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SilentSnake
02-09-2011, 12:56 PM
So I've been making a go of this whole freelance writing thing and have gotten a couple of pieces in the last two GamePro magazines. (Fable III and Epic Mickey) Well, I'm starting to have things posted online, too, so I figured I'd share them here.

A thing I wrote was recently posted. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/218156/9-awesome-diy-game-creation-tools/)

Mostly I wanted to share this one because it was initially inspired by Talking Time. I pitched an article about Super Mario Bros. X and ended up with this feature for 9 game creation things. Also, thanks to Balrog for the Advance Wars one. I never would have known about that if he didn't drag us along for the ride.

Anyways, figure I'd put my published stuff here to talk about or whatever.

widdershins
02-09-2011, 01:05 PM
Needs moar ZZT.

I mean, sweet article, dude. Also, I had an overwhelming urge to smack the guy doing the RPGMaker promo.

SilentSnake
02-22-2011, 12:51 PM
Something a little more Talking Time's speed. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/218272/the-14-best-unreleased-jrpgs/)

(Warning: Possibly depressing.)

Kirin
02-23-2011, 09:10 AM
Possibly? That article probably touches on 90% of Talking Time's total quota of wailing and gnashing of teeth. Argh.

SilentSnake
03-17-2011, 05:33 PM
Another feature, this time on "dead" franchises. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/218547/graveyard-of-genre-giants/)

SilentSnake
04-09-2011, 05:50 PM
I wrote a thing about Resident Evil. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/218791/wtfs-up-with-you-guys-and-resident-evil/)

ASandoval
04-10-2011, 10:44 AM
I wrote a thing about Resident Evil. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/218791/wtfs-up-with-you-guys-and-resident-evil/)

Good read. Glad to know I'm not the only one who made the connection between old RE and Point and click PC games.

SilentSnake
04-29-2011, 06:03 PM
I reviewed a dumb-but-sorta-fun iPhone game (http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/219119/review-celebrity-bodyguard-ios/) and went on a sidequest (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/219129/roleplayers-realm-sidequest-have-rpgs-become-too-simple/).

Traumadore
04-30-2011, 11:11 AM
That Sidequest was really fun to read even though I've only played two of the games you talk about. There were a few dropped words I think, but otherwise it was a great format. It reminds me I want to try out Alpha Protocol sometime too.

SilentSnake
05-07-2011, 07:29 AM
So the new issue of GamePro is out, and I have a piece in it on the writing in Valve games. I really like how it turned out, so if you spot the mag on the news stand or whatever, pick it up and read it. (No link, sadly. It's print only.)

SilentSnake
05-18-2011, 03:43 PM
I reviewed Spiral Knights. The verdict lies within! (With cameo appearances by several Talking Tyrants.) (http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/219471/review-spiral-knights-pc/)

SilentSnake
05-23-2011, 12:17 PM
I did a huge Dragon Quest retrospective for GamePro that's going to be spread out over the next week.

First: The 8-Bit Era (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/219546/history-of-dragon-quest-the-8-bit-era/)

SilentSnake
05-24-2011, 09:17 AM
Day 2 of Dragon Quest Week means an article on the 16-bit era. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/219572/history-of-dragon-quest-the-16-bit-era/)

Also, I reviewed another Free-To-Play MMO, Mythos. It was meh. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/reviews/219569/review-mythos-pc/)

Parish
05-24-2011, 10:01 AM
Y-you brazen hussy!

SilentSnake
05-25-2011, 08:18 AM
Y-you brazen hussy!

I think it's safe to say you've been...


*sunglasses*

1UPed

YYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH



Er, anyways, next up is the Sony era! Please to enjoy! (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/219599/history-of-dragon-quest-the-playstation-era/)

Parish
05-25-2011, 08:59 AM
I wouldn't say that at all, actually. I just didn't realize you were such a writing whore.

SilentSnake
05-26-2011, 11:10 AM
I wouldn't say that at all, actually. I just didn't realize you were such a writing whore.

I'm a freelance writer. Of course I'm a writing whore.

Anyways, Dragon Quest: Today and Tomorrow! (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/219682/history-of-dragon-quest-return-to-nintendo/)

SilentSnake
05-29-2011, 06:32 PM
A little late, but I wrap up GamePro's week of Dragon Quest with the spinoffs. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/219759/history-of-dragon-quest-the-spinoffs/)

Also, I did a piece for 1up's Dragon Quest celebration about Dragon Quest clones. (http://www.1up.com/features/rpgs-inspired-by-dragon-quest)

SilentSnake
06-20-2011, 03:49 PM
Finally have another feature out! This one is on cult games. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/220585/underdog-games-of-the-last-two-centuries/)

Balrog
06-20-2011, 06:42 PM
Finally have another feature out! This one is on cult games. (http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/220585/underdog-games-of-the-last-two-centuries/)

Nice article, brah. Koudelka is the only one on that list I haven't spent any time with, I guess it's worth tracking down??

SilentSnake
06-21-2011, 07:59 PM
I'm doing this Atomix thing... (http://www.gamespite.net/talkingtime/showthread.php?t=11966)

SilentSnake
06-29-2012, 01:04 PM
I wrote a thing on Zuntata. (http://www.1up.com/features/zuntata-future-proofing-game-music)

Music!

Tefari
06-30-2012, 12:54 AM
Hey Snake, are any of your articles mirrored anywhere else since Gamepro is defunct now?

SilentSnake
01-13-2014, 10:49 AM
I've been having articles published here and there for a while now, but I feeling like doing something more regular now. I heard about this site called Patreon (http://www.patreon.com/) which is like Kickstarter for media like writing, comics, music, etc. I was thinking of using it as a springboard for both more freedom in what I write about and a way to directly supplement my income. (Freelancing is not the gold mine you think it is, folks!)

So! Would anyone throw a couple of bucks per article at me if I were to do this? And if so, what kinds of things would you like to see? (Probably safe to limit it to games given my specialization.)

SilentSnake
04-01-2014, 11:43 AM
A feature I did on digital card game SolForge featuring a couple of former and current Magic: The Gathering pros. (http://www.usgamer.net/articles/how-solforge-will-set-the-video-card-game-world-alight)

SilentSnake
07-01-2014, 08:02 AM
I'm doing mobile reviews for Gamezebo now! First one is DUNGEONy, a shallow excuse for a roguelike that's still pretty fun. (http://www.gamezebo.com/2014/07/01/dungeony-review-shallow-end-still-pretty-fun/)

SilentSnake
08-05-2014, 11:52 AM
My first review for GameSpot is on Duels of the Planeswalkers 2015. (http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/magic-the-gathering-duels-of-the-planeswalkers-201/1900-6415832/)