7, Windows XP, Mac OS Lion
Interests

Journal History

To move on from the Gamergate saga mentioned in the previous posts, even if the topic is tangentially related, I just remembered something about an old habit I used to do in years past: collecting and reading game magazines.

As a Manila kid growing up in the 1990s-early 2000s, one got whiff of the latest videogames, usually by word of mouth or whatever was being displayed in stores or on pirated stalls. If one was willing to spend a bit of cash however, an alternative existed through magazines all about videogames; and even if one couldn't afford the latest issue or a subscription package, there were always the back-issues. Back then, there was a large selection to choose from, including PC gaming, consoles and even magazine issues dedicated to cheat codes. By and large these magazines, like Nintendo Power, Computer Gaming World or Gamepro, were imported from North America, which meant that readers were exposed to a US-centric focus (including coverage on the infamous Jack Thompson and the videogame violence scare in America at the time). Personally, I was fond of getting my young gaming fix from PC Gamer and Electronic Gaming Monthly

Anyway, this highly foreign bias in the magazines on display may have in part encouraged some local publishers to try their hand at making their own gaming publications catering to Filipinos (especially given that the other option required a working knowledge of Japanese or Korean). Things like GamesMaster Philippines and Playground popped up for a time, which were much more affordable and at least superficially focused on the local gaming community. By the early 2000s however, Internet access in the country was no longer confined to dial-up modems and online cafes. As "game journalism" increasingly moved to the web with sites like IGN and Gamespot, the number of hard-copy magazines soon dwindled. Before long, even the homegrown gaming publications began closing shop. By 2014, you'd be lucky to find any game magazines on sale in the local National Bookstore or Fully Booked. 

By that point however, I wasn't as avid a gamer as a kid though I still enjoy playing games. It's been years since I've bought game magazines on a regular basis; at most, I'd get a copy of EGM or PC Gamer once or twice a year, tops. When one could look up news and gamer channels online, it seems redundant these days. But one thought has come to mind that, in hindsight, was foreshadowing to more recent *ahem* events that I may stop buying those magazines altogether.

It was 2006. GamesMaster PH released a review of a locally-developed game called TerraWars: New York Invasion, a shooter "based on" War of the Worlds which was touted as the first internationally-released "Pinoy" game. To say that it wasn't good and didn't do justice to Filipino programmers is an understatement. Yet the reviewers lapped praise after praise on it as if it were the second coming of Counter Strike (yes, that game and its Source variants are still popular here). Not many, it seemed, were convinced that it was anything but a legitimate article. Come to think of it, however well-intentioned that magazine was in trying to promote my country's gaming community, there were moments where the editors were more interested in what they wanted vs. their audience, even if it meant a cheap, ultimately failed shot at gaming nationalism. 

That case may have been a minor blip compared to the major gaming press. But nearly a decade on, perhaps that should have been a warning sign for me back then not to rely on such magazines. Or perhaps find outlets that have more of a connection to gamers, or at least some shred of integrity. 

*sigh* The more things change...

AdCast - Ads from the Community

×

Friends

:iconheliosmegistos: :iconwintercookies: :iconinkstaineddove: :iconpsionicbird: :iconrd-comics: :iconkannakurru: :iconwithout-a-pen: :iconjinnocenceph11: :iconfirelord-zuko: :iconamongthesatanic: :iconrarayn: :iconrosel-d: :iconzalezsky: :iconquantumbranching: :iconmuzik-maniac: :iconnederbird: :iconchaneljay: :iconkojab8890:

Comments


Add a Comment:
 
:iconheliosmegistos:
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Gamergate fights back it seems. www.patreon.com/thesarkeesiane…
Reply
:iconkyuzoaoi:
kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Artist
gabrielateneo.wordpress.com/20…

LOL! Cockfighting and Pokemon!
Reply
:iconheliosmegistos:
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
What kind of personality do you think I should give Aurora's daughter Helen ?. All I really have planned out in stone for her is that she disliked war because of what did to her mother and what her mother did during her own wars.

Persephone was generally kind and charitable but was distant and overly formal and to top it all off a well intentioned extremist while Adrasteia was social and gregarious but also egotistical with a messiah complex "for good reason however" to boot while as you've read Aurora was pretty much a emotionally scarred young women with anger issues "to put it lightly" and extreme bloodlust "what happened in Baghdad, Mecca and Medina"
Reply
:iconheliosmegistos:
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Welcome to the gallery Basilissa Aurora I Eosopoulou "the Arab Slayer"

heliosmegistos.deviantart.com/…
Reply
:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
My first impression: it's good, but "Goddes" ;)
Reply
:iconheliosmegistos:
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
"Goddess ?" Sweating a little... 
Reply
:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
There was a typo. ^^;
Reply
(3 Replies)
:iconheliosmegistos:
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
I heard Manila has some pretty bad flooding, hope everything is alright for you over there :)
Reply
:iconmdc01957:
mdc01957 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
The rains have died down, thankfully. And don't worry. I'm fine. :)
Reply
Add a Comment: