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!

Uplink Update: Join me (and TripleJump) Aug. 8-9!

As I’ve mentioned, I will be a guest at the virtual gaming convention Uplink this year. I can also share a bit more information…but mainly I’m reminding you that this is exactly one month away!

If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, do so! It’s only $10 for an entire weekend of great, live programming, and if you take a look at the guest list you’ll see that there’s a lot of excellent stuff in store.

Such as…well…

Yes, TripleJump, the best boys of YouTube will be there as well! What’s more, they will be doing a live episode of Worst Games Ever, which is, without exaggeration, the best and funniest show on all of YouTube.

I’ve said that before, so let me take a moment to do the impossible and try to narrow it down to my favorite 10 episodes, in chronological order, just so diving in won’t be so daunting:
Rogue Warrior
Catwoman
London Racer
Smarties: Meltdown
3D Pets Volume 1
Hulk Hogan’s Main Event
Agent Hugo
Knight Rider
Shadow the Hedgehog
Robin Hood’s Quest

Anyway, I’ll move on so I don’t spend the rest of my life agonizing over that list.

Point is, they’ll be at Uplink, and that’s worth the price of admission on its own.

What will I be doing there? I think I can at least reveal that I will be discussing a few things that I couldn’t quite cover in my Resident Evil book. Perhaps even things that were discussed in a chapter I ended up deleting…

See, it’s difficult to discuss certain things in text that would better be expressed visually. Without question I think the book came out great, but without visual aids, there were a few topics I simply couldn’t do justice to.

At Uplink, I’ll be doing justice to them. I’ll personally walk you through something you won’t get in the book, and I know it’s something you will enjoy.

I’ll divulge more information as the event approaches and I get a few details finalized.

And speaking of finalizing details…will there be any collaborations? Well, lots of folks will be at the event, so for now I’ll just say, “stay tuned.”

So, seriously, pick up a ticket. Set the weekend aside. It’s going to be a truly great time. You’ll be supporting me, you’ll get some exclusive content, you’ll see great panels, you’ll watch Worst Games Ever unfold as it happens…and you can do it all in your underpants.

I hope to see you there.

UPLINK 2020

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

New page! Resident Evil page! New Resident Evil page!

Saints be praised; I’ve added a page to the site! You can even look at it!

It contains all of the press the book has received so far, as well as the interviews I have done and the podcast appearances I have made. I’ll keep it updated as best I can, but if there’s some coverage you find before I do, let me know!

There will also be some purchasing information once the book is released, and I plan on creating a clickable version of the book’s back matter as well.

The book comes out next month which is horrifying. In all seriousness, though, I can’t wait to get it into your hands. As you’ll see on the page, people seem to like it. And you’re people. YOU DO THE MATH.

TripleJump page is live!

I’ve mentioned it before — and sometimes even had the presence of mind to post them here! — but I’ve been writing for TripleJump on YouTube since the middle of last year.

That definitely has contributed to my decrease in output here. My scripts are tens of thousands of words long, and they require research and first-hand experience on my end. Those aren’t complaints, but I’d like you to know that I’m still writing! My words are just being used for feature-length videos(!) instead of blog posts.

Because a lot of those videos will take the place of active work here, I’ve set up a TripleJump page — accessible from the left-hand navigation — where I will post links to all of the videos I’ve written.

Check them out. I hope you’ll enjoy them. It’s a new experience for me to write things that other people perform. It’s not the first time, but it’s the first time I’ve done it steadily.

But what about this site? Well, stay tuned. Book news should be coming soon, and I have something very big planned for this year, which I’ll post about after my birthday.

Ever since the ALF reviews finished, I’ve thought about tackling something big again. And I think I’ve found my subject.

We’ll chat soon, I promise.

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