2014: Zero Counts Launch + Greatest Hits
In April 2014, I realized my blog TheStarrList had taken a hard turn into gaming. It was time to start something new. I gathered up those gaming-centric posts from TheStarrList along with several lengthy comments I had made on Polygon and IGN articles and stuffed them into a blog formatted after John Gruber’s Daring Fireball. In May 2014, I launched The State of Gaming with the intention to focus on business, controversy, culture, education, history, health, and other topics in the gaming industry. After a link on Daring Fireball, I decided to cool-down the blog’s pretentious title into something more personal. I recalled a childhood debate: When considering “lives” in video games, does “x1” mean you are on your last, or does zero count?
Writing about games has long been a dream of mine, but there has always been insecurity in indulging in entertainment critique and commentary. For lack of better terms, Zero Counts has tapped into a rich well of inspiration, passion, and creativity. By surrendering my inhibitions about games writing, I have written more frequently and published more on varied topics than ever before.
Without further adéu, here are the most popular posts from launch year, 2014:
- Hail Mario (linked by Daring Fireball)
- Humanity in Hearthstone
- Club Nintendo stuck in Mario Kart traffic
- Old School Hip Hop is the new Golden Oldies (retweeted by Ben Thompson)
- Save developers and you will save your soul
Looking forward to even more writing in 2015.