Thursday, November 26, 2015

Complete Timeline of My Work


One of my favorite little pleasures is discovering an artist and pouring over their body of work. It's fun to see the little arcs their output takes over time. Often this requires a kind of make-shift archaeological approach, since many artists don't take pains to preserve their old work.

I've been posting stuff on the internet for many years now, and I've built up a significant backlog. I like to think some people may take interest in those little arcs in my work. So here it, as complete a timeline of my oeuvre as I can put together, including a few collaborative efforts.

Obviously I don't stand by all of it now -- the glowing Other M review is a particularly aggravating stain -- but it all speaks to the person I've been, am, and will be.

Current Projects


50% Millennium Swordfighters
80% Gnocchi
20% Together We Shine
20% It Takes A Village
20% Mermaid Feast

70% Upload source code for all of my games

Upcoming


Polygon Valley
Vs. Neon
?????

Ongoing


The Sockcast Podcast Began 8-24-2014

2017


Atop the Witch's Tower Games 6-12-2017
Kikai Games 5-13-2017
Her Lullaby Games 2-14-2017
Solutions without Problems Writing 1-19-2017

2016

Let's Play Don't Look Back Videos 4-2-2016
Let's Play Sonic Adventure Videos 3-20-2016
Let's Play Super Hexagon Videos 3-11-2016

2015


The SnS Clubhouse Podcast 8-18-2015
Hummingbird Lovers Psychic Supernova Games 7-13-2015
The Top Generation 5 Games Ever Writing, SMPS 6-25-2015
How SaGa 2 Tells a Beautiful Story Writing, ZEAL 4-3-2015
Let's Play Darkfate Videos 3-9-2015
Let's Play Romancing SaGa Videos 3-2-2015
Midnight Ramblings on Chrono Trigger and Fate Videos 2-16-2015
Let's Play For the Frog the Bell Tolls Videos 2-9-2015
Let's Play Super Mario Land Videos 2-2-2015
Let's Play Kirby's Dream Land 3 Videos 1-26-2015
Let's Play Monuments of Mars Videos 1-19-2015
The Maturity of Zelda II Writing, Clickbliss 1-16-2015

2014


2014 Game of the Year List Writing, SMPS 12-22-2014
Frog Adventure Games 12-14-2014
Operation K.A.T.B. Games 9-20-2014
Ants: A Love Story Games 8-25-2014
#welovegamedevs Writing 8-22-2014
Effective Drama in Videogames Panel Summary Writing, IGDA 8-1-2014
Let's Play Problem Attic Videos 7-13-2014
Let's Play Super Xalaxer Videos 7-6-2014
Let's Play A Night in the Woods Videos 6-24-2014
Let's Play La La Land Videos 6-14-2014
Effective Drama in Videogames Panel Videos, IndiE3 6-11-2014
IndiE3 Week and anna anthropy's emotica Writing 6-9-2014
Dance Party Games 6-8-2014
Mega Man 2 (NES) Review Writing, Nintendo Project Resumed 5-23-2014
I wanna be the very best Writing 5-20-2014
Designing Drama - Fugitive Postmortem Writing, ZEAL 5-15-2014
Top 10 Games of 2013 Writing, SMPS 01-01-2014

2013


The Top 129 Game Boy Games Ever Writing, SMPS 12-22-2013
Into the Vortex Games 12-21-2013
Fugitive Games 11-2-2013
Mother 3 and Abstraction Writing 12-7-2013
Super Xalaxer (Browser) Review Writing 8-22-2013
Let's Play Summer School 2013 Videos, SMPS 07-23-2013
Quarantine Games 5-16-2013
Mixtape #1: Flash Games Writing 4-24-2013
Antichamber (PC) Review Writing 4-21-2013
Ni no Kuni (PS3) Review Writing 4-9-2013
Anna Plays Mega Man X for the First Time Videos 3-25-2013

2012


Top 10 Games of 2012 Writing, SMPS 12-31-2012
The Top 153 Genesis Games Ever Writing, SMPS 12-22-2012
Mega Man X Minimalist Playthrough (Unfinished) Videos 8-8-12
Let's Play Summer Blockbuster 2012 Videos, SMPS 07-21-2012
Iji (PC) Review Writing, SMPS 06-10-2012
Let's Play Springfest 2012 Videos, SMPS 03-18-2012
Battle with Magus (8-bit Famitracker Cover) Music 2-22-2012
Lava Reef Zone (8-bit Famitracker Cover) Music 1-19-2012
Descent into Hell (8-bit Famitracker Cover) Music 1-16-2012
F-Zero: Big Blue (8-bit Famitracker Cover) Music 1-14-2012
Silent Hill 2 (PS2) Review Writing, SMPS 01-05-2012

2011


Top 10 Games of 2011 Writing, SMPS 12-31-2011
Let's Play Fall Funtacular 2011 Videos, SMPS 11-01-2011
Silent Hill (PSX) Review Writing, SMPS 09-15-2011
Let's Play Summer Olympics 2011 Videos, SMPS 08-05-2011
Top 10 Cartoons of All-Time Writing, SMPS 07-31-2011
Princess Tutu Review Writing, SMPS 07-01-2011
Mega Man X3 (SNES) Review Writing, SMPS 01-25-2011

2010


Metroid: Other M (Wii) Review Writing, SMPS 10-25-2010
Battletoads (NES) Review Writing, SMPS 08-03-2010 

2009


Ahriman Games 12-11-2009

Friday, November 13, 2015

Psychic Hummingbird Lovers Supernova


Anna and I made a new game! You can play it right here. We released it back on July 13, so now it's finally recorded here for posterity. It's about two cute birds that love each other a whole lot bouncing around the solar system together.

