I have reorganized the games
I managed to pull together downloads for the old Legions
and Future War
prototypes, if for some reason you are interested in that.
People on the internet sometimes acuse me of being anrgy all the time.
I have attempted to clarify the situation via an illustration.
I drew some more people on /r/redditgetsdrawn
, this time non-evily.
BlueSnap, formerly known as Plimus, is an ecommerce provider with extremely questionable business practices.
Read about how shitty they are.
Steam Machine Unboxing And Setup
I went to Steam Dev Days
and they gave everyone a steam machine, which is really cool and useful for development.
Of course with any beta product there are going to be problems.
You may know this already, but I made a game called Blockland.
Now it is on steam
I also made some pictures for the steam trading cards, which you can see here. Don't miss the trailer at the end there, which I did not make, but it is super cool.
A while ago I drew some people on /r/redditgetsdrawn
COD Infographic Vandalism
I scribbled some snarky red words over a Call of Duty
The method of acquiring health in Spelunky is questionable.
Badspot And Rotondo Play 'Just Cause 2 Multiplayer'
Everything is fine. No one was hurt.
Glitching Out In Tomb Raider Anniversary
Recorded some pretty good spazzing out
in Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Badspot And Rotondo Play 'Cry Of Fear'
Rotondo and I played the free game "Cry of Fear" recently.
Rotondo recorded some representative footage
Comic 'Metal Gear Or Something'
Anyone can make a comic about a game's plot points after we know what they actually are. I've based this Metal Gear Solid V comic
on pure speculation from this moment
in the trailer
1 Week Super Mario Land Remake
I spent the past week creating a remake of gameboy classic, Super Mario Land. This video shows me playing through the first level and then some unfortunate checkpoint behavior at the end since there is no second level.
Comic 'Monacular Degeneration'
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 8'
Assembling the custom aluminum parts for the control panel of my MAME cabinet.
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 7'
Prototyping the new control panel on the cheap, and then getting the final parts on the not-cheap.
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 6'
Replacing the cam locks on my Gauntlet/MAME cabinet and repairing the damage to the rear door.
Video 'How To Stealthily Dispose Of A Body'
...in Velvet Assassin
, a video game.
Just a quick animation glitch I ran into.
Video 'Badspot and Rotondo Play RE5'
Rotondo and I played through Resident Evil 5.
We survived, and so did the "F" key.
But just barely.
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 5'
Mounting a PC in the arcade cabinet.
Simple case replacement turns to amateur carpentry.
Perennial Prototype Released
I've released a prototype build of my hip new indy platformer Perennial
You can also vote for it on greenlight
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 4'
In this episode, I replace the old bezel in my Gauntlet cabinet with some custom laser cut acrylic to accommodate the flat CRT.
It end up costing $83.87, more than a standard bezel for sure, but I think the results are worth it.
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 3'
Taking a look at some different types of arcade buttons for my Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME cabinet conversion project.
Sanwa, Seimitsu and IL buttons and an RGB lighting solution are poked at.
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 2'
In this episode, I perform a power suppply autopsy, make legal
use of a mame ROM and battle molex connectors.
Broken into two parts because I re-recorded the first part on my new camera.
Video 'Gauntlet Dark Legacy MAME Conversion Part 1'
I acquired a 4-player Gauntlet Dark Legacy arcade cabinet and have set out to turn it into a MAME cabinet.
In this episode I poke things and generally don't know wtf.
Video 'How To Fix A Printer'
A detailed technical reference for repairing the HP C5280 ink jet printer.
Comic 'Tastes Like Rogue'
Top 5 Terrifyingly Fast Robots
In the future, you will be replaced by an animated gif of a robot.
The future is now!
Thanks to brilliant new cost saving measures in both the art and writing departments, I've produced two comics for the price of one!
I'm passing the "savings" directly on to you, the defenseless consumer.
Free MMO Junk From PAX 2011
I was throwing away some junk and found these MMO related promotional codes from PAX 2011. First come, first served.
Phone books. Other detritus.
I discovered a secret 4th ending
to Mass Effect 3!
I completed Mass Effect 3. Here is my favorite cutscene
(no real spoilers).
I have produced a comic that few will understand.
Feel free to look it up on wikipedia and then pretend that you got it.
People in Saints Row: The Third
are proud of their teeth.
is a show about the dire consequences of living by the sword.
I have summarized the parable in a video.
Spoiler: Shit gets chopped off.
Mass Effect Comic 'Mass Media'
Today we explore the unique relationship between a lady space captain and her favorite TV reporter.
