Category Archive: 'Writing'

Thematic Integrity – A Brief Thesis

UPDATE: Since this post continues to receive traffic years later, and since I still consider it a valuable way to think about theme as a writer, I made a video version on my YouTube channel. It’s even still about Dead Space! In one article already I’ve mentioned what I call Thematic Integrity. You might have […]

Saint’s Row 4: The most sincere dumb game ever made

Saint’s Row finally (FINALLY) unlocked on Friday for those of us in Europe. I beat it by Sunday. It’s awesome. If you enjoyed the wanton crazy of Saint’s Row the Third, this is more and bigger. Since I’ve spent a lot of time talking about writing in games, and also comedy writing (in multiple mediums), […]

Elysium and That One Plot Hole

Man, I love Neill Blomkamp. I am so, so happy he is making movies. Amongst my reasons: when I was working on Companion eight years ago, I imagined a reveal when the characters burst out into the daylight, where the camera flies back to reveal that they are on one roof of a massive grown-together […]

The Reasons why Ghostbusters is Popular

Bill Murray! Post done. Wait, wait. If it’s Bill Murray, why are we worshipping Ghostbusters and not Space Jam? I have a two simple theories about maintaining longevity with popular entertainment. This theory encompasses a number of shows, movies and books. That list includes a lot of my favorite entertainment, like Ender’s Game, Fight Club, and […]

What Pacific Rim Could Have Borrowed From Evangelion But Didn’t

Pacific Rim is a ripoff of Neon Genesis Evangelion… …said people who don’t know Kaijuu and Evangelion. On the internet. Recently. Pacific Rim is a big-budget Kaijuu movie about human-made robots that fight giant monsters. Neon Genesis Evangelion is an apocalyptic giant robot anime franchise, about deeply flawed teenagers drafted to pilot horrifying robots against bizarre […]

The Writing Tools I Use (to Write)

I do a great deal of writing. I’m hard at work revising my novel, and I also write short stories, blog posts screenplays, comics, live comedy and corporate videos. Of these mediums, the one I respect and fear the most is the novel. Long-form prose carries a number of extra challenges not present in shorter […]

The Last of Us

Cage Match: The Last of Us versus Bioshock Infinite

I am PS3-less right now, so I cheated like a bitch and watched a marathon video of all the cutscenes and some gameplay from The Last of Us, Naughty Dog’s new opus. I love Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3, and this game is easily on par, but with a wildly darker tone. I think I […]

Borderlands 2: What changed with the writing team?

UPDATE: For some reason start-at youtube URLs are not working. Instead I’ve provided the specific times I wanted the videos to start at with the link. Sorry about that! The Kreig character trailer is out for Borderlands 2, and everyone seems to like it. When I watched it, complete with unrequited love, somewhat crazy rambling, […]

The Key to Marketing Your Work is to Stop Marketing It

I’m tired of being slam-marketed garbage I don’t care about.   These are the first words I typed into the blank document that would become this post. Clearly, that came from somewhere. Such frustration! I have a lot of friends and cohorts who make things. They frequently tell me about their stuff. That is totally […]

Bioshock Infinite - Elizabeth

How to ‘Fix’ Bioshock Infinite’s Ending With a Five Second Addition

ALART! This article casually ruins the ending and major twists of Bioshock Infinite over and over. You should probably beat the game before you read it. Bioshock Infinite deserves the attention it’s gotten.  Bioshock is a phenomenal game. From the Luteces to Elizabeth, from skyhooks to Songbird, the game oozes astounding production value that makes […]