New Podcast Series

My good friend and fellow developer Tony “Mr Sunshine” Garcia and I just began a series of “Developer Commentary” videos.

First up is Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando — our first game as REAL developers (we were testers on RC1).

So far we’ve put up one episode, which gets us to the end of the first level (Level 0).

You can see it:

ON YOUTUBE:
Part 1: http://youtu.be/lUwIYfykyss
Part 2: http://youtu.be/Wb4T7P57wAc

ON ITUNES (At some point):
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/useless-podcasts/id444076169

ON OUR NEW PODCAST SITE:
http://podcast.uselessopinions.com

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Cruise-related odds and ends.

I figured I’d post a couple things that were awesome from the cruise:

First off, this was something I witnessed in Jamacia.

Nuff said.

Second, here are some awesome concert moments:

For the first time ever, Jonathan Coulton performs “Big Dick Farts a Polka.” If you haven’t heard the song, it’s awesome.

Next…

This is one of my favorite JoCo songs. It reminds me a lot of George Washington, which was also awesome, but not really relevant here.

And then…

They change the lyrics of one of the songs so it’s about Will Wheaton. WHEAAAATOOOON!!!

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Water, water everywhere…

… and SO much to drink!

I just got back from JoCo Cruise Crazy. After 6 days on a boat with a bunch of my favorite musicians, a concert a day, and my very first ever trip out of the country, I feel GREAT.

I’ve been off work since December 21st or so and I go back tomorrow. I guess I really needed the time off, but I didn’t realize how much.

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Guest Post: Colin Munson – “Challenging Challenges for Thinking People”

My friend and fellow designer Colin Munson asked if he could write a guest post for my blog, and my answer was “HELLS YEAH!” Colin and I worked together for 5 years at Insomniac, and he’s one of my favorite Game Designers in the industry. I found the following editorial fascinating, and I’m proud to post it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

The Adventure game for the 21st century
or
why we get stupid while playing modern video games
or
Challenging challenges for thinking people

By Colin Munson:

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A list of things that make me happy

So it’s 1 in the morning, I’m awake, and I’m trying to think of things to do. I’ve exhausted my normal avenues of entertainment. I tried googling “make me happy” but got nothing useful.

To that end, I’m going to make a list here of things that make me happy. Because it’s my blog and I can do that kinda shit if I want to.

Oh yeah, I went there.

No particular order, here:

Rated T for Teen

From Spyborgs’ ESRB rating page on ESRB.com.

… An unlockable video features a cartoon parody of a Saturday morning commercial in which two fish sing about their plumbing services (e.g., “…if it’s reeking something savage ’cause you’ve eaten too much cabbage…”). The sounds of flatulence and the discharge of excrement can be heard as the camera pans out to the image of an unuseable toilet.

Spyborgs! Buy two!

Day One DLC

Capcom Releases 5$ Multiplayer DLC for RE5

Capcom released a multiplayer mode as Downloadable Content for the recently released Resident Evil 5, and of course the intertubes are aflame with hate. Although I have no problems with it personally, I can understand the argument against it — by releasing the multiplayer patch so soon after the game was released it seems like they are charging extra for a feature that most games include for free.

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Game Story Seed

So there’s this story today about a US satellite and a Russian Satellite colliding.

US and Russian officials yesterday confirmed that the satellites – an Iridium communications spacecraft and a Russian Kosmos-2251 military satellite – collided at about noon GMT on Tuesday. The first known example of a satellite collision in space occurred about 800km above Siberia in the lower earth atmosphere.

Now it’s since come out that the Russian Satellite had been decommissioned, but it gave me an idea for a story seed:

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My head

Recently, every night I’ve been having a series of vivid dreams. They differ every time, though there are some reruns. There’s always five or six of them, and they’re always very complete — like stories — and I tend to remember them after waking up, though they go away after a few hours.

There’s one where I decide to take some classes outside of work to buff up on some knowledge, so I sign up for a full semester at my old high school. But then I can’t wake up early and end up missing nearly a whole semester’s worth … Continue reading