A deep, life long bond that blossoms over time.
Some time ago, in an apparent fit of DSH
, I attempted to play EVE Online
. Afterwards, I attempted to complete the trial experience survey
and realized that my huge rant could not fit into the "other" option box provided.
I have compiled my thoughts Here >>
Comic 'The Wise Old Tortoise'
Giant tortoises are one of the world's longest living animals. What wisdom does their years bring?
An elder speaks in this very comic
I spotted some interactive (?) advertising in the Charlotte airport.
Look at it.
I have been to Skyrim
and I recorded a video
I also took four
beautiful screenshots and a screenshot:
Observations in post mortem pseudo-disarticulation phenomena courtesy of APB: Reloaded
I have added a new section to the site for articles that I have worked on.
I have produced an image of Cheetara.
Break out the "Thundercats Ho" jokes.
Battlefield 3 Beta gameplay highlight reel
and some screenshots:
Quick Lesson In Sexy Backs
There's a right way and a wrong way to make an attractive female back.
Two free to play games I tried recently illustrate both methods.
Dead Island Comic 'Dramatic Island'
Today we explore the emotional incongruities of Dead Island
Warning: This comic contains spoilers for the Dead Island "story".
One way that cell phones have changed the world is by making it hard to tell what people are doing in hastily drawn comics.
This is a comic about toilets.
I went to PAX
and have recorded some images. Things you wont see anywhere else! (because they are trivial and dumb)
I have produced an image of Jessica Rabbit.
I attempted to play the action-ish MMO Dragon Nest
was the only highlight.
Sort of in the same way that a huge crash is the highlight of every NASCAR race.
I did a wicked flip in Tomb Raider: Anniverary
and made it into an animated gif.
I made a comic about Left 4 Dead. It is not about pills.
Panel 3 is a comic in itself. I debated just having that panel. It certainly would have saved on drawing time.
I've been working on 2D platformer for a while now using SDL/OpenGL.
Here is a video of it
for you to look at.
A comic about losing weight. I can feel the spam bots closing in on those juicy keywords already.
Comic 'Five Second Rule (A Haiku)'
Portal 2 Mystery Turrets Post
Portal 2 is great, but there are few extracurricular challenges.
We came up with one of our own.
Comic 'Lifestyle of the Modern Earwig'
The result of much research.
The third entry in the arthropod series.
This comic is not a joke. It is a stern warning.
The second installment of my comic series on insects.
This is a comic about Spider-Man. If you have not seen the first Spider-Man movie you may not understand it. If you still don't understand it you're probably thinking too hard.
Any browser other than internet explorer recommended due to animated gifs.
There is a phenomenon where once you have one solution to a problem, your ability to think of alternate solutions is impaired because your mind considers the problem solved.
I encountered this phenomenon when titling the strip.
Mass Effect Comic 'Medical Results'
The fearsome spectre of continuity appears.
A sequel to the previous comic.
Mass Effect Comic 'Medical Supplies'
I like how in Mass Effect, an almost-certain-death mercenary mission might pay 500 credits which is barely enough to buy a pet fish.
This comic is not really about that.
Maybe it should have been.
A comic on the subject of pseudonymity.
Also a new font at the top to make the page look less like a computer generated domain squatting site.
Super Meatboy and L4D2 feats
I cleverly dodged a rocket in Super Meatboy. Then I played Left 4 Dead 2 and some things happened.
Comic 'This is not a valid activity'
I made a comic.
Really, I just owned and operated an internet forum for several years and the comic made itself.
I Made An Emulator Front End
I made an emulator front end. I was forced to do this because all other emulator front ends are crap.
Creepy Behavior Recognized And Reinforced
I made an animated gif
of Tara Long of Destructoid
fame and posted it on 4chan (local mirror
). She saw it
and mentioned it on the show
. Thus my creepy internet behaviour is rewarded. I know there is a specific psychological disorder where you think people on tv are communicating directly to you and you impart personal significance to insignificant things that they do, but I can't remember what it's called. Anyway, now I have that.
Extremely Important Update
I took some
Also here are a few panels from previous comics that I felt bad about cropping.
Mass Effect Comic 'Worn Down and Dirty'
I didn't want to make another Mass Effect comic, but it turns out if you make any Mass Effect comics at all you are legally obligated to make a joke about this scene before the end of the fiscal year.
