Blogs of the Round Table Returns!

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Hello Critically Distanced Fans,

Blogs of the Round Table is back. “But wait!” I hear you cry. “You’re not Ben Abraham!” Despite many attempts to impersonate Ben over the years and frame him for various crimes, it is true: I am not. To those of you who know me, lovely to have you here, and for those of you who don’t know me, we’re going to have a great time.

Did you miss Blogs of the Round Table? I sure did. I loved reading such a wide variety of opinions and discussions. It was a real positive community effort, and we can never have enough of those. This feature is about encouraging you to write; there is no barrier to entry. Even if you think you’re the worst writer in the world- and you aren’t!- we want your words, and the more you write the better you’ll get.

The rules are simple: every month we post a new topic to stimulate your scrivenings, you send us a link to your blog or website, and we publish a synopsis in a mega-post at the end of the month. It’s that easy, so there are no excuses for getting involved! It can be on your blog, a public Facebook or Google Plus post- even a series of interconnected tweets, but I’d rather you didn’t do that if you can help it.

September’s theme is New Horizons:

2K’s Chris Hartmann recently said that achieving photorealism was the key to opening ‘new genres’ of games. Without discussing whether or not this is true (it isn’t), what genres or subjects have games left uncovered, and what should they be focusing on? Alternatively, if photorealism isn’t the limiting factor on the diversification and evolution of gaming experiences, what is? Were Belgian Eurodance group 2 Unlimited right with their assertion that, in fact, there are No Limits?

Please email us your submissions or tweet them to @critdistance with the #BoRT hashtag, or tweet me @agbear. A couple of points:

  • Your article does have to be connected to the topic. We’ll let you know if we think it’s too tenuous.
  • If your work contains potentially disturbing content, please include a trigger warning at the start of the essay. Obviously, no hate speech etc. Use your common sense.
  • You can submit as many articles as you like throughout the month, and it doesn’t matter if they are commercial or not. Write early and often!

So get writing! We can’t wait to read your work. We’ll be accepting all blogs on this topic until the end of September; then we’ll have a brand new one.