Monthly Archives: January 2012

Style/Grammar Tips Email to Digital Hippos Writers

This is an email I sent to our writers at Digital Hippos refreshing them on some of our style/grammar standards. I’m posting it here for portfolio purposes.

Hey everybody,

Here at DH, we love that you all have your own voices and we want to continue to nurture that. However, there are certain elements of our style guide that, as an editor, I can’t help but notice are going unheeded. Therefore, I thought it wouldn’t hurt for us to all have a little refresher in the DH style guide. I think it’ll make all of our lives just a bit easier. 😉

Obviously not all of these points are going to apply to each and every one of you. So just go through and try to take notice of the things that do apply to you. Continue reading

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Digital Hippos ‘About Us’ Page

This is the ‘About Us’ page I wrote for Digital Hippos. I’m re-posting it here for portfolio purposes. I also wrote the ‘Contact Us’ page!

Digital Hippos is a menu for all all the fun things that distract you from the crushing existential singularity that is real life, written by a super-sexy guerilla think-tank of unpaid scribes/misunderstood geniuses/actual humans who are in no way cyborgs. That means film, television, video games and music; that means news, previews, reviews, critical discourse, podcasts, videos, blogs. Most importantly, that means you. Yes, you! Love it? Live it? Just got something to say? Then share it! We want to know, so make your voice heard in our comments, blogs and forums.

What Digital Hippos is not, and will never be, is an aggressive hive-mind of super-powered cyborgs conspiring to conquer the Earth-world using human slaves whose minds we control through their computer screens. No, sir-or-madame, that’s not at all what we are.

So, what are you waiting for? Be assimilated—I mean—why don’t you join us?

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Rumor (But Probably Confirmed): STALKER Developer GSC Shut Down

This was a news item/mini-editorial originally posted at Digital Hippos. I’m re-posting it here for portfolio purposes.

GSC dead. Yes? No? Maybe. Probably.

As reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun via UkraNews, the developer of the much-loved to play (by some… what we call a “niche” or “cult” or, dare I say, “PC gamer”) but much-loathed to type (by everyone) S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has been shut down by owner Sergei Grigorovich. (Whom I’m pretty sure is a Metal Gear Solid villain. Or maybe it’s just the ethnocentrism of the ‘80s and early ‘90s American movies and video games that raised me that make me think that… yeah, that’s probably more likely.) Continue reading

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Weekly Giveaway: Level Up by Scott Rogers

This is an old giveaway entry originally posted at Digital Hippos. I’m re-posting it here for portfolio purposes. This is an old contest; please do not enter!

It may be Thursday to the rest of the world, but at Digital Hippos World Headquarters, it’s WEEKLY GIVEAWAY DAY!

This time, we’re giving away something for all the aspiring Shigeru Miyamotos and Will Wrights out there.

But first, it’s time to announce our winner of last week’s giveaway: bramb600 from Ontario, Canada! We’ll be in touch shortly to get your shipping info, and then your Junk Food X-Men tee will be off, like the Blackbird in the night!

As for this week’s contest, we have something for all of you next-big-thing game designers out there: Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design. Penned by game designer Scott Rogers (Pac Man World, God of War, Darksiders), Level Up! is a comprehensive guide to the making of video games, from conception to creation, covering such topics as how to come up with a marketable idea, creating a world, the fundamentals of mechanics, level design, and oh-so-much more.

The rules, as always, are simple:

  1. Register for a Digital Hippos account (if you don’t already have one). It’s free!
  2. ‘Like’ us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter. (Not a member of one of these two bustling social networks? That’s fine, just stick with the one you use. But we do need it to be at least one of these two.)
  3. Share this link on Facebook and/or Twitter along with: Digital Hippos is giving away a free copy of Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design by Scott Rogers!
  4. Copy your shared link from Facebook/Twitter and paste it into the comments section below.
  5. Bam! Done. Just that easy.

It’s so simple! A winner will be chosen and announced in next Thursday’s contest article, and quicker than David Jaffe tweets something inflammatory, your copy of Level Up! will be cast away into your arms. And just like that, you could be on your way to becoming the next Peter Molyneux!

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Cities in Motion and Magicka Paying Tribute to Japan!

This is a news item originally posted on Digital Hippos. I’m re-posting it here for portfolio purposes.

The news-cycle may have moved on to more immediate concerns, but Japan is still reeling from the effects of the recent earthquakes and tsunami. The good news is that the game industry is still standing behind the land that made us.

Paradox Interactive today announced Cities in Motion: Tokyo and Magicka: Nippon.

Cities in Motion: Tokyo is a new expansion to the public-transportation sim that introduces Tokyo as a new setting for wanna-be public transit administrators to oversee, building Tokyo’s public transportation system over the course of four decades, beginning in the 1970s.

Magicka: Nippon is a new Japan-themed DLC pack for the innovative co-op action game, featuring a new kimono robe, katana sword and bamboo staff for Eastern-themed wizards to enjoy.

Best of all, between May 31 and June 3, 50% of revenue for each product goes straight to Japan’s tsunami/earthquake relief. Buy a game and donate to a good cause at the same time — what more could you want?

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Long Live the King (or Queen) — Majesty 2 Collection Released

This is an old news item/preview originally posted at Digital Hippos. I’m re-posting it here for portfolio purposes.

Majesty 2 Collection, the (as the name states rather plainly) retail collection of Majesty 2 and its numerous expansion packs, is available today for a mere 20 moolahs. Continue reading

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Have You Heard of AMY?

This is an old news item originally posted at Digital Hippos, now included here for the purposes of portfolio building. AMY has since been released and seemingly disappointed everyone. Too bad.

I opened my inbox this morning to find some screenshots for AMY, a new survival-horror game coming to PSN in June. Why am I reporting this? Why should you care? Fans of niche survival-horror titles that revel in creating fear through disempowering the player might want to read on…. Continue reading

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