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September 10, 2009

Off to San Francisco Today

It has been a long time since I have updated this blog. This has to do with the fact that I am writing more on Blogcritics, plus running the Gaming section; blogging on BG Views; developing BG Views; and lastly I pretty much use Twitter as a blog mechanism these days.

Today I fly to San Francisco to the EA Blogger Day event, which I went to last year as well. It should be fun, check my Twitter account for updates while I am there. I will have a write up on Blogcritics and talk about it on our radio show as well. I will likely write about it for The BG News, too.

May 7, 2009

All Small and Mighty

Sometimes we get oddball stuff from PR. We recently worked with a firm on a promotion for The Apprentice. One of our other writers wrote the article, I think it was Josh, so I was surprised to get a package in the mail.

It had a "You're Fired" baseball cap and a coupon for $6.50 off All Small and Mighty. I will have to take a photo of the ball cap.

January 14, 2009

The Problem with Blogcritics

I’m not sure what happened with Blogcritics. Once, it was the only site I would write for. I could write what I wanted, when I wanted, and it was fun. Review material was plentiful, and I had some satisfaction from it. All of that has changed recently.

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December 12, 2008

Geekerati Radio: Recession Holiday Shopping for the Geek

Be sure to tune in at 10 PM tonight as Geekerati Radio is having a show with me on it. Yea, total disaster I know. The last time I was on the show, about a year ago in fact, I was pretty new to this Internet Radio thing and Blog Talk Radio.

Show is called "Recession Holiday Shopping for the Geek" and to be honest up until right now the only thing I was told be Christian was "holiday shopping recommendations" but a recession spin on things might be different. We shall see how the show goes. That is what I love about doing these live (that and it cuts down on the post production for a podcast feed!).

So check out the show tonight at 10 PM, or listen to the Geekerati Radio feed.

September 28, 2008

Breaking 1500 at Blogcritics

Soon, I'll be breaking a milestone for Blogcritics. With one more post, I'll have 1500 articles on the site. While not the highest count by any means, that's 300 articles a year on average, a crap load of writing to say the least. I don't write anywhere near as much as I used for the site, so I was surprised that I was close to anything notable.

I'm not sure if I should do something special or just let it go. The next article on tap is a Blu-ray review to the simply fucking terrible sequel to Rest Stop. Hardly a celebration. But if I don't do anything special, there's always 2000, which sounds more impressive anyway I guess. If someone has an idea, feel free to post it here, but either way, something is going up in the next day or two regardless.

September 17, 2008

Blogcritics Action Stream is Live

For those of you who have decided to jump in and install Mark Pask's excellent Action Stream plugin, there is now a Blogcritics plugin too, thanks to Gautam Patel.

You can see it in action on my action stream page, which I will soon have here on Breaking Windows.

July 3, 2008

Last Chance to win PS2, PS3 from Blogcritics

Hey everyone out there in Internet Land listen up! Blogcritics is giving away a PS2 and a PS3. All you have to do is enter the drawing. This wonderful opportunity will cease to be wonderful come July 5, so hop to it!

June 27, 2008

Special Multiplayer Chat 6 PM Friday, Resident Evil 5 Race Controversy

Join Multiplayer Chat for a special episode discussing the Resident Evil 5 race controversy, which has cropped up yet again. We will be joined by Ken Edwards, Jason Westhaver, Mike Street, and Saba Kennedy-Washington. Show airs Friday at 6 PM on Blog Talk Radio and will be available in our iTunes feed after that.

June 5, 2008

Win a PS2 and a 40 GB PS3 from Blogcritics

You read that right! Blogcritics Gaming is giving away a Slim PS2 w/Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz and a 40 GB PS3. All you need to do is sign up for them.

April 9, 2008

Ken Edwards, Radio Personality?

Yes, you read that correctly. I have been co-hosting a show for five months now. And as of last night, I  started to host it. I had a small issue, call it first time jitters - I forgot to tell the live listeners that we were going into the after show! Other than that, last night's show went really well, if I do say so myself. In other news I finally got our show listed in iTunes, though I am sad to say through no help of BlogTalkRadio.

I have also setup a Facebook and MySpace Group page for the show. So please join and listen live every Tuesday!

March 8, 2008

Boxxet.com Listing Blogcritics

I meant to post this months ago. Boxxet.com (yea, me neither) has been listing Blogcritics articles. Not just Gaming, but Movies, Music, and other categories.

