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Fortune’s “10 Powerful Women in Video Games” — I Made the List (#humblebrag)

Journalist John Gaudiosi recently put together Fortune’s List of “10 Powerful Women in Video Games”.  I made the list along with some amazing people! Woohoo.

The recognition comes at a time when the role of women in the gaming industry is in the spotlight. From the same Fortune article, Wanda Meloni (Gaming Business Review / M2 Research) comments:

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Throwback Thursday: The Watercooler Moment

Well, what do you know? You’re just in time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Mad Men - Season 7, Episode 7 ' :Waterloo" -- an example of a good old fashioned watercooler moment.
Mad Men – Season 7, Episode 7 ‘ :Waterloo” — an example of a good old fashioned watercooler moment.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: The Watercooler Moment

According to Kevin Spacey, we can thank the likes of Netflix for the disappearance of the Watercooler Moment — that gathering session at the workplace where gossip and information are sometimes exchanged, including what was on the night before as far as old school broadcast television is concerned.

Today's Throwback Thursday: The Watercooler Moment

 

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13 dead end drive board game

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: “13 Dead End Drive” a 3D Board Game (1993)

Museum of Curious Toys & Games

Hello and welcome to another view into this one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the bizarre world of  creepy or unusual toys & games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: 13 Dead End Drive, A “3D” Board Game

Billed as a “3D board game” — 13 Dead End Drive is clearly inspired by the successful board game, Clue.

13 Dead End Drive is a murder mystery board game from Milton Bradley. Released in 1993, and showing a graphic style very in line with the times, the original was followed by a sequel in 2002.

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Above: The Tap Lab's chief executive Dave Bisceglia with GamesBeat writer Dean Takahashi. Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeat Courtesy: Venturebeat

The Best Tweets from #GamesBeat2014

[Featured Image Credit:: Michael O’Donnell/VentureBeat]

Another GamesBeat 2014 has come and gone. Felt like the show this year sizzled as the gaming world continues to make tectonic shifts towards mobile and globalization of brands.  The conference contained 53 sessions — packed with topics ranging from How to Pitch Your Mobile Game to Apple to EA CEO Andrew Wilson talking about his theories on human needs and motivations in relation to EA Access.

Tweets About GamesBeat 2014

There were plenty of Tweets about the event. Here are a few highlights:

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Throwback Thursday: Ronald Reagan’s Hot Mic “Joke” Outlawing Russia (1984)

You’re just in time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: Ronald Reagan’s Hot Mic “Joke” Outlawing Russia (1984)

With the Cold War still in force, on August 11, 1984, President Ronald Reagan and crew were in the middle of a sound check for his regular weekly radio address. Never one to miss an opportunity to amuse an audience with a simultaneously beguiling yet menacing quip during said sound check, Regan smoothly announced into the live microphone:

My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

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God-Jesus Robot (1984)

Museum of Curious Toys & Games: God-Jesus Robot (1984)

Museum of Curious Toys & Games

Hello and welcome to another view into this one-of-a-kind collection celebrating the bizarre world of  creepy or unusual toys & games. Each item featured in this collection represents a questionable moment in the development of toys and games throughout history.

Today’s Featured Item: Bandai’s God-Jesus Robot

The God-Jesus Robot was a Bandai creation, sold in Japan in 1984. Similar to the Magic 8-Ball, though much more silly, players would ask God-Jesus Robot a question to help them find answers to perplexing questions of life.

God-Jesus Robot - Bandai

god-jesus3 God-Jesus Robot - Bandai

Know of a game or toy that belongs in this collection? Please feel free to get in touch and let us know!

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Doctor Who’s Daleks & Pop Art: Photos Exploring the Connection

Doctor Who Daleks -- Vintage Photos
Daleks Boarding a Bus — 1960s

Updated: 9/6/14

Now that another luminary related to the world of Doctor Who has passed, namely director Derek Martinus, I thought it was time to update this blog post with new photos. Original Article with Updated Images:

Doctor Who’s Daleks, The BBC and 1960s Swinging London Culture: A Retrospective

With the passing of Raymond Cusick, the original designer of the Doctor Who Daleks — the arch rivals of the Doctor  — a great piece appeared in the Guardian UK. The article discusses the link between British Pop Art and the invention of The Daleks. Some excerpts:

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Fred and Barney Hawking Cigarettes 1961

Throwback Thursday: If Peter Griffin Had a Grandfather it Would Be Fred Flintstone

Time for another installment of Throwback Thursday — a popular meme re-imagined.

Today’s Throwback Thursday: Peter Griffin (Family Guy) Has a Grandfather and His Name is Fred Flintstone

Today’s Throwback Thursday re-imagined takes a deep dive into the dark and sordid corners of animation, the tobacco industry and, yes, even the twisted mind of Seth MacFarlane. Not a bad place to be for this #TBT re-imagined, eh?

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