Plans For This Fall

It looks like I managed to let another five months pass by without any major posts to the blog. This is what happens when I give myself too many projects to tackle. I had a lot going on this spring and summer, but I suppose it’s time for another update. I managed to get out to PAX East this year, going for my first time as a member of the press and covered some interesting music related games. Most of my time was spent working and writing for Original Sound Version. The rest of the time was spent working on my music and other projects in the studio.

As if I didn’t have enough on my plate, I started learning to play guitar and electric bass. I had studied a bit of guitar years ago and for some reason I decided that this summer I should expand my performance skills to other instruments. I’m primarily teaching myself with the aid of some method books. I’ve also been getting some practice through the game Rocksmith 2014, which has helped with mixed results. At some point I may try to write a critique about its usefulness as a learning tool, but for now it will just remain a fun distraction. I’m hoping at some point to apply some of my newly developing guitar and bass skills to my future music projects.

My plans for this fall include returning to my seasonal day job. It’s a necessary evil, but until I actually start earning more of a living from music it has to be done. It will certainly divide more of my attention away from music and reviewing, but it will be nice to have a steady paycheck for a while. I’ll also be going out to a convention this week called the Boston Festival of Indie Games. It’s a one day event, on September 13th at MIT, that showcases the work of small developers from the New England area. I attended last year and even reported on a concert they held. It ended up being a lot of fun last year. Anyone in the area should definitely check it out.

As for the status of this site, I’m looking into making some major changes. Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I want to change this over into more of a portfolio for my audio work. I’ve also been considering the possibility of just making a new site from scratch and just shutting down this current site. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve been relatively happy with the way this blog has turned out and I’m not sure if I want to do something that drastic. In any case, there may be some big changes happening in the coming months. I’ll be posting again if and when that happens.

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Upcoming Events: Boston Festival of Indie Games 2013

If you’re looking for a new gaming convention to check out in the New England area, there’s a one-day gaming festival taking place in Boston, Massachusetts next month. On September 14th, the MIT campus will be hosting the Boston Festival of Indie Games 2013. The event is in its second year and will run from 10 am until 10 pm. The event features show floors for tabletop and digital games, a game jam that will go on for most of the day, an art exhibit, and screenings of feature films about gaming. There’s also an off campus concert in the evening running from 7pm – 11:30 pm titled Boston Plays Indies. The concert will feature music performances by Deadbeatblast, Darren Korb, Control Group, DJ Cutman, and Boston’s own Video Game Orchestra. The festival is free to attend, so if you are in the area on September 14th it will definitely be worth checking out. Tickets to the music concert Boston Plays Indies will require you to buy separate tickets and the concert venue requires you to be 18 or older.Boston Plays Indies

The primary focus of the festival is to promote the digital and tabletop games of independent game developers. Over 30 different developers will be at the show to feature their games, which you can play and help test out. The event also features guest speakers include Robin Hunicke, the executive producer of Journey, Chris Remo, a composer and writer currently working at Double Fine, and Brian O’Halloran, an actor/writer probably best known for his role as Dante Hicks in the movie Clerks.

It’s great to see more events taking place on the east coast, especially in the New England area. I’ll be heading to the festival myself and checking out everything on display, including the Boston Plays Indies concert in the evening. This will be my first time attending this particular convention. I’m not sure what to expect, but it looks like it will be a lot of fun. I’m especially looking forward to seeing groups like the Video Game Orchestra and Control Group perform. The last time that I checked, they are still looking for some volunteers to help them set up and run the festival. They’ll provide you with a t-shirt, food, drinks, and lunch for helping out. Be sure to check out their volunteer page if that sort of thing interests you. Again the main festival is free of charge, so give it a look if you plan on being in the area on September 14th. Hope to see you there.