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X’d Out

Two months after they launched, next-gen consoles are still almost impossible to get. Unless you are a ‘bot or some sentient script code, your middle-aged fingers can not click fast enough to get either an Xbox Series X or the PlayStation 5 today. Or yesterday, when I actually tried to procure one. News hit thatContinue reading “X’d Out”

Girl Talk

Back in 1998 Madonna found her Ray of Light, Air went on a Moon Safari, and Massive Attack does whatever one does in a Mezzanine. I was a publicist for a videogame company called Purple Moon, whose hook was that it made videogames for girls ages 8 – 14. The company was founded and runContinue reading “Girl Talk”

Quest Love

I seem to have reached that stage in Destiny 2 where I’m just doing an endless side quests: Stasis freeze sixty bad guys. Destroy fifty Vex in Eventide Ruins. Perform 100 headshots while eating a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man’s hat.

Screen Play

I saw Faith No More in concert back in the early 90s (I know — brag). It was in support of The Real Thing (the one with “Epic“)(Though I was more of an Angel Dust guy). Anyhoo, during the show, lead singer Mike Patton would ask the audience “Are you being good? ‘Cuz when you’reContinue reading “Screen Play”


I suppose we should start with the penis options. Wait! Before you rush to hit the unsubscribe button, this isn’t some cheap, hacky ploy to get, well, I don’t know what that would get actually. But there is an actual setting in the just-released Cyberpunk 2077 game to, uhhh, adjust your junk, as it were.Continue reading “Punk’d”

Cut it Out

I’ve been a writer by trade for decades. Journalism. Screenplays. Comic books. Marketing copy. I’ve written just about everything, struggling and straining to come up with the exact sequence of words that will, uhhh… do… something, something. Anyway, I bring it up because even though I am familiar with the intense pain videogame writers goContinue reading “Cut it Out”


When Apple Arcade debuted back in… when was it? Time, of course, has lost all meaning (I’m in a time zone. I’m in a time zone.). Regardless, when it launched it felt like quite a steal. Five bucks a month for unlimited play of a library of games with no in-app purchases and no ads.Continue reading “Playmobile?”


I reached a weird inflection point in adult/parenthood this week. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is sitting in my PS 4, but the game is not mine. My son got it as a (belated) birthday present from his aunt. Whether or not I’m a good parent (or the best parent) for letting my ten-year old play Assassin’sContinue reading “Val-holla”

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