So Long, 1UP


I don’t know exactly when I started reading, but I do know that it was before I ever visited Kotaku, Gamasutra, or even Penny Arcade.

It was probably sometime after I asked my dad to buy me a copy of EGM while he was in the checkout line at Blockbuster.

It was definitely before I won that sweepstakes they ran.

It was after I stopped paying subscribing to Nintendo Power which, despite all its charm, history and how much it meant to everyone, was still very specialized in the kind of content it offered.

It was before Retronauts started, which I was fortunate to catch in its infancy, and proud to have followed through until the very end.

Despite not being able to pin down where I started reading 1UP, I can’t help but feel terrible knowing that I won’t be able to continue reading it.

The site introduced me to some people who remain my favorite writers to this day, including Seanbaby, Chris Kohler, Scott Sharkey, and Jeremy Parish, who I have and will continue to follow. Retronauts host Bob Mackey had gone from being a slightly awkward guy filling big shoes to one of the best podcast hosts I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. Those guys, and countless other 1Up & EGM alumni, were the group of people who made me want to start writing about games, because they were the some of the best in the industry.

I believe I’m going to take this as a sign. I think it’s time for me to get started on that who career in games journalism.

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“You had me at ‘Free Suit.'”



suit essay

UPDATE 2/12/13:

Dress for Success Show 2013 - - Gmail

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Mascott’s Movie Rewind Now Available

Last night I spent a few hours trawling through’s Internet Wayback Machine to rescue my old column, Mascott’s Movie Rewind, from the fires of internet oblivion. If you’re so inclined, you can now take a look through those VERY old articles.

I beg you, though: Please don’t judge me or my writing based on these. I was young, and at times I had some terrible, terrible opinions.

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Mascott vs. The AFI 100

For about the past three years, I’ve written a lot about movies. I mean look at this whole page of now completely dead working links! It’s certainly not as much as most of the people I’ve worked with, who currently do it to live, but certainly more than I would have imagined writing when I started. I could publish a nice little folio if I wanted to, is what I’m saying.

Cut to: Two days ago, I allowed my mind to wander during a class. I began absent mindedly Googling top film lists. I came to the AFI 100, the generally accepted list of the top 100 movies. So, to kill time until the class ended and to make it look like I was taking notes (Sorry, Semantics Professor.) I began writing down the movies I hadn’t seen. The result was nothing short of embarrassing.

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It’s so embarrassing, in fact, that I have no choice but to share it with the world. I honestly thought I had seen more movies than this. Hell, I watch at least two or three a week, you’d have thought I’d hit a few more on such a broad, critically acclaimed target.

So here’s the nitty-gritty of it. I haven’t seen 76 of the movies on AFI’s Top 100.* That is atrocious. At this point I should barely even be allowed to say I enjoy movies, let alone make or write about them.

I’m going to fix this.

You can see at the top of the first picture that I came up with the idea of doing an article series on each film, but I think that writing 76 articles, each of which I would disown if they were less than 2000 words, could be too much to promise at this point. I’ll write about the ones that I feel need to be written about,  but rest assured that I will watch these movies.

Starting now. Ben Hur (1959)- Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd- Amazon Instant Video


*A handful of these I have actually seen, but for one reason or another I didn’t feel comfortable saying that I’d watched them. Those are ROCKY, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, LORD OF THE RINGS FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, DUCK SOUP, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and AMERICAN GRAFFITI.

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In Which Our Hero Discusses (Or Chooses Not to Discuss) His Schemes

“Oh, another one of these posts.”

I hear you cry.

It’s true that a large amount of what I post on this blog is lamentations on the fact that I don’t post more, accompanied by promises to do so, though I’ve long since stopped apologizing for it. As an update, for people who found a business card I gave them at some point, and, wondering who the guy with his name in a big stupid font on the front of a tiny business card was, they checked this website:
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“The Cashier’s Christmas”

Here’s a short film I made for Christmas. You could watch it in this post, but you really should watch it in HD on Vimeo, because it looks much better and there are word jokes that are hard to see in SD.

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A Solution to Thinking

I want to listen to a single song while I take my last final exam of the year.





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