Tuesday, February 26, 2008



Still in Utah- me, Scott, and Kellan went to CPK today and took a PS3 controller with us to work out the controls for our new game over lunch. Sure we looked like dorks but we got some good work done, especially since we are exploring some nice sized changes to our control set up....


Man...it don't get much cooler than THAT! DAMN THAT IS SWEET!!!!!



Hit the Macaroni Grill with Scott and Kellan. If you've never been, they have tablecloths you can write on with the crayons they provide. Here's what we doodled while chatting games, work, and other stuff.

My doodles...never got to Pyramid Head in Silent Hill, but there is my take. GDC was sketched when we were talking about me having to miss my GDC speech. I am a big believer that doodles say much about the doodler. Not sure what these images say about me!

Kellan's sketch...by the end of the night, the dude had an exposed brain! It was really sweet and gross!

Scott's terrorist or biker gang dude....

Oh, and I found these cool Sweet Tooth cycle helmet customs online. Sweet, eh?

Later ya'll!


Tuesday, February 19, 2008


+++++++++++++++SECOND EDIT++++++++++++

THANKS SWEET TOOTH! Appreciate the support, big guy! :)

Oscar- from Sony Store in SF- just sent me this! Check it out!!!

Can't beat that, eh? Fantastic news! Thank you Oscar, you made my night! :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A great Valentine's Day Gift!!!

My childhood hero is back! The Indy 4 trailer- like a Valentine's gift to my inner 10 year old-was just waiting for me when I got up to my mac this morning. Let me tell you, if you have not yet seen it, it does not disappoint. It feels more like Crusade in it's tone and humor- much as you can deduce the end result from a trailer- and less like the edgy Raiders and Temple but I'll take 1000 Last Crusades over 95% of the films out these days. So yeah, I am a happy ass camper. No doubt.

And the film- far as I can tell from the little window on my mac- LOOKS great. It LOOKS like an old adventure movie from back in the day. I know this is what the filmmakers were going for and it seems like they nailed it.

So thanks Spielberg and Lucas.

And and thanks to my brother too.

Wait, my brother?!?! What'd he have to do with the way Indy 4 looks?!?!

Well...a little, anyway!

Get this! This is the personal cool news I wanted to share ages ago but could not:

My motherfucking brother WORKED on this freaking masterpiece! YEP! He was 2nd unit asst. camera on the truck chase that you see in today's very trailer!!!! Imagine that! He and I were just kids when we were both swept away by the first Raiders, both falling in love with the movies! And now, he's not only making movies (he's been doing that for many years), but he's fucking making not just a STEVEN SPIELBERG movie...he's making an INDIANA JONES movie!!! OH MAN! How nuts will that be to watch this movie with him and when that scene comes on- how cool!

Ok, heading out. Taking my daughters to our first annual daddy-daughter Valentine Day breakfast! Guess what swanky place they picked? They could have picked anywhere in the city and they picked...McDonalds! :) Kids after my own heart!

Later ya'll! Have a great Valentine's Day!


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Thursday, February 07, 2008


EDIT: some more pics for Sunday! Thank you! Please keep them coming! So cool!

EDIT: CANADA- I hear you guys and so you know, this whole thing is news to us at Eat Sleep Play (and perhaps SCEA as well).. No one ever mentioned that Canadians would get the shaft regarding art book and music. It is FIRST on my list to deal with when work opens tomorrow morning; I will keep you guys posted.


Hey! Blogging from Vegas.

Did a whole vid blog but Flixn is broke- audio is working tho. Here:

Fried from drinking and press and no sleep- but show is going great!

Heading down in a bit to the DICE awards! Watch it streamed live on Gamespot!

Anyway, first pics from people buying our game! Thank you so much!!!! :)

Thanks Carlton!

Thanks Davis!

Thanks Synthr!

Oscar, Thank You!!! And thanks for all the support over the years at the Playstation Store!! :)

Thank you Delriach (and wife of Delriach!) :)

Thank you, Rex!!!

Thanks David! For both buying our game and all the great message board support over the last few years. We SOOOO appreciate it!

RallyRes! Thanks dude- for buying our game and for creeping the shit out of me with this manip! Thanks for the support on the board as well! :)

KILRGRN, thank you for buying our new game and thanks for being so understanding about taking those scans down :) I know your heart was in the right place :)

Ray- thanks dude! And thanks for keeping Shoutbox going with all your great posts!

