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As the great Bob Dylan once said, "Times they are a-changin'."
Ron Burgundy had never heard that song, so when change came, it hit him hard... but
me on the other hand -- I'm trying to adapt. Turns out, up and moving to San
Francisco with no job leads was a slightly ill-conceived idea. Why didn't any
of you tell me? Well, honestly, it wasn't all a bust. I spent four months in an
amazing city, ate some fantastic food, met some cool folks and even interviewed
for a few jobs, one of which was an Associate Editor position with @Gamer
magazine. I had about an hour long discussion with EIC Andy Eddy about games, game
journalism, Connecticut (our common home state) and why college degrees don't
matter. But alas, I didn't get the position -- this time at least. It's good to
have established at least the foundation of a relationship with such an
experienced games writer.
I also developed a website with huge help from Nick, my
roommate/ friend/ host in San Fran. The website is technically live, but hasn't
officially launched just yet. There isn't much to see over there at the moment.
It's like when a store opens a few weeks before it actually holds the grand
opening ceremonies. It's there and you can go inside, but don't judge it as a
final product. I'm very happy with how it looks and functions. It's called
Indie Jones Games and I would love if you checked it out and gave me some
feedback. Huge thanks to Nick for giving me a place to stay and for making the
website look awesome.
Now, my plans for the next twelve months are pretty big. While I plan on
getting a real, paying job as soon as possible, I also plan on working on quite
a few projects in 2013. I still plan on working on The Game Effect, and in
fact, we're looking for people to contribute to the site on a regular basis
(though at the moment, we can't pay anything, but it is great experience), so
if you're interested, send me a message and we'll talk. We are wrapping up our
Game of the Year awards for 2013 soon, and if you'd like to vote, head on over
and check out the nominees. It's easy to register and vote and we all worked
really hard on the awards, which I have always thought are the sexiest year-end
awards on the web.
Remember how I said, I'm trying to adapt to the changing
times? Well, I'm starting a new YouTube channel to go along with the new
website. The channel will feature a bunch of different video content, from
puppets talking about video games, to video-casts of The JACKED UP Indie &
Mojo Show. Yes that's right. Not only are we still around (sorry for our lack
of new episodes recently), but we're hoping to try some new things in 2013.
Watch the admittedly rough-around-the-edges video below to hear more about what
I plan to do with video content in the next year. I think it will be
If you like this video and are even the least bit curious, it would butter my biscuits if you were so kind as to click on this link and subscribe to my channel!
And finally, I am writing a novel. I know. All that... plus a
novel? Crikey! I have been writing a feature article about Curt Schilling's 38
Studios and the bad deal with the state of Rhode Island for a while, but after
compiling all my research and organizing interviews, I realized that I had way
too much information there to squeeze it all into a relatively short article.
That would be like squeezing The Hobbit movies into one slim children's novel.
So those are my plans for 2013. Pretty ambitious -- I
realize. But I'd rather be ambitious and fail than simply complacent. Hopefully
you all really enjoy some of the content I put out and continue to follow it on
its own merits. Thanks for reading and as always...
Stay classy Game Informer!