Back in the late 80s, Nnirvi's trade mark
was replacing his alias
with a funny reference to the reviewed game's title, whenever possible. A good example is the review of BattleTech
, which was signed "Taistelunipotti BattleNich"
While Mr.Nirvi is certainly one of the greatest Finnish game reviewers of all time, and without question the most legendary person in our country's computer-related media, his writings do leave room for critique.
In my opinion, his once very smart columns in Pelit have steadily slided from being the straight dope into repetitive bitter rants that mostly revolve around the same old thoughts and topics:
Now, I'm not saying I disagree with everything Nirvi is saying. He does make good points
in his columns, and the many years he's spent in the business has earned him a lot of experience and insight
which can't be overlooked. But the above mentioned topics (along with a few other similar ones) are repeated once every few months, each time with a growing amount of bitterness
and straightforward negativity
, plus a lack of constructive comments and new points of view. The man seems to be aware
of this, since he often starts his columns with "here's an another bitter rant from an old dinosaur
" or something similar.
Since Nirvi still has his bright moments, and his reviews continue to be quite entertaining
, I hope he can raise the quality of his column back to where it once was.
Update - June 10, 2001
Nnirvi must be an E2 reader, or perhaps he's just in a summer mood?
The last two columns have been very well thought out and entertaining pieces, with no trace of the bitching and moaning I whined about earlier.
Hopefully he can keep this up.
Update - June 25, 2002
Nope, he couldn't.
(just in case you were wondering)