Batman Telltale Series

Narrative Review: Batman: The Telltale Series

I’m glad games like Batman: The Telltale Series exist. When converting superhero characters to the medium of video games, it’s rare to see them out-of-costume except in the occasional cutscene. Comic books and films can show Bruce Wayne struggling with relationships and cooking breakfast in between all the tights and capes and ZAP-KAPOWs. Those that show nothing but slugfests don’t have enough narrative pacing to make the fights feel earned. […]

2017

2017

2017 was an interesting year for me. I accomplished a lot, and while I’ll probably never be satisfied with how much I’ve done in any given length of time, I know that my life has been headed in a good direction. There are three major reasons for why I feel that way. One, my girlfriend, Emily, has stuck by me through it all. Somehow she hasn’t gotten sick of me. […]

The Joker in Injustice 2

Don’t Kill the Joker

I wouldn’t have expected to be so enthralled by the plot of a DC comics fighting game by the Mortal Kombat devs, but here we are. I played Injustice: Gods Among Us when it was free on PSN and found myself pleasantly surprised by the story. Ever since reading Kingdom Come and watching the Justice League cartoon, I’ve thought about the argument that killing the Joker (or some other villain) […]

Incrementalism

I try to improve myself a little bit every day. I’ve heard the “get 1% better every day,” “take baby steps,” “kaizen method” spiels, but I’ve never been one for vague metaphoric mantras. I prefer “incrementalism.” I’m currently the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. The reasons are manifold but tiny. I don’t know if my happiness will last forever, or even much longer, but I can say with confidence […]

Pixels and Jams at the 2017 Global Game Jam

Over the past weekend, aspiring game devs from all over the world built games together from start to finish in a 48-hour period. And I was one of them. Edmonton was one of the many cities to host a space for jammers to meet up, form teams, and create cool stuff. We dreamed up ideas way too big for our britches, painstakingly crafted art and narrative and gameplay and music and […]

365-Day Challenge: Highlights

Now that I’ve finished up my writing prompt challenge, I wanted to go through all my stories and see what came out of it. Naturally, the prompts were all scrappy little first drafts, very loose, but nonetheless there were many that I kind of liked. For anyone wanting to read through my stories: I understand that 365 flash fictions is a big ask. I had family members tell me I wrote […]

6 Steps to Doing Your Own Writing Prompt Challenge

Last post I talked about my experience doing a 365-day writing prompt challenge. To sum it up, it was tough, but incredibly rewarding. Writing every day for a year helped me ignore my inner critic and just write like crazy without needing to spend minutes (or hours) staring at a blank page. It also results in a heck of a lot of little stories ripe for the ol’ polish-and-publish (I’m sure […]

Post Traumatic

“I had a really bad dream last night.” “Oh no. What happened?” “So I was at this veteran’s hospital listening to a couple guys talk about the war. And through some kind of dream logic I was suddenly transported into the war, and it’s happening in episodes like a demented game show.” “Okay?” “And all the soldiers are these anthropomorphic animals like out of Five Nights at Freddie’s.” “Whaaat.” “And there’s […]

Lost in Limoges

Nathan and I had been overseas for two weeks at this point. We came from Paris by way of London to arrive in the little French town of Limoges. Our money burned quickly in those two big cities, so we scoured our European travel book for somewhere to stay that would be less flashy, and less expensive. Limoges came highly recommended, so we decided to settle there for a few […]