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December 7, 2007
Just a friendly reminder to listen to this week's Gaming Steve podcast where I give out details on how to win a brand new next-gen game console. That's right, a brand new Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, or DS could be in your greedy little hands but only if you enter!
Entering the contest couldn't be easier and complete details can be heard in the "Name that Game" section of the podcast. Oh yeah, and the rest of the podcast isn't too bad either in case you're interested in any of that "gaming" stuff.
Other prizes include free gaming swag and a free video game of your choice! Don't miss out on this ridiculously simple contest!
September 27, 2007
Yes the rumors are true, I am still alive and well. And more importantly, so is the site (believe it not). People have been asking for an update for quite some time but to be honest I didn't have anything new or encouraging to post so there was nothing to update. But these last few days have been a flurry of activity and I finally have an update on the future of the site -- and it's good news.
So what the heck has been going on? Well let's go back around a year when I first put the call out for new contributors to the site, and oh so many of you responded. The plan was to update the site software with something robust enough to handle multiple authors as well as many other custom features I had planned. Once this new system was in place I would be able to manage the site while having multiple authors contribute on a regular basis. Things were going well, I contracted and paid for a company to implement an industrial strength blogging software package custom designed specifically for this site and things were moving along. That was, until it wasn't and things just started to slowly fall apart. Very long story short is that the software package was never delivered and I wasn't able to find a software package which would perform the work I needed.
However that all changed a few days ago when Movable Type 4.01 (the software I use for this site) was released and it was the answer to my prayers and so much more. Everything I have ever wanted for this site to do I can finally do and as of today the site is now running on this platform. And the administration tools are a dream, all the original content was imported into the site seamlessly and it appears that I can finally run this as I have always wanted.
So the plan for the next few days is as follows: First I'm in testing the site and making sure all of the code has transfered correctly. Already I have found a few bugs which needed to be quashed, but the site seems to be running better than ever. Next I have a new design all ready to go which will bring the site up to the "Web 2.0" standard. This design will take a few days to implement, but the design is pretty much complete so hopefully that will go smoothly. There are also plans to tie the extremely active forums directly into the front-end of the site (which will require some custom programming) but this has been well thought out and should be pretty straightforward to implement. And then ... well, the site will finally be ready for the big new reveal!
As for my ability to continue to contribute and do a podcast I plan do just that. How often I will be able to do this I still to be determined as I am as busy as ever. Which brings me back to where I started this post ... the plan to have other people contribute to the site as well. This way the site can continue to thrive and I can contribute as time allows as it would be terrible to let the site simply fade away.
So once again I put out the call, if you are interested in contributing to the site contact me and we'll take it from there. But watch this space soon for some exciting new changes, they'll be coming faster than you think!
March 14, 2006
Designed by loyal Gaming Steve regular Mark Senger, these shirts are finally ready just in time to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Gaming Steve website/podcast/forums. You can purchase these shirts at the brand new Gaming Steve online store, and in addition to shirts you can also pick up mugs, tote bags and magnets sporting this great design. Personally I like the "Ringer T", but they're all pretty darn cool.
Let me know what you all think of the store as I am toying with the idea of adding more designs and options. If you guys like the store I'll gladly expand it and add new designs and options in the near future.
February 4, 2006
Over at the website Virgin Worlds The Future of MMORPGs they have posted their reviews of the best MMO Gaming Podcasts around ... and wouldn't you know it but they reviewed the Gaming Steve podcast! Make sure to check out all the reviews, but here is review for the Gaming Steve podcast:
Gaming Steve is billed as "a vortex of gaming knowledge." Is he ever. This man knows more about games, gaming, gamers, game companies, and game systems than anyone I've ever heard. Only the Will Wrights of the world could listen to Steve's podcasts and (perhaps) not gain enormous amounts of information and insight into the gaming universe. Gaming Steve's listeners have the opportunity to gain the perspective of a prolific, intelligent, and studied gamer. Gaming Steve covers EVERY kind of game on EVERY gaming system known to man. Everything from World of Warcraft to Need to Speed to Legend of Zelda is reviewed and discussed in depth. While details regarding Steve's background are scarce, he is an industry insider who has owned and operated his own gaming company and has served as a consultant in the game industry. He has many friends and contacts within the industry and seems to be very well respected. He schedules interviews with key personnel at major game studios on a regular basis and executes those interviews with grace. Steve's production skills are second to none. His professionalism is second to none. His knowledge is second to none. His podcast is second to none. (5 / 5)Wow, do you think they like the podcast? Thanks for the nice write up guys. Make sure to check out the entire Virgin Worlds website (which was also recently featured at SlashDot Games) as they have a lot of great articles covering the MMORPG scene.
