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...Well, turns out I still suck at updating frequently. Especially annoying since it was my birthday last time around, & I should have commented on it...although major thanks to those who gave birthday wishes, you kick ass. ^_^

But let me skip to the point: Harmonix was gracious enough to not only give me review copies of Fantasia: Music Evolved and A City Sleeps to try out, but they also gave me four copies of A City Sleeps for Steam to give out as prizes! So naturally, I decided to hold the contest to win copies in the latest edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly! The first ever contest I get to hold there!

...And a grand total of three frickin' people have entered so far. One of whom is just going to give his copy to one of the other contestants.

So yeah, kind of feeling insulted & reaching out for help here. And the contest's bare minimum herculean task of naming a song you like was apparently just way too difficult for the weak, average Topless Robot reader (some of whom I know watch me, but sorry guys), hopefully anybody here on DA can help pull this off better. Hell, here's a link to the page the contest is on, if that helps.

It ends on Tuesday, please get the word out if you can, and if you enter, I would be incredibly grateful (especially since you have nothing to lose).

Also, forgot to mention October's edition, containing ten reviews including a Five Nights at Freddy's review, so check that out as well.

I need a friggin' drink...
  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: "Obsolete Absolute" by Lagwagon
  • Reading: Gotham Academy
  • Watching: Over the Garden Wall
  • Playing: Sunset Overdrive
  • Eating: Garlic Fingers
  • Drinking: Root Beer
Okay, let's be more direct: What retro gaming mag would you like to see me cover next (or again)?
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Sorry for the delay in entries again (thanks for all the kind words last time, btw, in case I missed anyone)...I just began a part-time job doing phone surveys that typically has 6 to 11 PM shifts, so I'm either too damn tired in the morning or too damn tired at night. ANyhow, it gets the job done.

Also, trust me when I say that since last month, I have spent a large chunk of time working on picking out work for a Mini-DDs comeback (which would be easier if it weren't for one artist who was crazy talented, but kept deleting their work every month or so whenever they updated their characters...yeesh), but then my other, paying work got in the way...namely Robotic Gaming Monthly #4. Anyhow, I've been tardy in promoting the new entry, but I'd really love it if anyone reading this could comment on it...largely because at least 80% of the people who comment on it apparently didn't make it past the first page. >_< Understandable, given the content, but that was ironically the part I worked on the least compared to everything else...for crying out loud, I featured 30 friggin' trailers, even more than my E3 special...

Anyhow, I also have to get on some work for this month, & wouldn't you know it, that just happens to include this review copy of Destiny I just received! And wouldn't you know it, I'm also streaming it on my Twitch channel at 9 PM EST in about 10 minutes or so (assuming things go well), so come join me as we learn about them wizards what came from the moon & whatnot! 8D
  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Listening to: "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Sticks" by Ian Dury
  • Reading: Lumberjanes
  • Watching: Steven Universe
  • Playing: Roundabout
  • Eating: Mille Feuilles
  • Drinking: Cherry Vanilla Blue Sky
CHOOSE THE DATE OF RECKONING. CHOOSE WISELY.
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Golden Fefcaine Award by SlyDante

Okay, so honestly, today I was just simply going to use this journal to pimp Robotic Gaming Monthly #3, the latest edition of my gaming column over at Topless Robot. And I guess I'm still doing that, so...um, sorry. ^^;

But having noticed this was deviantART's birthday when I woke up this morning, I got to thinking, &...well, actually, this is still kind of relevant. Because just in case anybody who might randomly be reading this should know, my biggest claim to fame here was writing articles called Mini-DDs that featured what I thought were DD-worthy artwork. Came up with my own award and everything. And as past journals here will reveal, I've always been planning to write more, but crap keeps getting in the the way and I tend to get derailed, but I keep preparing &...well, that's not important.

Anyhow, here's how my story goes: I joined DA in 2005, largely due to my admiration of the mad skills of everyone I saw there, and not because I was a skilled artist (far from it, as my gallery can attest to). I began starting to suggest work to be featured for Daily Deviations, but when some stuff that I really adored wasn't getting any attention, I asked one of the administrators I was suggesting stuff to what else I could try. He suggested writing my own sets of features, so I went at it...but for some reason, just simply slapping a few thumbnails in a journal & calling it a day didn't seem right to me. I mean, that just didn't convey how incredible the artists I would feature were.

So I whipped up an award for starters, the Golden Fefcaine Award (seen above). An actual award for what I thought was truly superb work. And I would add written descriptions like the real deal. And I would even put on an elaborate framing device, make it seem it was more than a showcase, but an actual show. Hell, I put up actual award shows at the end of years & gave away prizes! I loved doing it! It made me happy! And those I featured loved it as well, and I was actually surprised when some of them said they considered it an honor to get a Golden Fefcaine Award from me! Life was good!

