by Brandy D. Anderson
Although Twitter is limited to posts containing no more than 140 characters, that conciseness is exactly what makes it such a great place to go when you’re searching for jumping-off points. Twitter is probably the easiest place online to quickly gather links in order to help you find further information about the topics you’re interested in. When it comes to the world of gaming, Twitter really has everything to help you get your gaming fix. Here are four of the best Gaming Twitter Accounts:
About: “Polygon is a website for the renaissance gamer. That’s a fancy way of saying we write about Game of Thrones sometimes. But usually games. ”
Polygon is a busy site made just for gamers, and they cover anything from Pokemon to World of Warcraft. Their Twitter account is highly active, with new tweets coming out on an average of twice per hour. This is a great spot to catch all of the latest game news as soon as it’s released. For example, some of their most recent tweets let you know that “Mighty No. 9 demo [has been] quietly delayed”. They relay the good news that “You can play Pokken at Dave & Buster’s starting next week”, you’ll also find a “Report: Pacific Rim sequel on hold ‘indefinitely’”, and you can read all about how “Atlus [will] publish Kickstarter-funded RPG Cryamore in 2016” (these all have links to articles on the Polygon website). There are fun videos hosted by game developer Tim Rogers, like this recent one: “We asked Mario physics expert @108 to create his own stage using Super Mario Maker”. You’ll also finda plethora of game reviews. Some examples include “World of Warships might be the best free-to-play wargame yet” and “The Taken King brings something Destiny desperately needed: A story”.
About: “President of Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment. Father of twin daughters. A playable character in Super Time Force Ultra (PS4, PS Vita).”
The first thing you’ll see on Yoshida’s page is his pinned post “The video of my conversation with Mark Cerny at Computer History Museum is now posted here. :)”. This video is entertaining and worth watching, particularly if you’re a fan of gaming history. Yoshida’s Twitter displays his love for games and the gaming world in general, and his enthusiasm is evident by his plentiful tweets and retweets, tweets which sound more like they come from a fan rather than a mogul. One of his posts from today is a retweet: from Retro City Rampage: “Missed the Retro City Rampage PS4 blu-ray? Don’t want to pay eBay prices? Quick! Here: bvlank-entertainment.myshopify.com”. Another retweet from Benjamin Lang: “One of the best VR ads I’ve seen. It conveys the feeling of VR without being overly technical. Well done. @yosp”. Many of Yoshida’s original tweets are in Japanese, “（´-`）.｡oO（粉がついてる 口の周りに ハムカツの〜♪)”, but Twitter has a handy translator (the world icon found in the top left of foreign language posts), so we can see that that tweet is translated into English as “（´-`). ｡oO(Around the mouth with powder for a ham cutlet-♪)”. He also tweets the occasional fun, non-game stuff: “（´-`）.｡oO（東京でハムカツですよ、そしてやきとんと野菜焼き） a quiet time before the TGS crazy with great local soul food :D”. Another recent funny retweet comes from Delsin/Acdramon: “@yosp I blame you for this bloodlust of needing to get all these controllers…”.
About: “IGN is the place for video game news, game reviews and previews, guides, videos, walkthroughs, cheats, movie trailers, E3, TV, comics, and everything you love.”
IGN (Imagine Games Network) has a large Twitter presence, posting new tweets numerous times a day. Some examples of their recent tweets: “We put @EpicMealTime’s @HarleyPlays in an @Audi R8 at 160mph to answer @ForzaMotorsport trivia”, and “We’re playing more #Destiny: The Taken King right now, right here (link)”, and “The Gambit movie has lost its director”. IGN also covers movies, particularly of the sci-fi fare, and they have articles to help you “Learn what made The X-Files one of the best shows of the 90s” and “Game of Thrones: The latest on THAT character’s fate” (with a picture next to the link). There are also articles on Marvel movies, the new Mockingjay 2 movie trailer, as well as information regarding the new season of Dr. Who. Back to games, you can “Get in the @Rainbow6Game beta & enter to win the #RainbowSixSiege Gold Edition w/an @Xbox One”, you can read about how “Stealth may be paramount in #MGS5, but it has a brutal arsenal of guns for going loud as well”, and find out when “@RiffTrax is [sic] takes on cult classic Miami Connection in theaters next month. Buy tickets here (link)”. If you like a mix of movies and games, IGN is definitely one account you’ll want to follow.
About: “The Gamer’s Guide”
Kotaku is a whirlwind in the gaming media world in general, and one of their most popular items is their new video series which “highlights players with unreal abilities” – this week’s episode shows you “three gamers who can do the near-impossible” because they “seem to have superpowers”. You’ll see “a woman who can play without looking at the screen”, “a man who can speed through a game with just one hand”, and “a guy who can play Tetris without seeing the pieces”: “they don’t just play, they compete”. This gives you a pretty good idea of the sense of quirkiness exhibited by Kotaku. Recently, they tweeted about a game where “Mannequins slowly stalk you in [a] creepy new horror game”, they told you that how “Metal Gear Solid V has a secret that seems impossible to trigger”, and there’s also an article about how “Amazing Mario Maker level roasts overly dramatic games”. They also tweet review articles, such as their opinion of how “Crappy levels are not ruining Super Mario Maker” and how “Valve fixed Counter-Strike’s biggest problem”. You’ll find tweets with links to their podcasts, like the recent one discussing “Washington, D.C.’s wary embrace of video games”.