The Far Side

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When I was a kid, the idea of playing video games for a living was a cartoon punchline.

Behind the Scenes: Stranger Things on Twitch

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My job at Twitch is coming up with programming ideas for various brands. Let’s say a plumbus brand wants to reach the Twitch audience. I sit in a room, think really hard about plumbuses, then say something like, “Let’s send a thousand plumbuses to the moon, strapped to flying armchairs, and the armchairs are playing CS:GO.”

The plumbus brand would probably say something like, “Can the armchairs be dining chairs and can they play Gang Beasts instead?” And I would say, “Probably.”

That’s my job. I think of a crazy (and sometimes less crazy) thing to do. If a brand likes it, it sells. Then, someone else entirely has the arduous task of making my crazy idea come to life. It is a good job.

Unfortunately, I don’t often get to be on set when my idea comes to life. I’m usually back in that room thinking of another thing to do with plumbuses. But, just last week, the stars aligned and I had the luxury of visiting the set for a program I was extremely excited about – a sort of Twitch plays haunted basement for Netflix’s Stranger Things.

It was fucking terrific. Huge props to iiJeriichoii and the boys at N3rdfusion for being awesome hosts and very good sports. Check out the VOD of the entire broadcast here. A few behind-the-scenes photos behind the cut.

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The Coolest Business Cards of GDC (or Any Event Ever)

This afternoon I had the pleasure of meeting Simon Flesser and Magnus “Gordon” Gardebäck of Simogo, the team behind Sailor’s Dream – “a peaceful narrative experience, in which the only objective is to satisfy your curiosity.” Who would have guessed that their business cards would be little interactive puzzles requiring no small degree of curiosity and thoughtfulness on the part of the viewer? Oh, probably everybody. But, I was still surprised and delighted.

I received two small envelopes, each containing two standard-sized business cards. Here are the first sides of each…

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And now the opposite sides…

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Admittedly, my first thought upon opening the cards was “shenanigans!” Where was all the usual contact info I’d expected? Had I been duped? On closer inspection and with a little reflection on who these fellows were, I began to piece it together.

Each pair of cards provided all the info I needed. For instance, a URL:

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And, an email address:

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I won’t spoil the rest.

Completely fucking delightful. These cards lead me to believe the men of Simogo live in a magical world where every object holds a secret meaning. I want to go to there.

New Favorite Tumblr: Screenshots of Despair

While Screenshots of Despair come from various sources (ahem, Windows), I’ve found quite a few gaming gems in the mix.

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8 more behind the cut…

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The Deer Hunter 2014 Holiday Update is Really… Festive

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The most recent addition to the nearly 20-year-old Deer Hunter game franchise is Glu Mobile’s Deer Hunter 2014. Just as you might expect, the game is about traveling to exotic locales with an array of weapons in order to hunt deer and various other fauna. Pretty straightforward.

But, just in time for Xmas, those “various other fauna” have taken a decidedly festive turn. Some screencaps for your viewing pleasure…

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