E3 Is Next Week So We’re All Fucking Off a Day Early

Please enjoy some of our old shit instead this weekend.

As you can gather from the video below, it’s noticeably warm outside, E3 is next week, and we’re all about to be very tired. We are, in fact, already tired. Fanbyte editor-in-chief Danielle Riendeau regularly encourages (and openly threatens) the editorial staff to take our many vacation days and oodles of comp time. Instead of listening to her, we often keep on working anyway, usually because we just really like all the cool stuff we make.

Fanbyte is something even the people working here struggle to describe sometimes. But all else aside, it’s a place where a bunch of people with a shocking amount of free rein try to make cool things: writing, podcasts, videos, and other stuff we often don’t understand until we do it. I livestreamed myself mowing the lawn the other week while my coworkers commentated it like a spectator sport. I’m truly grateful that our illustrious Head of Media, John Warren, let me keep my job after our long gone corporate overlords with rancid vibes forgot I existed two years ago. Literally.

unknownThat “fuck it, let’s just do it” mentality can creep up on you sometimes. Before too long you realize you’ve been making one fun, stupid project — or just something you think is important and worth talking about — after another without taking enough breaks. So Danielle asked us all to, specifically, take it easy on this Friday before the real meat of E3 and not-exactly-E3 stuff begins. Next week we’ll start Hot Game Summer 2021 (overseen by Brand Editor+ and my fellow nonbinary finery, Niki Grayson) in earnest, streaming and podcasting about all the biggest press conference announcements and demos, but for now Fanbyte is taking a much needed siesta.

It’s not a particularly special occasion; we do take time off. But I took it as an excuse to promote our old stuff, regardless (as well as teach myself some basic Adobe After Effects). So here are some highlights to chill out with over the weekend before the real mayhem begins!

Our own, wonderful Natalie Flores interviewed the creative director of FFXIV yet again. She unsurprisingly asked some amazing and tough questions that are well worth learning the answers to — even if you don’t play the massively popular MMO.

Jack Yarwood is back with another incredible piece of reporting. This time it’s about video games based on E.T. Yes, that’s multiple video games. No, it’s not the Atari 2600 title you’re probably thinking about. There’s a much stranger history of canceled games starring the bug-eyed alien that nearly killed the industry.

In another interview feature, Hirun Cryer met with the woman behind the face and voice of Lady Dimitrescu (the tall vampire) from Resident Evil Village. It’s a really interesting look at a very secretive part of games development and well worth a read.

Fanbyte News Editor Imran Khan did some early E3 reporting… with a couple of psychics. Using the power of tarot cards, they help us predict what will and won’t be happening during Hot Game Summer this year. What could it all mean? You need to read it to find out, of course.

Speaking of news, you can just mosey on over to that section of our site to see daily reporting from our own Kenneth Shepard. But one particular article talks about how the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition alters some of Ken’s favorite games — for better or for worse might be up for you to decide.

Fanbyte Guides Editor Dillon Skiffington and Guides Writer Collin MacGregor honestly write too much to highlight any one, specific thing. But they’re the best in the business. We’ve always sort of prided ourselves on making bespoke guides that don’t sound like they were chewed up by SEO robots — treating the coverage as something that serves a real purpose for real people trying to play games on real schedules. Dillon (who is a particular Genshin Impact expert these days) and Collin (who helps make our Destiny 2 coverage sing, even as he takes time to blow out single-player games he loves, like Resident Evil) knock that style of writing out of the park.

One of our newest hires, Elise Favis, joined Channel F this week. The number one Fanbyte video game podcast will be chock full of Hot Game Summer specials over the course of E3. Why not get in on the ground floor and start listening now? Better yet: check out all our amazing podcasts.

There’s The K-Hole: a relaxing, unique interview series that’s often too strange to describe. If you just want to laugh, then Friends Reunion is one of the funniest comedy podcasts I’ve ever heard in my goddamn life. Whereas You Love to See It features a bunch of queer women chilling out and talking about movies. And while most of our shows prominently feature people of color, I wanna shout out Spawn On Me with Kahlief Adams as a podcast specifically about highlight those folks across the video game industry.

If you miss any Hot Game Summer streams, you’ll be able to check out the archives on the Fanbyte YouTube channel. In the meantime we’ve already got a lot of incredible videos and olden archives for you to peruse, like the most decadent ancient kings could have only dreamed about.

I’m particularly proud of Hardship Troopers: a tactics and strategy game Let’s Play series I’ve been running, starting with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen earlier this year. There’s also First Byte, where we play detective with the hottest new game releases and put them under microscope, But, like, funnier. You can also watch Podcast Managing Editor merritt k play through all three Dark Souls games — and learn to love a series she thought she would hate — from the beginning on merritt souls!

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And thank you, dear Fanbyte readers, listeners, and viewers! You truly are our reason for reason.

(My deepest apologies to Santana, Matchbox Twenty, and the human race in general).

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