Man Walks Miles in the Snow to Honor Qbert

See this fellow? He walks miles in deep snow, for hours, for a noble cause. To honor the arcade game Qbert. Here’s what that snow art looks like: I can hear Qbert jumping from cube to cube right now! Spoing spoing! Okay, maybe it isn’t actually Qbert-themed. Simon Beck is our snow artist and apparently […]

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Hulu Plus Review-ette

Hulu Plus Sounds Useful You know, it’s not hard to like Hulu Plus. One of the big wins for me is that Hulu Plus has a huge catalog of Criterion collection movies. These are classic arthouse movies and canonical cinema landmarks from a wide range of eras. And they have some essential TV shows that […]

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Draw Something iOS Circles the Drain

Zynga Breaks Draw Something Again I admit, I play Draw Something on my iPhone. And I often regret it. On my old 3GS, I would only play when I knew I was going to get refreshments or warm up the bathwater because that’s how long it took to load. But my friends play, and some […]

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Bing Wants You To Eat a Motsu Pod

As some of you know, I do a fair amount of work in the world of Local SEO or “LSO”. That is, I help clients optimize their data so that they appear in map search engines for phrases like “Detroit florist.” Today I was greatly amused by some of the categories Bing provided for businesses […]

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Why I Hate Stealth Games, and More

Stealth Games and Why They Suck Just got through playing a fair number of hours of Hitman: Absolution. It’s well-executed (ha ha) and smooth. I love how you can perform the right actions in context that you expect your hero to be capable of. But I hate stealth games. I think we’ve all played our […]

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Game of the Year? Dead Island Thoughts

Dead Island Releases Dubious Game of the Year Edition To Muffled Groans Zombies. How many must we slay to save the world? Unfortunately, Dead Island brought us a tropical island full of them, and if my multiple-rental of the title is any indication, putting zombies in paradise is not any substitute for fresh ideas. It’s […]

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Newsflash: The Earth Isn’t Round

Hey, Somebody Sat On My Planet! Kids, today we’ll talk about things astronomical, because videogame writers are such geeks. First up, take a look at this lumpy dumpy planet we live on! I mean, I never expected Earth to be a perfect sphere, but this is an abomination. Newsflash: the earth isn’t round or square. […]

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Can the Game Industry Ever Do 40?

The Videogame Industry and the 40 Hour Workweek TIME Magazine has a new article up about the 40-hour workweek. Most people in the game industry find this concept quaint. “That’s for regular jobs,” they’ll say, or “Never gonna happen.” Not only are long “crunch” hours often necessary because of publisher deadlines, the dreaded holiday season […]

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Game Writer Roundup: Bulletstorm

Bulletstorm Isn’t Brainless – Surprise! Your game writer tip today is to check out Bulletstorm — not much press coverage, but a really tight little action shooter with finely tuned gameplay, good characters, unique weapons, funny action segments (including one where you get to drive a giant mechanical dino through a level and smash the […]

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