Guest appearances

Two guest shows in a row

It seems like I’ve nearly forgotten about this page by now, and, truthfully, I nearly have. With everything that’s going on over in the land of YouTube and Twitch, blogging seems like a past-time that borders on self-indulgence more than anything.

But I do want to keep a record of my past accomplishments, however small they may be in the grand scheme of things, and to that end, I am now (very belatedly) archiving these appearances I did on two other shows. I did these almost back-to-back on the same day, so by the time I was done, it felt like I had run a live-stream marathon. I hadn’t, of course, but I did get to bed very, very late in the morning.

First, I went on Human Interact’s live-stream to watch Alexander play Phantasmagoria. Having recently completed my own playthrough of the game (featuring Richard Cobbett and Natalie Juhasz as co-commentators), I relished the opportunity to share the pain of playing that awful, awful FMV travesty with yet another person.

Then, a few hours later, I went on Indie Game Riot’s live podcast to chat about Snail Trek, the game that made parser games fun to play again. The host and I — never met him before, incidentally — quickly hit it off and started going off on long tangents about adventure game design in general, so it was a very fun experience. I thought it was going to be me in a crowd of people, so I didn’t really expect to be on camera, nor did I expect to be practically the only other guy on the show beside the host and a couple of commenters in the Twitch chat.

I had a blast with both appearances, and a big ol’ thank you to both Alexander and the IGR guys for having me on their shows.

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Guest appearances, Upper Memory Block

I did my very own Upper Memory Block episode!

I guess this is what they call “coming full circle,” eh? The podcast that inspired me to start my own podcast allowed me to do my own guest episode for that podcast.

Confused yet? Don’t be. It just means that I got the chance to do my very own episode of Upper Memory Block, the podcast usually hosted by Joe Mastroianni. But because he’s off populating the Earth, he asked friends if they wouldn’t mind keeping his show alive while he was tending to the new heir to the throne, and I was fortunate enough to be included in that roster of people.

The game I’m covering is Steel Empire (also known as Cyber Empires in North America); a little-known strategy/arcade hybrid by then-fledgling company Silicon Knights.

I even managed to score an interview with Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack, who kindly spoke to me for an hour about making the game. There’s about 30 minutes of the interview in the episode itself, but I put the full-length interview on Mixcloud.

Go have a listen to the episode!

Oh, and if you’re interested in seeing how this thing actually plays, my mate David and I sat down and played a campaign at his house, which I, of course, put on YouTube.

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