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You can’t control what you can’t measure

The Controller, a new art and culture magazine from Cory Schmitz, is now available for purchase from Attract Mode. Go buy it! I wrote an article for the magazine titled “Why Games Can Not Be Taught.” It’s a riff on everything I learned in art school and touches on a lot of different ideas, but mainly it’s about the absurdity of institutional theory in the age of the internet. If that sounds too wordy: it’s about Bomberman and stuff. I’m very proud of my contribution, and the book as a whole. Cory did an amazing job with the art direction, to the point where I feel confident that anyone with an interest in art or video games will enjoy it.

This is a huge personal milestone for me, as it marks the first time my prose has been printed. I’ve been published before, but mostly academic works, never anything this personal. I’m really partial to my Murderblog voice — mostly humor and anecdotes fashioned to make a statement about new media — and it’s awesome to see something in the same style make it into print. If you’ve already read The Controller, please let me know what you think. And if you haven’t read it… please do!

 

Spoiler: Austin will be 73 degrees all week

I’m leaving for South By Southwest tomorrow! My awesome job is sending me there for the interactive portion of the festival. It will basically be a week of listening to people talk about the internet, drinking with colleagues and playing video games (there’s an arcade!). Expect a post on the future of comics when I return.

A few items I wanted to mention, since I’m terrified of flying and wanted to cement some sort of legacy in case the plane explodes:

  • I released a new album last month! It’s called Lake Poems. My brother and I wrote and recorded the whole thing during the month of February for the RPM Challenge. It’s almost like chiptune music mixed with baroque era instruments. I dig it, and we’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback, so please check it out. You can download the entire album for free. If you like it and want to stay updated on music we do (there’s another release coming at the end of March), consider our Facebook fan page. Because I haven’t gotten around to setting up a real website yet.
  • I got a book deal! Quirk Books, known for the insanely awesome Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, will be releasing a book I’ve been writing with my best friend. It should be available at your local bookstore in May of 2011. I can’t say much about it, but I promise that it will be absolutely hilarious. Also: my editor said that I’m the youngest author ever signed to Quirk, which gave me +10 to Ego.
  • I got into a fight with my mom this morning! And I feel really bad. Sorry, mom.

If you’re attending SXSW and want to meet up, I’ll be there from March 12th to March 16th. As with any convention, you can spot me by my Virgin of Guadeloupe pin I got from Attract Mode last year.

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This thing has become a wardrobe staple. It’s sort of integral to defining my look: dirty hobo wearing a Virgin of Guadeloupe pin. Otherwise known as Derelicte.

 

Coin: Inserted

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The Attract Mode video game culture shop opened last week.  It has zines, chiptune albums, shirts, limited edition oversized prints… basically everything a single dude with disposable income would lust after.  I ordered the Psychosomnium Button Pack and a copy of 1-Up MegaZine #3. Both items arrived today and are absolutely gorgeous. But the real kicker is the amazing packaging…

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If you want a great example of how to connect with your customer, this is it.  The order arrived packaged in my very own cardboard edition Game Buddy.  There was even ASCII art on the receipt! Everything about Attract Mode screams “Hey, I’m like you.  We should be friends.”  We should be friends, non-sentient online storefront.  You’d probably blow my Tetris high score out of the water.

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BONUS ROUND! Check out the Virgin Mother (?) pin that was attached to my receipt. Can someone give me some details on this? I love it. Most pins end up attached to my messenger bag, but this thing is blazer worthy. I’ll be wearing this at SPX on Saturday; if you see me, throw out a high five. Even if it happens to be some other person wearing a pixel Mary pin, I’m sure they would appreciate a random high five.

 
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