So what happened? Well, after getting my first job at a crappy call center, the backlog started piling up, then when I got fired from that job, things kind of came crashing down for a bit, & the backlog never stopped. Oh, it's still there. I have plans. I never stopped. When they will go into action...can't say I know.

But a few years ago, I had also stumbled onto Topless Robot. A nerd culture website. The second website I keep open in my browser near-24/7. I eventually started to get into it more & more, get closer to the community, comment more, and kind of became a general follower. When I noticed that some of TR's Daily Lists came from freelancers, I asked then-editor Rob Bricken if I could write an article about some of the best games from E3 2012. He said yes, & I whipped one up, & I had fun. Rob left later that year, replaced eventually by current editor Luke Y. Thompson. I asked Luke if I could write a list about games to look forward to in 2013. He let me do so, then I followed it up with a list on kid-friendly games, and he revealed that holy s***, I can actually get paid for doing this (and should have been)!

So for about a year, I wrote more and more article, mainly video game-related work, and eventually making it to the point where I actually earned the title "Freelance Journalist". And after several successful video game lists and reviews, a change earlier this year prompted Luke to start up the idea for a monthly column on video games, and he wanted me to write it! And now...

Well, here we are!

So I guess what I'm trying to point out here is that I honestly feel that writing Mini-DDs for years here at deviantART helped me hone my writing skills over time, or even more importantly, gave me confidence in my work. And I realized - corny as it may sound - that while I wasn't skilled in the visual arts, my knack for crafting written articles could be my own artwork! And over time, I went from featuring artists to a small audience to writing whole columns that I get paid for on a website that gets between two and three million viewers a month!...Though how many of those read my column, I don't know. And kinda worry about (seriously, take a peek when you're done, we, um, require your attention).

And it's because of deviantART. They helped me make it to where I am today (writing-wise, at least). And if they can take me to bigger places, hopefully they can do so for the types of artists I admire.

So thank you, deviantART. And happy birthday!! ^_^

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...Oh right, I need the damn thumbnails for that badge. Well, I didn't have time to dig deep, but here's an assortment of work I've featured over the years in my Mini-DDs. And with any luck, I'll be adding to them again. And maybe you, the person reading this, can be among these one day...Maybe. =P

Little McCloud by themieInner Demon -Raven by griffsnuffLurking by LucidDreamPopDon't Blink by ZakenoCassette Demons by cubecrazy2Beware the Dead Sisters by JWiesnerThe Rake by KastiaRelaxation by griffsnuffMachinarium by MoogleyMogThe Great Recycler by aphaits
  • Mood: Pride
  • Listening to: 10cc - I'm Not In Love
  • Reading: Jam
  • Watching: Krush Groove
  • Playing: Back to Bed
  • Eating: salted caramel cookies
  • Drinking: Coca-Cola Zero

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Kyle LeClair
Canada
Current Residence: PEI, Canada
Favourite genre of music: Post-punk, dance-punk, stoner rock, new wave
Favourite style of art: Anything cartoonish, fun, wild, creative, features cool OCs, etc.
Operating System: Windows Vista
MP3 player of choice: iPod Touch
Favourite cartoon character: Bender, GIR, El Tigre, Bumblebee, several gaming characters
Personal Quote: "Reality just kind of...Sucks."
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...Well, turns out I still suck at updating frequently. Especially annoying since it was my birthday last time around, & I should have commented on it...although major thanks to those who gave birthday wishes, you kick ass. ^_^

But let me skip to the point: Harmonix was gracious enough to not only give me review copies of Fantasia: Music Evolved and A City Sleeps to try out, but they also gave me four copies of A City Sleeps for Steam to give out as prizes! So naturally, I decided to hold the contest to win copies in the latest edition of Robotic Gaming Monthly! The first ever contest I get to hold there!

...And a grand total of three frickin' people have entered so far. One of whom is just going to give his copy to one of the other contestants.

So yeah, kind of feeling insulted & reaching out for help here. And the contest's bare minimum herculean task of naming a song you like was apparently just way too difficult for the weak, average Topless Robot reader (some of whom I know watch me, but sorry guys), hopefully anybody here on DA can help pull this off better. Hell, here's a link to the page the contest is on, if that helps.

It ends on Tuesday, please get the word out if you can, and if you enter, I would be incredibly grateful (especially since you have nothing to lose).

Also, forgot to mention October's edition, containing ten reviews including a Five Nights at Freddy's review, so check that out as well.

I need a friggin' drink...
  • Mood: Angsty
  • Listening to: "Obsolete Absolute" by Lagwagon
  • Reading: Gotham Academy
  • Watching: Over the Garden Wall
  • Playing: Sunset Overdrive
  • Eating: Garlic Fingers
  • Drinking: Root Beer

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