In addition to my weekly show Barrel Roll, I have been on a couple of other shows that both happened to go up this week. You might be interested in checking them out.
A Fistful of Pixels - Episode 11, “Ascension Quad 5: We Climb Again”
Each week on A Fistful of Pixels, the hosts take user submitted phrases and turn them into the next great video games. It is an improv comedy show with a gaming tie in and I had a blast being on. I do need to warn you that there is some adult language used throughout by some of the other hosts.
I Am Error - Episode 1, “When Music And Games First met”
Check out the shows and let the hosts know what you think! Subscribe, review on iTunes, tweet/Facebook about them, etc. etc.!
26 October 2011
As you probably gathered from my last post, Brittany and I are having our first baby in January.
In an effort to make room and pay off some bills before then, we have gone through some of our geek-centric stuff and are selling it on eBay.
You can find a list of the comics and video games we are selling on my eBay page:
Hit up after the break for a detailed list.
15 September 2010
As I mentioned a while back, I’m trying to get back into reading as a regular part of my routine.
I have finished a couple of the books I set out to, and have a few more that I’m part way through. I find my problem is that I start a lot of books and switch back and forth between them. Because of this, it takes a good while before I’m actually “done” with any one of them.
However, I did manage to finish:
Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life by Chris Kohler
I found this book very enjoyable. As a child of the 80’s, it is fascinating to look back not just on what games were popular, but why they were so popular.
Mr. Kohler takes a look at Japanese culture and art and how it directly tied in to game design both of the past and today.
It is clear that the author is an enthusiast, but more than that has really done his research. He isn’t just “dude who likes video games”, he is someone that has spent a lot of time studying the country and culture of Japan, and has lived there himself for a time. He even goes so far as to give tips on how to buy games if you ever find yourself in the Akihabara district.
I can easily recommend this to any gaming enthusiast. It’s just a shame it’s out of print.
The Non-Designer’s Design Book (3rd Edition) by Robin Williams
This is a fantastic book for anyone wanting to learn the basics of design. I had to read this for work, but now want my own copy as a reference.
Whether you are working in print or on the web, it is a very handy resource for pointing out what makes a good page layout and why.
The only problem is, once you’ve read it, you can’t stop seeing bad designs everywhere.
That’s it for now. I’ve got a bunch of Audiobooks queued up on my iPod to get through in addition to all the stuff on my kindle and my physical bookshelf. I’m about half way through On Stranger Tides and Wes has peaked my interest in reading Masters of Doom.
If you have any suggestions, send them my way! firstname.lastname@example.org
30 July 2010
I am a fan of Nintendo’s handhelds. I have had nearly every iteration of the Game Boy and DS systems over the years, and am not opposed to upgrading when new versions of the hardware comes out.
When I found out the DSi didn’t have backwards compatibility for old GBA games, I was a little turned off to their newest release. However, I’ve since come to realize I don’t really play any old GBA games, so it’s a non-issue at this point. I was more fascinated by the XL. Sure, we all made the “it’s a Game Boy for old people” jokes when they showed it off with it’s Bronze (poop brown) and Burgundy (the most common color old people’s cars are) color schemes. But the larger size of the console appeals to me.
Over the weekend, Dragon Quest IX came out. This was one of the most anticipated releases for a long time in my household, as we are all fans of the series. After playing it for several hours over the last day or so, I have found that my hand was starting to cramp up pretty badly. I also found myself squinting at the tiny screen on my DS.
We were in the Gamestops at the mall yesterday and I saw the XL in person for probably only the second time. I’m certainly getting older, and I don’t mind admitting that the more I think about it, the more the DSi XL’s larger casing and screen really appeals to me.
I talked it over with Brittany and she is OK with me upgrading (provided I sell my old one to do so). I’m not going to lie, I am gravitating towards the bronze one.
It looks like you win again, Nintendo.
12 July 2010