The Two Best Twitter Accounts Around (For Video Games)

Use Twitter? You just might! You may, if you're one of the clever ones, be following sites like this, or people like this.

Those two are OK, I guess, but they're far from my favourite. Especially when it comes to video games. Instead, that honour is shared between two accounts. Two very different accounts.

I like them both because they epitomise the very best of what the service has to offer, at least to me: serving as a worldwide soapbox for jokes and information. I don't give a stuff what someone had for lunch, or why you're joining millions of other people making the same jokes about E3/the NBA/Mad Men. I do, however, like this stuff.

The first belongs to Al Swearengen of the Gem Saloon, who after hanging up his chamberpot and shot glasses has got himself a job as a creative director in the video game business. His daily exploits are...frustrating.

[View the story "Al Swearengen vs Video Games" on Storify]

The second is id's John Carmack, who at first glance makes it look like his Twitter account is being run by a machine. Until you realise it's actually being written by Carmack, and that instead of filling the service with what he hopes will make other people think he's cool, he just opens his head and dumps whatever he's actually thinking about. Which is mostly completely random code or tech talk.

[View the story "John Carmack vs Your Brain" on Storify]


    The smart ones are the ones who dont use Twitter shit or Facebook. Its a tool for people to feel like they are their own little celebrity. No one gives a rats arse what you have for dinner, what lame ass tattoo you just got, or how much you hate your job. Why do people feel the need to be connected to everyone 24/7?

      Your view on social sites is VERY narrow minded.

      There are far more things to hate about Facebook and Twitter.

      Well according to my friends who follow me on twitter they do care when I post pictures of my delicious foods, so HA, take that!

    But what is the alternative to Euler angles? ;_;

      In this health conscious world, the average person wants a reduced Euler angle.

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    who in their right mind is following luke plunkett...

      I am thankful for the people following Luke Plunkett. It gives me a convenient list of people who are actually dumber than shit.

        That's a ridiculous attitude. I find it helps to follow Luke on Twitter because then I get to see the human behind his articles.
        People who rage at his posts really need to get over it. Snarking doesn't make you look smart, just narrow-minded.

          Wait - why does Luke need a twitter account when he already uses Kotaku for posts with fewer than 140 characters*.

          *Note, I don't really care that much, I just could help myself with this dig.

    Plunketts tweets are longer than most of his articles

    I feel bad for Swearengen because he's probably a real Creative Director somewhere who is hating the shit out of his job and is using the account to vent. I had to unfollow him because it was so depressing.

    The best he can come up with are these two? Carmack could be speaking another language as far as i'm concerned, nothing he says makes any sense to me. Don't follow Plunkett cos I don't think he says anything I want to read.

    Surely better alternatives would be Molydeux, or any of the PR people. Pete Hines/Robert Bowling/Randy Pitchford/John Drake (or any Harmonix guys/gals) are good value.

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