Thanks for tuning in!

Many thanks to everyone who was able to tune in to the Monster Bash! Hopefully everything went well, because Discord might be an actual streaming solution moving forward. Getting the episodes together for this one was a lot of fun, and I got to share a few shows that I wasn’t able to show an Xmas Bash! Also, I found more than enough content to justify another one of these if there’s any interest. At some point. Maybe.

For now, though, here are the spoo-ooky episodes we enjoyed:

  • ALF, “I’ve Got a New Attitude”
  • Laverne & Shirley, “Haunted House”
  • The Cosby Show, “Cliff’s Nightmare”
  • Barney Miller, “Werewolf”
  • Perfect Strangers, “Fright Night”
  • Small Wonder, “The Lawsonville Horror”
  • Night Court, “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Stephen King, Stephen King”

And here are the contents of the spoo-ooky ju-ukebox:

  • Phish, “Ghost”
  • Hot Chip, “Spell” (Superorganism remix)
  • Cliff Richard, “Devil Woman”
  • Jen Terri, “Get Down Goblin”
  • Violent Femmes, “Nightmares”
  • Harry Nilsson, “Are You Sleeping?”
  • Phish, “Wolfman’s Brother”
  • Grateful Dead, “Dire Wolf”
  • Carman, “No Monsters”
  • PPF, “Life is Beautiful”
  • Oasis, “She’s Electric”
  • Porter Robinson, “Sad Machine” (Snail’s House remix)
  • Brian Eno, “Dead Finks Don’t Talk”
  • Phish, “Frankenstein”

And if you want to buy a copy of my book, I won’t stop you. Thank you for being there, and I hope you enjoyed.

Monster Bash! Saturday! How to join!

Don’t forget; I am hosting a virtual book launch Saturday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time to celebrate the release of my book on Resident Evil. I have no idea what time that is where you live, but you can go here and enter your time zone in the “to” field to find out! So go do that first.

Once you know WHEN THE THING IS, you’ll want to know how to join in the fun.

First, let me tell you what the fun involves!

  • Seven spoo-ooky episodes of rightly forgotten TV shows!
  • Vintage commercials for spoo-ooky things!
  • Songs about spoo-ooky topics!
  • Readings from my boo-ook about a spoo-ooky game!
  • Other spoo-ooky things!
  • Live chat which will probably be more rude than spoo-ooky but YOU NEVER KNOW

It’s basically an Xmas Bash! and it makes up for the fact that I didn’t have one last year. So there. We’re even. Come and shut up.

Anyway! We will be streaming through Discord this time, which seems like it will be easy to use. I can’t wait to learn how wrong I am.

Here’s what you will need to do in order to join:

Step 1: Create a Discord account. Visit Discord and create an account. (If you have one already CONGRATULATIONS.) You may also want to download the client (it’s free), or you can use the browser version. Your call, but make sure you create an account. You can upload avatars and all that junk, too. I don’t care. Basically, though, make sure you take care of all that stuff ahead of time, because it’s the time-consuming part and there is NOT MUCH TIME LEFT TO CONSUME.

Step 2: Visit The Bash House. You’ll want to visit and probably bookmark The Bash House, which is where we will host The Monster Bash! and, if it works, other Bash!es to come. This is where you will want to be when the Monster Bash! begins. Because…it’s where the Monster Bash! is.

Step 3: Join the text chat. On the left side of the screen you should see a Text Channel: General option. Click that and you’ll see the text chat. Feel free to type nonsense to make sure your account is working. That’s what we’ll be doing the night of the Bash! anyway.

Step 4: Connect to the video! Everything else you can do ahead of time. This step, however, you can’t do until the stream actually begins. First, look beneath the text channels and you will see Voice Channels: Bash Channel. Click on it to join. Make sure your microphone is muted.

You should see my name there with a red LIVE next to it. Hover over my name and a window will appear with the option to Watch Stream. Click that option.

The video will start playing. That’s all you need to do if you just want to watch the video, but if you want to participate in the chat (or even read the chat) you have a few more clicks to go. In the lower right of the video window, you should see an option to Pop Out. Click that.

The video should now be in a window you can move around and resize on its own. Stick it WHEREVER YOU WANT TO STICK IT and then click on Text Channel: General again. You’ll be able to participate in chat as the video plays.

And that’s it! Definitely get your account set up and test the chat ahead of time, so you can be ready when the Bash! begins. It will be THE SCARIEST THING POSSIBLE that could also have conceivably aired on TGIF.

Be there or be…dead, I don’t know, I’m not the Crypt Keeper.

I’ll see you at this Discord link on August 22 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern!

