It’s pretty awesome to have a charity for gaming minded-folks that also helps out hospitalized kids. If you’re feeling generous this holiday season, Child’s Play is a great cause. Plus it was formed by the folks over Penny Arcade, which is killer. Seriously, go read the comics and the witty write-ups, it’s like a +13 Sword of Funny (+20 vs Gamers) aside the head.
Anyhow, I wrote up a feature on Child’s Play for What They Play which can be read over there. I urge you to check it out and consider making a donation.
“Think you’ve got a big sword? If it’s not the size of a small building or a Boeing 747, then you’re going to have to try harder to impress the burly, pixilated monsters in Ginormo Sword. This retro blade-swinging RPG doesn’t kick off with a quest to rescue a kidnapped princess, save the realm from evil, or get revenge for a fallen comrade. No, this adventure is all about forging the biggest, most ultimately badass sword humanly possible and using it to cleave your way through the beast-strewn countryside. “
Some may be wondering what happened to my Free Bytes indie freeware gaming column (or not). Rest assured, it has not died. It has been assimilated. Regular frequenters of IGN.com may be familiar with the site’s weekly Cheap Thrills gaming deals column. For at least the next few months, I will be contributing to that column with a short freeware write up each week. I’ll be covering a selection of indie, social networking, and flash games that are very much in the same vein of what I’d covered in the Free Bytes column for Green Pixels. Things may change around again in the foreseeable future, but for now be sure to hop on over there to check out some sweet deals and my freebie game of the week. The first installment features Ginormo Sword. Check it out here. Thanks!
Despite the slower game release schedule this month, it’s been a good week in other ways. Finally landed my first print feature for a major gaming mag. The issue will be out in November-ish. I’m not going to say much about it yet, so I don’t advertently jinx myself. Needless to say I’m excited, and it’s extremely gratifying to finally be getting some non-digital ink flowing again. Writing for a newspaper is fun, but seeing your work in a glossy mag on the newsstand is very different. There’s a possibility several other print opportunities will solidify in the near future. However, I’m waiting on baited breath to see what happens. I also recently started doing some casual gaming coverage for Gamezebo, which is a nice change of pace.
Aside from the day-to-day freelance work, there’s a lot of interviewing and research going on behind the scenes in my spare time. I’m making a lot of progress with contacts and info/quote gathering for the book project. Finally got a chance to check out Nerdcore For Life (thanks Dan L.), which is a great film about the geekier (RE: awesome) side of hip-hop. If you’re into that kind of thing, also check out Nerdcore Rising. Anyhow, back to work.