May 19, 2015

#NBI Talkback Challenge 3: What Made Me a Gamer

They're at it again! The Newbie Blogger Initiative had again posted a writing prompt for participants this year, and I'm excited to be joining in! This prompt is from the amazing Jaedia:

What Made You a Gamer?

May 15, 2015

The PAXocalypse, and My Efforts Towards a Media Badge

The tickets are sold
and the queues long died down
Craigslist and E-bay
Attract most of the crowd

Redditors swarm
For every last way in
I don't even know
Where I should begin! 

So have you been on the internet lately? Ick, sorry I'm so rude about it, but this whole PAX ordeal has me on the fritz. On Friday, Penny Arcade Expo's Seattle convention tickets went on sale and were gone in under a few hours. That said, I was out doing something besides F5-ing on the registration page, and so I completely missed the tickets. However, PAX is still a big deal to me, and it's important for the site that I go and cover what's going on there. (I'd also really like to play some D&D.)

So, what am I doing about my internal PAXocalypse? Well, definitely more than sitting here and whining.

May 11, 2015

#NBI2015: Talkback Challenge 2

As a part of the Newbie Blogger Initiative this year - which is an awesome event for just about any gaming blogger - I've been keeping an eye on the writing prompts and activities to do. As I pick up my F12 skills for the screenshot safari, I'll in the meantime respond to the second Talkback Challenge, this time hosted by l33t j3w3l! 

Early Access and Kickstarter – Do you support unfinished games?

May 9, 2015

Viridi Up for Voting on Steam Greenlight

Isn't the music AWESOME?

Last month, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kevin Maxon, Zoe Vartanian, and Isa Hutchinson of Ice Water Games to chat about their past and current projects. There was a lot of talk on Viridi, their current game, and I'm excited to announce that it was recently released on Steam Greenlight!

For my readers who are unfamiliar with Steam Greenlight, it's a fan-based voting system on Steam which allows players to decide which games are to be admitted onto the Steam store for sale. Greenlit games are those that the community has said "I'd buy this!" to and is a crucial, necessary part of independent developers releasing their games for Steam.

To vote on Steam Greenlight, sign into your Steam account and simply click the affirmative, green thumbs-up button to further the development of Viridi's Greenlight status!

May 8, 2015

We Play at Dusk: Don't Starve Together


Lilith: "Sonja, you realize that the name of the game is 'Don't Starve', right?"

Me: "...maybe."

My friend, the DM of my D&D table (clarification: not Lilith from above), was very kind to buy me the Don't Starve Mega Pack when it was on sale a few weeks ago. With it, I got Don't Starve, the multiplayer Early-Access Don't Starve Together, and the Reign of Giants DLC for the former title. And what was I up to on my first night of playing? Well, starving to death. No, the apparitions hadn't yet gotten me, and we'd just chased out a legion of spiders the night before. I'd found myself without berries and a Tallbird on my tail. Night ticked on.

May 2, 2015

A Chat with Ice Water Games: Inside Eidolon, Viridi, and More

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Ice Water Games. In the company of Kevin Maxon, Zoe Vartanian, and Isa Hutchinson. With them, I got to hear about not only Eidolon and The Absence of Is, their released games, but as well about their upcoming project, Viridi, and possibly something else.

It's a huge honor to interview developers - and even more so, it was so exciting to hear more about games that I either have played and loved, or those that I'm excited for. Enjoy this in-depth interview with Ice Water Games!