At first I just thought this was another content scraping service. Blogcritics is highly prone to that crap. But I talked to the owner and while they are technically scraping, they are doing the right thing - they do do not pull full text and they link back to the source article.

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March 1, 2008

Blogcritics Gaming Listed on Alltop.com

Funny story: I shoot alltop.com an email asking to include us in their gaming.alltop.com aggregation page. I knew Alltop was the brainchild of Nononina and Guy Kawasaki, but I did not expect a personal email from him.

But that is just what I got, and after a bunch of back-and-forth, BC Gaming is listed on their Gaming page -- which is a great list of gaming sites.

On their Gaming page if you click "Acknowledgements" my name is listed; pretty cool. Guy had not listed GamePolitics, which is a crime in itself, so I suggested them, too.

As Brian said on the radio show "we're Internet famous!" 

BC Multiplayer Chat #13: Import Mania

Read the show notes, listen to the show. Our best show yet, talking about the latest gaming news, I review Arkanoid DS, and we focus on import games, region locking, and territory differences for games and movies.

February 20, 2008

BC Multiplayer Chat #12; Guitar Hero III, Devil May Cry 4 Giveaway

Wow look at this -- you get a two-for-one post special here today! Be sure and listen to our 12th show, I think we did a great job. See the show notes.

If you have not already, please sign up for our giveaway. BC Gaming is giving away three copies of Devil May Cry 4 and one copy of Guitar Hero III. 

January 15, 2008

The Wild Blu Yonder on Blogcritics

If anything came out my recent Blu-ray struggles, it's the Wild Blu Yonder feature on Blogcritics. The feature will run for a few more weeks as we introduce the format to our readers since we've basically ignored it up to now. Since the 6th, I've whipped up 23 Blu-ray reviews (a few have yet to be posted). If you're looking for some discs to buy, follow the link and see which movies benefit from the HD treatment.

January 3, 2008

Happy New Year, 2008 Edition

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year from Breaking Windows! This might be the sign of the apocalypse but Matt just got a Blu-ray player, and I just started using mine (after having it for a year). It should be noted that we also got Xbox 360 Elites at the same time, too. Elites and now Blu-ray at the same time? Scary, I know.

Do you have any New Years resolutions? I resolve to open and play all the games I buy. I still have games I purchased in 2007 that are in shrink wrap. Sad, I know - but it is the truth. I resolve to lose weight; hey, I did lose weight last year, just not enough for many to notice. I resolve to not freak out about turning 30 in April. And finally, I resolve to make better use of my time, both at work and at play.

As a side note about Blogcritics, I hope that by this time next year Ubisoft will be sending us review material, as nearly every other publisher, big and small, has been doing for two years now. I also hope that by this time next year Microsoft goes back to the good "old" days of sending us review material. I hope that we get more BC writers who want to write for the Gaming section. I would like to see more news, interviews, and features in the Gaming section.

It would really be nice if GameRankings, MetaCritic, and GameStats would list not only the reviews from BC Gaming, but in the case of MetaCritic, the other reviews on Blogcritics as well.

I hope our Multiplayer Chat radio show gets better in this new year. Last week really sucked. I won't even listen to your comments about it, it stunk.

Okay so that wasn't really a side note but it was fitting for this post.

Happy New Year everyone.

December 28, 2007

Best Games of 2007 on Geekerati Radio

You likely missed me on the wonderful Geekerati Radio on the 26th. But if you missed it, I can understand, the show runs from 10 to 11 PM with a half hour "after show."

We talked about the best games of 2007. It was great talking with Christian and the gang from Geekerati. Hopefully I will be a guest on their show again in the future.

Be sure and subscribe to their podcast feed and listen the Geekerati show from the 26th. Of course we also covered Game of the Year for 2007 on the Multiplayer Chat on the 25th.

So there is your fix of "Best of" for games in 2007. I will have the 2007 GOTY article on Blogcritics soon as well.

December 4, 2007

BlogTalkRadio Tonight 12/4/07, 9 PM EST

Tonight at 9:30 EST is our first live radio show on BlogTalkRadio! Brian is hosting it, the other talking heads will be me, Mike Prince, and Skye Boyda. We are calling it BC Multiplayer Chat. I will have the show notes up on BC sometime today.

You can get to the show's page by clicking that BTR icon in the right column (link). If you miss the live show, it is also archived in a handy podcast feed.

November 9, 2007

Guitar Hero III Soundtrack, DLC News

Hey did you know they released a soundtrack for the game? They did, and you should read my review. We always try and come up with nifty subheads for our BC articles, and I am quite proud of mine for this one: The 411 on the DLC including AFI for GHIII on the 360 + Review.

