When my friend from the U.K., David, who manages the really cool site Comic Book & Movie Reviews, asked me to help him out of a bind by writing a review of a “game” for him called MovieMaze: The Plumber, I was a bit skeptical. All of the media that showed up during a cursory Google search for this game seemed cheesy at best, and information about the previous one (MovieMaze: The Mechanic) was also sketchy at times. But, I gave the “game” a chance anyway.
Since this was specifically written for CB&MR, I won’t reproduce this one here, but instead I will link you guys to the article on that site.
My short opinion on it: You probably want to steer clear of this one, or at least go into it with little-to-no expectations on what you’ll get out of it!
As you know, I’ve recently begun writing articles now and then for the awesome site Comic Book & Movie Reviews, and this month’s Jessica’s Journey column focuses on Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise and its own journey in the world of film and television.
This article is more than a simple advertisement for Netflix’s upcoming show based on the beloved series, and discusses Zelda‘s history with TV, fan-films, and other media. I also discuss my ideas for what could make the show successful (what route I’d go with filming it) and the fact that it’ll be impossible to please everyone.
So, give the article a read and please feel free to follow CB&MR and share your thoughts with me!
Sometimes, I have the excellent fortune of appearing on an episode of The Button Smashers Podcast as a guest (a term I use with endearment, though, since I am an editor on the site but only infrequently get to appear on the show), and this past Tuesday I was on a very interesting episode in which we talked about what we’d been up to lately and, more importantly perhaps, talked about the Living on One project.
Before Q told me about this, I had never heard of it. I’d heard similar experiments being done before, but had no idea about this specific one. And, while I could try and break it all down for you, I think it would be best to simply link you to its main website. Please, give it a read – it’s a rather eye-opening topic!
I can say that what Q and I talked about really gets deep on some levels and it makes you think about what you have versus what other people have. I joked on their about “first world problems” (e.g. “Dang, teh interwebz be down!”), but in all seriousness, when you live somewhere where that is the only issue you have, your life is comparatively pretty good.
As always, I recommend giving this podcast episode a listen and checking out the main Button Smashers website!
Button Smashers Podcast Ep. 70: “Cherish the Little Things” (MP3)
Late last year, I was contacted by David Andrews, owner of the pretty fantastic website Comic Book & Movie Reviews. He reached out to me initially to see about a bit of cross-promotion potential, but then decided he wanted to do a featured interview of me (in Q&A format) for his site. He asked some really interesting questions, and I think the interview turned out pretty well! :)
David has also asked if I would be interested in writing a column over on his site about once a month, and I’ve tentatively agreed to do so. I think he wants to diversify a little bit with special, semi-regular guest columns and I think that’ll give me some freedom to be creative and spread some of my gaming interests to those who otherwise might not be exposed to it.
As we approach the site’s 4th anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about what all I will do here for 2015. Obviously, you can expect The Gaming Goddess podcast to return fairly soon with Rob Eubank possibly joining us once more as either a co-host or recurring featured guest throughout this 7th season! The third series of The Retro Play Show will also be making its debut in the future. I’ve also got some plans for a few really good Let’s Play series and maybe some more live-streaming, so there’s also that to look forward to. Yet, I also want to get back into true blogging and musing, with some of the styles of posts I used to make here (and elsewhere) back when the site was new. Some of my most popular posts were theories on timelines and canonical information, so I’d like to get back into some of that too!
Anyway, thanks for joining me on this awesome ride so far, and let’s make 2015 and beyond great for us all!
About two months ago, LPGardian (a.k.a. Q) of the awesome site Button Smashers Blog left a comment in my podcast archive about how much he enjoyed “The Gaming Goddess” podcast. He got in touch with me and after some back and forth, I spoke with him on Skype and he asked if I would be interested in being an editor for BSB (or, as he put it, if I wanted to “join the family”). Since he also expressed interest in me helping host Season 3 of the “Button Smashers Podcast” in 2014, we talked about doing a test episode of sorts, basically a “get to know you” type thing.
Well, that’s exactly what this episode here is! Released on the Button Smashers Blog officially on November 24, this episode is considered a “special” podcast episode (not a numbered one from Season 2). In it, Q asks me some questions to get to know me better, we discuss the 3DS and some modern consoles a bit, talk about some of our favorite series (like the Zelda franchise), and I pick his brain a bit about Doctor Who.
If you want to get an actual MP3 of the episode, head on over to the Button Smashers Blog and follow the download link there!
Click the link here to be directed to the video on Twitch!
As you likely know by now, Jeremy Stratton is pretty big into live-streaming. In fact, he is the one that helped me figure out all the ins and outs regarding Twitch.TV and he is a very helpful person all-around. Well, he and I have been talking for some time about doing a lot of cross-over material together, and he mentioned really wanting to play “Evoland” and have me come on to comment on the experience, so yesterday I did just that!
“Evoland” is a pretty awesome indie action/RPG by a small group called Shiro and it features a very unique system – the game world evolves around you as you go! Basically, the adventure starts out in a monochrome Game Boy styled environment and continues to evolve. At the point where this stream ended, we had entered an HD state of graphics that resembled some of the stuff you might see in one of the PS1 or PS2 (yes, they were not HD, but the game uses HD graphics anyway) RPGs. It’s really awesome and has some great references tossed in there for good measure!
We hopefully next week or so will pick up with the second part of this stream, so stay tuned for that and for future awesome goodies!
Did you miss out on the Dungeon Delvers live-stream of the Ascalonian Catacombs back on February 25?
If so, worry not: Jeremy Stratton, owner of the site JustOneMMOre, has uploaded the stream to YouTube for you to enjoy!
In this video, Jeremy, Oakstout, Aristeia, Psychochild, and myself run through the Story Mode version of the dungeon and then take on one of the paths. It was a blast, and we made it through without any major issues!
Stay tuned later this week as Friday there will be another streaming event!