Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year

Well, 2006 has only a few short hours left. Since I'm with a pregnant wife, we're not really going out drinking. In fact, I'd be surprised if she manages to stay up past 8pm (a rare occurrence, apparently baby likes to sleep).

Since she couldn't do anything super fun, I drew her as she would have appeared if she was born an anime elven rogue. Thought I'd share it with you guys. Have a great time tonight everyone.

Edit: Yes, she really does have purple hair in real life, so it's okay. ;)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Merry Christmas to all!

Well, it's almost that time of the year again. Last minute shopping, parties galore, and of course... new video games to play. But today we're not going to talk about video games, we're going to wish you well this Holiday Season.

From everyone at 360 Prophecy (and I'm sure XBOX Canada too!) Merry whatevertheheckyoucelebrate to all! Here's a special Holiday comic that will be popping up on XBOX.ca in the next few days. Cheers!

Monday, December 11, 2006

XNA Game Studio... beta no more!

Cue boring press release:

REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 11, 2006 — Your World. Your Game. With today’s release of Microsoft® XNA™ Game Studio Express and the launch of the XNA Creators Club, this phrase has never been more true. Based on the easy-to-use Visual C#® 2005 Express Edition and Microsoft .NET Compact Framework, XNA Game Studio Express opens up the world of game development to the masses and is now available for free to anyone with a Windows® XP-based PC at http://www.msdn.com/XNA. With the release of XNA Game Studio Express, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the XNA Creators Club, opening up video game development to untapped creative minds, enabling anyone to affordably build and play amazing game ideas on Xbox 360™ systems for the first time ever.


Cue excited fanboy rant:
WOOHOO! Also, you're going to want the skinny on the Creator's Club. The only thing that saddens me is that I truly don't have enough time to work on my game. I don't even have any spare time over Christmas because I'm saving all my vacation for when the baby is born. My mission? I must learn to live without sleep.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Rant #1 - Gaming is not a *sport*

Welcome to a brand new feature, I call it "The Rant". Will it continue? Probably. As a gamer with over 20 years experience I've seen a lot of messed up stuff in this industry. Every once in a while I see, hear, or read something that really pisses me off. I'd like to talk about that.

Parental Advisory Warning: I am 'unkind'.

I read a lot of gaming blogs. No joke. A lot. One of my favourites is Joystiq. They have a light-hearted edge that, being a hardly serious person, I can appreciate. This evening I came across a post talking about how they're going to do drug checks in this Cyberathelete Professional League some genius decided to start.

Did I miss a fucking meeting? When the hell did gamers turn into 'atheletes' and when did gaming become a sport? To make it all worse, it's a fracking eSport.

Let me tell you something. I remember being in middle school having a fascinating debate with my best friend on which we liked better (Nintendo or Sega), and those asshole Jock atheletes decided to tease me for it. Don't insult me now by thinking that I in any way, shape, or form
want to be called one of them. Even now, at 28 years of age, I still get eyes rolling when my hockey-playing co-workers overhear me talking about a passion I happen to take pretty damn seriously. Gaming is about as much of a sport as figure skating is.

God I hate figure skating.

And don't think I'm in the dark over hear Mr. Marketing guru. I know why you're calling it a sport. You and your friends at Spike think gaming needs to be made more mainstream before it can fit nicely into your pretty TV shows... and maybe you're right. But insulting the generations of geeks that brought gaming to what it is today is not, I repeat: is not, the way to do it.

Gamer for life... or until carpal tunnel sets in.