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About Me:

I'm just a guy trying to realize his dream. Since the birth of PixlBit, Chessa and I have been toiling endlessly to make it into something amazing, something that people want to come back to everyday. I'm not sure we've figured out the secret solution just yet, but I think we're getting closer. What does amaze me, however, is that PixlBit has become something of an institution nonetheless, if only for a select few. Directing, developing, and building this site has been a passion of mine since it started and will continue to be for years to come. One day, I can only hope that PixlBit reaches its full potential and receives the following it deserves. I say that not as the director, but as a reader of the content of the site, produced by the amazing writers we have on staff. Stay awhile, I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself.

...Oh, you probably wanted to know a little something about me personally. Sure, why not? I'm a dad, a husband, and a programmer by trade. I've been gaming for as long as I can remember, getting my true start with The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros., as well as the Atari 2600 and Adventure. It's been a long road since then and along the way I've come to know and love many, many games. Somehow, I've managed to become a collector, constantly seeking out the best titles that represent a console generation. This has been an activity that has always brought Chessa and I closer together as we were both gaming enthusiasts before we actually got together. Our collection tells a story of our relationship and many of the games have some fond memories attached to them.

For many years, I was a Nintendo-only gamer and an unabashed Nintendo fanboy. Times have changed and while Nintendo games continue to remain near and dear to my heart, they are only a selection of the titles I enjoy today. I find myself most attracted to offbeat and quirky games, colorful platformer/adventure titles, non-traditional RPGs, and anything that displays a strong personality. That's not to say that I don't enjoy the occasional gritty first person shooter or war game, but they really have to shine to grab my attention.

But that's the great thing about writing about games, you're often exposed to games you wouldn't normally purchase or play, and this has had a profound impact on my tastes over time. At the end of the day, games are meant to be fun and anything that can provide that is worthy in my book.

If you want to know more, you're in luck. I'm always lurking around on the site, responding to comments, and addressing the readers. If you have a question or something you're dying to tell me, leave a comment, I promise I'll get back to you.

Favorite Games:

All of Nintendo's major franchises, Souls Series (Demon's/Dark), SMT: Persona 3: FES, Banjo-Kazooie, Katamari Damacy, Goldeneye/Perfect Dark, Psychonauts, Okami, Beyond Good & Evil

Favorite Music:

Pretty much any Rock/Metal

A few favorites: Coheed & Cambria, Third Eye Blind, System of a Down, Breaking Benjamin, Glassjaw, Atreyu, All That Remains, Mudvayne, Finch, Andy McKee (featured on PixlTalk), and Liquid Tension Experiment.

Latest Posts

Iconoclasts Review

What do ivory, supernatural abilities, and religious zealots have in common?

I’ll start by saying that I’m in awe of Iconoclasts. It’s the culmination of nearly eight years of solo work by Joakim Sandberg. As someone who has built a much simpler game from on my own, I can assure you this was no easy feat, and for such a complex and beautiful game it’s really a stunning achievement. The world, the art, the music, and the gameplay are all phenomenal. Traversing the world, solving puzzles, exploring the locales, and defeating bosses is consistently entertaining. I have some reservations with the story and the, at times, cringey dialog. The story does prove to be quite memorable in the end, but for much of Iconoclasts, I found myself lost in it, focused solely on the gameplay.

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Code of Princess EX Review

I probably liked this a little less than Angelo.

For those familiar with the 3DS release, originally published by Atlus, Code of Princess EX is a technically and visually upgraded version of the game. Outside of the nicer coat of paint and a crisp 60 frames per second, a variety of other changes were made that have a fairly significant impact on the progression of the main quest. Regardless of the evident love poured into this HD upgrade, Code of Princess EX can be a bit of a slog that will likely only appeal to the most dedicated of brawler fans.

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20XX Review

Just one more level...

20XX, despite being thoroughly inspired by Mega Man X, manages to distinguish itself by throwing away a good portion of that formula for something much more chaotic. The team at Batterystaple Games has managed to recreate the feel of Mega Man X, in both its control and enemy design, but mashes it into a roguelike design that includes randomly generated levels and temporal upgrades that are gained and constrained to your given run through the game. Each pass you’ll encounter different power ups, approach bosses in a different order and apply different approaches to make your way through. Level and boss design, as well as their relative challenge, will even vary based on how deep into a run you are. Progress can be slow, but somewhere along the way, 20XX will get its hooks into you and you’ll be unable to resist the pull of taking on another level or starting up a new run in an effort to make it to the end.

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