Shop Talk: The Year in Freelance 2012

shoptalk copyOr perhaps more appropriately titled: “Holy crap I survived another year of freelance game journo word-fu craziness!” Every year seems like a wild ride, but 2012 in particular has been an interesting one across the board. So much so that I feel compelled to blab personal thoughts about some of the more interesting moments of my year. Feel free to indulge in my self-indulgence!

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Feature: The Strangest Games of 2012


“Like everyone else, we’re getting pumped-up for the next big run of blockbuster hits and exciting sequels slated for release in the New Year. But we’ve got a secret little freaky streak too.

It’s an itch that needs scratching every so often, which is why we’re also looking forward to scoping out the weirdest and wackiest gaming offerings developers can throw at us. Here’s a heaping dose of the strangeness headed our way; watch out for these oddities in 2012 and beyond. ”

Check out the full article here at IGN.

Shop Talk: Drumming Up Work In The New Year

If you’re anything like me, you’ll still be accidentally signing invoices, checks, and other documents as “2011” for at least few more days. Compared to previous years, 2011 was a pretty crummy run for myself and quite a few other freelancers I know. Some excellent outlets shuttered (GamePro, What The Play), gigs dried up, and the work just didn’t seem to flow as smoothly. But 2012 is here, and it’s time to kick some ass.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2012: be like more Chuck Norris. Who’s with me now? Here’s a quick and dirty list of a few ways to clean house and jump start some freelance work mojo in the New Year.

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Review: Magic: The Gathering 2012


“After spending a few years in high school obsessively collecting cards, building decks, and dueling pals during lunch and study hall, my relationship with Magic: The Gathering dropped into the abyss. That is, until Wizards of the Coast rekindled my addiction in a dangerous way with Duels of the Planeswalkers – a downloadable version that streamlined the tabletop fantasy card-battling experience while staying true to the spirit of the core game. Planeswalkers 2012 is an excellent follow-up that builds on its predecessor’s momentum, offering a fresh interface, lots of new cards for battling, and meatier gameplay options.”

Check out the full review here at IGN.