Partnering with Jay Taylor (previously my colleague and producer at GamerDork) and Tony Atkins (formerly of The Digital Cowboys) to set up a new blog and podcast, I wanted to pursue the very clear vision that we had to avoid many of what we believe to be the pitfalls which many sites and shows fail to. These include a lack of research or basic knowledge of gaming and its history, opinionatedness backed with little substance, a lack of ruthlessness with the editing and the failure of presenters to express perceptive opinions clearly and through interesting language. I’d like to stress that I’ve been guilty of all these sins and more in the past.
Our philosophy is that the games and their creators are the focus, ahead of PR-driven media razzmatazz or industry gossip and speculation. Most importantly we want individual titles to be afforded equal respect regardless of format, genre, age, development budget or marketing spend. Backed up by a hand-selected team of people we know who share the same passion as the three of us, as well as the ability to deliver quality contributions to both the blog and the podcast. The intention is to attempt to provide gaming related written and audio discussion to rival the equivalents for cinema such as Mark Kermode on Radio 5 Live, and for television, Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe. Lofty aims that we may very well fall short of, but nonetheless these standards are what we shall strive for.
Such is the faith of Ready-Up (twice Games Media Award nominated, Best Games Blog category) editor Dan Bendon in us delivering strong content that he, well in advance and sight unseen, invited Cane and Rinse to be a part of the Character Select Network along with Ready-Up, Console Arcade, Thumb Culture and Jay’s and my former home of GamerDork. We are extremely grateful to him for this and we urge you to sign up to our forum and join in the discussion.
Thanks for reading and welcome along to Cane and Rinse.