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Apr 14 // johnmasterlee

What It's REALLY Like Making Indie Games

So I'm working on two indie games at once. And I would say that overall it's pretty typical of indie game development. Small team trying to do it all. Refactoring lots of code as we learn about better ways to c...
Apr 09 // CelicaCrazed

LOVE/HATE: Mario Kart 8

Let’s get it out of the way quick: Mario Kart 8 is great. I bought a Wii U just for the game and never suffered any buyer’s remorse like I have with many new consoles. That’s not to say the game is per...
Mar 21 // johnmasterlee

I Would Never Get My Own Cooking Show

So I was pleasantly surprised at you all actually enjoyed my recent blog post about making fried rice. After all, Dtoid is a gaming focused website, and that instantly conjures up images of people who rather ea...
Mar 18 // johnmasterlee

Never Revealed Game Concepts

While cleaning out my pile of artwork and paperwork, I found some old game concepts that brought back memories. Some of this stuff dates back 20 years, so it's amusing to look back and see what was going through my head...
Mar 13 // johnmasterlee

Tossing My Art Salad

When you have a pile of artwork stacked up all over the the place, it starts to look like an art salad. Except it's made from trees, so maybe mulch is a better comparison. It's heavy as hell when you gotta lug boxes of i...
Mar 10 // johnmasterlee

How To Make Wicked Fried Rice

Not to lump all you gamers out there into one big wad, but it seems to be the unfortunate reality that many of you are much better at Cooking Mama than real life cooking. After all, in a day and age where it's ...
Mar 01 // johnmasterlee

Classic clip from Bethesda Softworks' XCar

I use to work on this PC game called XCar: Experimental Racing at Bethesda Softworks about 20 years ago. You can't find much info about the game online because it's before the internet got popular. But I managed to dig u...
Feb 19 // johnmasterlee

How Much Is Your Junk Worth?

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 ...
Jan 28 // johnmasterlee

Win My Sweet Gaming Swag

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...
Jan 22 // johnmasterlee

Oh Hai. Here's What I Been Up To

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 ...
Sep 16 // johnmasterlee

What would YOU do with $2.5 BILLION?

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 ...
Jun 11 // Elsa

So, you want to be my friend...

So... if you met me at a party would you walk up and hand me a picture of lesbian porn?  I don't really care if you're female, or if you're gay, but you might want to introduce yourself first and say "hi", before giving me ...
May 08 // Elsa

10 reasons why Elsa is always right...

1.  If you're a male, you're wrong.  One thing I've learned from gaming media in recent years is that being a woman makes me always right.  Apparently I lack "privilege" even though I'm a middle class white woman with a n...
Dec 19 // Elsa

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 be blinded from the s...
Oct 29 // johnmasterlee

48 Hour Live Steam For Spark Rising!

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 4...
Sep 28 // johnmasterlee

Why I became a Dtoid HUGE member

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 ...
Sep 08 // johnmasterlee

Spark Rising Prototype v.01 - Am I Pretty?

So my indie team at Wicked Loot continue to crank away at our next game, Spark Rising, which is a build and battle sandbox game. Build environments, fortresses, weapons, and then battle mechs, aliens, zombies, or whatever. ...
Aug 21 // Elsa

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 was the subject and the woman ...
Aug 16 // johnmasterlee

Introducing Spark Rising!

Over the last many months my Wicked Loot team and I been working on a new game concept. We've been under the radar, blogging game updates to a small group of friends and current fans of ours. We're reaching a point where we...
Aug 12 // Elsa

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 back home now. It's been several ...
Aug 05 // johnmasterlee

Does Munch Face Sound Dirty To You?

Anyone else think Munch Face evokes dirty thoughts? That has come up a couple times in conversation, as if the game name infers, well, something else. I did learn what a Dragon Munch was for the first time, and the visual of ...
Jun 25 // Elsa

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

This started as a response to Glowbear's 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 please read her blog FIR...
Jun 18 // Elsa

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

original Possible spoilers for the Mass Effect trilogy ahead... proceed at your own risk! 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 Bald...
Jun 12 // Elsa

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 undecided between the Xbox One and t...
Jun 04 // Elsa

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 company) there are also about 26 m...
May 12 // johnmasterlee

Oh Snap, My Game Is Changing

Back to the grind of making games after a day of surfing.  Yesterday, my team was out catching waves for the first time to shoot a parody video of us having a board meeting. Get it? Board? Surf board? It's not ha ha funny,...
Apr 23 // Elsa

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 my previous blogs as the faps...
Apr 18 // johnmasterlee

Here's $100 in Free Games

Like any indie game dev studio, we don't exist unless we have a Facebook page that posts up all the sexy pics we do in game development. Like code all day. Or eat Cheetos. Or work in our underwear. LIKEY OUR FB PAGE! I'...
Apr 15 // johnmasterlee

Building a game in 1 week

So life out here in Hawaii isn't all pineapples and hula girls. Though there is a lot of that. Like any indie studio, we spend much of waking hours building games. For the last few months, we been focusing on a turn-based ...
Apr 08 // Elsa

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 outright denial seem to further confi...

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