Archive for the 'Over 40 Gamer' Category

New Episode of Over 40 Gamer?!

May 26, 2008

Can it be?! After 5 months of nothing, could this podcast unpodfade? Yes. Yes, it can.

David from Friday Night Party Line joins me as we talk about Travian and Fate. With David’s help OFG rejoins teh internets.

Edit: I was trying desperately to remember Hellgate London, fyi.

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Economic activity versus creative output.

February 24, 2008

Last year I started a gaming podcast and restarted a roundtable style podcast. I wrote fairly frequently in this blog and put up some videos on YouTube. Anyone who has done things like this will tell you that it is a reward in itself. But like anything else, you can burn out on it.

This year I have not made a single show for the gaming podcast. The roundtable style podcast has a show in the can that I have not edited for posting. I have written sporadically in this blog and haven’t done much with YouTube videos lately.

Usually when this happens, it is because I’m busier at work. That’s true now, but I also have had less energy. I’ve been going to bed at 9:30 p.m. I think it is just a phase of the winter months. In any event, I’m trying to shake some things up by getting up earlier.

But the main reason that I am doing fewer creative ventures is because I’m putting all of my creative energy into work. When I say work, I mean my main job, the source of my economic activity in life.

We all have approximately 16 hours of waking time each day. In this cage of time, there are only so many clicks. The higher the percentage of time that I use those moments for economic activity benefits me (and my family). If I am lucky enough to be doing work that I enjoy, then all the better.

This is not to say that freestyle creative projects don’t have value. Clearly they do. I’ve spent hundreds of hours doing creative work online for nothing. I did it because I enjoyed it. I’ve even had some ideas for other podcasts (one on computers for example). Now is not the time to launch some sort of new creative venture. Instead it is time to work as hard as I can in real life and only blow off creative steam when I need to.

When a creative venture starts to feel like work and I’m not getting paid for it, it’s time to end the venture. That’s really the case with the gaming podcast. I have some ideas for the show but I also have work projects that I’d rather complete instead. The other podcast is more precious to me but I see that becoming more infrequent as well.

It’s just the way that it is.

Over 40 Gamer Episode 10.

December 17, 2007

In this show, I discuss:

1. The Gerstman thing and how it affected me.
2. Why is gaming so popular now and where is it going?
3. Playing Now:

A. Wii: Pikmin, Tips on playing Game Cube Games. NOT MARIO.
B. PS3: Rockband & RE4.

C. 360 (crickets)

D. DS (nothing new)

E. PSP (nothing new)

F. Computer. Dwarf Fortress & Half life 2

4. Shout outs

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Direct download: OFG_Episode_10.mp3

Over 40 Gamer Episode 9.

November 22, 2007

I’m back in the podcasting saddle!
Here’s a partial list of what I ramble on about (not necessarily in this order):

I.Games I’m playing now.
A.    Resident Evil 4.  (PS2)
B.    PS3
1.Rock Band.
2.Eye of Judgment.
C.    Wii Sports
D.    xBOX nothing  red ring problems
E.    DS.
1.Phoenix Wright.
2.Phantom Hourglass.
F.    PSP: Dungeons & Dragons Tactics
II.Games I’ve Finished!
A.    Overlord.
B.    Portal.
III.Gaming articles 
A.    Ratchet & Clank.
B.    Scene it.
V.Gaming philosophy
VI.Games I want.
A.    Mass Effect.
B.    Uncharted:  Drakes Fortune.  What a dumb name.
A.    Finally got a Wii!

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Over 40 Gamer Episode 8.

October 14, 2007

You know, I never intended this blog to be a support page for my podcasts, but this weekend I did two shows.  When that’s what you’re doing, that’s what you blog about.  I had a special guest on this week’s showViga the Otagal.  She’s no over 40 gamer, in fact, she’s young enough to be my daughter.  But she has a podcast on Anime and is a gamer too.  In the second half of the show, I do my usual video game soliloquy.

Podcast Frenzy.

September 8, 2007

Being home and sick with a laptop let me catch up on podcast editing.  I posted new episodes of both FNPL and OFG.

 Friday Night Party Line:

Tonight’s hosts:  Dave, Nathan, Scott & Thaed.  Here are the topics:

–Is it possible to get paid for just being you?  Does a job exist where you do whatever you want to do and getting paid for it?  (2:13)

–Is Steampunk bunk?  Is there any point to it?      (8:42)

–David’s topic:  Did you see that the kid who hacked the iPod got a Z Car?
Plus, what do you think of the iTouch?    (15:17)

–Have you guys seen the Pleo?  Is this going to be a hit?  Will it be better
than the Aibo?  Worse?  (25:37)

–What things do you do on the weekend to make your week go more smoothly?   (29:14)

–What are your thoughts on skyscrapers?  Should they still be built?  Are they a good use of space?  Will they continue to be built?
/1001    (38:49)

–Female traveling willberries:  Who would you pick to be an all female rock band from mature female singers? (41:14)

–Oobuntoo?  (45:59)

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Direct download: Friday_Night_Party_Line_Episode_16.mp3

Over 40 Gamer

Special guests:  Dave, Nathan & Scott.  We discuss Zelda speed runs, emulators for console games (NES, Super NES, Genesis, Playstation, etc) and getting your games back if your console dies.  This might be the best discussion about emulators ever had on a podcast (or not).

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Direct download: Over_40_Gamer_Episode_7.mp3

Over 40 Gamer Episode 6 is up.

August 19, 2007

Lots of podcasting stuff this weekend. Is there a season for podcasting? On this episode of OFG, I talk about the upcoming patch to Overlord for the 360; my ongoing experiences with Resident Evil 4; the recent mod chip raid; PSP desires; the Bioshock demo; Heavenly Sword haters; The Guild; Puzzle Quest and Real Life as a game. There’s also a bit of a rant against iMacs in there.

After I did the show, I don’t think I spent enough time talking about The Guild. I’m not a huge fan of internet tv shows, but I actually subscribed to this one’s newsletter. I’m impressed by how spot on the game related humor is. I think it’s so good because the star writes the show. She’s clearly brilliant. Math genius, musician, actress and ballerina? My goodness! But then I’m always all aflutter for the polymaths. You can tell she’s worked with Joss Whedon. The humor is similar.

Over 40 Gamer Episode 4 is up.

July 8, 2007

I spend a lot of time talking about Overlord in this show. I’ve been playing the game religiously and I think I’m close to finishing it. I also spending time talking about gamer nausea issues. It’s really easy for me to get sick gaming if there is a lot of spinning involved. I’d hate to get to the point where I have to take Dramamine to play! I continue to be obsessed about the coming PS3 price drop. If you can get the $100 off and the 5 movies, I’m in. In other news, I get pwned in Pokemon and I have some thoughts on E3 next week. Finally, I have some fan mail to discuss and another podcast

Over 40 Gamer Episode 3 is up.

June 20, 2007

I’m frankly a little surprised at the popularity of this show.  If that sounds like a lack of confidence, it’s really more of a lack of marketing.  I haven’t gone internet crazy with this thing at all.  Yet the show is gaining a nice little crowd.  I still intend to keep this project fairly separate from Mental Interface, but I’ll mention the shows here as they are published.