If I had to name a single person responsible for maintaining ‘videogame reviews’ as an actual thing besides just a score number, that person would be Adam Sessler,1 whose path is apparently splitting from that of Revision3’s in pursuit of “new avenues inside of gaming”. Definitely a ‘sad day’ in the sense that Sessler remains as one of the few, respected members of the editorial community. Until today, I guess.
If I had to blindly speculate, we’ll probably see him as part of some game studio in the near future – that’s definitely what the trend seems to be like. Besides, I’d argue that this was due to Revision3 perhaps not giving him the audience he deserves,2 although that definitely didn’t seem to be the case. So I’d have to go with somebody coming up with a better offer than any other job at editorial: a creative role.
Certainly hope this won’t be the last we’ll see of Sessler either way, though. And I’m sure it won’t be.
This video review remains one of my favourites – it was also the first step into getting one of my best friends into gaming. If you haven’t watched it, watch it, and if you haven’t played BioShock Infinite, play it after watching the review. No regrets, man.↩
Revision3 definitely seems like a shadow of its former self these days. Not entirely sure why because I don’t really know much about the intricacies of web content, so I can’t say for sure if it’s due to lack of new, original content, with stuff like Diggnation going away and Tekzilla not really being that relevant nowadays, or if it’s because of YouTube expanding its online presence and making it more feasible for smaller creators out there to do their thing and get paid for it. Maybe it’s a bit of both columns?↩