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How Much Is Your Junk Worth?
12:23 PM on 02.19.2015
Win My Sweet Gaming Swag
9:07 PM on 01.28.2015
Oh Hai. Here's What I Been Up To
1:51 AM on 01.22.2015
What would YOU do with $2.5 BILLION?
4:30 AM on 09.16.2014
48 Hour Live Steam For Spark Rising!
12:58 PM on 10.29.2013
Why I became a Dtoid HUGE member
6:44 PM on 09.28.2013





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Gaming Evangelist. Game Creator. GAMER.

I'm a game developer, and head up several gaming studios, including Wicked Loot and FitGoFun. Been in the game industry for many years now. It's the only life I know.

I pretty much done it all. QA. Marketing. Game Design. Coding. Editor. The guy who had to wear the (stank) mascot costume at a gaming event. The guy who drove a truck to deliver games to a warehouse. For the love of the game.

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It's sorta about games. But mostly about my life.
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The great purge continues! Since it's Chinese New Years, this is a fitting post. During this time of the year, you are suppose to get rid of old stuff, and clean things up. Start the new year off fresh. I'm just getting rid of all my junk.

So I made this vid as a way to showcase some of the more interesting gamer and geek stuff I sold. And I was blown away how much people were willing to pay for them. Guess how much a copy of The Elder Scrolls Daggerfall goes for? Or how about a brand new Gizmondo handheld system? 

It's amazing how much stuff you collect over the years. And how much of it you really don't need anymore. Sports equipment for sports I haven't played in years. Games that sit on a shelf for showcase, but no one really cares. Kitchen appliances you got for a gift and used once because it seemed novel but you never touched again.

So why get rid of all this stuff? This was partly fueled by our plans to move (which have been pushed back.) But then evolved into a desire to live life minimally for 2015. Perhaps it would encourage us to explore more rather than "nest." Perhaps it's the realization that all this stuff really hasn't added much value or joy to our lives. I'm all for capitalism, and materialism sure does feel like a sweet drug high initially, but then you realize how you own enough clothes to wear something new for months, and most of the world has a wardrobe that lasts a week. 

And I'll tell you what. Since getting our whole life down to a few boxes, it feels WICKED AWESOME. I never expected it to be so liberating! So before you throw away your crap, try selling and see how much you can get for it!









So Ludette and I agreed to get rid of much of what we own and live 2015 ultra minimalistic. Why? That's another story. For now, all you need to know is that I'm giving away a box of my gaming swag! It's part of the Great Purge of 2015! My crap can be your loot!

So what's in this swag box? A t-shirt for this game, key chain for that game, and inflatable sword for this game, etc. Pac-Man this, Mass Effect that, Guitar Hero this. Basically, watch the vid to see it all. If you want to win it, you gotta subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave a comment. It's just my life as a game developer.

And for an extra bonus for all you Dtoiders out there, here are a few keys for my game Spark Rising which is now on Steam early access!

 

And on a side note: We been pretty successful getting rid of everything. Our living room is empty, and we got everything we own down to several boxes. You'd be surprised how liberating it can be to own so little! 

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Let's see, so what have I been up to in 2014. 

Totally scrapped and rebuilt Spark Rising, a FPS sandbox game.

Started up a new venture FitGoFun using games to inspire people to get fit.

Lived in Hawaii most of the year, making games, beach bumming, and chillin'.

Began purging all my worldly posessions to go ultra minimalistic for 2015.

Started making YouTube vids, initially as a way to stay in touch with the wifey who was 2500 miles away, and now because it's stupid fun!

 

Overall, a pretty unconventional year for me. First, going indie meant having to give up a lifestyle that I got accustomed to. But when I quit my job, and sold my home in 2013, there was no turning back. So what's teed up for 2015? My 3 resolutions: Get wicked. Get fit. Make more vids!









You heard by now. Minecraft was acquired for $2.5 billion. 

And it seems trolls and haters are already out in full force. Let's put this into perspective. Who wouldn't sell for that much money?

What would you do with $2.5 bil? Srly, cash on this scale is beyond comprehension. Riot + Bioware + Bungie + Rare was acquired for less... COMBINED.


Hell, I decided to make a video about it, trying to find other comparables because my mind is so boggled! You could buy the LA Clippers + a Hawaiian island, and then move the team out ot Hawaii and call them the Hula Clippers. And still have cash left over.


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It's on! We're in our final 30 some hours left for the Spark Rising Kickstarter, and we already hit our $17K goal. Swuuuuuueeet!

http://www.twitch.tv/wickedloot

But the last minute hoorah continues at a fun pace! We got a 48 hour marathon going on with a live stream on Twitch.tv. We're gonna showcase new game features, gameplay, concept art, some people will cry, other's will just pass out. But we're going go through with it!

So stop by our Twitch.tv channel and enjoy the fun!

Thanks for everyone who helped us get this far. It's been an amazing Kickstarter journey. And we've only just begun. Real development is about to commence!

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I was going to hawk my Kickstarter (OK, small plug here), but instead, I was inspired to share why I became a HUGE member. To me, no one else fights so ferociously to entertain gamers above all other objectives. The industry needs Dtoid.



I've known the guys at Dtoid for years ever since they were scrappy lads. OK, they still are scrappy, but now at least they now got street cred. And I got the chance to know Niero well and we became good friends. And I really grown to admire what he and the crew put together at Dtoid. Yeah, it's easy to see this as just a bunch of grown kids mucking it up, but it's some of the best online entertainment there is when it comes to games. I enjoy stopping by each day.

THE WORLD IS CHANGING
This past year has been a real big challenge for Dtoid. The whole blogging scene has dramatically changed. The way people want to be entertained has changed. A lot of people now block ads when surfing the net, and when a website is dependent on those ads to survive, a dramatic call to action is needed (And the answer isn't to get sneak with ads!) It's easy to just bitch about these issues, but these guys decided to experiment with something new, and place it all on the line. And that's how HUGE came about.

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT
And that's why I admire these guys and their ferocious fight to remain independent. And that's why I support HUGE. Whether it's the perfect solution or not is really up to all of us and what we want from it, and how we provide feedback on making it better. But at least you know these guys are proactively trying to come up with good solutions to growing a business while keeping the gamer in mind first.

DTOID BELIEVES IN ENTERTAINING THE GAMER
And so here's what I'll lay on the line: If you believe that these guys truly provide something unique to the industry, and if you think that something would be truly missing if they weren't around, then you want to support them with HUGE. Because I can tell you from my experiences with the whole crew at Dtoid, there is no one else in the industry that fights so ferociously to entertain gamers, and how that trumps all other objectives including selling out. No one else launches april fools jokes by doing a whole redesign of the site in handwriting for one day, or makes t-shirts that parodies how game publishers strong arm editorial sites, or creates a silly panic button so you can surf the site at work, or gives so much to their community. And for those of you already in the Dtoid army, you know how each of these guys feel like true friends. It's because work at Dtoid is life as a gamer. The industry needs them!
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