Friday, April 11, 2014

Stubborn Gorilla: The Wonderfully Weird Ballad of Donkey Kong

     Did you think I had forgotten about this blog? Hot, original content coming  at you! Check out this thing I wrote about the strange history of my favorite Nintendo franchise: Donkey Kong.

     And if you aren't already, please follow me on Twitter @JordanWMinor. It's my main e-hangout space these days.


Considering the game named after him is what first put Nintendo on the map, Donkey Kong should be a pretty big deal. And yet, over 30 years after his arcade debut, he remains a B-level franchise at best. He's certainly no Legend of Zelda, and although he continues to appear in various Mario spinoffs, Super Mario 3D World got the big holiday release spot while Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was pushed to last February. However, existing in this strange space between "important enough to keep around" and "not important enough to hang our hopes onto" has made Donkey Kong's history one of the most enjoyably bizarre among Nintendo's more prominent mascots.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Watch "Who Wore it Best?"

Remember when I said video was the future? Well the future is now! Check out my new video show for 148Apps where similar iPhone and iPad games go head to head and I pick a winner.

http://www.148apps.com/news/wore-gnarbike-trials-bike-mayhem-mountain-racing-motoheroz/

Monday, February 24, 2014

Coding Clementines: Black Girls Make Games, Too

Here's my new, big video game feature story! This time for The Escapist. Just in time for Black History Month, I wrote about what it was like teaching game design to minority children at The Generation Station summer camp last year as well as the world of educational games in general.

Enjoy!




Thursday, December 26, 2013

Videos are the future I guess

I just wanted to let you dear readers know that thanks to my new capture equipment, I may start doing gameplay videos and live stream type stuff over on my YouTube and Twitch channels. Still working everything out, but keep your eyes open for more content soon.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Have No Console, and I Must Buy One

Twine is a free, super easy to use program that lets users create little "choose your own adventure" type stories. Most people seem to use it for making weird little art games, but I thought it might have potential to make more engaging and accessible long form articles. So as a test, I taught myself the program by making this "interactive opinion article" about my thoughts on the current video game console war.

Play "I Have No Console, and I Must Buy One"


Sunday, December 8, 2013

New Look

As you dear readers may have noticed, I changed up the blog a little bit. In addition to the new design, there are now new pages for contacting me, reading my resume, and checking out my published work. I just finished up my internship at PC Mag and I'm feeling pretty professional. Hope you enjoy the new site!