Before I get to today’s update, I feel compelled to comment on a current online social media movement called #GamerGate. To any of my readers who happen to think that there are important concerns in the gaming media that need to be addressed, please understand that having any association with #GamerGate is the wrong way to go about airing your grievances. Supporting the group accomplishes the exact opposite of what you want to see happen. #GamerGate was started and promoted by right-wing ideologues and conspiracy theorists, and has gone on to be co-opted by an anonymous terroristic hate mob, one that targets and tries to silence female voices working in the industry. I say this as someone who is immensely distrustful of the big-name gaming publications out there; I have exchanged some choice words with more than a few professional video game reporters while addressing their incompetencies in my years running this site. #GamerGate, however, is a ruse, and a violent one at that. This is video games, a massive global industry with a diverse audience of more than one billion people. There’s enough room for everyone to develop, criticize, and play without anyone having to feel physically threatened for doing so.
And not to disrespect the Twitter activists who seem handcuffed to their hashtag couch revolutions, but, historically, real change occurs in the voting booth. There is a midterm election this year. It falls on November 4th. Mark your Google Calendars.
With that off my chest, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, I have prepared an article that deals with what some call one of the worst video game ports ever. Click here if you dare.
On a closing note, if you’re like me and dig 8-bit demake games, a talented homebrewer by the name of PSC is currently working on bringing Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 to the Game Boy Color. He sent over a demo recently, and it’s very impressive, even if I did get my butt handed to me. You can follow the project’s progress at http://twitter.com/PortableMK and watch a video of the game in action on YouTube.