Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What To Listen For

I had a busy 2 weeks with appearances on several podcast and one big surprise I’ll talk about in a second.

Bobby Blackwolf Show

Weekly, Sundays, 8PM

Download Link: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/BobbyBlackwolfShow/~3/221234159/BWShow011308-012008.mp3

DESCRIPTION: An awesome podcast that gives the listener to not only listen live, but also participate in making the show great. I often call in to discuss the big topics of the week or a philosophy or point of view on gaming I think is worthy of discussion. If you are too shy to call in there is always the chat room to keep you busy and chatting with other listeners who voice their opinion on the various topics.

EPISODE: In this double sized super show I call in to talk about Street Fighter 4 and various other fighters as well as a call talking about the conversations gamers have with each other and what someone personally looks for when deciding why a game is great.

You can listen for me near the 34:00-47:00 and 1:33:00-1:44:00 mark.

Chatterbox Video Game Show

Weekly, Tuesdays, 11PM

Link: http://ripple.radiotail.com/1007/Show208_01-22-2008.mp3

DESCRIPTION: Not only is the show live, but it is also broadcast on the radio in Arizona. The hosts Alon (game fan), Ara (game designer), and Rich (student game designer) are a smart and diverse group whose show feels painfully short only because you love hearing their point of view on the industry and game design. I rarely call into the show (I still call the most) and when I do I am greeted with open arms (unless I disagree). They also have a live chat room so that you can discuss the topic and Rich is often in there relaying the information and opinions to the other hosts.

EPISODE: This two part segment talks about why we play games and what motivates us. I call in and talk about games as a challenge and the side effects of a frustrated gamer.

You can listen for me near the 21:00-40:00 mark.

Cagcast

Weekly, Fridays

Link: http://media.libsyn.com/media/cheapyd/cagcast104.mp3

DESCRIPTION: A great podcast that takes a look at not only the news of the week, but any great deals on games that can be found. It’s hosted by Cheapy D from Japan and Wombat from New York with discussions from both sides of the gaming hemispheres. Unlike most podcast its very personal and you will get to know (and learn to love) the two hosts of the show.

EPISODE: This is such a cool moment that I won’t even spoil it for you. Simply take a quick listen for not only one of the coolest things that ever, but something that even amazed me as I listened.

You can listen for me near the 19:40-28:00 and 2:01:00-2:04:00 mark.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Blowing Up

"I'm like a man smoking at a gas station... I'm about to blow up!" - Martin Lawrence, Martin TV Show

In a little over a week my video on YouTube has had over 10,000 views which is more then I ever imagined. I put a lot of work into the song and am shocked by the response I've received. The best part being the various journalists that saw the video.

I got a personal message from Kyle Orland (youtube comments) who was the person that broke the news on Joystiq. That was crazy enough, but it turns out he also use to go to my high school and essentially lived in the same area I do today. I also got a personal message from the man himself Jeff Gerstmann saying that he liked the song (check myspace comments). That to me would have been enough... but it gets better.

One journalist by the name of Sam Kennedy not only puts my video in his blog post, but has written an incredible article about the situation. If at all interested I strongly suggest you check out his post. Its long, but after you finished reading it you'll be glad you now have deeper insight about the subject matter and how it effects all gaming media.

http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=8587828&publicUserId=4561231


Once again thanks to everyone that helped make the video a hit and expect more to come.

Video link: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Iq3peQ1KciA

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Track: Lose Gerstmann

Track: http://media.putfile.com/Lose-Gerstmann


This was definitely a labor of love. The song is about the firing of Jeff Gerstmann at gamespot.com. While most may assume that this was done as a simple commentary on the events that took place I honestly can say his writing was something I looked forward to on a regular basis.

When Greg Kasavin left a year or two ago I took it pretty hard since him and Jeff were the best reviewers and commentators in the industry. And in the days where most game journalist are leaving for careers in game development its sad to see such a well known and respected member of the community be dispatched in such a terrible way.

He was one of my motivations into writing about games and these events have truly discouraged me from ever wanting to participate in a place where such events could take place.

I hope you enjoy the track and feel free to leave me feedback on what you thought about the song.

LYRICS:

First time on a mac, first time with internet access.

Middle school rules limited the url address.

