April 28, 2013
My Periodic Table of U.S. Presidents got a mention from the fun magazine mental_floss, which lists it alongside eight other parody periodic tables, including a Periodic Table of The Empire Strikes Back Elements, a periodic table of cupcakes and a periodic table of Minecraft, among others.An alert reader noticed that two of the presidents shared the same "symbol," so I've fixed that and updated the Cafe Press store with the new version.
The 2600 retrogame Duck Attack! (2010) features a mallard named Bruce, and additionally a grey variant named Mandy, a gold variant named Pat, a blue variant named Groucho, and a ruddy variant named Clarice.
November 9, 2012
Well, the presidential election is over, which means it’s time for me to update the Periodic Table of U.S. Presidents. This is a whimsical but educational chart that features facts about the 44 American presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama, in the style of the famous Periodic Table of the Elements. If you’re a history buff, a political science fan, or just someone who likes colorful boxes arranged to look like sciency stuff, you might enjoy this little bit of fun.
January 21, 2012
I just came across a year-old GameFaqs review of Atari 2600 Adventure: "If you want an adventure RPG that holds up well, play The Legend of Zelda. But if you want an action RPG for Atari 2600, Duck Attack is a great buy if you don’t mind spending a bit of cash for it." That was a nice surprise to read!
November 23, 2011
A dream of mine made an appearance in Slow Wave this week: Bad Pennies.
November 12, 2011
Earlier this year I had a chance to speak with game designer Carla Meninsky, the mind behind such Atari 2600 favorites as Warlords and Dodge ’Em. It was a fascinating discussion, full of surprises... did you know there was a Mercedes-branded prototype of Dodge ’Em that featured Mercedes garbage trucks instead of racing cars? I sure didn’t. Carla talks about the crazy early days at Atari and her subsequent work as a manager, consultant and lawyer. You can read the full interview here.
May 1, 2011
Duck Attack! has been listed as one of 1UP.com’s 31 Homebrew Games Worth Playing.
My favorite quote: “It’s like someone took Adventure and mixed it with Resident Evil 3. Only with more ducks.”
April 16, 2011
The 2011 Winners of the annual Little Lytton contest have been announced. There are some truly hilarious entries in there this year, as usual. My entry squeezed into the honorable mention category.
March 16, 2011
The Toledo Free Press asked me to interview author Theodore Gray, who has a couple of very cool science books out. Gray writes the "Gray Matter" column for Popular Science and hosts an impressive array of element photographs at periodictable.com.
The article is online now: you can read it (and a transcript of the interview) on the Free Press’s website here.
December 28, 2010
Duck Attack! has been featured as one of the "Top 5 New Games For Old Consoles". Here’s the full list (the other games look pretty cool too):
1. Legend of WuKong (Genesis)
A quote from the review: “Duck Attack! is one of the more interesting ones to come out this year. The graphics are pretty smooth, and it looks like a pseudo-clone of Adventure, but don’t let that fool you. The gameplay is quick, and that darn duck just follows you everywhere.”
December 20, 2010
Retro gaming site Racketboy.com has put out an Atari 2600 Homebrew podcast featuring interviews with former Microsoft VP and Halo 2600 creator Ed Fries (first segment) and me (second segment.) I discuss Duck Attack! and a couple of my upcoming homebrew projects.
December 15, 2010
The Sidney Daily News did a very nice piece on Duck Attack! on the front page of the December 15 B section. Subscription-only, but here’s a glimpse.