Happy 2013, folks. The world didn't end, but now you've got me as a blogger for the soccer beat. I'd say that's about an even tradeoff.
(On a sidenote, I can finally call myself a blogger. Now how about them mainstream media dinosaurs?)
For those who don't know me, I was OS' soccer writer, before this transition to a more blogocentric (?) structure, since 2011. I've been playing soccer games since the days of FIFA 94 on my Mega Drive, and I consider PES 5 to still be the best soccer game ever, though FIFA 13 comes close in quite a few respects. And if you really care, I also play the sport as well, as a below average keeper with a reputation of spilling crosses for my rec league team. Goalie is pretty much the only position I can handle, being very out of shape and all. (Yes, the occasional dissemination of useless information will very likely be an ongoing theme in this blog.)
I've said this many times before, but I'll say it again: us soccer fans have it great when it comes to video games. Unlike the other sports, we have two legitimately stellar franchises to choose from, plus another one that I consider to be the best sports management title bar none. Better yet, all three of these games-- FIFA, PES, Football Manager-- are at the point in their respective cycles where we're probably going to see substantial changes in the next year or two. Exciting times indeed.
Logistically there won't be too many changes. I'll just be doing more of the quicker, shorter style blog entries instead of the longer feature pieces. Some of it will be serious and some will be of the lighter variety. And if I'm really running out of stuff to fill my quota, you may occasionally see a post filled entirely with cat gifs.
I'll also be wading into the real soccer world, especially in these coming months, since usually very little happens in January to March when it comes to video games. And because every handbook I've read on the subject of blogs advised me to do and say anything I can to generate hits and replies, from time to time I will also list reasons as to why Andy Carroll is better than Messi (his luscious locks, for one.)
Now the apocalypse didn't seem like such a bad option, eh?
In all seriousness though, leave a few lines as to what you want to see and read around these parts. The blog, really, is to generate discussion as much as it is to illustrate my viewpoint on things. So do drop by and say hello, and if you really want to, engage in a reasoned and civil debate about Carroll vs. Messi, even if big Andy is clearly the better player, obvs.