Monthly Archives: June 2014

Do you have the space-guts to revolutionize video game funding?

Just me again, back with a plug for a fun and worthwhile kickstarter some of you might enjoy and, even if you can’t contribute to, want to keep track of.

A couple of years ago my friend’s brother created Spaceteam, a really rather wonderful cooperative game that is available for FREE for phones and tablets. It’s fun, creative, challenging and did I mention it’s FREE? You can find out more about it here, and if you do nothing else today why not download a copy, get your friends and family over and try to keep your spaceship flying? I challenge you not to have fun with this.

As you may have seen from the above video, Henry Smith, the creator of the game is now trying to raise money to finance the production of more innovative and enjoyable apps he will then be able to distribute free of charge. The world of video game and app production can be cut-throat and although I am all for the power of commercial enterprise, I am also well aware of the damage sales-driven corporate influence can have on creativity if it becomes the dominant force in any field. Spaceteam Admiral’s Club offers you and me a chance to redress the balance and keep indie games like Spaceteam alive.

There are only 6 days to go on this worthwhile kickstarter, and as of last count, they still have 30,558 (CAD) to raise!

You can find the Spaceteam kickstarter page here; minimum pledge is just 1 CAD and there are loads of cool, geeky rewards available if you’re willing to give a little more.

So, do you have the space-guts to revolutionize video game funding? Take your rightful place at the Space Admiral’s table and find out.


Lies, damned lies, and even more lies!

We’ve just returned from an exhausting trip to the Windy City and already we’re straight back into a mountain of positively mind-numbing paperwork.

Seeking distraction, I have returned to these fair blogging shores to write about a highly trivial issue that has been on my mind for months now.

Namely: lies.

More specifically, these sorts of lies:

Honestly, what the hell is this all about?

Now as a general rule, I try to spend as little time as possible in grocery stores yet I still find myself wandering round inside one at least once a week, sometimes more often. Since coming to the States, I have not been able to enter such an establishment without being visually assaulted by a vast array of trashy magazines spouting an even more assaulting array of lies about, ridiculously enough, the British royal family.

‘Camilla’s vicious plot to grab the crown exposed!’ ‘Harry to wed in secret: exclusive pics!’ ‘Queen Liz to abdicate in favor of fav corgi!’

OK, I made the last one up, but you get the picture.

Americans being obsessed with the royals is of course an old cliche, but obsessed to the degree that magazines go ahead and make up lies about them?!

As I have mentioned before, I am a fairly new resident of the USA, and coming from Britain, I am no stranger to untrustworthy tabloids, but magazine like the Globe and the Enquirer take the biscuit. The first time I saw one of these headlines about Charles and Camilla getting a divorce, I immediately went home and checked the Guardian website. Not because I was particularly distraught at the though of their dissolved union but because I didn’t understand how the news could have passed me by. The answer was of course that it hadn’t because it was a lie.

Initially, I dismissed the story as a blip, a one-off attention grabbing headline, but week after week they just kept coming, more and more completely unsubstantiated lies. And they aren’t limited to the UK monarchy either – checkout that totally unfounded stinger about missing flight MH370 at the bottom of that pic above – the US head of state gets the same treatment too.

People can’t really believe this… right?

Obama’s 12 women. Really? REALLY? How do the ‘journalists’ writing for these magazines get away with making up utter crap about public figures? Why does anybody buy these publications (and someone does – there are certainly enough of them), and do they honestly believe the things they read?

Perhaps it’s wish fulfillment – people want to believe their cultural and political leaders live lives ripped straight from daytime TV soap operas – could it be there is an element of schadenfreude at work here? Or maybe, much like those very soaps, it’s simple entertainment. Either way, it’s pretty awful, depressing stuff.

Then again, the headlines caught my eye and I’ve taken enough of an interest to photograph and write about them here. Maybe I’m just as bad the enquiring Globe reader.