Happy St Pats! And More!

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As tradition I once again walked around the crowded streets of five points with the boombox during St. Pats.  I had a great time despite being a little sick.  Also I will have a long update coming very soon… As in tomorrow.  Stay tuned to check out my newest game!

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Exciting Updates!

I didn’t get around to posting my weekly post yesterday, but don’t fret because I am going to be updating the layout of this blog along with posting some really cool stuff.  Stay tuned!Image

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Programming Anguish

Programming Anguish

The nightmarish hellscape of coding a game in c# that uses libraries written in c++ whose data is marshaled in shared memory by code written in C.

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Happy Valentines Day 2014!

Happy Valentines Day 2014!

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Indie Bits 2014

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We’re back and better than ever!  For the last couple of years I have been working hard to get an indie game festival started up, since we don’t have one in the south east.  Thanks to the Nickelodeon and Indie Grits we have slowly but surly began to grow the community.  We even have support and sponsorship!  Here’s the run down for people who would like to submit a game.

First, it can be a new game that you’re developing and need feedback, an old game you want to promote, or something strange and unique that may test the boundaries of what a game is!

Next register and submit the games here.  $10 for students and $25 for professionals.  Once you’re registered and your games are submitted we will send you all the information you need including passes to get into the exclusive after party.  Trust me you’ll want to come to this.

Finally we will judge the games and awards will be given out at the festival.  Here’s the break down:

  • “Yottabyte,” Best of Show, $750
  • “Gravibyte,” Humanities Gaming, $500
  • “Exabyte,” Experimental, $250
  • “Megabyte,” Student, $250
  • “Prettibyte,” Best Art, $250

Submit, play, win, and party!  Let everyone know and let’s make this a big deal!

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More Less Frequently Asked Boombox’ing Questions

When people meet me they generally ask some of the same questions such as, “how did you start this?”, “why do you do it?”, and “what are you doing in my home?”.  However, I get some different ones from time to time.  Here’s another list of less frequently asked questions!

  1. Are you still a student at UofSC?
    Yes.
  2. Why are you still here?
    I’m finishing up my PhD in computer science, so soon enough I’ll be Dr. Boombox Guy.
  3. What do you ACTUALLY do?
    My job title is research assistant, which comes with many duties.  All of my work revolves around video games, thus I create them, conduct research with them, and write papers about them, and present about my work.  Also I teach either at the university or at different high school as outreach.
  4. When are you finished?
    Hopefully by this Summer.
  5. Are you going to pass on the boombox before you leave?
    The times I thought I was going to leave I did pick someone to take my place.  I’ll probably do the same now… Maybe a contest…?
  6. It must cost money doing what you do, so why haven’t you ever sold merchandise or even got sponsorship?
    Admittedly it does cost money to do what I do.  I have to constantly find and buy D batteries, I have to buy new connector cables, and I tear through shoes constantly.  The reason why I’ve never done any of those is I feel it takes away from the purpose.  To me, this is suppose to be something that is carefree and just fun for the sake of being fun.  Once you add in getting revenue from it, then it becomes like work.  Furthermore if I had sponsors, then I would not have the final say in what I do, how I have to behave, and even down to what I play.
  7. Where have you been?  I haven’t seen you?Seriously!  I answered this in the last one!  If you don’t see me out then I’m usually working or I’ve forgotten to buy D batteries.  Oops.

Hope this answered some of those burning questions, and I’ll have more for you later!

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Pretty sure I heard this right

Pretty sure I heard this right

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