Shop Talk: Freelance Workspaces Volume 1

One of the coolest things about being a freelancer is you can work from anywhere: a corner of your bedroom, an underwater sea pod, the middle of the woods, wherever. Putting together your ultimate workspace is a lot of fun, and I’ve always been fascinated with seeing how other writer folks, particularly people in the game journalism world, setup shop. As a fascinating experiment to indulge my own curiosity as much as anything else, I recently put out a call to fellow freelancers in the game journalism community to share photos and thoughts about their own personal writing spaces. Here’s the first batch. Enjoy!

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8 Cool Summer Learning Apps for Kids

“School is out for the year (or nearly so), and kids are more than a little antsy to get out in the sun and dive into a awesome medley of summer activities. While the distraction of friends, fun, and festivities is a welcome change of pace from pencils and books, it also tends to make their minds a little mushy as the year’s accumulated knowledge fades slightly. Of course, there are plenty of ways to continue learning through the hot summer months between school sessions without skimping on the fun. Not only will these apps entertain your kids, they’ll also help keep their noggins firing on all cylinders until the fall.”

Check out the full feature here at Mac|Life.

8 iOS Apps for Budding Green Thumbs (@MacLife)

“Smell that fresh, pungent aroma in the air? That’s the smell of gardening season rapidly approaching. Well, that and pollen allergies. Depending on your location, it might not quite be time to roll up your sleeves and dig your hands in the earth just yet. But if you’ve got tilling soil, planting seeds, and plotting out your veggie garden masterpiece on your mind, then the App Store has some cool picks to get those green thumbs twitching.”

Check out the full article here at Mac|Life.

8 Minecraft Player Personality Types (@MacLife)

“Indie gaming sensation Minecraft lets you build, mine, explore, fight, and adventure your way across a vast blocky 3D unhindered by rigid rules or strict handholding. Without being shoehorned into any particular path or style of play, it’s possible to dabble in many pursuits at your leisure. As such, we’ve assembled a sampling of some of the most interesting and unusual roles players naturally gravitate towards. What kind of Minecraft player are you?”

Check out the full article here at Mac|Life.

Backtracking: Bullet Witch (@OXM)


“With her naughty school librarian-meets-S&M demon huntress attire, Bayonetta may still be the most recent extreme femme fatale still fresh in everyone’s mind, but she’s had some formidable predecessors. Back in 2007, Atari’s Bullet Witch took a similar, less-successful route in the “epic drudge match between killer vixen and demonic hordes” category. While Bullet Witch’s blue-haired, huge machinegun-toting protagonist, Alicia, may fall in line some of the usual eye-rolling stereotypes — including a god-awful array of trashy DLC outfits — it’s the game’s general over-the-top delivery that’s I find most titillating.”

Check out the full article here at OXM.

8 Excellent iOS Apps for Writers (@MacLife)

“One of the great things about being a writer in these tech-driven times is the ability to work from just about anywhere. Productivity while on the go can be a life-saver, but even bashing out a chapter of your novel or penning magazine articles from the comfort of your cushy couch has its own perks. Luckily, the App Store is brimming with handy tools for writer folks. From organizing your thoughts and taking notes to conducting research and knocking out articles without a computer, we’ve rounded up eight must-have apps to help you get the words flowing.”

Check out the full article here at Mac|Life.

8 iOS Apps for Beer Nerds (@MacLife)

“Many casual beer drinkers are content to happily imbibe cheap, mass-produced commercial brews by the 30 pack, but there’s a whole different group of hardcore craft beer enthusiasts that perk up at the mere mention of hops and malt. Beer nerds come in all stripes, and regardless of whether you have a taste for quantity or quality, there’s plenty of common ground to be found in the App Store. From helpful apps to hunt down your favorite brews to fun diversions for passing the time between pints, we’ve rounded up eight awesome universal iOS apps for beer-minded folk.”

Check out the full article here at Mac|Life.

Indieverse – The Weirdest Xbox Live Indie Games and the Stories Behind Them (@OXM)


“These days, so many new releases on the Xbox Live Indie Games Channel seem to fall into the categories of creepy dating simulators, zombie-apocalypse shooters, or blatant clones of other successful game formulas that it’s easy to miss out on the truly innovative indies. Thankfully, if you poke around beneath the surface, you’ll unearth some crazy, interesting stuff.

After diving deep into the XBLIG rabbit hole to see just what kind of wild creations are down there, we handpicked the three most unique and unusual offerings we could find — then tracked down their creators to gain some insight into each peculiar project.”

Check out the full article here at OXM.

IGF Finalist Spotlight – Part I (@GameSpy)


“A celebration of the hard work of both bedroom coders and smaller established studios alike, the annual Independent Games Festival shines a much-needed spotlight on the boldest, most innovative, and most creative projects from indie developers around the world. In this first installment of our two-part piece highlighting the competition’s 2012 PC game finalists, we poke and prod the noggins of the developers behind this promising batch of upcoming releases.”

Check out the full feature here at GameSpy.

Backtracking: Space Giraffe (@ OXM)


“It’s not often that a game’s splash screen is so alarmingly bizarre that it forces you to pause for a moment to consider whether or not it’s a good idea to proceed. Space Giraffe gets off to such a weird start that it makes you wonder if you’ve just been dosed with hallucinogens. You’re greeted with a swirling neon vortex punctuated with a fuzzed-out bobbing giraffe head, a child’s voice chanting repetitive gibberish, and high pitch electronic space blips — and that’s before you even start playing. While this love-it-or-hate-it retro space shooter made a splash with its over-the-top psychedelic freakiness, equally memorable is the controversy that surrounded its creator’s outspoken response to critic reviews and meager sales.”

Check out the full article here at Official Xbox Magazine.