And I did what any kid at 13 years of age.

Broke the rules and typed the words videogames.

The surprise in my eyes that site did exist.

Turn my world upside down, never been the same since.

Its rare a teenager who when initially logs on.

Chooses to see videogames over sex.com

This is before the words nerdcore or hardcore.

Before game concerts before star force.

Before l33t speak before CS aim bots.

Before the site you recognize today as gamespot.

Before Behind the games, button mashing, tournament tv.

Ocarina, Soul Calibur, Tony Hawk 3.

Before HDTV, games on DVDs

Before gamespot's destruction of their own http.

The Hypertext protocol lost its meaning to all.

Choosing money over integrity became your downfall.

At 3am on November 30th 07

My RSS received news beyond my comprehension.

When I read the news on joystiq it was hard to stomach.

I thought Kyle Orland must've fucking gone nuts or somethin.

I was sooner to believe that he was being punished.

For pornography or siphoning money from the budget.

Thought it was another case that media made shit up.

Or small event that got exaggerated and blown up.

My own ignorance thought things can't be so corrupt.

It was two days later before I'd finally erupt.

Mitigating circumstances made me enlightened.

Taking down the video review and the advertisements.

Showed how guilty you are no way you can deny it.

No surprise that every gamer began unsubscribing.

(Break)

Gamespot, Eidos, or Cnet no one’s sure who to blame.

I’ll break it down for you so you know who to flame.

Gamespot initially received the first few blows.

Logic dictates that Jeff was running the show.

So that isn’t where the damage should be dealt.

Cuz Jeff would basically have to fire himself.

Eidos definitely deserves the negative feelings.

However those guys were pissed for a legitimate reason.

You must admit that it’s a part of Eidos job.

To make sure their adverts are worth the cost.

Its business and it makes sense they’re pissed off.

And that they complain about the reviewer in charge.

This is the role played by those in PR.

Allowing them to effect you is when things go wrong.

Dan Shoe wrote they bribe with schwag, games, and flights.

PR’s job’s on the line if scores aren’t at max height

However those that work at the Cnet networks

Are the bad guys that deserve the loss of net worth.

Since Jeff didn’t quit you know it’s a higher up.

That fired em over an advertisers bucks.

Deal with the consequences gamers are mad as fuck.

Fuck your no comment your actions were loud enough.

When an entire bus of gamers with signs and fliers up

Admire us outside of their office louder then fire trucks.

And those that heard the news and were quick to applaud.

Showed exactly how ignorant Nintendo fanboys are.

Reviews aren’t fact, but what one person thinks.

Same way I disagree with Jeff’s hate for Killer Instinct.

Firing Jeff saved money, but fans is what it cost em.

Seriously though the combo system was so awesome.

It was the best of Street Fighter and Mortal Combat combined.

With an announcer that sounded like the unreal guy.

Even though Cnet is the largest target.

Its gamespot that will be hit the hardest.

Even though the staff may never be bought off.

Theirs anxiety that a review may end your job.

If I were a staff member I would have to walk out.

If everything I wrote is always meet with doubt.

Now anything they say will be subject to question.

If a great reviews honest or great out of pressure.

That people disagree with it is a pain to think.

Expect to go online and get your ass flamed and lynched.

The game title’s unsaid and I won’t say it since.

It doesn’t deserve one god damn sale or cent.

Distrust in reviews will hurt all with no exceptions

Who to trust is obvious if you paid close attention.

What road you choose next isn’t the tracks message.

Go to gamespot or not is at your own discretion.
(Break)

I was an on the spot viewer, a hotspot listener.

Now I'm taking out the fire hydrants and extinguishers.

Pull the alarm and have everyone in the building running.

Set fire to their office, they ain't even Cnet comin.

Steven Colvin at Cnet must be a regular genius.

A veteran disgracefully fired how did you not see this.

Cnet is worse then the buzz rip off.

Now I’m in front of your office armed and ticked off.

The first moment you see doors burst open

You’ll find a berserk person bloody with shirt open

The verse spoken purely made as a burn notice

Guns burstin with little to no words spoken

If you’re the dumb person to fire jeff gerstmann

I'm the worst person, you'd want to meet in first person

Or in person you impersonate a site with credibility.

Your decision is worthy of the mass of negativity.