In Monday’s post I mentioned that, just lately, I don’t seem to have the time and opportunity to play games. Things have taken a turn for the worst. Since Monday I have only managed to play approximately 20 minutes of Puzzle Quest on the DS, and about half an hour of Everybody’s Golf on the PSP. I was sitting on a bus on both occasions.
I considered not posting at all today. There’s not much point in a non-gaming blog, is there? Even less point than there is in a general gaming blog when I’m supposed to be a football game blogger—specifically a PES blogger.
The wheel of life turns. Soon enough, I will get back to my usual routine. I’ll have time and space again to play games, games, and more games—until I’m heartily sick of games, probably. Become a Legend on PES2009 is first on my to-do list when I fire up the PS3 again.
One item of interest in the PES world is the recent return of WENB. That’s the Winning Eleven next-gen blog.
WENB started up in 2007 in the run-up to PES2008. Some sections of the PES community have never forgotten or forgiven WENB for acting as unwitting cheerleaders for that infamous game. Surely PES2008 was the most anti-climactic games release of this new console generation? Arguments still rage about whether Gears 2 or Killzone 2 or LittleBigPlanet have been successes or failures, triumphs or disappointments. My money’s on PES2008 as the worst game since E.T. on the Atari 2600. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration—but for most PES fans it’s emotionally true.
Post-PES2008, some of the Internet was not kind to WENB. Some of the criticism was deserved, in my opinion. But most of it wasn’t. Alas, in the run-up to PES2009, history kind of repeated itself. WENB hyped it up again, and we were disappointed again. Granted, PES2009 was a hundred times the game that PES2008 was, but it still wasn’t the game we wanted and needed it to be.
I don’t blame WENB for adopting a pro-PES stance, for taking the line that this time it was really going to happen. For one thing, they had a successful PES website to run. For another thing, the people behind WENB are clearly PES fans, and they wanted to believe too.
And then WENB disappeared. For months. I don’t know how or why, precisely. There was some mention on their forum of it being due to legal difficulties with advertisers, but I don’t buy that. Disputes with third party content-providers don’t take websites offline for several months. WENB was damaged by the downtime, and it suffered additional damage due to their puzzling silence.
But now it’s back. WENB is back, with its familiar greengrocer’s apostrophe’s and random news items. Of course, it’s all by way an appetiser for the main event: those traditional long summer months of PES rumour and speculation. They know that those of us who still remember them are following them still. As the summer unfolds the site will probably get back to where it was before in terms of traffic.
Their latest podcast is a welcome return to the virtual airwaves for Adam and Suff, the figureheads of the site. They’re as engaging and likeable as ever. They’ve got their podcast performaces down pat after notching up a half-century of podcasts with this instalment. It’s a decent listen, but I feel curiously detached from PES at the moment.
I’m wary of PES2010. I fear the consequences of it being just another average football game. There’s some talk—on WENB, and everywhere else that PES fans go—about whether PES2010 will be the Return of the King. Reading/hearing between the lines in the podcast, I think Adam and Suff are older and wiser this year as well. Perhaps they, better than anyone, know that if PES2010 doesn’t see the Return of the King, then the King is well and truly dead.