The Weekend Gamer
Thoughts on gaming culture, living among non-gamers, and growing up in the nintendo generation

Archive for March 2008

Rock Band Releases Jonathan Coulton’s “Still Alive” For Free

March 31, 2008

  That’s right…JoCo’s Still Alive is now playable in Rock Band.  Not only that, but it’s being offered for free. As if Rock Band’s rep needed a boost from it’s already lofty state.  For those of you who don’t know, “Still Alive” is the theme song/ending song of last year’s surprise hit, Portal.  Jonathan Coulton […]

The Weekend Wrapup (March 28th-30th)

March 31, 2008

  Ow… I threw my back out last night, so I had to cancel my guitar lessons for the day, which isn’t cool.  But on the other hand, I got to stay home.  I finished Call of Duty 4 this weekend (a game who’s popularity is growing by leaps and bounds 5 months after release), and really […]

Penny Arcade Smorgasborg

March 28, 2008

Just a heads up that if you’re interested in attending the biggest gaming conference in this hemisphere, that early bird registration ends on Monday.  You can get tickets here.  I recently convinced my wife to let me return to PAX, and I can tell you from last year that if you go, you won’t regret […]

The Weekend Gamer (March 28th-30th)

March 28, 2008

  Happy Friday everyone!  I hope your week has been well.  Mine has been a little rough.  But I’m happy that it’s the weekend.  It’s time to let us know what you’ll be playing over the next two days.   I’ve actually been doing a lot of playing late nights this week, including Football Manager 08, […]

The Danger of The Rock Band Music Store

March 26, 2008

  Two things came together this week to form a perfect storm of Rock and Roll–first, the Omeganauts from PAX that I was paired with to play Rock Band (we dubbed ourselves the Photoshop Heroes) decided to plan a reunion of sorts online tonight.  The second thing is the recent release of the Boston 6 […]

Why Writing Matters In Gaming

March 24, 2008

A quick follow up to last week’s post of Adam Maxwell’s article concerning why writers aren’t as important as designers in games– First off, let me say kudos to Anne Toole of the Writers Cabal Blog, who wrote a very good rebuttal article herself.  I especially liked this: “I met with our writer [. . […]