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PK Hack Starmen.net Podcast

The Starmen.net Podcast is a bi-weekly production run by one of the internet’s largest fan websites. Featuring guests from all across the Starmen.net community, it provides insights into the wide world of EarthBound fandom.

I was recently invited onto the podcast to chat about my game hacking adventures, and to help judge the latest fanart submissions from the Starmen.net community. I also had the chance to briefly touch on topics such as Undertale, Mario Maker, and game development.

I’m always happy to make appearances on podcasts, so feel free to drop me a line if you are in need of a guest. My fields of expertise include gaming (hacking, tabletop, retro games), nerd culture, disability, and literature.

SummerBound Twitch Stream: Wednesday June 24

Update: Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I will be streaming on Wednesday June 24 instead of Monday June 22.

On Monday June 24 at 9:00pm (EST), I will be collaborating with Starmen.net to participate in the super fun SummerBound celebration. “But what exactly IS SummerBound?” you may ask, with a puzzled expression on your face. It is, in fact, a month long celebration of EarthBound, where fans all get together to play video games like we did in the good ol’ days. Except now, I’m not squatting in my parent’s basement!

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I will be tagging into a relay style play-through of EarthBound, starting at Dungeon Man and ending after the Deep Darkness. Joining me on this adventure will be my brother Matt (chat manager), as well as (maybe) my buddy Geoff (official gamer-player). As you can see in the above picture, I’ve got my stream figured out to at least “looking fine” levels, so it appears we’re firing on all cylinders here.

The stream will be hosted on the official Starmen.net Twitch channel, and I’ll probably start a little bit earlier than 9:00 to test out my technical settings. I will be fielding any and all questions during the stream – I do have two hours to fill – including queries you may have about myself, Unearthed, or nerd miscellanea. I hope to see you there!

Local Nerd Quoted In Campus Newspaper

A few months ago I was contacted by a Ryerson journalism student to contribute to a feature story about LARPing, and the stigmas attached to the oft-maligned hobby. Admittedly, I don’t quite remember all the topics we covered, but I do recall chatting about LARP’s relationship with role-playing and table-top games, as well as some general “nerd culture” issues.

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 While compulsively searching my name in Google last week, I noticed that the story had gone live on the Ryerson Eyeopener’s website sometime in March. I am only featured for the briefest of moments, uttering some generalities about LARP and nerd culture, but it was still nice to contribute to the piece. LARP has always fascinated me due to the dedication of its participants, as well as the shame that is placed upon it by the rest of the gaming community. It can be a polarizing hobby!

And just a reminder: if you need someone to speak on nerd culture in Toronto, feel free to get in touch with me. I’ve been involved in the city’s gaming scene for a long while, and even if I don’t have the information/opinion you are looking for, I can certainly hook you up with someone who does.

Some bonus content: you can check out this unfortunately named interview that me and director Alon Isocianu did for the Eyeopener waaaaay back in 2004. It is about the now defunct One Minute Film Festival, and it misquotes me somewhat, but it was my first mention in any sort of publication so I will always treasure it.