You might be visiting No High Scores and thinking to yourself, “why in the fucking world do we need another gaming blog?” I’m Michael Barnes, one of the founding writers and I’m also right there with you. When I signed on for this gig with a couple of my Gameshark.com colleagues, I found myself asking whether or not we could collectively offer something fresh, new, or different to a gaming public already saturated with gaming Web sites. In conversation with my friends and co-writers here during the planning stages, I became convinced that we could.
No High Scores is about games first and foremost. Not cosplay pictures, Mega Man fan art, demagogic blogging, or controversy-seeking reviews. We’re people that are fans of fun, and in addition to that we tend to be older fans of fun. We’re all kids at heart, but I think that readers will find what we’re going to be doing here is more mature, focused, and accessible to folks who may not be in the 18-25 male demographic. I’m 35 years old and I’ve been playing games my entire life and I quite frankly don’t have the patience for the idiotic discourse or in-jokey content I’ve seen at some of the other sites. I think they make gaming look immature, silly, and trite.
I think gaming is better than that. It’s something I deeply love and have a real passion for. I love talking about games, writing about games, and of course playing them. I hope that we here at No High Scores can share that passion with our readers. I’d like to think that this place will grow to become the first site on anyone’s mind when they’re looking for a no-bullshit gaming site with a mature outlook and insightful, talented writers.
Another differentiator that you’ll find here is that we’re not just going to be covering console, mobile and PC games. We’re also planning on full coverage of tabletop games. Yes, old fashioned board games. They still exist, and some of us still play them. I’ve been writing a weekly gaming column at Gameshark.com for nearly four years and I also co-founded FortressAT.com, one of the more successful boardgaming blogs on the Web. I hope that our tabletop games coverage will inspire you to consider gaming as a single, unified pursuit whether it’s on an Xbox 360 or on an Ikea kitchen table.
I’m excited about what we can accomplish with No High Scores. I hope that readers come to this place ready to debate, discuss, and have fun with our articles. I think you’ll find that these people writing this stuff alongside me have some unique viewpoints and some interesting opinions about games and gaming.
So welcome to our place. Not on the leaderboard? Don’t sweat it. If you’re a fan of fun you don’t need to have a high score.