80′s videos, much improved!

As an eighties baby, these songs often haunt me in my dreams. Actually, a-ha’s “Take on Me” was the second song I ever downloaded on iTunes! So the sickness runs deep.

Anyhow, Josh pointed me to these posts on Laughing Squid, and I got a huge kick out of these literal translations, created by Dust Films.

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Soulja Boy: The next Yahtzee?

I saw the following video yesterday on Joystiq, in which rapper Soulja Boy does his damnedest to explain the brilliant game Braid to his YouTube audience. But then today I was talking to Josh, and he said something even more brilliant: “He is the next Yahtzee.”

Let’s compare (and btw, neither of these videos are particularly safe for work):

Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation:

So, is Soulja Boy the new liaison for gamers to the mainstream world*? Discuss.

*Wouldn’t that be hilarious? ;)

Questions and Qomments (see what I did there?)

Here’s a mini-FAQ for my part in Qore:

So is Rev3 involved in any way? Or are you working for both Rev3 and Sony’s Playstation unit now?

Nope! Rev3 is not involved in any way. Technically, I work for Future US, the publishers of such magazines as Playstation: The Official Magazine, PC Gamer, and MacLife. I am not a Sony employee!

Might have to give you the ol’ quizzical eye when you start talking consoles on Tekzilla.

Hah! We don’t talk about consoles very much to start with, since we’re not a gaming show, but I’ll probably recuse myself in the future from giving any major opinions. Not because I’ve stopped playing other consoles or games (trust me, I have not) but to prevent any issues from coming up with viewers.

How long can we expect the episodes to be?

We’re running about 40 minutes of video in this first episode.

Are you serious? It’s $2.99 an episode? No way! That’s robbery!

I don’t have any say over the money-making end of this machine. But considering I paid more than that for Lemmings last week at the Playstation Store…. well, it’s 40+ minutes of totally original video content with exclusives downloads bundled in. It’s not just like getting the news off a blog, trust me. I think people will enjoy it.

Do I need a PS3 to watch it?

Yes. Maybe someday we’ll be able to host the video elsewhere, but right now it’s only available on the PS3. Sorry!

Can you give us any hints on what episodes 2 and 3 have in store?

Well, there’s this. Otherwise, I don’t want to give to much away, but we’ll be looking at some major titles (and possibly taking a big trip to Europe too meet developers over there!).

Really good write-up over at VentureBeat that might answer some more of your questions.

Introducing Qore!

Today the project I’ve been working on for the past two months (other than Tekzilla, of course!) is being announced to the world: Qore, an interactive program on the Playstation Network. I’m really excited about it, and also a little nervous, because it’s unlike anything I’ve done before. As we all know, video can be a lot better at explaining something than text, so here’s the preview video:

From Crackle: Qore preview

Honestly? It’s one of the coolest looking things I’ve seen in a long time, and I’m not just saying that because we’ve been working our asses off on it! Unfortunately, I don’t get to be in the first episode as much as we’d like, since I came into the project towards the end of the shooting cycle. But the stuff we’ve done already for episodes two and three is very fun.

Everyone is already fixating on the free demos, themes and betas, but it will take them until Thursday (when it goes live) to see how the video segments and behind the scenes clips are really what I think this whole thing is about. I’m just psyched that I get to be a part of it, and talk to the developers and artists behind some truly cool upcoming games.

There’s way more info on the Playstation Blog, but if you have any questions for me drop them in the comments and maybe I’ll whip up a FAQ for the next post!