Link Cable wins “Channel of the Month” on r/letsplay!

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http://www.reddit.com/r/letsplay/comments/17qacg/channel_of_the_month_and_the_winner_is/

Hooray for Reddit! We’re both pretty stoked that people like the channel and always welcome any feedback from the community as we continue this LP series.

Haven’t checked out Link Cable yet? We’re a couple of friends who play and discuss game design and have fun doing so! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/linkcableshow

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We are now a shiny new entity, but also the same exact one as before.

The blog, Show Me Your Pixels, is now http://www.showmeyourpixels.net! I’m quite happy to be in control of the site, and I am looking forward to making more content for it in the future. Also, instead of just having the normal text posts, I will soon be uploading some audio recordings. You guys like audio, right?

WoW, GW2 Beta Action, Updates & College Stuff

There haven’t been as many posts happening as of late, I know. Being in college does have its drawbacks, specifically when it comes to side projects, such as this. The blog is not abandoned in any way, and I have a few ideas in my head just waiting to hit the digital page. In the meantime though, I’m working on a variety of designs and trying to update my own site.

As far as video games go, I’ve been sticking to WoW for the time being. I am happy to say that my guidelines that I’ve established are more or less holding up. My Draenei Paladin is level 25 (I had to stop XP a couple of times so I didn’t outlevel Erik,) and I just recently finished both Bloodmyst and Redridge. We also took it upon ourselves to 2 man both Deadmines and Shadowfang Keep, with relative ease. But now that Erik is stopping WoW, I may have to resort to joining randoms, or…dare I say, soloing dungeons?!

Also, there’s a lot of buzz going on around Guild Wars 2’s beta registration. I have not signed up for it, and I have my Mac to thank for that. I just won’t be able to support the game on my current machine, Bootcamp or otherwise. Hopefully I’ll have a new gaming system before the game comes out, but here’s to hoping.

Speaking of GW2, Mike Ferguson, a designer working on the World vs. World component of the game, is doing an AMA on Reddit today. For anyone who isn’t already aware and following, I’ll link it here: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/q45rm/iama_guild_wars_2_game_designer_ama_about_world/?limit=500

That’s all for now. I’m off to keep designing/gaming!

-Joe

Winds of Change

So, I updated the blog a little cosmetically as well as fundamentally. It’s a very minor change, like a little added line to the mission statement. But now I’m going to describe this blog as something that encompasses not only video games, but the web. Two big things in my life at the moment, and they both deal with pixels and code on varying levels. But most importantly, it’s because I want to, dammit.

-Joe

DreamHost spins good tales.

Good morning! I know you’re checking this first thing in the morning now, practically, so I thought I’d post something I found interesting in my e-mail. It’s my monthly newsletter from my website hosting service: DreamHost. Now, I don’t normally read newsletters from companies, but for whatever reason I made the exception for this.

I think it’s fate.

Indulge me as you sit there for just a minute. I’d like to regale you with a tale of how my life essentially flipped itself – turned upside down, you might say.

You may not know this about me, but I was born and raised in West Philadelphia. Most of my days were spent on the playground – playing basketball just outside my school.

One day a couple of street toughs were up to nothing good – they made real trouble for the neighborhood. After they dragged me into one minor physical altercation my mother grew frightened and sent me to live with my aunt and uncle in Bel Air, California.

I whistled for a cab and as it approached I noticed its license plate – it read “FRESH” and fuzzy dice adorned its mirror. At first I thought this cab peculiar but quickly thought nothing more of it as I directed my driver to “Bel Air”.

My vehicle arrived at my aunt and uncle’s house around seven or eight in the morning. I yelled to my cab driver “Sir, bathe more often and your scent will be less offensive when next we meet!”

As I surveyed the sprawling mansion before me, I could hardly believe I’d arrived. Indeed, I was ready to sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air.

-Brett

I know we’re a new blog and all, but-

JoeSo many spam bots on WordPress!

I got like 5 spam messages ready to be deleted this morning alone. I wouldn’t mind it, but when I first read them they sounded pretty kind, despite leading to some badly designed marketing site. They were almost sounding half-legit, until I get to stuff like THIS:

“I certainly enjoy yourself reading your site. I won’t halt posting excellent and good quality facts!”

Seriously?! They’re almost too self-aware. (…Also I was starting to feel sorta good about myself until then.)

I guess my lesson to you Erik is to not let all the cheap spambots and money and fame get to your head.

-Joe

Want to work in the Games Industry? Well…

.Joe..so do I. And so do a lot of other people, actually. Which is why I figured I’d post this insightful lecture on the subject by Ubisoft creative director Jason VandenBerghe. Erik and I were present (we’re in the front row, on the left side), but I’ve already watched it again, and I suggest you do it too, since it provides some excellent motivation.

Anyway the entire presentation is around 80 minutes, so enjoy!

Establishing a Career in Video Games by Jason VandenBerghe