The movement is mouse-based, the first game I've worked on that involves the mouse at all. I coded up the motion mechanic several months earlier, then in just one night Anna helped me work it into a nice little story. I hope you enjoy it!

ZEAL Article on SaGa 2


I wrote a new piece for ZEAL! Well, new when it was published back in April. It's a piece on the classic GameBoy RPG Final Fantasy Legend II, the second game in the SaGa series. It's a beautiful game, and I'm proud to have written about it for a site as valuable as ZEAL.

You can read my piece here.

ZEAL also has sublime works that discuss the first and third SaGa games, both by the site's creator Aevee Bee. ZEAL is a vital resource, and is well worth supporting on Patreon.

Friday, January 16, 2015

STUFF I Accomplished in 2014

This is a general blog post on what I've done in the past year, mostly so I have a convenient summary to refer to later. There will be many exclamation points because I did a lot of STUFF I'm really excited about!


General Life STUFF

I got married! My wife is wonderful and supportive and all-around lovely, and I hope to spend the rest of my life with her.

I continued working on my Computer Science degree! I had my best semester ever grade-wise last fall, and I'm learning all sorts of cool things about computers that I never knew before. I'm really excited about my education and about where my life is heading!


Game-type STUFF I Worked On

I made DANCE PARTY with my now-wife! It's probably my favorite game I've worked on at this point, and it was a blast to put together. It was also given a spot on Forest Ambassador, one of my favorite games curation pages, and was later awarded "Loveliest Game Made By A Couple".

I made Ants: A Love Story! It received zero awards anywhere, HOWEVER anna anthropy did compliment it on twitter. And that's pretty fantastic!

I made Operation Kiss All The Boys with my good friend Polly of SMPS! It's super-cute and you should play it!

I made Frog Adventure! I've had a number of people say that this is their favorite game I've made so far. I'm really proud of it! Best of all, it was featured on TheCatamites's FROGS IN VIDEOGAMES list, alongside such esteemed examples of frog-based-play as Frogger, Jumping Frog, Frog Volleyball, For the Frog the Bell Tolls, 3D Frogman, Frog Simulator 2014, and Chrono Trigger.


Awesome STUFF I Participated In

I've been a part of SMPS official podcast since its inception and its been going strong for months now. We've got DOZENS of hours of us rambling up now, so give it a look if you're into that sort of thing!

I also pitched and took part in the IndiE3 "Effective Drama in Videogames" Panel alongside Arden and Aevee Bee, two hella cool people you should pay attention to!

I recorded four Let's Play/ad-hoc video essay-type thing for the Sliders 'n Socks Let's Play Olympics. The videos are on the five La La Land games, A Night in the Woods, Super Xalaxer, and Problem Attic.


STUFF I Wrote

I wrote about my old game Fugitive for Aevee Bee's phenomenal games writing website ZEAL!

I wrote about my wife's quest to be the very best!

I wrote about Mega Man 2 for my good friend Frezno's wonderful site NintendoProjectResumed!

I wrote a summary of the "Effective Drama in Videogames" panel for the IGDA Newsletter!

I wrote a list of twenty-seven games I played and adored in 2014 for SMPS!

I wrote a lengthy thank-you note to all of the amazing people working in alternative games spaces right now. I wrote it in August, right at the start of the awful GamerGate bullshit that's STILL going on. I've revisited it periodically throughout the whole debacle as a way of reminding myself that this fucked-up medium and its fucked-up culture is something really truly worth giving a damn about.


Goals for STUFF to do in 2015

So, despite the amount of awful bullshit in 2014, it still wound up being basically the greatest year of my life So Far. So I'm pretty much just gonna keep doin' what I'm doin'! I'm gonna keep making games, gonna keep writing, gonna keep getting better at computers, and I'm gonna keep loving my friends and my family and my wonderful wonderful wife.

I have a feeling things will turn out okay~

The Maturity of Zelda II

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I wrote about Zelda II for a nifty little games criticism site called ClickBliss. I really adore this weirdo outlier in the Zelda canon, and I'm glad omar elaasar, ClickBliss's Editor-in-Chief and generally stand-up guy, asked me to write something for the site! I hope to do more work for ClickBliss in the future, and in the mean time, check out their other articles.

My Favorite Games I Played in 2014


I wrote about 27 (!) games I played and adored in 2014. The first section is a lengthy unordered list of games that actually came out in 2014. The second is just a countdown of my ten favorite games I played over the course of the year, including work from other eras. (I went over the content of the second section in detail during the SMPS Game of the Year Sockscast, which you can find on the main page.)

Be sure to give Polly and Rhete's lists a look too!

The Sockscast

Hey! I've been doing a videogame podcast with my friends Rhete and Polly. It's hosted over at SocksMakePeopleSexy.Net. Most of the ten episodes are on the main page, and the very first is located right here. We've had discussions with each other and guests about a variety of topics, such as the Sega Genesis, Contra, rougelikes, 3D Sonic, and an extended rundown of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

It's a cool podcast! Give it a listen if you're into that sort of thing!