While obsessively milling through my analytics, I found a site that had one of my comics translated into Spanish
. Kind of surreal. I guess people appreciate the typed transcripts? It makes me wonder - how many people reading this don't speak english? If you don't speak english, type some incomprehensible gibberish in the comments.
In the interest of equal time, I present the other side of the argument shown in the previous comic.
I don't know how widespread this is, but the grocery stores around here implement this sort of predatory donation tactic where they ask you to give your change to some charity. They do this even if you are paying by credit card and the "change" is just an arbitrary number rather than a set of physical objects that would inconvenience you.
You must either lose money or have a -1 social interaction
with a person. This is the same tactic that bums use except bums are usually filthy cretins that can easily be brushed off as non-human. Grocery store clerks are usually normal people that will trigger the socialization cues in your mammalian neocortex.
Luckily my social interaction score has bottomed out so I am indifferent to further penalty. The girls demonstrate a different coping mechanism in this week's comic.
I recorded a video. In my apartment. Where I live.
Comic 'More Gambling Hazards'
wrung out for cheap laughs
Interestingly, panels 2 and 3 can be swapped and the comic will still work. I chose this order because of the of the effect on the implied panel that occurs between the two.
I drew Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell to compensate for the stick figure comic. Also I think someone requested that I draw her once.
Update: 1920x1200 Wallpaper
Comic 'A Little Too Charitable'
I went to PAX. Then I made a comic about child's play
. I also took a picture of saddest booth at the show
Listen, I don't know what I'm doing here either so don't ask.
The first in a 50 part series. Not really.
Comic 'A Compelling Statistic'
To hell with putting effort into things.
Continuing the trend of comics that appeal to as few people as possible, a comic about Neon Genesis Evangelion merchandising.
This comic is kind of stupid. Normally this wouldn't bother me, but three characters in each panel meant that the artwork requirement was huge.
I was on vacation this week so I only spent the last 5 minutes making this comic.
Comic 'Gun Ownership No1'
I have produced a comic about responsible gun ownership.
I have produced a comic about eating eggs.
I have produced a comic about another comic. If you google search for lost dog
, two different live reenactments of this comic appear on the first page. Something about it must strike a chord.
Harmonix is announcing a new Guitar Hero game that features some innovative accelerometer based gameplay. They asked me to do a comic about it.
Mass Effect 2 Comic 'Cycle'
More comic misfortune in the world of Mass Effect
. This completes an entire row on the comics
Mass Effect 2 Comic 'Vanguard of Seduction'
It occurs to me that Samara's costume is ridiculous. When I draw her I feel like I am drawing a cross between Ronald McDonald, Wonder Woman, and Skeeter from Doug
. This comic is not about that.
Mass Effect 2 Comic 'Boss Rush'
A Mass Effect comic. End game spoilers for Mass Effect 2.
Mass Effect 2 Comic 'Collectable'
A Mass Effect comic. Did anyone else feel bad for the collector leader when base was getting blown up? It's not his fault - he was doing the best he could with a wasp nest style space station made out of chewed up paper and mud.
Mass Effect 2 Comic 'Liquification'
Mass Effect comic. About pods. Again.
Mass Effect 2 Comic 'Pod Acquantances'
Another Mass Effect 2 comic. Spoilers for the end of the game I guess.
It's all about who you know. If you know the main character you've got an even chance.
I have finished Mass Effect 2
and I have written a comic about it. The galaxy is a lonely place for renowned murder and space-bisexual Bambi Shepard. In fact at this point she's pretty sure she's a space-lesbian.
How Difficult Is A Handbreak 180
While playing Just Cause 2
with a friend, the following question arose: Just how difficult is it to do a 180 in a car? Can you just jump in a regular car and do it?
I recorded a video of my first attempt
Try it at home!
Quick Design Lesson From Tomb Raider
While taking screenshots of Playstation games for my emulator front end, I noticed something interesting in the Tomb Raider series.
I made a YTMND with Rambo
content and struck gold! 6000+ views and a 4.5+ rating. The banter in the comments is just what I hoped for too.
Caution: Somewhat gross.
Using google analytics, I can what people were searching for when they arrived at this site. Sometimes their search request takes the form of a question, so I'm going to answer those questions now.
article I wrote with Ben Garney about MAME games is now up on GameDev.net.
This one is about lessons you can learn from "wacky sports" titles.
In one of our early drafts, the paragraph discussing the entertainment benefits of adding anti-personnel mines to the standard baseball diamond contained a link to this PSA
. We then referenced this later on by using the same link text but lamented the fact that there was no equivalent PSA for piledriving. Pure comedic genius if you ask me, but the editor at game dev did not think it was "appropriate" or whatever to make fun of blowing up children. So if the article seems like it's short two tasteless jokes, it's because it is.
