Last Saturday, I officially launched the GameHounds. After the failed first attempt at a redesign, I went back and started from scratch. After settling on the open-source Compositio theme, I decided to go for a very clean look with minimal graphics usage. It’s a style I’ve worked hard to grow over the last few months, and I feel I’m finally at the point where I’m able to really convey solid messaging through only a few well-placed pieces of imagery. The site is very fun and light, but loaded with useful and dynamic content. The “Latest Tweet” widget (as seen on this site), that I have been perfecting over the last month, has yet again found its way onto another site. And most importantly of all, my old pal Edgey has once again outdone himself with his amazing illustration skills. All-in-all, I’m very proud of what was accomplished in a very short period of time.
Since debuting the new theme, the reaction from my co-hosts and the fans has been fantastic! Everyone loves the little dog graphics and the new easy-on-the-eyes look. In a thread about the new theme on the Platform Nation Forums, a listener made a comment that they loved the new site, and praised me on the new design. They also mentioned that they didn’t know if Hawkes had anything to do with the development process, but if he did, they extended the praise to him as well. I clicked the reply button to write a ‘thank you’, and say that although Hawkes didn’t directly work on the new GameHounds site, he did act as my personal cheerleader during the development. I stopped and said “Boy, I bet that sure would be funny if I literally drew Hawkes as a cheerleader….”
Twenty minutes later, this was the result. I lol’d, and so did everyone else.
However, in all seriousness, I did want to take this moment to give a big ‘thank you‘ to Edie and Hawkes. They were both incredibly supportive of me during the entire development process, and in addition, they are easily two of the most professional podcasters that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I hope this site is only the first step into a new era of awesome for the GameHounds podcast, and its wonderful fans. Thank you to everyone.
For anyone out there that enjoys hearing my dulcet tones radiating out of your computer’s speakers as often as possible, have I got a treat for you! I was recently honored with an invitation to be the guest on the latest episode of the Digital Cowboys podcast. For anyone not familiar, it’s a UK based video game/technology show hosted by a couple of guys named Alex and Tony. The episode was all about the history of the Sega Dreamcast, and they asked me to come on and bring my encyclopedic knowledge of all things Sega with me. I had a blast being on the show, and heartily recommend everyone to give them a listen. Their show is drop-dead hilarious, and their passion for creating quality entertainment oozes out of every second of audio. As far as I’m concerned, these guys are the best kept secret in podcasting.
In case any of you missed this after Pink Ninja Studios closed…
Until my schedule gets a little fluffier (and I rekindle my desire to do so), The Commander Tim Cast is on hiatus. I’m thinking possibly summer for a fresh new start, with a return to what the show was at the start; a 20 minute audio mind-dump on whatever I fancy that day. Well, until I get the gumption to get that rocking again, you can find me on the big Saturday show over at Gamehounds. For anyone not familiar, it’s an adult perspective video-game news and opinion show created by Gamer Edie Sellers and Cooper Hawkes. The show is a blast to do, and it’s a very quality production. Thanks to Edie taking on all the heavy lifting, podcasting is once again fun for me. It’s been a very long time since I’ve had that feeling. Anyway, just an FYI about that. Also, you’ll notice the general state of half-finishedness on this site. That will be changing soon as well. Like a good car mechanic; the guy who fixes ‘em all day usually has the worst running one.
It started innocently enough with this:
Then, it turned into this:
Which led to this:
Now, it’s a thing. You’re welcome world.
What’s the lesson here? That no matter how much I learn, or how advanced I get my skillset, it always comes down to me putting captions on pictures. That’s just how I roll.
Check out these in their original home on Topixz.
WTFW on Topixz (formerly of Pownce)
If you don’t think it’s funny, then why in the world do you read a blog about the ramblings of an aging geek?
We’re on hold. Obviously, the show is broken and needs some serious mending. Sorry about this to everyone that reads and listens, but it can’t go on like this.
Yeah, this shit’s old. We recorded this show on November 2nd at around 9:00 PM CST. Edgey and I were tired and sick of talking. The political junkie in me got pissed at our listener Muir for a random comment in an email, and I was tired of having people demand I talk about fucking video games. I just can’t care that much anymore. Don’t get me wrong though, I still love video games and play them whenever I can. But that’s just it; I don’t get much of a chance anymore. I don’t religiously salivate over every little thing, and then feel some need to rant about what I’ve read on Kotaku for an hour. There’s plenty of other shows that do that. That shit’s old to me. I’ve been speaking into a microphone about games for just over 3 and a half years… I’m kind of tired of it.
However, that doesn’t explain why the show is late… but this does… sort of.