We chat with Pedro Guerra, designer/programmer for Good War Games an indie studio based in Miami, Florida and one of many developers that was at the recent GaCuCon gamer cruise. We discuss how the cruise went, starting and being part of an indie game studio and some of his favorite games.
12-time world FPS champion Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel returns to talk about the upcoming GaCuCon gamer cruise leaving out of Miami Florida on Jan 26th. He will be on that cruise along with several other guests and we wanted to get his thoughts on the event as well as what he and his brand has been up too.
You can check out information on the GaCuCon gamer cruise here.
You would think with VR hitting its stride most people would be using it for gaming and you would be wrong. The adult industry is reaping the benefits of VR so much so that companies like Naughty America have booths at E3 and CES. However, there has been some pushback and rules put in place to tuck them away, keep them out of the spotlight.
We also discuss Capcom’s move to punish rage quitters and a man who stole over 4 million dollars from his company and spent a sizable amount in Game of war. Finally, if you happen to be surfing adult sites you might be surprised to know that one of the top searches is for Overwatch, blizzard must be proud.
Greg Street joins us on the show and as current lead game designer for Riot Games and their mega hit, League of Legends and his former position as lead systems designer of Blizzard’s mega hit, World of Warcraft you might think we will be talking a lot about games, well you’d be wrong. We’re talking cruises!
Greg is going to be one of several high-profile guests on the upcoming, GaCuCon Game Cruise convention and event being held in Miami on January 26th thru 30th 2017. Hosted by the Miami based, Game Trep team and Make Games Miami, it’s the first of its kind so we wanted to get Greg’s thoughts on conventions, interacting with fans and being stuck on a boat with nowhere to run.
Don’t worry we asked a few gaming related questions too.
You can check on more on the GaCuCon and even book tickets for the cruise on the link below.
Bringing gamers together in your community can be a daunting challenge be it for a LAN party or an event. Our guest, Andru Fratarcangeli has taken it to the next level working in South Florida to bring together gamers, educators and business to elevate the gaming community as a whole.
His work not only connects gamers in South Florida with local events and meet-up’s, but gives those looking to enter the gaming field another path beyond leaving the state and he also is bringing a new video game convention to Miami as well.
GaCuCon is the Game Culture Con Cruise & Expo, it features a 1-day Expo event in Miami followed by a 4-Day cruise. We talk to Andru about GaCuCon and what you can expect if you sign up for this event.
Learn more about and sign up for GaCuCon here.
Check out GaCu Brawl here.
You can check out GameTrep here.
You can learn more about Make Games Miami here.
We’re talking Alienware on the latest episode of OGS with Alienware general manager at Dell, Frank Azor. Along with Raymond Watkins, technical marketing manager we decided that instead of spending time going over hardware trends and the latest tech we would discuss some of the history of Alienware and the culture behind the company.
Both J.A. Laraque and Ignacio worked several years at Alienware in Miami Florida before starting Obsolete Gamer so this was as much about reminiscing as about covering some topics and tackling some misconceptions of importance.
We had fun with this one so if you are interested in Alienware talk that is different than you normally see in articles and interviews check this one out.
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Gamer Profile: Loris Malek
Name: Loris Malek
Company: Moon Spider Studios
Favorite Classic Game: Super Mario Bros, Ninja Turtles, Street Fighter
We’ve talked with fantastic people from around the world and Loris from Moon Spider is no different. Their game, Harold is an interesting mix between Pitfall and Lemmings that gives you that hardcore, but unique gameplay that gamers have been asking for. Loris grew up in France and could have opened up shop in his home town or the west cost of the U.S. but made Miami his home. He is a true fan of classic games and even had an awesome system of sharing console systems and games growing up as a kid in Nice, France, check out our extended interview to learn more.
About Moon Spider Studios
If you’re sick of hearing, “I’m gonna revolutionize the video game industry!” you’ve come to the right place. Moon Spider Studio, located in gorgeous Key Biscayne, Florida, is home to a collection of veterans and young-bloods focusing on high production values, top-notch visuals, and fun gameplay. The company was founded in 2009 and is a private, independent studio developing on multiple platforms. Only 15 minutes from downtown Miami, Moon Spider is situated mere blocks from some of the most beautiful beaches and fantastic windsurfing in the western hemisphere.
No, I’m not writing about an indie game called Behavior Links or a freshly unveiled game at E3. Today, I’m going to take a step away from the controller and/or keyboard to talk about a little bit about a charitable organization.
Oh shit, guys! He’s going to ask us for money!
We here at Obsoletegamer rarely ask anything from our readers. We gift you with wonderful reviews, nostalgic time warps, and editorials that cause unprecedented levels of butt hurt. In return, you continue to come back and show your loyalty. True enough, however, I am asking for a donation. It doesn’t have to be monetary but what I really want is simply a donation of your time. I would like, if any of you are capable, to donate simply out of the goodness in your hearts. I don’t, however, want people to blindly donate to a cause they don’t understand.
