Disclaimer: this post has not been sponsored in any way, and simply reflects my real-world experiences. Opinions are my own. I've never been one to shy away from alternative brands. While there's something to be said for "tried and true," the reality is that few brands ever are. Loyalties shift from generation to generation, and for good reason: innovation brings competition, and sometimes the other guy gets it right. Or, at the very least, gets it cheaper. In Part 1 of this review, I detailed my quest for ...

Part 2 - This $37 mouse is why you shouldn't spend $150 on gaming mice

Disclaimer: this post has not been sponsored in any way and simply reflects my real-world experiences. Opinions are my own. Technology has evolved a lot over the years, but one thing that has remained relatively constant is the humble mouse. Oh, sure, touchscreens have become a far more common input method. Even the pipe dream hand-waving interface of Tom Cruise's Minority Report is now a reality on devices like Ultraleap and Oculus Quest. But even so, some jobs are just best handled by a pointer instead ...

Part 1 - This $37 mouse is why you shouldn't spend $150 on gaming mice

Videogames have played a strangely significant role in my life. By now I'm at the age where it's a little embarrassing to admit, but I firmly believe there's no shame in saying so. Something about the kind of stories videogames are apt to tell has resonated with me on more than one occasion in such a way that shapes my personal journey. Some provide a microcosm for learning new life lessons and skills, while others somehow encapsulate a particular era or phase of personal development, assisting in some ...

10 years later, Final Fantasy XIII hits a little too close to home

The way we use technology is constantly evolving. That's what I wrote about in the summer edition of the seasonal Timber Maniacs 'mogazine', a product of the unofficial Final Fantasy Forums. But the existence of a professional-grade magazine from a niche forum board is itself a testimony of the same principle. Having joined the community way back in 2012, I've seen the site experience many phases--in part tied to the highs and lows of the series it pays homage to. This is far from the first time I've ...

I wrote a feature article for a magazine!

FPAT is a custom Frame Performance Analysis Tool written in modified JavaScript which provides detailed performance statistics and graphs in an elegant and highly flexible video interface. It is primarily intended as a utility for video reviews comparing GPU and CPU performance across models. The software is written in three components: 1) a converter to interpret performance data from other tools into FPAT format, 2) an experimental frame analyzer to generate performance data from video footage, 3) and ...

FPAT (Frame Performance Analysis Tool)

The Blood Race is a series of YA novels by my good friend Kate Emmons. I have a bit of a history with the series already, considering it was written at the same time as I was writing Yugure no Kagami: The Mirror of Dusk. Kate and I frequently exchanged drafts of our work, and I knew right away she had landed on something special with the first book in the series. Now book two, Worlds Beneath, is available in both print and digital, and comes joined by an epic trailer where I voiced the main character! ...

I voice acted a book trailer!