I follow the game industry pretty closely. It’s a hobby, of sorts. I read and listen to lots of criticism and industry analysis, but for a long time, Edge was the only outlet I read regularly, cover to cover.
That changed two years ago when Ben Kuchera started the Penny Arcade Report. He took a thoughtful, opinionated approach, covering major stories only when he had something to say, diving deep into wonderful rabbit holes that other outlets would pass on. His stream-of-consciousness Far Cry 3 travelogue is one of the best pieces of game writing I’ve ever read, bar none. Read it.
Ben assembled a great team and PAR quickly joined Edge as my second games journalism staple. Sadly, after two years of top notch work, they announced yesterday that they’re closing shop. The Penny Arcade guys feel like they’ve spread themselves too thin, so they’re trying to consolidate and refocus on their core projects. Tragically, PAR is one of the casualties.