The First Steps


I mentioned in one of my first posts that I’d be journaling my efforts to become a video game developer, and that I would also be using this blog as my primary writing platform along the way. Well, you can’t really set out on a journey without creating a map first so I thought I would use today’s post to lay out my goals for the next year. Microsoft has an annual competition called the “Dream.Build.Play Challenge” (http://bit.ly/2uJcqkp), which provides amateur game developers a chance to showcase their work. Although I missed the deadline for this year’s contest, I’m hoping…

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Specter of Torment

Specter of Torment (Switch)


If there’s anything that retro gaming has taught me, it’s that the games of the past will always have more soul. This was definitely the case with the Nintendo Switch edition of Shovel Knight’s second DLC campaign: Specter of Torment. Although Plague of Shadows was the first supplemental content to be published after the original game’s release, I decided to play Specter of Torment first. Why would I do that, you might ask, when it makes far more sense chronologically to finish Plague Knight’s campaign first? I did it because I enjoyed Specter of Torment more than Shovel Knight and Plague of…

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A waiting alien.

September Preview


With Gen Con right around the corner, August is shaping up to be one of my busiest months for content creation. I’ll try to get as many articles posted in September as I can, but for now here’s a preview of the content that you can expect soon: A review of the following games: Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Nintendo Switch). XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Steam). Life is Strange: Before the Storm Episode 1 and The Mega Man Legacy Collection Volume 2 (PlayStation 4). A Gen Con 2017 recap (as well as my thoughts on the convention’s future). A game bible for my first…

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Controllers

Press Start


Hi there! My name is Joe Lawry and I’m a geek. If you were to rate my geekiness on a scale of 1 to 100, 1 being the nerd from Robot Chicken and 100 being Umaru-chan, then I guess I would be a solid 30. Since I also happen to love roleplaying games, why don’t we just say that I’m a Lvl. 30 Geek? That sounds a hell of a lot cooler than “autistic guy who blogs about nerdy things in his spare time.” Since you’re reading this, then I’m guessing that you’ve decided to take an active interest in the same…

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