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January 2010
Mon, Jan. 11th, 2010 11:41 am
Hi Livejournal. I have a Twitter account. I'm more talkative over there, for whatever crazy reason.

I've had this post queued for like a year or something, because I always wanted to put more in it than just "HEY TWITTER". So, here's something: A game called VVVVVV was released yesterday, and it is phenomenal. Please go buy it, or at least play the demo.

VVVVVV was designed and written by one man, Terry Cavanaugh, over the course of about six months. (The music was done by SoulEye and is also tremendous.) Terry has previously released some great stuff for free, including Don't Look Back, Pathways, and, of course, Maverick Bus.

VVVVVV started its long gestation period as Sine Wave Ninja, which was made in two hours for the Klik of the Month Klub. (The Klik of the Month Klub, as you'll recall, is a monthly two-hour game jam that I host at my website, Glorious Trainwrecks Dot Com. Anyone can make games in Klik & Play, so anyone can participate. Come make games with us!) It feels really cool to have had some hand, however slight, in the inspiration and development of such a great game.

I suppose my point is, I want to live in a world where people like Terry can produce excellent work and earn a living doing it. So give the VVVVVV demo a shot, and if you like what you see, give the man fifteen of your dollars. It's the most well-crafted and enjoyable game I've played in a long, long time.


Mon, Jun. 30th, 2008 11:17 am
Hey, is it normal to get random crazy bots IMing you the instant you make an LJ post?

Let's find out.

EDIT! Apparently, yes. For goddamn months. I happened to get two at once, though, so I'm guessing the people behind this bot aren't the same.

Removing my AIM from my profile now.


Mon, Jun. 30th, 2008 10:59 am

Hey, so I hacked a NES emulator for the Wii to play Mike Tyson's Punch-Out using the Gamecube bongos.

It works surprisingly well! Much better than the Power Glove ever did. If you have a Wii and a pair of Gamecube bongos, I highly recommend trying it out.

Here's an embarrassing YouTube video demonstration / infomercial:

Apparently when you have a baby you decide that the two funniest things in the world are putting random things into your mouth and making stupid faces.

[As an aside: iMovie is terrible. It's unbearably slow to do anything (clicking on the "capture from live camera" icon locks the program up for like five minutes before it even brings up the preview window, and then who knows how long it will take from the time you hit "record" to when it actually gets around to recording) and I could never get a proper preview with sound for some reason. So, yes, I know that the video would be a lot better with tighter editing; I just couldn't stand to work in that fucking program any longer.]

If you have any further ideas for NES games that could be played with bongos, I'm interested in hearing them.


Wed, Jan. 30th, 2008 10:26 pm

  • Geddy Lee, from Rush
  • Timmy, from Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld


Fri, Jan. 18th, 2008 09:48 am

  1. Type your tracking number into this website. Copy the "Track this package via RSS" link into your clipboard.
  2. Enter your IM screen name and paste the RSS link into the "Website" field on Feed Crier. Hit "Subscribe" and watch your madness (mostly) dissipate!

I'd still feel better if there was some way to get the GPS coordinates of the truck your package was on and I could have a little window on my screen at all times showing me exactly where my shiny new video card was, though.

Well, for some value of "better". I'd probably start getting urges to drive south to intercept the truck.


Fri, Dec. 14th, 2007 09:52 am

So, hey, I'll be playing Macavity in January. Isn't that crazy? That's crazy. What the hell.


Wed, Sep. 26th, 2007 07:15 pm
Eric Sebastian Lowell Penner


Thu, Sep. 6th, 2007 05:46 pm

Something glorious and ludicrous is going down this weekend.

You may be aware that indie games blog TIGSource is having a B-game Competition. You may also be aware that I run a website dedicated to celebrating and creating more of that sort of thing.

It seems clear that if I don't manage to pull out something magnificent for this contest, I may as well just shut my website down. So, I had an idea. A terrible, awesome idea. And I need your help to see it through.

The Team Glorious Trainwrecks Dot Com entry into the competition will be called "The 100-In-1 Klik & Play Pirate Kart", and it will consist of 100 small, terrible games made in two hours using Klik & Play. (You don't actually have to use Klik and Play, but the two hour time limit is firm.) Furthermore, as time is short and it will never happen without an even more insane deadline, all 100 games will be made this weekend. As further incentive, I am even offering prizes (in the form of terrible videogames in the mail) for those who contribute most greatly to our glorious cause.

Join us! If you're not up to cranking out lots of random-ass games this weekend, then consider at least doing one or two. It's great fun.

Further details are available on Glorious Trainwrecks Dot Com.

You know you want to be in on this! IT IS YOUR DESTINY.


Wed, Jul. 18th, 2007 09:45 pm
Hey, I wrote a song! It's for the upcoming game I'm writing for GloriousTrainwrecks Dot Com, which is a remake of a terrible QBasic game I wrote when I was 11.

The song is called "The Alien Zit (Love Theme From Alien Zit 2000)", and it's basically the pinnacle of human achievement. I suggest you give it a listen.


Mon, Jun. 25th, 2007 03:47 pm

There should be a new Canadian flag, and this image should be it.

I just realized on the way to work that this weekend is the first time I have sat down with my Apple IIgs and given it the kind of love and adoration that it deserves in literally like FIVE YEARS. I am so glad that I have finally built the perfect solution that maximizes the accessibility of all my old computers. Basically, I have a wall shelf above a table which houses five computers + disk drives. All of the disk drives are on the bottom shelf, and there's a hole to dangle all their cabling out of (and provide power to). Then, all of the power bricks for everything are plugged in underneath the table, with appropriate cords run up the wall into cord clips for absurdly easy access. On the table is a brand new 14" television which all of these computers can use as a monitor. When I want to play, I just remove the computer from the shelf and plug in the appropriate cables. I'm up and running within 15 seconds. It's fantastic.

Hey, you guys: Angela and I are writing a musical based on the movie Twister. This has sort of been happening half-jokingly for a while now, but I over the weekend I escalated the stakes by actually sitting down and recording Me, Joe. In reponse, Angela sent me the following in an email:
I am writing lyrics for He's in it for the Money (Not the Science). I see it as a large dance number with solo bits in it for exposition.
I cannot friggin' WAIT to get my hands on it.

Current Music: Me, Joe