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2012 Postmortem: The Playlist

by Raul on Dec.31, 2012, under News

That’s right! another year has passed, and it’s been so intense that I haven’t updated this in exactly a year. I have to say pretty much the same things I did last year, and I built a playlist too.

Without further introduction, The Playlist! See you next year!

P.S.: When I do write, I usually write here.

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2011 Postmortem: The Playlist

by Raul on Dec.31, 2011, under News

I was planning to do a postmortem like last year, and to make some resolutions too, but I just don’t feel like it. This was a good year, not as good as the previous one but that’s not fault of this particular year or its events. I learned a lot, I managed to meet some of my resolutions, some others not, unexpected events came out and sometimes I was able to seize the moment for them, but always at a reasonable rhythm.

So I’ll just leave here a sort of a playlist of the key music I’ve been listening this year, or that is somehow attached to a milestone or highlight. With no further introduction, the playlist!

Fito Paez – Mariposa Technicolor

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Arde Buenos Aires

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – The Golden Age

Mick Jagger – Sweet Thing

Soda Stereo Unplugged – Pasos

Morrisey – I’m Not Sorry

Björk – Alarm Call

Foo Fighters – Weenie Beenie

Incubus – Anna-Molly

Madonna – American Pie

Moby – Run On

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Minor Thing

Rush – Hope

Soda Stereo, Último Concierto – Lo Que Sangra

Yoko Kanno & Emily Curtis – What’s It For

The Smashing Pumpkins – Cherub Rock

The Smashing Pumpkins – Here Is No Why

See you next year! Let’s do as if the world ends in this one :P .

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2011 games & books resolutions

by Raul on Jan.09, 2011, under News

A couple of people I follow on twitter have shared games that have played or that they want to play, and it inspired me to think about what games I’d like to play this year, and also, given that I enjoy reading so much, what books I want to read.

Quick overview of the games I played on 2010. In italic the good ones, -like this- the bad ones.

* Wii: Mario Kart Wii, Phoenix Wright, World of Goo, Donkey Kong Country Returns.

* Nintendo DS: My French Tutor, My Japanese Tutor, Warioware D.Y.I.

* Online: Critter Island, Ravenwood Fair.

* iPhone: We City, We Rule, We Farm, Miny Tycoon Casino, Maple Story Thief Edition, -Sonic 4-, -Silent Words Zero-, Flock it!, Angry Birds, Cut the rope, Fruit Ninja, Doodle Jump, Trainyard, Plants vs Zombies, -Epic Win-, Carcassone, Infinity Blade, Freaking Inkies, Risk, Mirror’s Edge, Hook World, Canabalt, Robot Unicorn Attack, Game Dev Story.

So basically, it was a year of discovery of Mario Kart Wii’s “end gameplay”, by online play, and a whole new platform, the iPhone. I had a great time thinking about game balancing issues and the design and production challenges for a smartphone with touch interface.

Now, I hope to go deep on social games, on iPhone, Facebook and Orkut, such as: FarmVille, CityVille, FrontierVille, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Restaurant City, Gangster City, Poker Rivals, Social City, Bola, Mobsters, Mini Fazenda, Cafe Mania, Pet Mania, Vostu Poker and Rede do Crime. I’ll be entering the social games design game, so I’ll probably be playing these for a mix of pleasure and work.

Also, I’d like to learn more about current trends in AAA video games development. So probably I’ll be getting a PS3 or Xbox 360 or PC, because I want to, at least get familiar with: Left 4 Dead (both 1 and 2), Batman: Arkham Asylum, Little Big Planet (1 and 2), Bio Shock (1 and 2), Assassin’s Creed, God of War (all of them) and some racing games (arcade and sim).

Finally, I want to be part of the Starcraft II experience :) . Specially since many friends are waiting for me!

Regarding books, last year I read a lot of stuff online, but almost nothing on paper. The only thing I can remember having finished is “Survivor“, by Chuck Palahniuk. It’s a great novel, an amazing ride. But this year I want to commit myself finishing at least the following books: Challenger for Game Designers, The Art of Game Design and 1491. I’ll be learning about Gamification, and because of that I’ll read: Game Based Marketing and Reality is Broken. For entertainment, I hope to read as much as I can from the Harry Potter series, I’ve just read the first one, and this year the final movie is coming up!

As a bonus track: I’d like to dream about what music, movies, mangas, animes, comics and theatre plays I’ll be enjoying, but I’ll keep them as a discovery process :) . I have all my friends always pushing me great recommendations on these fronts so it shouldn’t be a problem getting familiar with good ones here.

Let’s hope I can keep my resolutions this year and enjoy all of this stuff!

And you? What are you going to play and/or read?

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Last week links [2010/08/23 to 2010/08/29]

by Raul on Aug.30, 2010, under News

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Entrepreneurship

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I am changing the update of these links to a monthly edition from now, it seems better that way. You can check my feeds or shared items on google reader, twitter, delicious, etc. See you next month with more links :) .

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Last week links [2010/08/16 to 2010/08/22]

by Raul on Aug.23, 2010, under News

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Last week links [2010/08/09 to 2010/08/15]

by Raul on Aug.16, 2010, under News

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Last week links [2010/08/02 to 2010/08/08]

by Raul on Aug.09, 2010, under News

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Last week links [2010/07/26 to 2010/08/01]

by Raul on Aug.02, 2010, under News

Here we go!

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Marketing

Entrepreneurship

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See you next week! (or sooner, I hope :P )

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Last week links [2010/07/19 to 2010/07/25]

by Raul on Jul.26, 2010, under News

It’s been a busy week:

Game Development

Social Media

Marketing

  • 20 ejemplos de Marketing Guerrilla [Diego Mattei's Blog, Spanish]. Guerrilla Marketing examples, it doesn’t need to be English, you can check them anyway.
  • Coke Happines Machine [Mashable]. Just brilliant. Check the video if you want to be amazed, read the article to learn how to work the magic :) .

Entrepreneurship

Misc

See you next week!

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Last week links [2010/07/12 to 2010/07/18]

by Raul on Jul.19, 2010, under News

This is my first post on a series I hope to write on a weekly basis: Last week’s interesting links. Meaning “what I’ve found interesting last week” :) .

Game Development

Social Media

Marketing

Entrepreneurship

Misc

See you next week!

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