December 5, 2005
And we're back to a normally scheduled program! Sorry about that little break last week, but it looks like last week was pretty quiet in the gaming world and I had a much needed vacation. And I have a ton of fun stuff planed for the next few weeks! Lots of podcasts, lots of industry interviews (check back later today for my interview with the guys from NetDevil), and lots of general gaming goodness!
Of course you are probably interested in the results from my little contest from last week. Quick recap: all you had to do was leave a comment stating your favorite video game of all time and why, and then I would randomly select three people who would win one of three amazing prizes!
I have to say that not only were the comments really fantastic but I was genuinely shocked by some of the choices in there. Of course there were a lot of "popular" games like Zelda and Half-Life in there, but I was really surprised to see games like Bruce Lee, Deathtrack, Capitalism Plus, River City Ransom, Codename: Eagle, and Faxanadu. Really surprising choices in there, definitely check it out if you haven't read the entire list already.
Anyhow onto the prizes and the winners!
The third-place winner, who will get an Auto Assault Pre-order CD, who loves to play Master of Orion 2 more than life itself is ... Psilontech!
The second-place winner, who will get a Half Life 2 T-shirt, who can't get enough Total Annihilation is ... Flayum!
And the first-place winner, who will get the freaking huge City of Villains Deluxe Edition for the PC, who went with the bold choice of River City Ransom for the NES is ... Supernoc!
Congratulations to all the winners! I will send you an email to get your information so you can get your prizes (you can also send me an email to get the ball rolling). Oh yeah, and what is my favorite video game of all time? Well, I don't really have one single favorite (I have one for each platform and for different times of my life) but I might just have to say Dragon's Lair for the arcade. Yeah, you can argue that it's not a "true" video game in many regards, but I still love it all the same. I never ever got bored of playing it and getting through that game with dying once was always a challenge. And it was the only video game that people would actually pay me to finish the game just so that they could see the entire game from start to finish. Ah ... good times! Congrats again to all the winners!
November 25, 2005
Over the next week I'll be taking a little vacation and probably won't be posting to the site. Oh sure, I'll still be around, checking out the Gaming Steve forums and a few other things, but I probably won't have time to post new stories to the site over the next week. Which brings me to ... The Gaming Steve Comment Contest!
How it works is real simple. Just post a comment on this topic telling everyone and the world what is your favorite video game and why. Make sure to post your comment no later than midnight Sunday, December 4th, then come back to the site on Monday, December 5th where one person will be chosen at random to win a free copy of City of Villains Deluxe Edition for the PC! And, well, maybe I'll give out some other free stuff as well to others ... ah what the hey. I'll also give out a free Half Life 2 T-shirt and a free copy of the Auto Assault Pre-order CD as well. So that's three prizes to three lucky people, and all you need to do is leave a simple little comment.
Again, all you need to do is just leave a comment on this topic telling everyone what is your favorite video game and why, and that's it. Just make sure to enter in your real email address when you enter your comment so that I have a means to contact you -- don't worry, you won't get put on any list and you're email address will be kept totally private. Feel free to comment on anything else and comment as many times as you like (only one prize per person).
I'll see you all back here next Monday, in the meantime check out the very active Gaming Steve forums, or catch up on some old podcasts, or play the classic Star Control II. Just make sure to check back on December 5th when the winners will be announced and I'll be posting the next episode of the Gaming Steve podcast where I interview the guys at NetDevil, the makers of the upcoming Auto Assault. See you then and good luck to you all!
November 9, 2005
With so much going on with the site I thought it would be a good time for some quick housekeeping items.
