Hi everybody, I’m Brandon, and this is Offworld.
A little about me: I’ve worn a lot of different hats over the past several years in trying to lead my wild, pure, simple life, running an indie record label, working as an artist and programmer, and, more recently, contributing to and editing various games magazines and websites like Edge and Gamasutra.
As Offworld lifts off over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be bringing to it a focus on the overlooked, the underappreciated, the rise of the independents and, in general, the games that are bringing genuine excitement and innovation (in both gameplay and design) to the industry.
Offworld will also be home to a number of guest appearances by and regular features from people outside the games industry proper and those that have had only marginal influence but deserve more, because it’s when those influences come in that the results have been some of the most magical and memorable, from illustrator Rodney Alan Greenblat and Masaya Matsuura’s unforgettable Parappa the Rapper (the face that would launch the rhythm gaming genre proving so profitable today), to studio artist Toshio Iwai’s musical Electroplankton, to Keita Takahashi’s Katamari Damacy.
That’s not to say that Offworld won’t also be exploring and featuring gaming’s blockbusters, powerhouses and the history of its respected decades-old institutions, but in general we hope to chase away a lot of the industry’s cynicism and myopia that’s set in and bring the joy of discovery and a fresh breath of playfulness and wonder back, because we’re all in this to have fun, aren’t we?
[Laugh-Out-Loud Cats guest appearance courtesy Adam ‘Apelad’ Koford]