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.
All of Nintendo's major franchises, SMT: Persona 3: FES, Banjo-Kazooie, Katamari Damacy, Goldeneye/Perfect Dark, Psychonauts, Okami, Beyond Good & Evil
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.
Video game parody is hardly something new. For generations, games have found plenty of subtle (and not so subtle) ways to lampoon iconic games, the industry, and culture. Until Retro City Rampage, I’m not sure we’ve had a single work that’s so utterly dedicated to the practice. You won’t find a single mission in the game that’s not parodying games, or ‘80s/’90s culture, or something you’re sure to remember if you grew up during the days of the NES.
The most ‘90s gaming character out there, now in futuristic 3D.
It’s fascinating to go back to the original Sonic the Hedgehog after so many years and so many new entries in the series. These days, everyone wants to convince you that Sonic is a game all about speed. Without it, it’s simply not the same – not like the original titles on the Genesis. What the original game has reminded me of is that Sonic is a platformer first and foremost and a game about speed second. Very rarely does Sonic hit breakneck speeds in his debut; more often than not he’s taking calculated jumps in a sidescroller that’s merely more mobile than the one that features his Italian plumber counterpart.