Behavior Links is a charitable organization that assists families with special needs children with a wide range of services ranging from therapeutic services for children and their families, educating and training families in other countries, and lowering the costs of services that many families with special needs members struggle with everyday.
Still with me?
Excellent! You don’t have to donate money to help them if you don’t have the flow to assist but how hard is it to spread the word to someone who does? You can also help by searching the internet with GoodSearch.com. And the cheapest method is to volunteer! I know some of you must be acne ridden left-wing extremists! Volunteering is a great way to show your support while being hip and cool with your PETA friends!
If I haven’t convinced you yet, think back to all the memorable moments special needs children have been there for us. From shaking your hands in the hallway with a smile that goes ear to ear and never letting go to the tear jerking episodes of Glee that involved Sue Sylvester’s sister. I’m sure you can muster up sort of experience that will open up your hearts.
If you’re in Miami on June 10th, at 7:30 PM a ‘Music-Art-Culture‘ Night even will be held to enjoy some live musical entertainment, art exhibitions, and auctions. Want a plasma TV or a Disney package? Who the fuck doesn’t?! Quit playing the auction house in WoW and come try it out IRL!
We apologize from deviating from the norm here but this is a great cause to help out a group of great people.
Thank you all and if you somehow missed the link in the article…
Let me start by saying I am from Miami and I found this hilarious. This video is pretty much a conversation between someone who wants to move to Miami and a travel agent trying to convince her not too. The video hits on a lot of stereotypes people make about Miami, but the truth is a lot of them are true. Either way it is funny if you can take a joke and if not well don’t chick anything on this site.
Often something during the growing up stage is what leads people to what they will do later in life. It can be an experience where you saved someone’s life and go down the path of helping others or that you were exposed to a situation that led to a field you want to work in. Although many of us will change our minds on what we what to become many times before we reach working age there are some jobs where the people doing them can easily trace it back to a time when they were young.
For me personally I always loved video games from my Atari 2600 to my first computer, the Texas Instruments TI-99. Even before that I loved to take apart electronics just to see the parts inside. I also loved to make up and tell stories so playing a video game took on another dynamic because I would visualize storylines even for games that had them like Yars Revenge.
When I moved to Miami in 97’ the first thing I wanted to do was get back into computers and meet like-minded people and that led to my time at Alienware where my love for gaming flourished. It was then that I took my love of storytelling and turned it into a writing career.
If I was not exposed to computers and video games at such a young age I am sure I would not have developed a love for them in a way that would lead me to work in the computer and gaming field. In addition, my mother always supported my love for gaming even when dragging her all across Chicago looking for a Nintendo.
For this week’s insider discussion we asked our panel what impact did gaming have on their career path.
I first got the idea to go into game development in Middle School after seeing _WarGames_ and _Tron_. I remember being especially impressed with _WarGames_. I wanted to create my own Joshua. Later on in high school, I read _Goedel, Escher, Bach_. I became fascinated with machine thought, particularly how it differs from human thought.
As a game developer, I’ve always been more oriented toward using games to help people understand how computer systems work, what their capabilities and limitations are. Games make machines more relatable, infuse them with some personality and engage human emotions.
If I had to break it down to one moment, though, it’s the first time I saw the end of _WarGames_, when David asks if there’s anything that can be done to make the machine learn faster and Professor Falken says “yes, number of players: zero.”
Of course, since then, I’ve always hoped to have a somewhat larger market than that 🙂
When I was in college words like “desktop publishing” and “WYSIWYG” were new and exotic sounding. The notion of pursuing a career as a game artist, at that time, was inconceivable. So upon graduating from college I hit the pavement with the dream of being a graphic designer. I experimented briefly as a post production artist for video but ultimately started my own tiny graphic design studio to create album covers for Seattle area musicians. It was the late 80s/early 90s and the music scene was really taking off. Turns out getting the work wasn’t nearly as difficult as getting PAID for the work…
After scrapping for a few years I got an opportunity (thanks to a good friend) to contract at Microsoft. I was employed to create the “coffee table books of the future”…remember multi-media? My friend and I worked our butts off in the multimedia group and were eventually offered full-time positions. MSFT didn’t make games at the time but they had publishing agreements for Flight Sim and a Golf game. I soon discovered that the business unit in charge of these publishing contracts was preparing to grow so I made it my mission to get them to hire me.
You see, I had been a gamer since the first day I played Parcheesi with my grandmother and a fanatical gamer since first playing Dungeons & Dragons in 1980. Thanks to D&D I discovered that making games is as much fun for me as playing them (possibly more fun). I’d never considered that I could do anything but create games as a hobby…which I had for years. I’d written programs on the TRS-80 coco, the Atari 800XL, and made my own games (creating story, game design, and art) both digitally and traditionally.
