Come to my PAX Prime 2012 panel on reviews

August 13, 2012

I am on several PAX Prime panels at the end of the month, but one is just about Critical Path. If you’ve read the book, you know there’s a sample review filled with newbie mistakes. Rather than just repeat that live, I’m working with a friend to create a second flawed sample review, which I […]

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Longer review from Dean Takahashi!

July 1, 2012

Turns out that little Tweet a few weeks ago was a teaser for a longer review of the book. Dean Takahashi posted an entry on VentureBeat today, and it’s all flattering and complimentary. The best part for me: “It has enough concrete examples collected over years that I can say that I can refer aspiring […]

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I’ll be on a panel at SDCC 2012

June 30, 2012

If you are going to be attending San Diego Comic-Con, I hereby invite you to attend this panel on the evening of Thursday, July 12: 6:15-7:15 How to Get a Job in the Video Gaming Industry— Moderator Francis Mao of Capcom leads a panel of industry insiders from a variety of game companies and industry outlets to share how […]

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Quick review from Dean Takahashi

June 23, 2012

Considering that Dean Takahashi’s book Opening the Xbox is one of my favorite game-industry books on my shelf, this tweet sent me over the moon: On vacation, I read @DanAmrich’s Critical Path book on how to review video games for a living…He does a nice job. I’m downright honored!

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Review: Steven Beynon

June 20, 2012

I was very gratified to see this blog review of the book today. I am continually interested to see how different aspects of the book appeal to different people — some love the advice on how to contact an outlet and be taken seriously, others appreciate the advice on how to craft their own voice […]

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May 27, 2012

Robert Workman gave me plenty of chance to talk and talk and talk in this interview on, and I think it’s the first time I’ve told the Douglas Adams story.

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Media: Curled Up review

May 24, 2012

Very thoughtful review over at Curled Up With a Good Book which raises two points I’d like to clarify. One, I did actually wrestle with the tone of voice in the book — should my advice be phrased as “this is what I used to do” or “this is what I do?” I asked my edit […]

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Media: RobotGeek

May 7, 2012

It’s not every day I get asked F-marry-kill questions with game developers, but that’s what happened with this interview with UK’s RobotGeek. We also talk a little bit about Palette-Swap Ninja and juggling, but mostly, it’s about the book.

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What a handsome iPhone case you have there

May 3, 2012

Since you can read Critical Path on an iPhone, I wanted an iPhone case to go with it. Kat took care of that for me: A reminder that if you like CP enough to tell the world, you can get t-shirts. I don’t make any money on them, because you being a walking billboard is […]

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How not to read & react to a game review

May 1, 2012

A friend pointed out this really good blog entry by Mitch Krpata at Insult Swordfighting about reviews and how people overreact to them — while also pointing out that the people who overreact aren’t processing the information correctly. I touch on this in the book, but a review is not marching orders, and it also should […]

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