PewDiePie Makes $15M/Year and Is a Racist

Sigh. I haven’t watched much PewDiePie but occasionally I’ve enjoyed one of his playthroughs as a way to get a sense for a game. Now, after he’s been dropped by Disney and YouTube, I realize from the reports that he’s a dirty scumbag and a hero to neo-Nazi hate groups. (I also realize he was […]

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JRPGs versus Western RPGs

I just posted on Quora in answer to an interesting question: what do I prefer, JRPGs or Western-style RPGs, and why? Since David Nguyen and I just published the JRPG Crimson Sword Saga: The Peloran Wars on Steam, you’d think I’d prefer JRPGs, but you’d be wrong. I’m a Western guy, and David is the […]

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Unemployed men are wasting away playing videogames, says CSM

Apparently the Japanese aren’t the only ones struggling with listless and purposeless young men. Who are these guys? In Japan, as described in this aptly titled 2011 Kotaku article “The Depressing World of Unemployed Nerds,” there’s a growing problem of young males who have effectively dropped out of society and are relying on the positive […]

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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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Videogame Field of View

I came across an interesting inquiry on Quora recently, and thought I’d share it with you folks. The question: “In 1st person video games, why don’t they introduce peripheral vision? The angle of sight seems to be a lot less than our own angle of vision.” I’ve had this complaint as well, in both first-person […]

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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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Free Game Rentals at Redbox, and More

Just a Few Days Left of Free Game Rentals Zowie! The free game rentals deal at Redbox is no joke — all week, they’ve been letting you rent games for free if you just reserve the game online before picking it up. At first I thought it was just a neat one-time promo. But I looked […]

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Game Writer Central Interview: Pinballz Arcade

Surviving in the Stand-Up Arcade Business by Game Writer Central‘s Michelle B. I’m over forty and female which I think is a bit unusual in the gaming industry itself. [I think you’d be surprised :) – Game Writer Guy] I do think female gamers are one of the fastest growing demographics for games and what […]

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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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