Thanks for making it over. You can find a substantial sampling of my writing within these pages.
December 29, 2016 - Tickets for the New York Game Awards on 1/19 are now available. I founded the Awards six years ago. This year, they're in Manhattan at the Abrons Art Center Playhouse.
December 20, 2016 - My best video games of the year for Boys' Life magazine include Overwatch and The Last Guardian.
November 28, 2016 - I've been talking with a few top folks about writing a new book. Stay tuned for more news in the new year.
October 13, 2016 - I will travel to Montreal for the Festival of New Cinema to keynote and to participate in panels about Virtual Reality.
September 28, 2016 - I moderated two panels at the New York Games Conference, a keynote conversation on eSports and a fireside chat on VR, Pokemon Go and game trends with our New York Videogame Critics Circle.
September 27, 2016: For Playboy magazine, I wrote about Mafia III. The game takes place in New Orleans during the turbulent 1960s.
September 5, 2016: I worked on a new TV series for Reelz about serial killers and movies with a production company from Calgary. I'll be on two or three episodes - starting in February.
August 2, 2016: I went a little gonzo for a piece in Playboy which took me to Buenos Aires.
July 15, 2016: I worked with Viceland's World of Sports team on a show about eSports. It will appear next February.
June 15, 2016: I wrote about the Oculus Rift and Virtual Reality for The Washington Post. I had to take Dramamine.
May 19, 2016: One of the joys of my writing is working for Boys' Life as their so-called Games Guru. Here's a concise interview with Fumito Ueda on the The Last Guardian, almost 10 years in the making.
May 1, 2016: Here my story in Playboy magazine's May issue (and online) about this summer's most compelling scifi games.
April 18, 2016: Via the New York Videogame Critics Circle, I help teach kids about games and games jobs at the South Bronx's DreamYard School.
April 5, 2016: I reviewed Sony's MLB The Show 16 for The Washington Post.
March 15, 2016: I'm a "supporting actor" in League of Millions, Sam Rega's Business Insider long form documentary on eSports. Actually, I'm just interviewed a lot.
February 9, 2016 - The New York Game Awards were a success! We even had author Joshua Cohen and Grammy winner Wyclef Jean at the event.
January 30, 2016 - I have a story in newly redesigned Playboy magazine (and online) about language and linguistics in the game Far Cry Primal.
December 15, 2015 - I am deep into producing the New York Game Awards. Thousands of emails = a fine show (I hope).
October 20, 2015 - I spent two hours being interviewed about games for a National Geographic special. It will air next Spring.
September, 29, 2015 - I began reviewing games for The Washington Post. This time, I took on Spike Lee's narrative contribution to NBA 2K16.
August 15, 2015, I'm in this Business Insider documentary about League of Legends eSports. This holiday, I'm in a European public TV documentary about videogame history.
July 15, 2015, Started writing for Maxim magazine.
May 31, 2015, I've been named games critic at Playboy magazine!
March 9, 2015, Two entertaining stories about the Powers TV series for Esquire, including a stirring interview with Brian Michael Bendis.
February 16, 2015, The NY Videogame Critics Circle I founded had its most successful Game Awards event ever with 135,000 viewers on Twitch.
January 1, 2015, I wrote about VR, 4KTV and electric cars in a long Future of Technology story for Playboy magazine.
December 7, 2014, When the great Ralph Baer passed, The New York Times quoted me in his obit. And I spoke about him for NPR.
December 5, 2014, I scripted the opening film for the The Game Awards along with Geoff Keighley. It was viewed by millions worldwide.
December 4, 2014, The League of Legends Experience book was funded, meeting its goal in 8 hours.
October 30, 2014, A theatrical version of My Life Among The Serial Killers begins its run in New York City.
October 25, 2014, The Playboy cover story on League of Legends eSports hits stands.
May 26, 2014, The New York Times cover feature on Watch Dogs, the startling hacking game that was kept so long in development.
March 8, 2014, The Business Insider piece on Titanfall and the state of the game industry circa 2014.
February 11, 2014, Here's video of the 3rd Annual NY Videogame Critics Circle Awards with The Daily Show's Daniel Radosh as host, Rick Moody, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Future Folk and, of course, our esteemed critics and game makers.
December 25, 2013, The New York Times Arts & Leisure Year End story, The Year of the Indie
November 26, 2013, The New York Times Arts & Leisure cover story, When Film Marries Video Game.
November 20, 2013, My Playboy magazine cover story on the illusive Sam Houser of Rockstar Games.
October 1, 2013, The New York Times Arts & Leisure story on IndieCade.
June 12, 2013, The New York Times Arts & Leisure cover story about videogame art.
April 27, 2013, For two years, I've advised the Tribeca Film Festival on games. Here, I moderate a sold-out panel on Beyond: Two Souls and interview Ellen Page, among others. 3.5 million views so far!
Mar. 24, 2013, The Sunday NY Times Arts & Leisure cover story about BioShock Infinite.
Sept., 2012, Jim Romenesko says my book is now required reading at the University of Iowa J-school's first course in videogame journalism.
On Feb. 2, 2012, The New York Videogame Critics Circle gave me their Algonquin Roundtable Award for Best Videogame Book.
IGN has named me one of the Top 30 Game People of 2011.
Here's some new commentary about games from my latest appearance on NPR's Morning Edition.
Here is a bit more info about All Your Base Are Belong to Us, How 50 Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture:
Apple iBookstore Book of the Week (for 4/11/2011)
The excerpt in Vanity Fair
The profile in USA Today
The excerpt in Wired
The interview on NPR's Morning Edition
The interview about L.A. Noire on NPR's Morning Edition
The interview on BBC Radio 5
The interview in Salon
The story for Reuters
The excerpt in Fast Company
"A triumph" -- Epoca Magazine, Brazil
"Filled with game anecdotes worth sharing" -- Henry Gilbert, GamesRadar
The Independent Film Channel interview
The excerpt about World of Warcraft in Boing Boing
The story about Rockstar's Sam Houser in Kotaku
Excellent video from the Strand Bookstore Reading
"The definitive tome of videogame history" -- Jason Schreier, Wired
"Essential reading, highly recommended." -- ThinkProgress
"The ultimate gaming guide." -- Nylon Guys
"Highly recommended." -- IGN