It’s here! An award! It took us two weeks, but fuck it, I don’t care. At least I have something to show for it. It’s the first step in coming out of a anti-social and anti-productive cocoon I’ve created for myself the past few weeks.
I’ll admit, it’s cozy in there. There’s Mushi-shi, there’s amazing Starcraft II matches, and sunflower seeds. Lots of sunflower seeds.
But somebody has to kickstart this website, and it’s apparently not going to be Riddles, so here I go! The best 6 Hey! Look! Listen!s from 2010. I was going to choose ten, but then I realized that’d be about a third of all of them, so I just chose the ones that I really, really liked. That ended up being 6.
Here they are in exact order from awesome to most awesome.6 – Hey! Look! Listen! #42
Perhaps it’s a backhanded compliment, but it’s a bit of a given now that Riddles knows how to report. I’m not going to mention in each blurb that Riddles can write an article about video games. It’ll be redundant. No, what makes this column special is the undercurrent that takes place in each one.
Riddles pretends to be closed off, but it’s easy to tell what sort of time he’s having in his life just by reading his apparent “news” column. This one got an award for the opening blurb. The rest is standard good reporting, and he has better openings, but this one deserves a nod. Plus, the thing has 30 comments. That’s on the higher end for Riddlethos.
Despite the fact that Riddles mis-labeled this one as #68 (I fixed it), his most recent HLL is also a great one. He goes on several impassioned rants, shows his not-praised-often-enough gaming industry knowledge, and even starts talking about scientific discoveries for some reason.
This all isn’t to mention the two final stories in which he pokes fun of a ridiculous EA exec and then can’t hold back laughing at Nintendo. So much so that he breaks the website a bit. It’s very lengthy, but it’s a truly great read and showcases a lot of Riddles at his best.
Just goes to show that no matter how depressed Riddles gets about his life, he still has the talent to be a great writer and journalist. Also that he doesn’t need a depressingly hilarious opener to provide a great HLL.
Riddles got his start in online journalism by latching onto insane figureheads and tearing them apart. He was known for this in Currents at RPGamer, and it has since become a soft spot for him. The highlight of this issue is when he gets the chance again with some Australian psycho.
Although it’s just text, you can feel Riddles’ eyes light up and his fingers gain inspiration.
The bonus is that the article is also a journey through many beers for our friend Oliver, and that just adds an irreplaceable tone we’ve come to expect from the feature.3 – Hey! Look! Listen! #54
Yes yes, this is a great article and everything. Blah blah, Riddles doing his thing and doing it well. But the real reason for this edition of the long-standing series getting an award is Riddles’ Zelda-centric rant at the end. The rant itself is vintage Montok, but nothing tops the imagery he conjures at the end. I’m not going to spoil it for you. Re-read this gem again. Right now.
Oh man, I love this one.
It’s the penultimate HLL for the year, and it’s chock-full of goodies.
First is his opener. His sheepish explanation for the title of the thing followed up by an update into his electric bill. It’s this sort of mundane ridiculousness that makes me laugh out loud while reading.
Why the hell is he talking about his bills? And it’s not just that, it’s the sort of removed hopefulness with which he presents it. As if he’s aware that nobody should care, but he’s still hoping that somebody does, yet would never admit that. It’s terribly amusing and a staple of the series.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. He kicks off the bulk of the article with an endearing defense of Canadians, and stating that jokes at my country’s expense rings on hollow ears to him, but then just one story down he proceeds to show complete ignorance of Canada by asking “what the fuck is Remembrance Day?”
It may be a little surprising that my pick for #1 isn’t as filled with hate or self-deprecation as some of Riddles’ other best work.
No, I’m taking this opportunity to point out The Murfreesboronian Mofo’s editorial abilities. Riddles and I don’t always agree, but I am continually impressed by his ability to meticulously outline his reasoning when he has a strong opinion. In this issue, we see two stories presented by Riddles followed up by his obvious need to let his side out.
Riddles may be a favourite punching bag of ours, but he is a child of the gaming industry. He knows it in and out, and he knows where he stands. He is able to embrace all that he loves while vehemently standing against what doesn’t sit well with him. He has no problem calling bullshit; something that I seem to have more trouble with.
I don’t necessarily fully agree with his stand against THQ (as evidenced by the comments), and I fully support his Medal of Honor speech, but in both cases I’m eternally grateful for Riddles’ irreplaceable brand of opinionated responses to the ever-changing video game landscape.
Riddles may be master of the rant, but a single concise paragraph vaulted this issue to #1 in this belated award. Enjoy.