Why I Can’t Enjoy Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 is an impressive technological achievement, a smooth, pretty, hack-tastic open world game that’s a great blend of GTA and stealth adventure. And I just uninstalled it because of game writer fails. I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. In some ways, I should be enjoying Watch Dogs 2 even more than in 2016 […]

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The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: Game Time with Randy and Greg: Baseball – SNL

Your Austin game writer thought you might appreciate this video: Game Time with Randy and Greg: Baseball – SNL. TV sports show host Randy Dukes (Kenan Thompson) wants to talk baseball but people just want to talk about Greg (Bill Hader) being an alien. Even the guest, an ex-baseball player (Gerard Butler), is curious about […]

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The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: A Spray Bottle that Fires When I Smile

Your Austin game writer thought you might appreciate this video: A Spray Bottle that Fires When I Smile. A high-powered Spray Bottle That Only Fires When You Smile, pretty simple. I heard this is the kind of stuff that kids are into, like tasers and anime. instagram: james_hoffman_ via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_bRiWsl3cE

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The Austin Videogame Writer Liked on YouTube: Explaining the Pandemic to my Past Self

Your Austin game writer thought you might appreciate this video: Explaining the Pandemic to my Past Self. What would happen if I tried to explain what’s happening now to the January 2020 version of myself? via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms7capx4Cb8

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A Game Designer Who Hates Art Classes?

A game designer hopeful wrote us to get some guidance on coursework. We thought it’d be helpful to everyone to share the response. It’s good that you’re so focused on your goal of game art/design. However, I’m surprised you don’t enjoy classes like sculpture and photography. Most game artists would gladly swap places with you […]

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Do You Watch Your Friends Play Games?

Not everybody enjoys watching others play videogames, just like not everybody enjoys others play sports. There’s something about games that demands that hands-on experience. Of course, a big part of it depends on the style and personality of the person you’re watching. If you’re a stealth gamer, you probably wouldn’t enjoy watching a brawler barrel through levels, […]

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How Do You Meet Game Writers and Designers?

I got an interesting question recently on Quora and thought it might be useful to repost the Q&A here: How do I meet game developers? (I titled this post targeting game writers and game designers because that’s a little more relevant to this blog.) Here’s my answer: That’s not hard. 1) Find a local meetup […]

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Bioshock Co-Founder Calls It Quits

Surprisingly, Irrational Games’ co-founder Ken Levine recently announced that he’s shutting down that studio. This means that future Bioshock games will almost certainly have much less of his handiwork. He did also say that he will start a new studio under publisher Take-Two that will focus on smaller, digital-distribution games. The new studio will only […]

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An Indie Game Afternoon

Indie Game Madness at Fantastic Fest Spent a chunk of the afternoon at the “Fantastic Arcade,” something I had no idea existed until a few weeks ago. I was pretty impressed with the polish on most of these games, which are ripe and ready for DLC publication. Some of them are doubtlessly soon to hit […]

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Are Games and Workout Machines Crossing Over?

Will Your Next Game Console Make You Sweat? A recent article about exercise equipment with gaming features caught my eye recently: Nexersys, a new Austin-based workout machine maker, is pointing out that videogames and exercise equipment are reaching convergence. It’s worth taking a look at this crossover phenomenon. Fitness is a huge industry, and entertainment […]

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