Thursday, December 19, 2013

Unified Game Concept

It's been too long since I've posted here and so I figured it was about time for me to put together a little something.  Lately, I've had a lot of thoughts and ideas regarding the video game industry.  Some of them have been pretty serious, like the state of video games media (and how to work on improving its flaws, both real and perceived).  Some have been immediate and opinionated, like thoughts on the launches of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One ushering in the true next-generation of gaming (sorry, Wii U fans).  Then there are some like this one ... think of them as flights of fancy and random epiphanies.  Today's thought? What would happen if a video game company took a cue from the comic book industry?

Let me explain ...

Friday, September 13, 2013

So what's the deal with the shoes?

It started as a joke ... and then turned into a philosophy of sorts.

Odds are pretty good that if you're reading this, you either stumbled me in one of the most random Google searches ever OR maybe you've actually heard of me and my writing. I'll hope for the later to feed my ego, but settle for the former to keep that same ego in check.  Either way, it's pretty much a crap shoot as to whether or not you've ever seen my face.  And if you have, especially anytime in the past year, you might have also noticed my feet ... particularly my shoes.

Well, like most other things in my life, there's a story behind that.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quick Post-Con Update

Okay, so I'd planned all kinds of updates and such from Comic-Con for the blog, but things don't always go according to plan.  Unfortunately, there was no WiFi anywhere around my hotel room that was available to use, and even the WiFi at the show floor was spotty at best.  Still, I was running around for the duration, checking in with folks, trying out new goodies, getting some inside scoop on upcoming projects in games and comics, and even talking to a couple of people about the development of my own projects.  There's plenty to do to keep me busy next week.

Right now, I'm in the San Diego airport waiting for my flight home (thank you SAN for free WiFi).  I figured I'd post this quick update and let you guys know I'm alive and well, and planning to do an in-depth update after I get back to FL and get settled in.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Comic-Con: The Adventure Begins ... er ... Is Delayed.

Okay. So right about now, I SHOULD be doing that last minute triple and quadruple check before heading to the airport and catching my flight to San Diego. And I WOULD be doing that ... if things were going according to plan.

 *SPOILER ALERT* They aren't.

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more ..."


Y'know, lately my mantra has been the above line from Shakespeare's Henry V.  It seems like every time I turn around, I'm digging in my heels, setting my stance, and giving one more hefty push forward on something or other.  Whether I'm developing a new project or fleshing out an existing one, every morning I'm waking up, getting my first cup of coffee, dusting myself off, and diving right back into the trenches.  If you're looking for an example, you don't need to look any further than this year's Comic-Con.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Cooking up a new idea ...

Take a look at this picture I put together and tell me what pops into your head ...


If you find yourself torn between playing a video game and grabbing some lunch/dinner/etc.then it's done its job well.  See, there's a story behind this ... and an idea.  Now I've decided it's time to share and to put the call out to you guys for thoughts, comments, and maybe a little role as a guinea pig.  Curious?  Read on ...

Friday, December 30, 2011

Say what you mean and mean what you say ...

Let me start off this post by saying that I don't ever expect everyone out there who reads my stuff to agree with everything I have to say.  I know, I know ... big shock, right?  Seriously though, I'll be the first person to tell you that when it comes to editorial or review articles, they're simply one person's opinion of a given subject at a given time.  In my time as a writer, I've had people criticize my reviews because they thought I gave something too low OR to high of a score.  And hey, I'm okay with that.  A lot of times, I'll even try to engage people and let them know that what I try to do is to express my thoughts on the subject, explain my praise and/or criticism, and that I try to look at things through the eyes of the audience ... though it's going to be filtered through my own experiences.

All that being said, I stand by what I say and I value my reputation as a writer.  What's been pissing me off lately, though, is what seems to be a trend of writers willing to compromise their integrity for the sake of simply ruffling a few feathers and cashing in on the almighty traffic of hits.  Let me explain ...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

When did we stop just having fun?

About a week ago, I posted a quick little monologue on Facebook asking when we stopped just having fun and being entertained.  At the time, I was frustrated at a lot of different reviews I was seeing online of everything from games to books to movies.  I was reading article after article in which this thing or that was being nitpicked to death, only to never actually answer the big question ... "Is it any fun?"

I'll be honest, at the time, my post was just meant to be me venting a little bit of steam.  Well, I was surprised at the response that quick post got, so I've decided to expand on the thought a little bit here.