Saturday, 26 July 2014

MegaWestgarth's By The Victors Episode 12

In the twelfth episode of MegaWestgarth's By The Victors I talk about self publishing, a growth in confidence and Soci of Metro.

MegaWestgarth's By The Victors Episode 12

(Direct Download)

MegaWestgarth's By The Victors is a solo podcast project put together by me, Michael Westgarth. It's a short, ten minute podcast on the subject of creative writing from the perspective of an unpublished creative writing author. Previous episodes can be found at the bottom of this page.
MegaWestgarth's By The Victors theme, "square and enjoy", by Goto80. Used under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

TSSZ: Vertical Slice - So Called Journalism

My latest opinion piece for TSSZ is live: Vertical Slice - So Called Journalism.

I have now had ten Sega related opinion pieces published by TSSZ, most of which have received an overwhelmingly negative response by commenters. 

The responses themselves don't bother me all that much. In fact, I revel in the attention my articles get regardless of the comments they receive. Furthermore, the edge of the most hurtful comments is dulled by the writers' poor use of spelling, grammar and punctuation. It's saddening to think that a benign opinion piece about the ridiculousness of Shadow the Hedgehog can legitimately hurt the feelings of another human being, but hilarious when that same human being rants and raves like a eight year old zealot.

But if there's one comment that truly gets under my skin, it's when TSSZ readers attempt to devalue my opinion by labelling me a "so called journalist". Not only does it give the impression that such commenters are not fully aware of what journalism is, it also shows disrespect for those who engage in genuine journalism for the benefits that true journalism brings.

And that's why I've written this article: to remind TSSZ readers that I'm not a journalist, and that the journalism that they refer to when they whip out the curly quotation marks -- that being "videogame journalism" -- isn't journalism either.

Of course, I don't expect this Vertical Slice to receive as many comments as previous ones, mainly because I've spent a great deal of time refining and rewriting my argument to the best of my abilities, and because I'm using one of the arguments used to devalue my work against the devaluers. Nevertheless, I ask that you head over to TSSZ and read "So Called Journalism". And if you have something to say about it, by all means let me know.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Strategy Informer: Tammeka's Radial-G

My latest Kickstarter Profile article is live. Go read it over at Strategy Informer: Tammeka's Radial-G.

This time around I've left the shores of Indonesia and the USA to focus on a team of developers much closer to home -- Brighton, UK. It's within this famous seaside town that indie devs Tammeka Games are furiously working away at their VR videogame Radial-G.

Radial-G jumped out at me purely because of my own longing for the continuation of the seemingly defunct Wipeout and F-Zero series. But once I'd read over Radial-G's Kickstarter campaign page I realised that the truly interesting aspect of Tammeka's story is in the team's combined experience working in the "AAA" sector of the videogame publishing world, and the reasons they left it.

All of that and more is discussed in my new Kickstarer Profile article over at Strategy Informer, so go take a look!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 5 - 35 Minutes of Gay Porn

After an unbearable drought of high quality audio-listen-sound experiences, Chuckle-Bits Radio is back! And as you can probably guess from the title, Episode 5 features a 35 minute long intelligent discussion about the representation of gender in pornography. It's interesting, I swear. We also talk about this new thing that all the kids are on about called video entertainment mediums, or something like that. You can skip that part.

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 5 - 35 Minutes of Gay Porn (Official Site)

Previous Episodes:

Episode 4: Wall of Guest feat Julian Hazeldine (Direct Download)
Episode 3: Summer of Sonic 2014 (Direct Download)
Episode 2: Carry On Bestiality (Direct Download)
Rezzed Special (Direct Download)

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Mr. Burn's Last Exit to Springfield: Dental Plan

Children are getting their teeth checked. It is discovered, oh no! When Marge informs Homer, he tells her not to worry about the cost, as the union had won a dental plan woof woof woof I am the yellow lemon man from the telly and I eat the jelly from bones of the children.