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Mario Maker level featured on Game Grumps

A few weeks ago Vernon Shaw tweeted that he was looking for some Super Mario Maker courses to use for Game Grumps so I submitted my level Bob-omb’s Blast Barrage and it turns out they ended up using it for the show (my level starts at around the 6:25 mark)! I actually wrote about the creative process for this level in a blog post on my current employer’s blog a few months ago. Since then this level has gone through even further updates as Super Mario Maker added more features. I had fun watching them play the level and making discoveries about how it worked. I especially got a smile out of Arin claiming one of the later tasks to be “pretty cool.” After 100 episodes of playing Mario Maker levels you would think they have seen it at, so it was a nice subtle compliment.

So I thought this was a nice surprise worth sharing, and Arin’s kind words about the work I (we’ve) done through the years was (and is) very uplifting.

Too Many Games Panel & E3 Wrap Up with Elder-Geek.com!

As usual, I recently had a chance to sit down with Randy from Elder-Geek and Shamoozal alum Steve to talk about this years E3. Clocking in at nearly 2 hours long, the three of us go about as in depth as we can with the latest news out of the game industry. It’s been probably over a year since I last podcasted and I have to say it felt nice getting back into the swing of things. If anything, it makes me want to podcast more in the future.

Outside of that, I have a panel at the upcoming Too Many Games convention that takes place in Oaks, PA. This is the first panel I’ve ever done in my life so I’m quite nervous about it! It takes place Sunday, June 28th at 11 AM in the morning at “Panel 3″ (wherever that is). The panel is called “The Art of the Animated Parody” and I plan on going in deep in regards to how my 1980s Anime trilogy for Maker Studios was crafted in order to have mass appeal. I’ll mainly be using Star Wars as a talking point, but I’ll dive into Harry Potter and Ghostbusters when applicable. Assuming there is time, I’ll open it up to a Q&A as well. In a best case scenario, it’s something that I’d like to be insightful and have some meaning to those who attend it, at worst it’ll be me rambling to five people and nothing of value will be gained. That said, I’ll take five people, it would probably be easier on me to speak with a smaller crowd. I do intend to try and record it however. I’m not sure exactly how that will turn out, but if it turns out well, you can be sure to see it pop up here. Hope to see some of you there!

Kid Icarus Line Test

It’s been quite a while since I did a Nerdlog post. Around this time last year, I came up with an idea for a ROM short that would be about Pit from Kid Icarus. This was before the 3DS was announced I think. Kid Icarus Uprising was announced when I was doing the roughs for this line test, and I thought to myself, “nice! I’ll have this done by the time the new game comes out!”. Well, Uprising was delayed quite a bit, and I never got beyond this point. I have a dollar bill, the same dollar bill that inspired me in the first place for reasons I won’t go into without spoiling the short, sitting on my desk that is a constant reminder to work on this. Alas, I’m working a full time job, freelance at night, the baby is about to pop out of wife any day now, and I’m neck deep in house hunting. Time is precious these days. That said, enjoy the clip and hopefully some day we’ll see the rest of it!

I made a Skyward Sword Video Review

I have been wanting to do video reviews for Shamoozal for ages, so it was fun to finally get the chance to make a video review of my own, even though it’s for Elder-Geek.com and not for here. That doesn’t mean I can’t share it with you folks though, so here it is.

What do you think? This was actually much harder to put together than I anticipated, and it unfortunately cut into the time I had planned to work on the new ROM episode. Remember that free weekend from the kids that I wrote about in the last post? Yeah, that was this past weekend and my time was dedicated to putting together this review. It was good for me though, it’s been a long time since I’ve edited a video together, and it was a great exercise in doing voice over work for this sort of thing.

Reading a review is much harder than it appears! I’m much more accustomed to recording a few lines of dialogue as a character. I put together two versions of this review, the first of which I read my written review almost word for word. It just didn’t sound very natural, so I went back last night and re-recorded my audio, instead trying to do the review as if I were having a conversation with someone about it. It’s not perfect, but maybe I’ll start to get good at these sorts of things if I keep up with them.

Anyway I’m interested to see how it gets received. I tried to put more emphasis on the mechanics of the game, and go less into what the game is about. I feel like so many reviews these days read like previews of a game with the occasional opinion thrown in for good measure. I’m more interested in talking about why I think a game works the way it does. I may not have gotten that point across in this review, but again, all part of the learning process. I almost didn’t even bring the story up, but I wanted to talk about the Skyloft characters so I felt like I needed to. Also kept all talk about graphics and audio to a minimum. I think the game looks and sounds fantastic, but the review was already running long and I wanted to focus on what I felt were the important aspects of the game.

So yeah, it was lots of work, almost my entire Sunday plus a bunch of hours Saturday and Monday night. I really under estimated the scale of something like this.

Shamoozal’s Game Club #5 – Cybernator

Cybernator

On this episode of Shamoozal’s Game Club we’re talking about Cybernator, a side-scroller from Konami for the Super Nintendo. We break it down in the way that we are now known to do. We also play three songs from the Cybernator original soundtrack: “We’ve gotta do it”, “Asteroid Run” and “Till the Crack of Doom”. There are going to be some changes to the show in the near future, but I will let Phil elaborate for you.

Next time we’re going to be playing Shatterhand or Shadow of the Ninja. Vote for your choice at the bottom of this post!

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Shamoozal’s Game Club #4 – Cthulu Saves the World

Cthulu Saves the World

On this episode of Shamoozal’s Game Club we dug into the retro-style RPG Cthulhu Saves the World from Zeboyd Games. We break it down in the way that we are now known to do. We also feature three fine tracks from the CStW original soundtrack by Gordon McNiel, if you like what you hear we suggest you head over to their site and download a copy (FREE) for yourself.

Next time we’re going to be playing one of two Konami classics Axelay or Cybernator. These are both available on the Wii’s Virtual Console. Vote for your choice at the bottom of this post!

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Next Time on SGC – Cthulhu Saves the World

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Next time we’re going to be playing Cthulhu Saves the World from Zeboyd Games You can buy it as part of a 2-Pack for $2.99 on Steam, or you can get a 4-pack to share with your friends on Gamersgate. Its also available through the XBL Indie store for 240 msp. Grab the game, play it and send us your comments so we can read them during the next episode! We’re recording #4 on August 9th, so theres plenty of time to play along and get your feedback in! In the meantime, check out Game Club #3:

Shamoozal’s Game Club #3 – A Game About My Cat

A Game About My Cat

On our most challenging episode yet, we welcome Randy from Elder-Geek to the show as our new ‘3rd Chair’. This time the Game Club played ‘A Game About My Cat‘ an Xbox Live Indie title developed by thelostone. We hope you enjoy our dissection of the game, we tried to be fair and balanced. Clocking in at 52 minutes, Shamoozal Game Club has now become the most comprehensive source of information on ‘A Game About My Cat’…. hands down. You can follow thelostone on twitter to get more information about his upcoming game ‘Phase Runner‘.

Next time we’re going to be playing one of two Indie titles from Zeboyd Games: Cthulhu Saves the World vs Breath of Death VII You can buy BOTH of these titles in a 2-Pack for $2.99 on Steam, or you can get a 4-pack to share with your friends on Gamersgate. They’re also available through the XBL Indie store for 240 msp each. Scroll down to vote!

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