Holy crap, we have a blog! Apparently this whole weblog “thing” isn’t a fad after all, which means that in classic TotalPlayStation fashion, we’re finally jumping in with the bare minimum of effort. I can’t promise that this blog will end up being updated all that regularly (though the fact that it won’t just be me adding updates will hopefully mean more than one a month), but at least you now have a direct portal to the minds of the collective TPS staff.
It’s entirely possible (and indeed likely) that we’ll eventually break things off into staff- and user-specific posts once we start embracing all that community stuff that is also, apparently, not a fad. All joking aside, this is a rather exciting time for all of us here because it represents a slow but sure step toward actually making good on all those things we’ve had bouncing around our noggins over the last few years. No, it won’t all happen at once (or, uh, even over the next few weeks, as much as I’d love that), but at some point we will have a thriving community again.
It’s a little weird to even be talking about building a community back up again. Years ago, right before the launch of the PlayStation 2, PSX2.com (TPS’ predecessor) had so many forum members and had managed to snatch enough of the PS2-curious parts of the internet that some folks actually thought we were an official Sony site. My, how things have changed. Still a chance to start over isn’t always a bad thing, and I welcome you, dear reader, to the start of things to come. Hopefully we’ll be able to claw some of the other guys working behind the scenes out to talk a little about what’s next for the site, but for now, I’ll just leave you with a promise that we’re working our asses off to get TPS back to the PSX2.com’s heyday. It’s just going to take a while. But hey, after more than 10 years, I’ve learned to be patient.
Oh, and because I promised it like two years ago, I want to dedicate this first blog post to pimping the work of a friend. Christopher Folino whipped up a funny, even slightly poignant peek into the lives of a handful of guys who are working on clinching the record for the longest tabletop role-playing game in history. What started as a childhood game has become a nearly two decade obsession, even though the kids are now very much adults. Well, adult age at least. The movie chronicles the closing days of clinching the record and what happens when grown men are finally forced to, well, grow up.
Even if you weren’t (or aren’t) a hardcore D&D player, the jokes and the writing still work, making Gamers a surprisingly good debut with more than a few names that any child of the 80s will geek out upon seeing. Go pick up a copy, and Chris, for what it’s worth, man, I’m sorry it took me so long to give you the props you deserve.