Metanalysis: Early Access

“Buy Before You Try”

Think back to a time when you had the perfect business idea, one that was so seemingly flawless that it boggled the mind that no one had thought of it before. Have it in mind? Good. Were you successful? Yeah, me neither.

I’ve had my share of too-good-to-fail ideas (i.e. a haptic feedback vest for FPS games that make the bullets feel real so you know EXACTLY where the bullets are coming from, an idea I swear I came up with first during middle school). These ideas often never come to fruition, and the barrier that you and the countless others who have had the same, similar, or totally unique ideas winds up being because the idea is not possible, probable, or feasible. The time and resources required to bring your dream idea to life reveal themselves to be unreasonable and the idea gets buried shortly after the conception. Video game development especially must contend with these limitations.

Video games provide a fertile ground in which to sow clever ideas., and they allow people to experience media in a unique way. However, if your life does not already revolve around making games for a living, how do you go about bringing your dream game to life? That’s where early access steps in.

 

The Framework

Early access games are pitched as a panacea, a fix-all solution meant to bypass the inherent difficulties of becoming a game developer or make a “good” game. Some , like Minecraft, blur the line between what it means to be early access. Other difficult to label examples include episodic games, as they technically are sold in pieces, with the full release being billed as the complete season, such as the Telltale games or Life is Strange. Continue reading “Metanalysis: Early Access”

PSLFunkdoc W/ TSF September 9th – Sept 10th

24 Hour Stream 09/09 to 09/10

One of the things we’d love to be able to do more of is support other streamers who don’t exist within our family. We get so caught up in our own activities that we forget that other people are trying to do the same thing that we are, and that some of these people are fucking awesome!

PSLFunkdoc (of GDQ fame) is a friend of Alexander’s (he was in a podcast once) and they’ve asked us to help. They’re putting on a fundraiser so a group of people can attend a rally in DC, and it’s a great opportunity to see a master at work. He’s closely integrated with the PSL, a political institution that leans socialist and has been involved with social rights issues in the area. This stream is going to run for 24 hours and all proceeds collected will go towards members of this organization going to DC to attend a conference.

While socialism may not be your flavor, we can all get behind opposing racism. With most media telling us who to hate, PSL is easy to love. They participate in educational sessions, provide for disenfranchised persons, and oppose white supremacy groups.

This Friday and Saturday you’ll be able to donate so they can continue their work and get to see some awesome arcade games get cleared. PSLFunkdoc has a great on screen character and knows a ton about the games he plays. He’s simultaneously talented without getting too sucked into the action, he is a truly talented streamer through and through. We talk a lot of shit, but video games can be used to great affect to make things happen. Together with PSLFunkdoc we have an opportunity to do just that.

I’ll see you there,
Matthew

Links

PSLfunkdoc Twitch
PSL Information

 

Live Podcast – A Personal Retrospective

On Saturday 8/26, as some of you noted, The Skill Floor was privy to an exclusive opportunity that I hope is the first of many public opportunities to come. We were allowed to stream our podcast, live from the Fleet Science Center here in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The location is a museum by day, but this past weekend they happened to host an all-night gaming event in celebration of the newest exhibit Game Masters, which is a celebration/dive into some of the most influential games over the last 40 years that have molded the game industry into what it is today.

To reiterate: we got to do a live podcast! And at one of my personal favorite locations from my youth! In the middle of an exhibit and during an event meant to showcase playing video games!!

I don’t think we could have gotten a luckier first outing as a media group. Continue reading “Live Podcast – A Personal Retrospective”

We’re back!

Oh man has it been an exciting time since the last time I update the website. It’s nearly been 8 months since our last update on here, and we’re a whole new beast now.

We’ve got weekly schedules that feel more like tradition than work. With the realunch of the website we have a whole bunch of upcoming things coming. We’re planning on putting all sorts of text and audio only content on here. As you’re reading this, we’re getting reinstated on all of your favorite podcasting platforms. It’s gonna be so much easier than loading up youtube to get all of your favorite podcasts. Plus look out for Cold Brew audio highlights. We’re putting the Cold Brew recipes online so you can make your own plates of terrible diarrhea.

So while things have been pretty vacant here, you should expect all varieties of auxiliary content to stream forth into this vacant log cabin of a website. Continue reading “We’re back!”