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Extra Life 2013 – Thank You!

As many of you know, this past Saturday I participated in the Extra Life charity gaming marathon. I wanted to take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who joined with me to support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Together, we raised over 2,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital, with at least another $500…

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Extra Life 2013 Is Tomorrow!

October was one intense month. I started a new job for the first time in 10 years, we threw a birthday for our 5-year-old son where the theme was “all of the iPad games”, and our Boston Red Sox won the World Series! Fortunately, I get to kick off November with a nice, relaxing 25-hour…

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Extra Life 2013: Please Donate!

This fall I’m participating in two marathons: the Extra Life charity gaming marathon on November 2, and the Philadelphia Marathon on November 17. One is a grueling test of strength, skill, that will help me raise money for a worthy cause, while the other is a totally self-indulgent 26.2-mile run that will help me raise…

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2nd Annual Boston Festival of Indie Games Wrap-Up

Boston is a wonderfully complex and confusing city. The people here tend to be coarse and sarcastic on the surface, but I’ve found deep down they are generous and kind. We New Englanders hate the weather but love the outdoors, and though we complain about our incomprehensible infrastructure, we’re secretly proud that we know how…

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Extra Life 2013: Be a Hero for Kids!

Make a Donation! Last year was the first time I participated in Extra Life, a 24-hour charity video gaming marathon to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Thanks to the generosity of many friends, family, and readers, we raised $1,962 for Boston Children’s Hospital, part of a record-breaking $2 million total raised by Extra Life…

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Robot Math Attack!

Last week I took a wonderful 5-day professional education course at MIT titled “Game Development for Software Engineers”. After years of playing (and criticizing) video games, I figured it was finally time to get off the bench and see exactly how tough this game development stuff really is. For a while now I’ve been dabbling…

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What I’ve Been Playing (Summer 2013)

Summers here in New England are a frantic time, wherein we attempt to compress 12 months of outdoor fun into 3  months of nice weather. (And of course by “nice” I mean, “oscillating between frigid, torrential rain and humid, 100+ degree heat”.) I’ve never been to Old England, but I can only assume the weather there…

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Let’s Spend $100 on Kickstarter! (Part II)

Earlier this month, I decided that if I wanted to keep calling myself a “fan of indie games”, it was finally time to join the cause and throw some money down on Kickstarter. Of the 100 bucks I promised to cough up, half went to the four projects I talked about in my last post.…

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Let’s Spend $100 on Kickstarter! (Part I)

I’m sure nearly all of you have heard of the crowd-funding site Kickstarter, but since my grandmother reads this blog, please bear with me for a moment. Dear G-Dawg: (yes, we actually call my grandmother “G-Dawg”) Kickstarter is an amazing website where individuals can directly fund an exciting new idea, instead of sitting around on…

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Aftermath, Part II

Earlier this month, we celebrated what turned out to be the most tragic Patriot’s Day in the history of the Commonwealth (except for, perhaps, the the original one). Then, eleven days ago, my quiet street here in Watertown was transformed into the closest thing I’d ever experienced to a war zone. By this past weekend,…