It comes with three songs to play in the game, which is the real reason to get the soundtrack. Well that and the remix of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

In other GHIII news, two pieces of DLC were released, both 500 MS Points ($6.25) and of course this brought the Internet fanboys to a frenzy once again. The three-song packs are from Velvet Revolver and Foo Fighters. I personally like the Foo Fighters one better.

Also, Activision will release the Battle Pack later this month, and proving they are not the new EA (charging for DLC that is already on the disc) this will be free of charge. We will finally be able to play "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" outside of the career boss battle.

You know, like it should have been when we got the disc. Like pick up and play co-op should have been on the disc, too. The PS3 is getting the download packs, I guess they are getting the title update sometime in the next century to enable co-op quickplay... but man do Wii owners of GHIII have the short end of the stick on this one -- no title update (that we know of, I am guessing here) plus no DLC (there have been no announcements of DLC coming to the Wii version) which means they cannot play "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" outside of the career battle.

I am not upset about it. Naw, no way.

Here is a thought Neversoft (and every other developer who seems to be doing this recently -- read: all of them) Lets start putting the content on the disc. It is a really simple concept, and it has worked for years.

November 7, 2007

Win Castlevania Dracula X Chronicles from Blogcritics

Yep, we are holding a giveaway and I just put it on the site just a little bit ago. Is this the best PSP game this year? It is sure in the running.

Sadly I am not at BlogWorld

I really wanted to go, seeing as Blogcritics has a big presence there. But alas, when money from clients doesn't come in, and contracts get held up in red tape, things like flying to Vegas for three days are not that important.

I am sure those who went will have great stories to tell. I would have liked to see the Mark Cuban and Leo Laporte keynotes, as well as be part of the two panel discussions headed by Eric Olsen. Hopefully next time.

April 28, 2007

BC Gaming on Cleveland.com, Advance.net

Cleveland.com has syndicated Blogcritics content for a while now. They just added three more sections of the BC Network: Movies/DVD, Gaming, and Relationships. The link is not up on cleveland.com/blogs yet, but it will be soon. The headlines from the blog on Cleveland.com will also be on other sections of Cleveland.com, and other Advance.net sites.

Pretty darn sweet.

February 13, 2007

Blogcritics: Tastes and GlossLip

I am a little late on posting about our newest BC section, Tastes. It is all about food! And is led by our cigar and wine expert JJ.

Dawn Olsen (who along with Eric, throw one hell of a great BBQ) has a thing for writing about celebrity gossip. You can tell it is her passion. The BC Culture section has birthed yet another spin off (Gaming spun in 2005) GlossLip.com.

Right now GlossLip has two writers, but I am sure that will grow in no time.

Side Note: Dawn liked my reworked GlossLip logo so much that she has Phillip put my logo up on GlossLip.com! I think it looks pretty good ;)

Now, the forums are not public yet, but we just announced them to the writers today. I have been creating the themes for the forums. The sections will have colored themes just like he main BC site. When I am done. You can see what I mean by looking at the Index and the GlossLip section.

BC Feature: Game du Jour Deals

The more "original programming" for BC Magazine, the better. Game du Jour Deals is all about buying casual games on the cheap.

The partnership is great. We get some great casual games to review, and newly formed GameDuJour.com gets some nice exposure. They even feature a quote from our reviews on their site!

The best part, for me, is that I get BC writers involved in writing game reviews that would normally not be writing for the Gaming section. Sneaky, I know.

February 11, 2007

BC Feature: The Listening Room

As if I don't contribute enough to BC, DJR has a new feature, The Listening Room, which I will try to contribute to as well. This week's Listen feature goes live tomorrow on BC, but here is mine (and everyone else's):

"The Golden Rose" from Highway Companion by Tom Petty

I am late to the Highway Companion party because someone took a number of months to gift this gem to me. But this gift was worth the wait.

Highway Companion as a whole reminds me of older Petty, and that is just fine with me. The instrumentation is so warm and rich, a stark contrast to his last record with The Hearbreakers - which makes this album all the more enjoyable.

"Saving Grace" may be the hook to bring you into this album, but one of the slower songs, "The Golden Rose," really brings back that slow-burning, mellow Petty vibe. It is such a relaxing tune to listen to, and a great way to end the album.

