I’m Still Here

Not here, on TheMascott.com, necessarily. Not where I work, at This Is Infamous. Or making fun videos. Or freelancing anywhere.

But I am here.

On the internet.


I’m around.

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The Worst Idea I’ve Ever Had: Announcing Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy

judge-talking-croppedJudge – “Sorry I’m late everyone. The delays have been terrible and traffic has been out of control all week. Anyway, let’s get this on with. Court is now in session in the trial of Capcom and Level-5 versus the Nintendo 3DS owning people of the United States of America. Would the prosecution like to please present its case?”

edgeworth-paperEdgeworth – “Certainly your honor. The prosecution alleges that Level-5 and Capcom’s delayed release of PROFESSOR LAYTON VS PHOENIX WRIGHT ACE ATTORNEY has been an unacceptable one for fans of the series, causing those fans irreparable and criminal harm. The prosecution also alleges that the delay has been without cause, as an English localization of the game was produced by Nintendo of Europe for release in March of 2014.” Read More »

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An Infamous Quote

After upgrading the theme of This Is Infamous over the weekend, I went back through my old articles looking for broken links. I ended up reading one or two of them, and found this little gem on the subject of Square Enix & their relationship with the App Store. I laughed, so it might be worth sharing:

When told that they weren’t “getting it,” Square Enix released FINAL FANTASY: ALL THE BRAVEST, which is what happens when you try to explain to an alien what an in-app-purchase is and all they understand is that it’s something with which they can accrue human wealth.

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This Week in Mascott @ This Is Infamous

Being that I’m writing at ThisIsInfamous.com now, I can’t promise I’ll be posting here. (You know, like, more than I have now.) (Once every three months.) But I will bring a small nugget of Mascott your way by posting what I write over there, on here, each week. Or, well, links to the pieces I write. I still want those hits.

5/30/2013 – So what’s really up with the Xbox One?

5/31/2013 – YOU SHOULD BUY: The Web’s Most Infamous Games Deals


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Mascott @ ThisIsInfamous.com


You know, I wasn’t sure where the right place to post this announcement was. My Twitter? My Facebook?


It had to be here, on this website no one looks at.

So here’s the deal. I’ll be teaming up once again with my longtime colleague, The Infamous Billy the Kidd, on his new website, “This Is Infamous.” I’ll be writing about games, television, movies and even making the occasional appearance on the weekly podcasts. You can donate to the IndieGoGo Campaign to get some neat rewards, and to be in on the ground floor when the site starts up. Every dollar helps make the site’s content better for you, the reader.

I’ll be starting up a whole bunch of new pages soon, so if you’re the kind of person that enjoys “Liking” things on Facebook, have I got the link for you. (Or I will.)

My thoughts? I think all I can say is that I’m happy to once again have a home where you can find, read, and listen to me.

You guys? I’ve got a feeling: this is gonna be a good one.


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Working Hard at the Mascott HQ


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Runner2, Need for Speed, and the Art of the Asynchronous “Fuck You”

Have you guys been enjoying BIT.TRIP Presents: Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien? You should give it a shot, because it’s a lot of fun.

Let me take a moment to stray from the point I haven’t even hinted at making to say how wonderful I think the BIT.TRIP series was, as a whole. Beat, Core, Void, Runner, Flux, and Fate are, as a whole, one of the most complete stories I’ve ever played in a video game. Aside from each individual game being super fun, because the series is, for the most part, abstract and minimalist, it allows you to play and explore concepts like the formation of the human brain in the womb, learning to follow the rules of society, and a human being’s first interactions with others. It deals with becoming bored with life, and drunk with power, and a million other things you would never have imagined a video game could deal with. When you get into a groove with one of those games, and you’re only reacting; paddling back beats faster than you can think, the experience is nothing short of sublime.
(Here’s an article on the actual plot of BIT.TRIP. It’s pretty neat, if you’ve never read up on it.)


When you start a level in Runner2, it shows you a little window before the actual gameplay starts. In that little window is a tiny little leaderboard, which shows you the score your Steam or Xbox Live friends achieved in that particular level. Of my little group of Steam friends, I played Runner2 second, so when I would start a level, I would have presented to me a score from the ever talented Matt Goldzman, better known as YouTube mini-mogul, Gamerscast. As a BIT.TRIP veteran, I find it’s my duty to beat his scores and slap him down like a bitch. Which I then proceeded to do repeatedly, and with prejudice.

But then I went back to the first level to see how I had improved, and saw this:


I was not pleased with this development. Matt had gone back to the beginning of the game, replayed that first level in exacting detail, and scored one extra point seemingly just to shake me. (Or he cheated. Or it was a bug. But who knows.)

Let’s rewind to January. I had finally gotten into the copy of Need for Speed: Most Wanted I’d bought a few months before, on Black Friday. Need for Speed does something like Runner2, where it puts you up against your friends list by showing you their times in any race, their speed at any traffic camera, the distance they covered after flying off that ramp, etc. Basically you’re constantly competing against your friends list. Much like what would later happen with Matt, I became involved in a fierce passive competition against Chris Zavatchen, the longtime administrator of one of my oldest haunts, Dreamstation.cc. Often enough, I would pass a traffic camera, or go off of a ramp, and the score that Chris had thrown down perhaps weeks before was better than the one that I had just posted. In that case, I would not leave any particular area until Chris’ score was crushed in a way he could not see without wondering just how I had done it. I took to the tweets to shame him:

To which he responded:

It’s not anything new that we’d drop the mic on our friends, leaving them to pick up the shattered pieces of our games. In the medium of video games, Words With Friends would be the first mainstream example: Where you’ve thrown down “ED” to the end of the “BUZZ” your friend just put up just so you can reach that triple word score. Really it goes back further, though,  to the advent of the high score. Guitar Hero brought back the idea of scores as , and Facebook brought the idea of asynchronicity. It’s just a neat way to compete, and competitive multiplayer like Call of Duty is just a quick fix version of that. Then again, video games are just alone people versions of Dungeons and Dragons.


I’m not sure the point I was making here other than that I wanted to talk about video games, but I think what we’ve really learned from this is that Chris’ kid could really be better at Need for Speed.

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