…really. If you follow the video game media, be it through Twitter, as a reader of many sites or of one in particular, or perhaps you’re a writer yourself — it’s fair to assume you’re aware of the documentary being made about Polygon, the gaming branch of Vox Media (The Verge, SB Nation, etc).
And I really do have to hand it to them and the folks handling Press Reset from a producing standpoint. It’s not the pretentious, self-indulgent, “we’re the best” fest that some thought it would be. I won’t lie, the trailer certainly gave me a similar impression. I can understand why some felt “poked the wrong way”, given that they themselves are proud of their own work as a game journalist. Claiming you have the “best” of something will almost always push buttons.
I get it. I respect it. I also had my own thoughts, but I wanted to start watching it first.
I’ve now watched every episode of Press Reset, a few times actually. And so far, I’ve enjoyed each one — quite a bit. Not just because I’m a documentary junkie, but because I love films that showcase the creation or origin story of companies big and small. That’s why I love the show on our (Machinima’s) network, All Your History. It documents the fascinating origin stories of game companies that are either still releasing big games to this day or have had a sincere impact on the industry at large.
Has Polygon had a major impact? Not yet, technically speaking (site still nonexistent) — but that could very well happen. And that’s really not for me to judge, I haven’t the slightest clue as to their viewership. I can’t really predict what their future holds. But, having read much of all of their work (be it at Polygon or their previous outlets), there’s no doubt these folks are talented and knowledgeable about games.
And you know what? It’s well-produced. That intro sequence for the first episode was pretty dang cool. They even mentioned some notable outlets — good on em’.
So… why did I bother writing this? Well, after some (not all) negative connotations attached themselves to the original Press Reset announcement, I felt like after having seen, I think it’s 7 or 8 episodes so far, clearing some air: that I haven’t the slightest issue with it. I actually find it enjoying to watch.
BUT MAN IF I HEAR THAT INTERNET EXPLORER SONG ONE MORE TIME..