Renew-o-rama

I’ve now had this domain for 13 years. I’d like to evolve it to what’s next. Aggregator of social feeds? Archive of articles I’ve written?

Here’s an article I wrote recently about going from EA to ngmoco:)

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Ignite Bay Area!

Really looking forward to speaking at Ignite Bay Area in a couple weeks. Still working on topics/slides and will need to spend a bit more time practicing this weekend. But excited!

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Tap… tap… tap… is this thing on?

I’m going to be giving this site a major overhaul. Not sure what it will be next, but hopefully it’ll become something I actually update.

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Life returns to normal(ish)

Well, here I sit 10 days after the North American ship date. The game is in the street and people are playing it and posting their pictures and stories. I’m in recovery mode – starting to work and sleep more normal hours, getting my weekends with A. back and trying to see my friend’s a little more regularly.

The funny thing is that I haven’t played Spore at all since before we shipped. I’ve fired the game up to test a few things, but while the rest of the world is playing the game, I’ve basically stopped. I’m playing Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise most nights right now.

I did the same thing with Sims2. Played it non-stop for the last two months testing, exploring. And then boom: stopped playing altogether. The weird thing is that I didn’t really miss the Sims2 afterward, but I do miss playing Spore everyday.

In life news: I’m moving in 9 days and getting married in 24. The list of things to do is long and I’m feeling very, very lazy about doing any of them. I’d prefer to hang out with A or watch the new TV season or romance Whirlms for that matter.

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Home stretch

We’re in the home stretch at work. The Creature Creator has hit the street, the new website is live, and we have a ship date in Sept. so we are really, actually, for reals getting done. I’m still pretty much in crunch mode (tho this one is so much milder than Sims2). I’ve been doing a fair amount of press, including an interview at the Washington Post a few weeks ago.

When I signed up for this project I knew it would be a wild ride and it really has been. I’ve gotten to travel to China, Singapore, Moscow and all over Europe and this winter it looks like I’ll be going to Brisbane (Australia, not California). I’ve spoken at conferences and been filmed for Russian MTV. The feature in the game that I have been working could end up being one of the major things that really makes the game different from anything else out there.

After seeing what people have been making in the Creature Creator, I’m really excited to see what they make with the other editors. Well… I’m not that excited about the sporn exactly. Heh.

So for my friends who haven’t seen me in months, I will soon re-emerge to a social life. To my girlfriend who has been patient and generous about making my life easier while I’ve been so busy, I will have weekends back soon. And to the fans, I really hope you like the game when you get to play it.

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