A Love Letter To Love Letters In Games…

 
My talk from last month’s Videobrains event is now YouTube. You can still read the notes in the previous post, but I wanted to share the video so you can all see how immature I am with laser pointers. And nervous. God, I was nervous.
The talk is of course supposed to be about Easter Eggs in games, but upon reflection I’ve happily realised that the examples make it more apt to call it my love letter to love letters hidden in games.

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Videobrains: Easter Eggs

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I spoke at Jake Tucker’s Videobrains event again recently. It’s a great series of monthly talks where journalists, academics, developers and fans come together to discuss their passion.

This month saw Emma Sinclair talk about the role of games in scientific research; Tom Hatfield talk about what computer games can learn from tabletop games and Kate Gray talk about games as a tool for overcoming anxiety. Videobrains is a great event that deserves your support.

I spoke about Easter Eggs; how we define them, what my favourite ones are and what they mean to me. I’ve also written up my presentation notes here, with slides in the right places and added links – but you can also watch a video of the talk on YouTube too.

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How I Work: Linx 7 and Accessories

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I bought a tablet recently. As time has passed and my job has changed I’ve found my device needs have also evolved and that I spend the majority of my time working on mobile devices even when a desktop PC is an available option. Hence, a tablet.

The exact model, size and spec of my tablet has led to a few questions, so for the sake of easy recommendations I’ve gone into detail on what I got and how it fares here.

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I’m Talking at Videobrains Again

Later this month I’m going to be speaking at Videobrains – the really fantastic and affordable regular games event in London where indie developers, journalists and academics have drinks and share their thoughts. It’s a really, really fun event, as illustrated by the above video of Mike Cook’s last talk there. 

I actually try to attend every single Videobrains event, but I haven’t spoken since the first one – where I revealed never-before-seen copies of the design document for Deus Ex 3. This time, I’m talking about the History and Evolution of Easter Eggs (because: Easter).

Tickets are £5 and it’s an independent event that’s really worth supporting, not least because I’ll be talking with the likes of Kate Gray, Tom Hatfield, Emma Sinclair, Christos Reid and Len Cheung. Also, I buy a drink for anyone who can say ‘Hyperbole’ correctly 3x in a row. Or I will until it gets ridiculous anyway.

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Games Journalism and Money…

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For the Unlimited Hyperbole Christmas Special I invited you to tell me what you’d change about the games industry – but there was one response I didn’t include. It asked me what I think of the way games journalists are paid and I promised just to reply to it later.

This is a topic that’s close to my heart, so prepare for the answer to be quite aggressive…

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Non-Gaming Work: Laundrapp

 

I wouldn’t normally share non-games or non-project things on here, but having spent the last three months hard at work with this company I naturally want to do everything I can to support it. It’s Laundrapp, the only laundry and dry cleaning app with London-wide service. It also works in Edinburgh!

Dry cleaning obviously isn’t as immediately entertaining as explosions or experience points, but it’s a great service and I’ve really enjoyed working on it. The team is fantastic, the app is well-designed and there are a lot of people who’ve worked on games in the past, so I don’t feel like an idiot when people ask me what I did at the weekend and I say ‘Dishonored, again’.

Also, as a special for gamers, you can use the code ‘THREEPWOOD’ to get £10 off your first order. Yay!