Give it a read.
I have observed a correlation between hair style and intelligence and summarized my findings in the form of an image.
I have also created two unrelated images depicting females:
I tried my hand at this HD remix thing.
Could have gone better but it's still above some of Capcom's efforts
An article I wrote with Ben Garney about MAME games is now up on GameDev.net.
It's about game design lessons you can learn from old arcade games and how once again 99% of everything is shit.
Give it a read.
According to an article on Kotaku
it is now officially a trap and not just a censorship dodge.
So if you've looked at this picture you are now officially gay in Japan.
I found this rather incredible image on a certain popular anonymous image board. The story is that it's a leaked sprite from the as yet unannounced Marvel Vs Capcom 3. This story seems plausible given the quality of the animation.
There was also some speculation that it is a MUGEN sprite - but that seems highly unlikely as most MUGEN sprites I've seen are either straight rips or hideous edits of existing game sprites and this appears to be new, proffessional work.
Stop Re Skinning the Standard GUI
Fuck ATI and their damn catalyst control center. All I want to do is change the damn gamma setting on my video card, not spend 30 seconds loading some extreme leet skinz that you designed and a 3D preview that could easily be replaced by a still image. I know it's boring to write control panel software all day, but it's supposed to be boring. It's a control panel, not a game. Speaking of games, you can start Blockland
and connect to a multiplayer game
in the time it takes to load the ATI catalyst control center. It takes so long to load they have a splash screen. A splash screen
. For a control panel.
The gamma adjustment doesn't even work properly. Sure there are separate adjustments for desktop and fullscreen 3D, but if you use windowed 3D
, it resets to the default setting and you have to restart the goddamn control center (and wait 30 seconds) to reset it.
ATI isn't the only one guilty of this. Creative Labs, Turtle Beach, Apple, Microsoft
- they're all guilty of mutilating the standard interface for the sake of some imaginary "coolness" factor. Nvidia is a little better, but they still don't use standard windows elements. Creative Labs is guilty of far greater crimes which I can't go into detail on because I swore off them years ago.
Bottom line: Make the driver do what it's supposed to do as simply and effectively as possible. I buy hardware as a means to an end, not an end in itself.
How big is your font directory
Exactly how many megabytes of fonts do you have? Only one way for you to find out!
- Start explorer
- go to C:\windows\fonts
- Select all (Ctrl+A)
- Right Click->Properties
After you find the answer, you might want to email [email protected]
The current definition of a perfect game in baseball is that the no one on the opposing team reaches first base. The pitcher allows no hits, no walks, and no hit
batsmen, providing the maximum benefit with the minimum effort. I propose a new definition in which the goal is to inflict the maximum amount of physical and emotional damage on the opposing team.
Each inning, the pitcher begins by intentionally hitting 3 batters to load the bases. He then proceeds to get three outs in a row with no runs scored. Perhaps with the cooperation of his own team, the score would remain 0-0 well into extra innings allowing for more time for him to pummel the enemy batsmen. The ultimate goal would be to injure all of the players on the opposing team to the point where they are unable to continue and must forfeit the game.
I've heard stories about how when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, people were completely stunned. Elderly people at the time had grown up without cars
had lived through the invention of the airplane
and now there were people walking on the freakin' moon
. I am somewhat envious of this as thus far my own lifetime has been devoid of such marvels.
This got me thinking about what sorts of events would have a similar effect on me. Landing on mars wouldn't do it, cause we already know that it's possible (it would just take a huge pile of money). It would have to be something new. Here's a list that I may add to later:
- Passing the Turing test
- Creating a visible, stable quantity of a new type of matter (transuranic elements, exotic matter, metallic hydrogen, etc)
- Artificial generation or absorbtion of gravity
So now you can leave comments on any image that is posted through the gallery system. Finally, the 5 people who visit this site weekly can argue with eachother.
There's also a really hard to see link in the navigation bar that lets you see the recent comment activity.
Finished a few more pictures and put them up in the artwork section. Man this site is functional but the design is weak. Good thing no goes here.
I've added a ton of pictures to the galleries, be sure to check them out. This asp image gallery thing is great.
Revamped the entire site using CSS for layout instead of tables. I also added an ASP driven image gallery that automatically creates the thumbnail pages. Its going to be a lot easier to make updates now. The page should load faster too.