Critical Distance and the Future of Dire Critic

So, by now many of you have heard that I have occupied taken over for Ben Abraham as the lead editor of This Week in Video Game Blogging (TWIVGB, a regularly linked feature here on Dire Critic and a publication I first joined back in April of this year). I would like to take a moment to thank Ben again for this wonderful opportunity and to reassure Critical Distance readers that I’m both committed to maintaining the high standard Ben set and that I will not allow all this newfound fame and glory to go to my he–


Anyway, as I indicated on Twitter and also hinted at this week in the Roundups of Unusual Size, given the considerable overlap between ROUS and TWIVGB, to keep doing both would make one or both redundant. You may have noticed I started this week by withholding a lot of the great articles we’ve come to consider “TWIVGB material”, the better to keep Sunday a special day. The other side of this is that effective immediately, the Roundups of Unusual Size will be discontinued.

I started doing a daily linklist back in 2009 in part to keep my brain active while unemployed and between academic programs, but largely to close the growing number of unread tabs in my browser. As it developed I started including more content I thought readers (mostly my close friends at that point) would be interested in, and from there, to creating more thorough link compilations, especially for the underreported, more academically rigorous discourse I was just beginning to discover existed. To date it’s netted me three job offers and a marriage proposal, which is a testament to the power of trackbacks above all else, and I’ve never regretted making the commitment to it, even if the amount of work sometimes made me grumpy.

TWIVGB is definitely the Champion digivolution of what I have always wanted ROUS to be so it makes sense to continue on with it. Thank you all so much for reading my little irregularly-sized linklists and I hope you’ll tune in to Critical Distance on Sundays for the more involved, curatorial approach the great writers to whom I link deserve.

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  • Patricia Hernandez  On 11.19.11 at 10:37 am

    Kris, that picture…oh my goodness.

    Have fun taking over the world! :)

  • Brinstar  On 11.23.11 at 4:40 pm

    Your involvement makes me rather more hopeful that those weekly link round-ups will be more inclusive than they’ve been in the past, considering the site’s track record as a whole and the feature specifically.

    • Kris Ligman  On 11.23.11 at 5:10 pm

      This has been acknowledged by Eric and Ben as a particular blind spot in the past (Eric wrote a lengthy post on the subject and I discussed it with both of them when we did a podcast for PopMatters) and I know they’ve (for as long as I’ve known them, which has been the past year or so) worked actively to make CD as inclusive as they could, keeping in mind they were far from ideal. But yes, I’m planning to expand on that considerably and to the best of my ability make it the Roundup for Everybody we all want it to be.

      Like when TWIVGB was under Ben’s management, though, I’m dependent largely on my feed reader and reader submissions. I’m expanding the former all the time but still greatly appreciate and rely upon the latter, so I’d welcome any recs (you can tweet me @KrisLigman or @critdistance, also there’s the submission form on the site). Look forward to speaking more with you, too; I’ve always wanted to get to know you better.

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