Thursday, 23 October 2014

Spooky Cross Stitch Patterns



My girlfriend runs a blog titled EveningEmma on which she showcases the numerous handicraft projects she works on. Some of these works have been based directly off videogames, but a lot of them are original designs, such as the cute vampire Halloween pumpkin above.

Emma actually created the cross stitch designs for four pumpkins well over a year ago, intending to release them on Etsy for Halloween this year. But... we forgot. The pattern includes a vampire, mummy, witch and Frankenstein pumpkin. 

If you're interested in cross stitching, or know anyone who is, head over to Emma's Etsy listing for her "Pumpkin Monsters Hallowe'en cross stitch patterns".

Friday, 3 October 2014

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 7 - Windows 95 Special



Here we are once again with another stupendous episode of Chuckle-Bits Radio for you to download and enjoy. But wait, what's this? This isn't the Michael Westgarth and Stevie Grant we all know and love, these are alternate reality imposters, original characters, stuck in the ancient past when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and everyone used Windows 95.

Oh and Michael and Stevie also do a short commentary on the video above. Check it, yo.

Chuckle-Bits Radio: Episode 7 - Windows 95 Special (Official Site)


Don't forget to get in touch with Stevie and myself @TheStevieGrant and@MegaWestgarth on Twitter, and listen previous Chuckle-Bits Radio episodes via my "Published Works" page.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Story Time: MegaWestgarth and PC Gaming





Picking up our new GPU (GTX 750 Ti) from the post office was remarkably memorable. Everyone jokes about the elitist "PC Master Race", but as I prised open Amazon's cardboard envelope and saw Asus' overly dramatic packaging, I really did feel as if I were starting something special. You see, graphics cards have been the stuff of dreams for as long as I've known about them.

The vast majority of my gaming has been on consoles and hand helds. From the Mega Drive, to the GameBoy Advance, to the Xbox 360, there's always been something available to me that required no technical knowledge to start up and play. PC gaming on the other hand was a befuddling minefield of system requirements, patches, and general sense of hit-and-miss regarding whether or not a new game would work.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

TSSZ: Vertical Slice - Marines, or not Marines



TSSZ's favourite column has returned, and this time I talk about Sega's track record of pre-order incentives, shoddy game launches and the upcoming Alien: Isolation: Vertical Slice - Marines, or Not Marines.

Check out the excerpt below:

This didn’t stop Sega from revealing not one, but two enticing pre-order bonuses in the form of game add-ons featuring the original characters and cast from Alien – one of these add-ons being retailer exclusive.

I would argue that such additional content should be included with the game outright, but shameful DLC hijinks is a completely separate discussion. What I did find ironic about Sega’s pre-order DLC announcement, however, was that even though Sega is trying to distance Alien: Isolation from Aliens: Colonial Marines, the company’s marketing strategy for both games is almost identical.

“Trust us you idiots, this is the Alien experience you’ve been waiting for, and buying it in advance will only make it better!”

Go have a read of the article in full over at TSSZ.


More From Vertical Slice:


Vertical Slice: So Called Journalism [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Just Like the Movies [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Anything But Shadow [TSSZ]
Vertical Slice: Sonic Fans are LOVE [TSSZ]

Monday, 15 September 2014

Thoughts: Self-Imposed Gaming Rituals




Have you ever wanted to start playing a videogame -- one you've been itching to play for a while -- but feel unable to do so unless you beat the game you're currently playing?

I've having that problem with Rouge Legacy -- a little indie game I was playing in the evenings while working on my novel, Soci of Metro. I wanted a game that didn't require large blocks of time to play and would be over once the first draft of my novel was done. And after watching my girlfriend play parts of it, I thought Rouge Legacy would fit the bill.