April 30, 2011

My own test subject, teaching me what video games have taught me.

Pre-message: Cara, I am not making fun of you. I’m trying to think about the nature of game design and how I take it for granted. Using two sticks is super hard. Anyway, the point is, Cara came over this evening and attempted to play Portal 2 while I watched. As a very gamer type […]

April 29, 2011

Public Announcement: I’m Trying To Give Up Energy Drinks

Here’s a lesson: if you ever want things to not change, never do mental math. Basically, a little while ago, I did some mental math at how much I was spending on energy drinks in a month, just because I was wondering. I then went, “Well, shit,” and haven’t bought one since because, dammit, it […]

April 28, 2011

Nothing About These Knights Seems Like A Dreamcast Logo.

Everyone on Talking Time and such could not shut up about Spiral Knights. Everyone seemed to be getting into this new free-to-play game that they were describing as a mix of an MMO and Zelda. I was really iffy, but after hearing that you plug in a controller to your PC, and it just works […]

April 27, 2011

Terror At The Submit Button

Before the end of the semester, I have to submit a bunch more stories to magazines and stuff as part of my independent study thing. Now, one might think that I would be pumped or at least not really stressed by the idea of doing this, seeing as I just got a short story accepted […]

April 26, 2011

From Downtown!

There are few one dollar iOS games I will not buy for a dollar with a recommendation. Lobst tweeted that NBA Jam was on sale over the Easter weekend, and so I immediately bought it. That is all it takes. iOS game makers, take note. In any case, I’m not a sports fan or sports […]

April 25, 2011

I Will Fully Admit The Spider Was Neat.

Let me just describe a puzzle in Limbo to you right now. There is a rolling ladder, and a platform that is just out of reach of the rolling ladder. The ladder is on a little platform that is curved so when you move the ladder, it rolls back and forth until the momentum runs […]

April 24, 2011

Obligatory Easter Post

I almost wrote “Merry Oviposition Appreciation Day” on the workload planner at work, but realized that was a terrible idea for many different reasons, such as me having to explain what the hell that meant, and so I didn’t. True story. I am really lame sometimes. In any case, it’s Easter, a day of bunny […]

April 23, 2011

Have I Mentioned I Love You Don’t Know Jack?

An episode of You Don’t Know Jack is a precious thing. It’s funny. It’s entertaining. It’s interesting. The last thing I want to do is waste it by only experiencing it alone. Thus, I never play games of Jack on the 360 or otherwise without friends about. This, of course, limits my consumption considerably. Because […]

April 22, 2011

Because Nobody Is Talking About It: Portal 2

I guess this game came out. It’s called Portal 2 or something? People seem to think it’s a big deal. That’s because it is, really. It’s fantastic. I’ve beat the single player. I haven’t had a chance to dig into the multiplayer yet, but soon, I’m sure. Still, there’s no doubt about it: if you […]

April 21, 2011

Not Letting Myself Get Away With Not Patting Myself On The Back

You know what I need to do? I need to enjoy my successes. I got an acceptance email from a lit mag today, saying that my short story, “Downsizing,” has been accepted for publication there. That’s top of cool, isn’t it? At the same time, I didn’t really jump up and down. I told everyone […]