Torgo, thanks! And thanks for the podcast support! We still need to get the team to sign a copy for you guys!


Later ya'll!


Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Yeah, I'm sure I've used that headline on previous blogs...ah well.

So off to DICE in a few hours! CAN. NOT. WAIT!

Love Vegas, love catching up with old biz buddies and drinking like crazy, love that the award show is going live over the net (altho I still have no clue what to wear when I will be presenting), and hell, the show itself looks good this year too!

Few things before I go:

1- Some new TM HEAD ON interviews have hit. Check them out if you so desire:



2- To the three folks who won the New Year's contest, can you please post your mailing address to the comment section of this post? I will get those sent out this week (I THINK the Sony copies have come in...if not, I will let you know when they are... but I think they have!)

3- Twisted Metal hits the shelves today! If you buy a copy, would you please take a pic of yourself doing it (at the store). I'd love to post it- if you don't mind- on the blog. That'd be cool! I'd love to see pics of folks buying our games! So please! Send me those pics!

Thanks ya'll! Will prob post from DICE!



Monday, February 04, 2008

Random Musings and Pics

Little time to post today, just a few quick things:

1- Looks like I will be KEYNOTING the game career conference at this year's GDC. I told them I would speak, did not know it would be a keynote!!! Jeeze, there's pressure. Well look, a few things: if you plan on going know this:

a- it is going to be very off the cuff. I'm gonna go through my career steps, give a little advice on what I would have done differently, and take questions during the whole talk. I told them I did not have time to plan out a big, detailed speech and they were like: 'no worries, just talk about how you got to be doing what you are.' And so that is what I will do :) If you plan on coming, bring lots of questions so we can just shoot the shit, talk, and share war stories.

b- Contrary to what you may think, I have no intention of this being a rant or soapbox session. I will answer questions as honestly as I can- as always- but I'm not lookiong to make waves or make a barbed point or anything like that. The whole thing is helping new folks get into the biz and/or advance where they are in the biz. So I will consider the talk a success if even one person takes one thing I did (or didn't do) on my career path and succeeds even a touch because of what we talked about. So if you are coming for a reble rousin' good time...well, that MAY happen but it's not the goal. Hell, it's never the goal...it just tends to happen sometimes :)... But so know that...if you are looking for drama, look elsewhere...cause my other goal is to keep the damn thing out of the press so I will be trying not to say ANYTHING that will get me a post on Kotaku :) Much as I LOVE Kotaku, I'm just ready for a drama free GDC! Oh and hey, I'm doing a fun thing with Kotaku at GDC, come to think of it...I'll fill you in when they let me.

2- Pics! Some random pics I thought I would share:

Went to pick up diapers last night for my kids...and it occurred to me, with the youngest being 2 1/2, ain't much longer I'm gonna need to be picking up the Pampers :( You never know what the future holds and hey, there are always grandkids, but man, I'm gonna miss diapers! Is that crazy?!?! Could be, but I've really loved having babies and very small kids around the house. Ah well, on to the next stage!!!

Decided to get on the ball and make my office look a LITTLE nicer...wife got this custom framed for me...it's 3-4 transparent sheets that I laid over the map of GOD OF WAR (back when it was called DARK ODYSSEY) in order to see where all the monsters and cut scenes and puzzles went...it's neat to look at the image now and see a very, very rough sketch of what ended up being the whole game!

Here are some close ups:

Ahh, the Hydra...and look at little stickman Kratos with his dual blades...man I suck at drawing! :)

Went to ebay and purchased- and then framed- four of the games that made me fall in love with video games when I was a kid: ADVENTURE, COMBAT, DODGE EM, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Funny thing is, if you look at Twisted Metal, God of War, and Calling All Cars, you can TOTALLY see the influence of those games!

And finally...yes, tomorrow is the big day out here in Cali...as well as in 21 other states. I am so excited and happy and proud to be voting for Obama. Look, I have not drunk the Kool Aid in that I KNOW he's a politician and I KNOW that no one is 100% what they promise in politics...but hell, if he's 40% of what he says, I'll be damn happy. Go Obama!

Friday, February 01, 2008