More Reviews
REVIEWS Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfa Review
[PlayStation release update] Electronic Arts and the development team at EA Canada hope to catch as many PlayStation gamers as they did when Garden Warfare first launched exclusively on Xbox One.

CounterSpy Review
Your operative is tasked with infiltrating both sides of nuclear war. Can CounterSpy finish the mission in time for your PSN credit?
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Tales of Xillia 2
Release date: Out Now

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
Release date: Out Now

Madden NFL 15
Release date: 08/26/14

Destiny
Release date: 09/09/14


LATEST FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Nom Nom Galaxy

The Best Upcoming Racing Games of 2014
You've probably only heard of Sony's exclusive Driveclub and Microsoft's exclusive Forza Horizon 2, but don't forget about a few others.

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP KevinS
RIP Robin Williams (1951-2014)
By KevinS
Posted on 08/14/14
Robin Williams (1951-2014) Robin Williams was an absolutely exceptional comedian, talented actor, and holder of a special place in video game history: He was the first really famous gamer I know of. I’m sure there were others, but they kept a comparatively low profile, unlike one...

GAMING NEWS

Bill Kunkel Passes Away

Posted on Tuesday, September 6 @ 08:52:53 Eastern by KevinS

Bill Kunkel (July 21, 1950 - September 4th, 2011)


I hate writing things like this, especially about someone that I not only looked up to but had the opportunity to meet, shake the hand of and learn from.

I came home the other night to the knowledge that Bill Kunkel passed away. For anyone who might not know, he is literally the reason this industry exists. He co-founded the original gaming magazine, Electronic Games, back in the early 1980s. He, along with Arnie Katz and Joyce Worley-Katz, created the entire idea of a "video game journalist." On top of that, he was involved in various aspects of the industry up until his death today; he worked as a game designer, a strategy guide writer, even teaching game design for the University of Nevada. He went down with the ship that was Tips & Tricks Magazine, and wrote for more websites than I can name.

As a life-long geek, he worked as a writer and cartoonist, and wrote a book of the exploits in his career titled "Confessions of The Game Doctor" (referring to his handle "The Game Doctor" that developed over his tenure in the industry). I was able to meet him a few times at Classic Gaming Expos past, where he gave keynotes on not only what he did in the early days of his writing, but how he got the idea to write about games, what fascinated him about the medium, and how he kept up-to-date in everything he did. At the time I met him I had developed a small following as a retro-game reviewer on my message boards, getting a solid number of hits for my random posts. He signed my copy of his book, shook my hand and I told him that I was starting out, that I wanted to make this a profession myself. Immediately after I'd said "I've gotten a pretty good number of hits, and people seem to like my stuff," he said the perfect thing to encourage me further.

"Feels good, doesn't it?" And with the biggest grin in the world, that helped me get to the point I'm at today, and with the inspiration to keep up my work with a smile of my own.

Bill Kunkel was a major influence, not just in creating this whole banaza but in shaping me personally. He was a nice man, a powerful personality and one smart sonuvabitch. My heart is very, very heavy as I write this, and in the deepest way, he will be missed. Thank you, Game Doctor; you gave me my life, and I can never thank you enough.



More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution