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Announcing iNDIEjONES Games and Big Plans for 2013!

 

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 splendiferific.

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. Just absurd!

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!

 

 

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