Even if you don't own Playback (wait a minute, you dont?) and are not a die hard Petty fan, you can still get a lot out of this album. Sadly there are far too few albums released these days you can listen to from beginning to end, but this is one of them.

January 15, 2007

Our 2006 BC GOTY

This year it was more than Matt and myself writing our Game of the Year article. Myself included, 15 Blogcritics helped out. Thanks to their efforts, this has been the best GOTY article yet for BC.

Hopefully next year it will be even more organized. Click over to read it!

December 9, 2006

BCRadio Podcast - PS3 Edition

Today I recorded a segment for next week's BCRadio Podcast. I talk about the PS3 and the exclusive games. Be sure and check it out when it goes live (usually Monday or Tuesday).

Blogcritics Milestones

You may have noticed, but BC Magazine just went through a major site redesign. We just launched a new section, too, called Tastes.

In even bigger news, BC Gaming is one year old now! Our gaming channel was launched at the end of November, 2005. I am still finding Gaming articles tucked away in the archives of Culture too!

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October 31, 2006

God of War II God of Noise Contest

Sequels are nothing unusual to most gamers, but Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., is throwing something new into the mix with the release of God of War II.

A battle of the bands titled God of Noise will be held for an upcoming game.

Until November 8, undiscovered musicians have the opportunity to submit a song of their own for judging. The winning band or musicians will get to see their song in the upcoming God of War II, set to be release early 2007 for the Playstation 2.

The competition consists of three stages, with each designed to narrow down the choices into a top ten. The top ten will then be voted by fans and the band with the highest number of votes will have their song feature in God of War II.

Band and musicians can read the official rules and enter the contest through MySpace.com, a well-known blogging and networking website. The site also features video clips , screenshots and concept art for God of War II.

"All Song submissions will be judged on the following criteria: originality 40%; musical compatibility with the feel/tone of the game 30%; creative use of game score samples 30%," according to Sony's contest rules.

September 6, 2006

September 4, 2006 BCRadio Podcast

This week I talk about the East Coast Gaming Expo, and Saints Row, which I just reviewed.

Chuck just got back to me with the info I needed to write about the ECGXpo, but you can read other articles by Aaron on Blogcritics.

July 31, 2006

BBQ at Casa de Olsen

This weekend I finally met Eric and Dawn Olsen. I have been writing for BC for four years now, and even though Eric lives in Ohio, this was our first meeting.

Oddly, Eric sounds just like he does on the phone, and Dawn has the same great sense of humor she has in her writing.

Connie even offered to drive, which was so nice of her! The food was great, oh, and Sussman was there too. I haven't seen him in a year or so. Fun times for sure.

I can't tell which Olsen is the better cook, but all the food was great. I wish I could make it to Vegas this year, but BG News duties call. This was a fine substitute that did not cost a plane flight and hotel bill.

July 28, 2006

Blogcritics Headlines -- 'Been Putting It Off' Edition

Yea I have been putting this off. I will get into a regular habit of posting this on Sundays.

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Face-to-face with a Blogcritic

This past week I met Mark Buckingham for lunch in BG. The ironic thing to note is that he worked on The BG News as Copy Chief, and I didn't even realize it. Of course since I no longer have a desk in the newsroom, this is not a total surprise.

Mark plays games and can speak HTML, so we had a lot of geekey stuff to share.

Tomorrow I am going to see EO. Connie is driving and hopefully Suss will be joining the party. If I remember, I will pack my camera.

May 31, 2006

'XBLA' Podcast Recorded

After a month hiatus, I return to BCRadio. We will blame it on Suss, and his life long banishment. Josh was so nice to pass on part of that banishment to me during my first appearance. It sucks to live in Ohio, what can I say.

At any rate. I talked about Xbox Live Arcade, and gave a short review of Astropop. I will also have an article up about XBLA that I teased to in the segment. I love teasing to articles in the podcast.

After chatting with Njiska on Xbox Live, I have come up with the perfect headline for said article. It shall be known as "Xbox Live Arcade: Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, Fire." Look for it soon, or at least before Monday when BCRadio gets published.

May 2, 2006

New Author Pages on BC

Phillip Winn made the new author pages at Blogcritics live today. They really look great, but are like a 1.0 release. There are things that need to be added. Still, they look a heck of a lot better than before.

Ken's Writer Page
Matt's Writer Page
Tyler's Writer Page
Aaron's Writer Page

April 19, 2006

BCRadio for April 17th

This marks my second attempt at contributing to a podcast. In this week's BCRadio I review the GP2X and leave Josh really wanting one.

