I care very little about Halloween. Always did the bare minimum for dressing up as a kid and bailed on the costumes as soon as I could. Never cared for the children’s stories or grown-up horror movies. If it weren’t for me being married to someone whose favourite holiday is Halloween, I would probably excise the entire thing out of my life.
Well, almost all of it.
The candy can stay. Now that I have a house, handing out candy to the kids that come by in their costumes is a highlight. But more importantly, it’s an excuse to eat candy and junk food! Not that I needed an excuse, but there’s a lot more around this time of year and someone has to eat it. Here’s a list with a few of my faves!
As I watched Nathan Salmon create a pair of amazing art pieces with spray paint for me, two thoughts swirled through my mind.
- Holy cow this process and end result look incredible!
- The basics of what he’s doing don’t look that difficult…
Though I figured that I wouldn’t be able to make the Ninja Turtles pose in front of a city skyline anytime soon, the fundamentals of creating planets, space, and stars seemed doable for a hack like me that’s never spray painted anything in his life. After watching a number of tutorial videos on YouTube, my wife and I bought a bunch of supplies and dedicated an afternoon to creating some spray paint art of our own.
As much as I want your undivided attention when I stream, I understand that we as a society do a lot of multitasking. I consume a lot of podcasts while I’m playing video games on the train. I mostly listen to YouTube videos while I cook. Even when I’m handling video for In Third Person, I’m juggling numerous tasks from uploading to YouTube, to designing thumbnails, to writing descriptions and tags, to then hopping onto my phone where I edit video highlights and write posts.
But I’ve noticed something very different with the audience I attract when I play Tetris 99. Oftentimes, viewers will go out of their way to state that they’re also playing Tetris 99 while my stream is on. Even though they may not be watching me all the time, they’re still really engaged in the chat and appreciate me being their for them during their battles.
When I think back to my summers in the early 90s, it doesn’t get more iconic than the Super Soaker brand of water guns. In an era where most water guns were little pistols that only shot in short spurts, the Super Soaker revolutionized childhood H20 warfare. With each one possessing a large reservoir and the ability to shoot a continuous stream at a long distance, this was the true beginning for the water guns arms race in my community.
10 years is a long stretch of time. From the moment I started this blog on this very day a decade ago until now, I’ve experienced the majority of my 20s and am now deeper into my 30s than I’d like to admit. In that time, I established my career, got married to my college sweetheart, and we bought a house together. I also gained weight, sleep less, and heal from injuries a lot more slowly than I used to. It’s not all wins, but thus is life.
During that time, I’ve grown and changed as a gamer as well. On this day, being the actual 10th birthday of the site, let’s look at a few ways in which I’ve grown as a gaming enthusiast.
Ever since I sold off the majority of my gaming backlog a few years back, I’ve tried my best to minimize the number of games in my possession that are left unplayed. While there is no shame in having a backlog, it became a matter of better managing my time and money. If anything, managing both has only become more important, as I’m now paying to support a mortgage and an expensive streaming hobby on top of video games. If I’m going to buy a game, I’m buying it in that moment because I plan on playing it in the very near future, if not immediately.
However, a flurry of game sales, new releases, and hoarding games for a trip that I didn’t really get a chance to play have created a bit of a logjam. With so much currently on my plate, it’s put Samurai Shodown – a game I planned on buying day one – in a weird predicament.
Made this one post for GameCube Week, but it kind of morphed into something else. I’m just gonna post it anyway.
On November 18th, 2001, I walked into a Zellers and bought a GameCube. Five years later, I was in line with my friends at that same Zellers, waiting to pick up our Nintendo Wii pre-orders. Between those two sentences, I did a lot of growing up.
When it comes to fighting games, it’s easy to pour all of our energy and thoughts on our competition. We put so much thought on ways of overcoming the challenge they oppose, but rarely take a step back to think about the person in the mirror. In reality, the journey towards fighting game enlightenment has nothing to do with whomever is controlling the opposing character, but everything to do with the person in the mirror.
In this post, I go through the self-indulgent process of creating a scouting report for myself as a fighting game player. It might just be a platform to brag about my past exploits, but I’m really hoping to dig up some truth bombs about my weaknesses in order to address them in the future. Without further ado, let’s go!
On June 9th, Steff and I will going on a trip to Europe! We’ll be enjoying the sights and sounds of London and Paris for a few weeks. Can’t wait to take a vacation!
That said, I can’t leave you alone! Tons of stuff scheduled to make it feel like I’m not gone at all!
- The website will still have new content going up every day while I’m gone. Two major features will be rolling out: Arcade Week and GameCube Week!
- As awesome as it would be to live stream from Europe, that’s not happening. Instead, I’ll be scheduling in a number of Twitch Premieres. The schedule is as follows:
- June 10th, 7pm EST – LOST TAPES: The Show That Became Boss Rush
- June 12th, 7pm EST – LOST TAPES: NES Classic Mix Featuring Castlevania I and II, Double Dragon II, and Ninja Gaiden!
- June 14th, 7pm EST – In Third Person Comic Book Show Marathon
- June 18th, 7pm EST – Board Game Talk Marathon
- June 20th, 7pm EST – Boss Rush: All Game Show Marathon
- Side note, if you haven’t already, make sure to follow twitch.tv/xdoublejump and twitch.tv/jsick06! Kris and Rachel over at Double Jump run a fantastic show and they stream multiple times a week. As for Jason, he’s probably going to stream something weird and retro that you haven’t seen before!
- Social media updates will be…sporadic. I’ll be taking lots of pictures while I’m out there, and I should have regular access to wifi from our accommodations. If I do post, it will probably be light on gaming-related stuff and more heavy on tourism. But hey, I’m no stranger to deviating from my core content strategy in order to indulge in my other personal interests.
Wishing you all the best while I’m out! We’ll catch up when I get back on the 24th!
Late last year, I was playing Tetris Effect when I stumbled on a cool secret level with visuals and music inspired by the 1989 Game Boy version of Tetris. Not thinking much of it, I recorded some video of it and put it on my channel. To my surprise, the video built a head of steam until it was prominently featured on Kotaku.
Whether they chose my video to feature at the top because it was the best one or only one available at the time, it was cool to get at least a subtle nod from one of the biggest gaming publications around. Here’s a few more times my work reached beyond the bounds of this site!