So here we are again. I wanted to give folks a general update on what the hell I’m up to, and what I’m up to is this:
Yeah. It’s kinda tough on your own. Since the last time I had occasion to post anything here, I’ve moved twice, failed to land a better gig, got the boot from the flaming wreckage that was CGR, and have been struggling to set up shop in a place that hasn’t seen an electrical upgrade since 1947. I think it’s safe to say I’ve got plenty on my plate.
We’ll not let these setbacks drag us into the deepest pits of blackest despondency. After all, it’s AGDQ week! And if anything, those seven days of gaming madness serve to lift my spirits regarding this whole industry. Or, at least, certain particular bits of it. That’s the kind of thing I love to cover: Gamers doing great things. It could be a blind guy finishing one of the greatest games of all time. It could be a song about how that bastard Eddie/Flip-top/whatever the hell his name is only gives you large weapon energy when THAT’S THE LAST THING YOU NEED. It could be anything, really. To that end, I really need to get to interviewing these folks. There are stories there that I don’t want shoved down into two quotes on a page someone else wrote. We need to know the ins and outs of these things, dude.
Further, 2016 is the year I get off my bum and actually learn to speedrun a game. Throughout my CGR work, that was a consideration I kept in the back of my head; regrettably, having to shotgun though games as quickly as I did left me no time to practice. So we’re changing that. While I intend to add non-speedrun streaming as a facet of the whole Meat Dimension media conglomeration (I’m choosing not to say “empire” because we see how well THAT turned out), I hope to have at least one day a week for dedicated practice. What game, you ask?
Mostly because it’s the kind of speedrun I find appeals most to me: Learn a route, learn the tricks of the game, but create strategies on the fly because no two runs will ever be the same. I don’t need to set some world record, but I think it’d be a good way to diversify my skills. (And maybe run it at a future *GDQ. Maybe.)
Man. That’s quite the laundry list from a guy who barely got anything done on this damn site last year, isn’t it? Hell, I’m still trying to wiki-fy my CGRUndertow works, just to have some semblance of a portfolio on here. (If you want to help out, or if you just happen to know more about wiki-templating than I do – and there’s about a 100% chance of that – please feel free!)
But the most important takeaway from all this is this: I can honestly say that I lived my dream job. I talked about games and got paid for it. Sure, the conditions were absolutely miserable, I was relegated to a dead-end of the channel, handed all the games that no one else in the place could read, and I was rarely even acknowledged as being there in the first place. (Most of the time folks thought Derek had a cold or something and somehow developed some bass.) But there was a nice lady in the UK who sent me hamsters, and a cool dude in Ibaraki who heard my call for a copy of Umihara Kawase, and a host of folks who watched these things despite games like Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day doing their damnedest to leave everyone as quivering puddles of TANG on the floor
I’m still writing, though, just in different places. Most of you have noticed I’ve actually taken to Twitter in the last couple months, which strikes me as odd. I mean, look at my body of work. I can’t compose a sneeze in 140 characters. But I’m trying. Those who prefer some longer-form work will be glad to know that I’m currently speaking with the fine folks at Hardcore Gaming 101 to do a couple of pieces, which should be up in the spring or thereabouts. Hint: Dogs are involved. Maybe an armadillo later. Or a French girl.
So, to conclude!
1. Hoping to start a podcast shortly, more interview-focused. Maybe in collaboration with my friends over at Otaku Drive Time.
2. Speedrunning Pokemon TCG. Current PB is 1:42:14, I’d like to get to at least sub-1:10 by the end of SGDQ, so I can apply in confidence to run it next year.
3. Keep tuned to HG101 – and this site – for the triumphant return of my writing.
4. Some other crap too.
Who needs a drink…