I think I have improved by leaps and bounds, and I do not need to go cower in the corner. It, umm, could still be better. But hey this is a fun learning experience. You can catch my full review of the GP2X as well, as there is just too much to discuss to fit in a short podcast segment.

I like this little gadget so much that I plan on writing another GP2X piece just on software. I am also keeping an eye on the XGP and XGP Mini, two handhelds coming from GamePark that have specs just as impressive as GamePark Holdings' GP2X.

April 15, 2006

Blogcritics 'GP2X' Podcast Segment Recorded

I just got done recording the GP2X podcast segment for Blogcritics. That will go up Monday I believe. I will have a link to it then for sure.

This one went much better. And I am glad too, as I think I will be assisting with a podcast for Digital Press later today. That will be more than two people talking, so it might get a little choppy. We will see.

At any rate, I plan to talk about the GP2X on that one as well. We have a number of things we plan to talk about. I guess you will just have to listen to see what those might be.

April 11, 2006

BCRadio For April 10, 2006

BCRadio is online, with my first segment ever! Can you feel my excitement as I duck for cover?

Holy cow does my segment sound bad (um.. um.. um.. um.. yea.. um.. um.. okay.. um.. um..). I really do sound like a blabbering fool. Ah well, I don't care how bad I sound, at least I am talking about the Mac and gaming.

It is over, and that is what matters. On to the next one, which will be (a little) better I am sure.

April 5, 2006

My First Podcast

Yes, my first podcast. Be afraid, very afraid. Hide the women and childred. This evening I recorded my first podcast with JD, or Podcast Editor at Blogcritics. Originally I had planned on a full review of Oblivion, and a discussion on how the Xbox Live Arcade games are not getting the attention they deserve.

In practice we talked about Apple's Boot Camp and what it means to Mac gamers, as well as the future for Apple computers. And I pulled off a rather good impression of a blabbering fool, and general Oblivion fanboy. I hope that editing can help it out. Oh, Josh brought up the price and we got into a little discussion of the PS3 too.

Depending on the guests for this upcoming Monday's cast, it might be in two segments: one on tech. and one on Oblivion.

Things never seem to go as they are planned, and I had no idea it would be that hard to cram so much into a 10 minute segment (even 20 minutes of recording time is nothing when discussing a game, or tech. news).

So be sure to catch yours truly sound really dumb next Monday on BCRadio, Still, it was fun and something I will continue to do. After a few I think they will start to sound decent. Once I get used to the time aspect, and not stumbling over Josh, I think I will be set.

Next week I will be reviewing the GP2X, a Korean handheld that runs Linux, and emulates all those great consoles and computers of our childhood. I will also have my Oblivion review up by Monday to coincide with BCRadio.

March 19, 2006

As The Blogcritic Turns -- Your Daily Soap Recap

After a recent spate of complaints, I began to think, I should give up editing for Blogcritics and become a pimp. They have it easy compared to what editors go through. Don't mind me...I'm feeling somewhat goofy and loopy from pain meds.
Source: Blogcritics

Yea, what she said... well, most of it. In January, Blogcritics changed. You might not have noticed, but it did. We moved on from the "blog" thing. We have an editorial process now that involves an editor (or more if needed) to read over and check every article. We have a hierarchy of editors. There is a style guide for everything. And if there isn't one yet, we are making it.

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November 22, 2005

Gaming Editor at Blogcritics

Did you know there was a Gaming section at Blogcritics? It is there, you just have to dig to find it. It was buried under Culture.

Not any more! Recently launched is the new Gaming Section! Yes, we finally have out day. Our Word in big letters. Or something like that.

A new section means a new section editor. And guess who is the new Gaming Editor for Blogcrtitics? Me. Yep, no joke. I still don't know how I fooled them. Heh.

I have been neglecting Breaking Windows lately for another blog. For that I apologize. I hope to have more regular posts here soon. But I have been doing a bunch of hard work behind the scenes (and more needs done). You will see. The Blogcritics Gaming section is gonna be huge! Or slightly larger then normal. No, huge! Just wait.

I am honored and privileged to be a member of Blogcritics. After a little over two years I have made it to the top! OK, really, Matt had too many other responsibilities at Digital Press.

But I have contacts. And it is who you know and not what you know. Right?

If you notice some of my writing showing up on Blogcritics before it gets posted here, that is entirely unintentional. While I have no plans of paring down Breaking Windows, I do have a certain amount of responsibility to Blogcritics now.




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