Reminder: Tune in to Uplink Saturday and Sunday!

This is your reminder to join me at Uplink — the virtual convention brought to you by Long Island Retro — this weekend. I will be hosting two panels on the main stage, and there are plenty of other reasons to join the fun. The entire schedule for the weekend is available here, so do check it out.

Both of my panels take place Saturday.

Anatomy of a Scream: Aug. 8, 4 p.m. Eastern
Join me for a trip through the Spencer Mansion and beyond as we look at how Resident Evil structures its scares. We’ll dissect some of the game’s most famous moments to learn how they work — and why they work — and take a few detours through the larger series as well. Live Q&A to follow.

All Things Inti Creates: Aug. 8, 9 p.m. Eastern
The team at Inti Creates will join me live from Japan for a chat about the company, its history, its games, and more. Inti Creates is responsible for the Mega Man Zero Series, Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, Blaster Master Zero, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Azure Striker Gunvolt, and too many other great titles to list.

Again, these are live events! If you miss them…well, I can’t imagine how despondent you’ll be, so let’s not even think about it!

Grab your tickets if you haven’t already ($10 gets you access to all events throughout the weekend), and I hope to see you there.

UPLINK 2020

When: August 8-9
Where: Online!
Information: uplink.liretro.com
Tickets: Available now

Announcing: The First-Ever Noiseless Chatter Monster Bash! (And lots more!)

I tell you, you wait all day for a bus, and then like 10 of them show up at once. And they’re ALL GREAT BUSES. Whatever; point is, I have a lot of things to announce.

The First-Ever Noiseless Chatter Monster Bash!
I will be hosting a livestream at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 22 to celebrate the launch of my book on Resident Evil! It’s not mandatory to sign up through Facebook, but you can view the event and register here. Irritatingly, Facebook doesn’t seem to autocalculate timezones anymore, probably because someone found the feature useful.

So, again, that’s 6 p.m. Mountain time / 8 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 22. If you’re not in one of those timezones, make sure you use exactly the same technology Facebook is no longer using to figure out when you need to be there.

This is the First-Ever Noiseless Chatter Monster Bash! If you recall, last year was the first year we missed out on an Xmas Bash! This, I hope, will make up for it, and it will share a similar format. Live chat, terrible sitcoms, music, weird crap you’ll wish I never made you watch…you know, all the classics!

As always, the streamed content will be 100% family-friendly. The chat likely will not be. The only major difference is that the terrible episodes of the terrible old TV shows will be monster-themed, instead of…tidings of comfort and joy-themed? I don’t know. I just streamed those Xmas episodes; I didn’t pay attention to them.

The logistics of this thing actually happening are the work of friend-of-the-website Matthew Wong. Truly great and talented guy. Hey, did you know his videos about Resident Evil (specifically this one and this one) put the game back on my radar and gave me the impetus to write the book in the first place? You should watch them. He’s pretty great. Also, he said if you buy enough copies to put my book on the New York Times best seller list, he’ll resurrect Shrektember. Let’s all ruin his life.

Anyway, help me celebrate the release of the book by torturing yourself with bad TV, won’t you?

The book is on Amazon!
This is pretty cool: The book’s listing went live on Amazon today. It’s only the Kindle version for now, but I’ve been told the URL will be the same when the paperback version is added. Check it out, and add a review if you’ve read it!

More UPLINK!
As I write this, UPLINK is a mere nine days away. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, do so. It takes place August 8 and 9, and you can view the entire schedule here. There’s lots and lots of great stuff on that schedule, from all around the world, so don’t miss it.

I’ve said all that before, right? Well, yes, but now I’ll say more!

My “Anatomy of a Scream” panel has been moved to the main stage (because I am famous now) and will take place Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern. Tune in for a thorough breakdown of Resident Evil‘s best and most effective moments…and probably some pretty bad ones, too, for the fun of it. We’ll learn together exactly how the game structures its scares, with loads of examples and analyses.

And then…the big reveal…at 9 p.m. Eastern, also Aug. 8, I will host “All Things Inti Creates,” in which I will interview the company behind such great games as Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, the Mega Man Zero series, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Blaster Master Zero, and much more than I can possibly list.

Inti Creates is easily one of my favorite developers working today, especially as someone whose heart sits firmly in the retro camp when it comes to gaming. Nobody else manages to strike the balance between retro sensibilities and modern expectations as perfectly as they do, and I could not be more honored to speak directly with them, live, about their incredible work and development history.

Big things are afoot. I thank all of you for your patience and support, especially during this past year.

Let me thank you personally at UPLINK and The Monster Bash!

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