A Gaming Post About Not Gaming

unpluggedToday is the one-week anniversary of my office room being declared (by me) a natural disaster. When your barefoot eight year old steps back and asks “why is it wet, there?”, you tend to spring into action, especially when it’s a basement room and the rain has been constant and heavy. And act I did, unplugging all of my equipment, moving my computer desk (and some bookshelves), and peeling back about 1/3 of the carpet to reveal a saturated pad underneath. Next came the box fan, de-humidifier and wet vac damage control. The wet vac was able to pull some of the moisture out. But for the most part, only time and good air circulation was going to cure the dampness of the room. A few days time, actually.

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Beyond Bossfights Episode 16 – Good and Bad Game Studios?

Beyond BossfightsIs there such a thing as a good and bad game studio? In this episode, I’ve got game bloggers Murf and Doone to discuss our perceptions of game studios, what influences them, and whether the ethical practices of a studio have any relation to the quality of games being produced.

 

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LOTRO: Bloggers are Press, Streamers Aren’t

Participating in blogs, fansites and podcasts can be a tremendous experience. It can also be a little confusing when trying to determine where you fit in the grand ecosphere of press/new media/indie media. Just when you think you’ve got a good handle on your role, a new wrinkle is thrown into the equation. Video has stormed onto the video gaming/content creation scene thanks to accessible tools like OBS and Twitch. It was on one such stream a few weeks ago that I heard LOTRO community manager Frelorn make a statement that surprised me a little. Frelorn mentioned that the applications for the 2015 LOTRO Players Council would be going out soon. Upon questioning from the chat, he also validated that LOTRO streamers would be eligible to apply for the council. While this may not seem like a big deal to the casual observer, it does seem to draw an interesting line revealing who LOTRO considers “press”. Continue reading