Once presented with the possibility of working on games for a living I pursued the dream I didn’t know was possible like a ravenous cheetah chasing a meat wagon. And somehow I caught it!
Fifteen years later I’m still amazed that I get to do what I do for a living.
In my case, a few hours with a friend’s Atari 2600 made me realize that I wanted to make games for the rest of my life.
Gaming was everything in my career path. I started developing as a child, also playing them at the same time. Richard Garriott was already a millionaire from PC games by the time I started high school. Making games appealed to my self-motivational tendencies and preference to learn at my own pace.
So what about you, has gaming steered you toward your career or do you feel it will?
You ever watch a tv pilot and the set, the lighting and everything else just doesn’t seem network ready? Then next week comes and the show looks completely finished as if polished and shined to look better. Well that is what we are doing with The Obsolete Gamer Show.
For podcast number three I was finally able to get Ignacio/honorabili to join me and if that wasn’t cool enough we are now recording from a radio station. I always wanted to be a radio broadcaster and after the show I realized I still have a lot to learn.
However, it was a still a good show overall starting with Ignacio explaining how Obsolete gamer came to be and from there we moved on to discussing how our Gamer Profiles feature has grown leaps and bounds in just a few months. We covered our Facebook question that asked if anyone had ever said anything game related during sex which somehow led into a conversation about Lindsay Lohan’s gamer profile.
Ignacio informed us of the reason he has not posted much on Obsolete Gamer. He has had a good time playing games like, Global Agenda, Need for Speed World and Battleforge. We also had a take on young kids coming up playing games such as Pokemon.
All in all it was a good effort and we plan to bring you a weekly show with more interviews and less of us going off topic and on a tangent. For now have a listen, tell us what you think and stay tuned for more.
If you were to ask someone what city they think of when you mention high end gaming computers Miami most likely would not be one of the answers. However, with the launch of Origin PC, Miami may come to be known as the custom PC capital of the nation.
With companies like Voodoo teaming up with HP and Miami based Alienware teaming with Dell many wondered if the idea of high end custom PC boutiques were a thing of the past. The question on the mind of many gamers is what will Origin PC bring to the gaming market?
That was exactly one of the questions I wanted to ask and Origin PC President Kevin Wasielewski and CCO Hector Penton. They were kind enough to give me some answers.
What made you want to launch a new computer boutique?
Kevin: We wanted to get back to the roots of building custom, high-performance computers for gamers and hardware enthusiasts. Many of the other “gaming PC” companies have lowered their performance output and stopped carrying the latest name brand parts so that they can hit lower price points and be on the shelf for retailers. ORIGIN offers truly custom systems backed be lifetime support from the same technicians that build every high performance ORIGIN system.
Origin PC boasts ultimate customization; they have teamed up with such companies as Killer Paint to offer custom colors and designs for the customers. The desktop, named the Genesis, features options such as over-clocked Intel or AMD processors, Dual or Tri NVIDIA or ATI video cards, Dual or Triple Channel DDR3 2000MHz RAM. Starting at around $1700, customers can not only choose their own case to build their system in, but even send in a personal design to have painted on their case.
What makes Origin stand out from other computer boutiques?
Hector: ORIGIN’s products and experience stand apart from the crowd by having the most customizable options, the finest quality hand painted finishes, true HD widescreen multi-GPU notebooks and liquid cooled desktops featuring the only overclock guarantee on the market. Our service is unsurpassed: from beginning to end our customers can speak directly to the same team that customized; hand built, tested, and shipped their computers.
Their EON 18 notebook has an 18.4″ screen, dual Dual Nvidia GeForceGTX 280M graphics processors, and up to three 160GB SSDs for storage and starts around $2,600. But, it is not just about hardware, Origin PC plans to place strong focus on build quality, system testing (including an three-day burn in testing process) and dedicated team that will stand with their customers for the life of their system.
Do you think there is still a strong market for high-end gaming with console gaming and lower end gaming systems?
Kevin: Yes, there is a strong niche market for those customers seeking the best performance, most customization, and personalized support on the market.
What is your opinion of PC Gaming in the age of consoles and hand held portable gaming systems?
Hector: We think PC gaming has a bright future. The video gaming industry is huge and getting bigger every year. There is plenty of room for all types of gaming.
It’s not just the economy, with console dominance and more and more PC games disappearing the question is also will the MMO community be enough to keep high end custom PC builders such as Origin PC in business. Build versus buy has been a long running debate against any gaming boutique and with former custom gaming companies merging with industry giants, the jungle just got a lot tougher.
While it is true there will always be gamers the question is what type of system will they be looking for and what price will they be winning to pay. It is going to take more than a flashy paint job and a cool logo to win over the hard earned cash of the rapidly evolving and changing gamer. Only time will tell, but perhaps with a new perspective and a return to classic system building and support Origin PC can usher in a new age.
Click here for Origin PC’s website.