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21 April, 2015

Mobile game adventures: Fantasica
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:40 AM

About a year and a half ago, I got my first smartphone: a Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition. I really enjoy it, even if it did come at a hefty price tag.

Of course, one of the first things I did with it was install some games. :) By now I’ve played a number of games, but I wanted to write a bit about one game I’ve played for quite a while now: a game called Fantasica.

Let’s me share a little about it in this analysis/review.
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1 April, 2015

New Project: Indie MMO Space Game!
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:48 AM

I’ll keep this short, because who wants to read a bunch of text when I’ve got a game to pimp!

I’m starting a new project I’m calling Indie MMO Space Game! It’s the culmination of a lot of research about what is successful in developing games.

Read on for more details.
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21 March, 2015

Defending Peter Molyneux
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 1:38 PM

“Do you think that you’re a pathological liar?”

Imagine someone coming up to you and saying that. About the only context where I don’t think the person is the world’s biggest asshole is if this were a good friend giving me some friendly teasing. As the opening to an interview? Yeah, that’s probably the world’s biggest asshole on the other end.

Let’s look at why this phrase is garbage.
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31 December, 2014

New year, new blog post
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:42 PM

It’s the end of the old year, and the new year is upon us. Time for a bit of looking back and looking forward, as I traditionally do.

Let’s take a look at how 2014 treated me, and what to look forward in 2015.
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9 December, 2014

Bloggy XMAS 9: How to grow a community
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 10:00 AM

This post is part of Bloggy XMAS with the theme of “gaming and community”. #bloggyxmas

“Gaming and community”, there’s a topic to cover. Perhaps one of the most vitally important topics in our modern lives; community is the foundation of the internet as we know it. The internet has given us connections with other people far beyond what we could imagine, bringing together people who want to share with each other. So, yeah, community is pretty important.

Since I’m a developer, let’s make this post practical, as my holiday gift to you. What does it take to turn a bunch of unruly people into a community?
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25 November, 2014

Doing some troubleshooting
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 5:45 PM

Apologies if the site isn’t working optimally over the next few days. I’m doing some troubleshooting to find a problem. It might be my host, but it could be some strange interactions between plugins and my current version of WordPress.

The good news is that you may expect some more posts over the next little bit. :)

26 October, 2014

I’m not dead, just really busy
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 9:53 PM

So, wow, where did the time go? I certainly didn’t mean to ignore this site for so long, but it just kinda happened. Hopefully someone still checks the site on occasion, or has me in their RSS reader. :)

Let’s play a little game of “catchup with Brian” shall we?
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27 May, 2014

My next big thing
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:14 PM

I shared this tidbit on social networks first, so let get straight to the point: I’ve taken a position with City State Entertainment on the game known as Camelot Unchained.

I’m obviously very excited, even if it requires a move clear across the country.
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8 May, 2014

The importance of community
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 8:54 AM

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who helped me out with the vet bills for Susano. I appreciate every gift, help in spreading my request, and kind word of support. It means a lot to me that people were willing to help.

I wrote personal emails to everyone who sent a gift. In many of these notes, I mentioned the importance of community. I often talk about how important community is on this blog, and it was a nice reminder about how community affects me personally in ways beyond the theory I share on here.

Let me share some thoughts about community.
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1 May, 2014

I need some help
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 10:30 AM

This is a personal post. I need a little help from my friends and followers.

Our cat Susano
(Click the image to see a larger one.)

This is Susano. He’s one of my black domestic shorthair cats. You might be able to tell from yellowed skin in the photo that he’s jaundiced. Susano has been diagnosed with a liver problem. He has lost his previously voracious appetite and now weights a mere 5 pounds 6 ounces.

Susano was found as a stray in Iowa. He was a friendly kitten, willing to come up and get food from any stranger. I brought him inside to keep him safe. He wasn’t overly fond of our other cats, but he learned to fit in. We named him after the Shinto god Susanoo; all our cats have names of deities.

If you’ve read my blog for some time, you know my cats are precious to me. I have a soft spot for the little guys, and I’m very much one that treats them like good friends and family. I feel a bit more obligation to Susano, since I did choose to bring him into our home.

He fell ill pretty suddenly a few weeks ago. It started with an uncharacteristic lack of appetite and then he started dropping weight. Normally he was always begging/stealing/waiting for food. We took him to the vet, and the test results came back showing a liver problem. We were prescribed various medicines, including Vitamin K, Vitamin B mixed in with a bag of fluids we administer subcutaneously (via a needle under the skin), milk thistle, and SAM-e. We’re also feeding him some prescription food to try to put some weight on him.

I’m not giving up on him yet. He’s a small slip of a cat, but he’s still active despite his lost appetite. He’s not showing the usual signs of being ready to leave this life, so I want to fight as long as he is. Unfortunately, this costs us money.

The vet bills and medicines have put some strain on us. Normally this would be something we would handle; we would just use credit cards and pay it off when we can. But, my significant other and I are about to do a major move soon from the California to the East Coast. We’d like to do what we can to make him better before we have to make the move.

I enabled a plugin on this blog as a way for you to help. The money raised will go toward bills and medicines, and other expenses Susano needs.

Thank you for your help and generosity. I appreciate it.

Update: Unfortunately, Susano did not get better. I posted about my appreciation for the community. The generous gifts and kind words gave me the peace of mind that let me know I did the best I could for my friend. Please accept a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped in any way.

I will not easily forget your generosity, and I will continue to share that kindness with others.

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