Picks of the Week: Week 12

Posted on March 28, 2011 by


Another busy week on the blogging front, including a few people who’d fallen off the wagon making a triumphant return. Which is nice! So without further ado, here’s some highlights from the last week.

F is for Faye has successfully gone seven days without a cigarette (actually, more than that by now) — so drop by her blog and leave her a message of support. Every journey begins with a small step, and quitting smoking is a journey which can be a tough one. So good luck to you, Faye.

Jacob “Marrakoosh” Barker has been away from the blogging game for a little while due to a few changes in his life; welcome him back on this post. (Speaking from personal experience, I certainly found blogging to be a great outlet during difficult times, so I hope Jacob finds getting creative again helps.)

A number of bloggers have been taking part in the “30 Days of Gaming” challenge, which presents 30 ready-made game-related topics to discuss. Psymonkee has been enthusiastically participating in this, with his gushing over Toejam and Earl (which, to be fair, was awesome) being a particular highlight.

Darren Tunstall’s blog is filled with excellent, well-written posts on a variety of subjects, but this post about the changing landscape of music and how we consume it is an excellent read, particularly for anyone who remembers the crackles, hisses and pops that music used to be plagued with. They give it character, dammit.

And I set a puzzle for the gamers amongst you. If video game protagonists answered job advertisements to get the roles in the games they were in, who would have answered these ads?

This week’s Pick of the Week is Cameron Pershall’s excellent discussion of the ultimate insult that critics believe can be levelled at a bad action movie—a comparison to a video game. There’s also an important point to be made about criticism in general—when dealing with something bad, how much scorn is too much? When does constructive criticism become pure vitriol? It’s a great read, particularly for anyone who has ever been frustrated by a poor review.

Another week closer to our goal. I’m sure you’ll agree that everyone’s doing a great job still. And you hopefully know by now that you can show your appreciation by donating to Cancer Research UK via the JustGiving link in the sidebar, or donate to To Write Love On Her Arms without having to spend a penny by clicking on the SocialVibe banner in the sidebar and completing the quick tasks it sets you.

And thank you, as always, for your continued support.