…ah so you’d like to know a little more about this site and why it exists eh?
Well, I suppose you’d like the long version since you actually clicked specifically through to this page… so, my name is Nick – I’ve been a gamer all my life and in the last couple years I’ve started to notice that the mainstream industry has been churning out more and more ultimately boring, eye-candy filled games with minimal depth and as little creative risk as possible. I’m someone who believes in the beauty of expression and finding the limits of art, and as a video game and art fan, it hurt me to know that so many developers were treating the medium, and to a degree themselves, with such little integrity and respect.
I was honestly pretty worried that I was growing out of video games, growing too cynical or something terrible like that. Fortunately for me though I was having this crisis right around the launch of Super Meat Boy… a game that renewed my interest in gaming almost immediately. Games like Minecraft, the Binding of Isaac, Braid, Limbo, Castle Crashers all oozed that certain something that grabbed my attention and gave me that feeling of beauty and wonder all over again like when I was a kid.
It only took me a little while to realize that I was barely just scratching the surface. I had often played indie games on PC and never really put two and two together until now: these developers get it, they are on the edge of what I love about this form of expression – and they’re often completely silenced by a system that is put in place to keep people buying from the same publishers year after year. There is very little room to nurture new voices with new things to say about what games can be.
Here I am now, out to discover the world within a world of indie games that so many people who even know to look sometimes won’t find, or sometimes won’t see the beauty in. I’ve never felt like gaming is more alive than through the eyes of these developers and I just want to dedicate my videos to them. I want to help people avoid ever having the feeling that gaming has changed and lost it’s essential essence of wonder, discovery, charm, and inspiration – whatever form it may take.
Every day is a new adventure. I hope you’ll join me.