First up, the podcast. Over at Gaming Steve HQ I have installed a new recording setup which allows me to easily record pretty much anywhere in the world, but yet still maintain studio-level quality. This will not only allow me to (hopefully) record the show more often but also allow me to easily bring the show on the road. In fact, one of the first uses of the new setup was to perform several interviews including the development teams from City of Heroes, Guild Wars, and the upcoming Auto Assault. Look for those interviews, and much more, in future Gaming Steve podcasts.
Second, Gaming Steve Frappr! Frappr creates Google Maps for groups of people and incorporates their photos and locations onto a world map. I've created one for the Gaming Steve site, just enter your name and location (it works for the entire world and you don't have to enter any identifying info) and you can add your mark to the world.
Finally, I have removed the RSS 1.0 feed from the site as it was quickly getting outdated. With all the new features and technologies being added to the site only the RSS 2.0 feed will be supported from now on. If you have subscribed to the RSS 1.0 feed you don't really need to do anything as the site will automatically redirect you to the 2.0 feed. In the long run this will be for the best as RSS 2.0 is always expanding and updating it's protocol.
Now go add yourself to the Frappr map!
November 1, 2005
Another day, another major corporation jumps onto the podcasting bandwagon. Yahoo just launched their own podcast directory and it's pretty nice. The RSS feed function seems to be a little buggy, but the interface is very clean and it's extremely simple to navigate.
And, of course, the Gaming Steve podcast is listed. I am hoping that a few of you would still like to vote and review. If so, do so here!
For those of you new to the site you can check out all the past Gaming Steve podcasts in the podcast archive. A few choice episodes include the recent Xbox 360 roundtable discussion, my interview with Xbox Live's Major Nelson, and my interview with Will Wright.
July 6, 2005
The new version of iTunes now supports podcasts which will make downloading and subscribing to podcasts easier than ever. Of course I have the Gaming Steve podcasts all ready to go, just click on the graphic below to subscribe to the Gaming Steve podcast in iTunes:
May 11, 2005
Okay here is an update on the podcast...
First just to give you an idea of what it takes to do an hour-long podcast, it takes me around one hour to prepare, an hour or so to record it, and then a little more than an hour to do post-production work. So in reality it takes me a good three-plus hours to get a podcast done per week. Before this wasn't so bad since I would do it in the afternoon, but now with my new schedule it's a bit more difficult.
The other problem is that the place I was recording my podcasts is occupied during most evenings during the week, which has lead to more complexities. Hence my solution seemed like a simple one, I was going to setup my laptop so that I can record my podcasts in a different room (as well as for E3 next week). Of course, what seems simple is actually a million times more complex. And so begins the tale of woe...
I won't go into all the details but here is the quick-and-dirty. The hardware seemed to working fine but after I recorded an ENTIRE show it turns out that something went wonky during the recording and messed up the sound quality (basically there was a tone of "nothing" throughout half of the show). So I tried to record it again, and yet again this problem happened. And again, and again, and so on. What made it so madding is that the problem was seemingly totally random. Sometimes I could record for almost half an hour and everything would be okay, while other times I wouldn't go more than two minutes before the sound became corrupted.
Of course tech support was no help, as were other places I tried. After basically reinstalling Windows and doing a million other tricks (turning off all extra services, trying different recording programs, and so many other things) I figured I would try something different. For my setup I use a pre-amp which is plugged into my computer using a Firewire cable. On a hunch I bought a Firewire card and instead of using the Firewire built into the computer I tried using the Firewire card ... and so far it seems to be working. Of course, this just happened today and I'm not 100% sure but I want to test it out before I waste several more hours recording nothing but tone. But it seems that the Firewire hardware built into the laptop (Sony by the way) is somehow faulty. We will see but if everything goes well I will try to get the show done this weekend.
Again, I never expected to have so much difficulty setting up my laptop to do what my desktop does no problem week after week, but that is what makes working with computer so much fun! Of course the good news is that this happened this week before I went to E3 and not during E3 (which would have been a total nightmare). So very long story short, hopefully the laptop will be ready to go and now I can concentrate on recording the show and not trying to get my hardware working.
Thanks for bearing with me during this ordeal. I know some people have written me wondering where the show is, but it will be back and soon. Again, write me if you have any other questions but I'll keep you informed...