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Some musings on Videogame Writing

When it comes to writing a game or an interactive piece of media, there are three key components I consider when judging how well the script of a game holds up. If a game doesnít possess a sol...   more

Some musings on Videogame Writing


Hey some musings on what I like with Character Design

Iíve been meaning to write something regarding character design in video games for a while. †I donít think Iím really qualified for it, nor do I think my intelligence is strong enough to even let...   more

Hey some musings on what I like with Character Design


Why I love videogame magazines

As some of you may know, Dtoid Reviews editor Chris Carter, former Dtoid powerhouse Tony Ponce, and myself have been working with a conclave of nerds and videogame experts on making a print magaz...   more

Why I love videogame magazines


Occam Thoughts: Summons

Summons in role playing games.† There is something so wonderfully appealing about calling forth a terrible monster to do your dirty work for you in an RPG.†Most of us can recall with fond remembr...   more



The invisibility of the older woman...

I'm currently 51 and frankly, when I hit 50... shit happened. †I stopped dying my hair only to find out that I no longer had dark brown hair, but instead when the sun hits my locks, you could b...   more



New Podtoid animation

Classic Jim stuff. It's goooood.†GpfKIcO7lZs   more



Occam Thoughts: Prints (NVGR)

Art.† I love art.† Art ART ARRRRT!† Fun to say, fun to collect.† So as a creature who relies almost solely on visual memory and who works in a gallery, its no big shock that my collecting procliv...   more



New Jim Sterling Podcast, Teenage Pokemon, other stuff

Hi everybody! I've been working on a lot of stuff. Here is some of it! vcZaUZcTVww Jim Sterling, Conrad Zimmerman and I used to host Podtoid. Now we host a show called The Dismal Jesters. It's ...   more

New Jim Sterling Podcast, Teenage Pokemon, other stuff


Top Ten things I like Pokemon X/Y

10) †New trainer 2D art. It's a little sterile, and doesn't fit with the rest of the game, but as stand alone art its pretty charming. 9) Some of those Mega Evolutions. They look pretty neat.† ...   more



Investing in Wild Cards: Ramblings on KI, The Wii-U's and PS Vita Hype

November is shaping up to be yet another huge month for gamers this year. †More so than the previous ones. †Yes, another entry in the Call of Duty franchise will surface, and another Assassin's C...   more

Investing in Wild Cards:  Ramblings on KI, The Wii-U's and PS Vita Hype


Feminist Frequency and Relevance...

So, Anita Sarkeesian has completed her "Damsel in Distress" trilogy. †In the first video, she introduced the trope and gave some historical background to it.† She spoke of how the male rescuer ...   more



Killing Death

We're currently going through a family crisis. †My father-in-law is 80 and has had a brain†hemorrhage. †My husband immediately flew out to be with his father and after 10 days, he's finally bac...   more



Pikmin 3 audio review, Teen PKMN merch, essay and free underwear

Hello! First, here is a audio review of Pikmin 3. It was going to be used for a video review of the game, but in the end, it wasn't. Some people like it.† Is this a thing you'd like to hear mor...   more

Pikmin 3 audio review, Teen PKMN merch, essay and free underwear


No means no... but sometimes it has to be said out loud.

This started as a response to excellent blog recapping some recent events at E3, but it grew far too long, and I've never been concise... so I'll put my huge ramble here in my own blog, but plea...   more



It's all about who you're sleeping with...

I've mentioned it before, but I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to video game romances. †I dumped Anomen the wimp in Baldur's Gate 2. In Dragon Age: Origins, dumped me after beco...   more



More questions than answers...

As with many console launches in the past, this year I've come away with more questions than answers. †I'm usually a Sony fangirl, but for the next generation of game consoles, I'm still undeci...   more



Fun Facts about Females

Meet Jane. †She owns a smartphone or tablet. †The install base on Android and iOS devices alone is larger than all the current gen consoles combined. †According to Flurry (an app analytics comp...   more



Occams Thoughts: Debate

I'm all for healthy debate.† Debate is a hallmark of human communication.† Its one of the many ways we learn and grow from one another.† There are debates that are super important, like the de...   more



The sound of many hands fapping...

... is now silenced. Apparently the fap button has been replaced by a generic "like" button and previous fap records have all disappeared. I find I rather miss seeing the fap numbers on some of...   more



Deal with it.

Yup, the next Xbox might not be for you. The rumours of an "always on" internet connected next-generation Xbox aren't particularly new, though recent leaks and the distinct lack of any outrigh...   more



I think I'm going to be defiant!

I got to level 157 or so in Defiance during the beta week... so apparently I liked the game. It releases today on my Birthday, April 2nd, and there's a pretty decent chance I'll be getting the...   more



Adorable people is why I keep trying to make things

A lot of people told me right off the bat that I shouldn't make teenage pokemon, that I was doing it wrong and that i was trying too hard or not trying hard enough or that just watching the show ...   more



Occam Thoughts: Four Years

April 1st, that special day in which Destructoid falls under the spell of the blood moon and transforms into the Foolish April Beast. It's a day I look forward to every year, not only for what t...   more



Talk Fast with Anthony Burch (choose your own interview)

We started a new interview series called "Talk Fast" at PAX East this year and it was fun to do. We did one with Anthony Burch of Borderlands 2 and Runner fame, but the sound didn't sound. You ...   more

Talk Fast with Anthony Burch (choose your own interview)


Just call me Farmer Elsa!

I never did play Demon Souls... even though I normally love WRPG styled games. I heard it was difficult, as in brutally difficult and when I want to have my ass kicked, I generally load up an on...   more



The Best Scarves in Gaming

Letís face it: scarves make anything cool. Case in point, Fred from Scooby Doo. Do you think he became the leader of the gang because of his brains? Hell no. Itís because of that devilishly sty...   more



Occams Thoughts: Art Books

Iíve always been a picture guy. Iím a visual learner almost to a fault (math is hard) and the way I recall memories is by shuffling through pictures in my head until I find the one I am trying t...   more



Me and my digital dick...

I've been a gamer since I was a nameless, genderless, adventurer in games like Zork and Myst. †I then moved on to the Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Icewind Dales series of games and I alwa...   more



Help me prepare for GDC 2013

Iím going to this month, and to be honest, Iím really nervous. Itís my first GDC. Hell, itís my first big convention. I mean, Iíve wandered around Comic Con down in San Diego a couple of times...   more

Help me prepare for GDC 2013


Damsel in Distress....

I know that Anita Sarkeesian's "Damsel in Distress" initial video of her examination of Tropes vs Women in Video games is due to drop tomorrow, so I wanted to get some of my thoughts out previo...   more






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