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Archive for February, 2008


Happy Valentine’s Day!

In honor of this awkward holiday, I found a few collections of video game themed Valentine’s Day cards just for you.

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This is one of the scans of an actual 1989 set of Super Mario Bros. Valentine’s Day cards – complete with the big, special card for your teacher. Ahh, there’s nothing quite like encouraging children to send their teachers love notes. Anyway, there are a TON of scans on X-Entertainment from Super Mario Bros, The California Raisins, Ninja Turtles and Legend of Zelda card sets. Priceless. [See the Collection]

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This one of Snake is from VG Cats. They released some great cards last year. Those are here as well as three brand new ones. [Check em out]

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This one of Midna was my favorite one from Play-Nintendo’s demented collection of video game themed VDay cards. [See all 19]

Enjoy Some Pi

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I recently had a chance to interview Kenn Hoekstra, Producer and Level Designer at Pi Studios, LLC – an independent game developer located in Houston, Texas. These guys have really taken off over the past few years and – according to Kenn – are currently one of the fastest growing independent game developers in the world.

The Game Dame: How did you guys decide on the company name?

Kenn Hoekstra: Pi’s president, Robert Erwin came up with the name. He has an affinity for mathematics and economic theory stemming from working a derivative trading desk for many years. Of particular interest is the Monte Carlo Algorithm Method. If I’m not mistaken, that’s what started it all.

Pi was originally called ‚ÄúPi Ware,‚Äù but the name didn’t stick. One of the partners rescued http://www.pistudios.com from a cyber squatter and the rest is history.

GD: What was your first official release?

KH: Pi’s first commercial work appeared in Call of Duty: United Offensive. The company worked alongside Gray Matter to provide both single and multiplayer content for the game.

GD: What’s your drive or goal in the industry?
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Cheater Cheater, Pumpkin Eater…

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So I got a note from the dude who started GotCast.com – the site running the G4 Hostess with the Mostess competition – today. He said someone had created multiple profiles to vote for me in the contest. According to him, this is “happening a lot across all of the most voted on people. What happens is we delete the accounts which reduces votes and then the contestants get pissed that they lost votes.” If you’ve created multiple accounts to try and bump me to the top, first off, thanks for showing such enthusiasm! Unfortunately, the guys at GotCast.com track this stuff to make sure no one is cheating and they can tell it’s the same person creating multiple accounts. So please just show your love by voting from your one account once every day and get your friends to vote, too.

Research Proves DDR is a Great Workout

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) did some research focusing on quantifying DDR’s potential physical benefits. The results: DDR = a good aerobic workout. Led by John Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM and Anna Norlin, M.S., male and female subjects, ages 12 – 25 years old were recruited for the study. Half the volunteers were under the age of 18 and enlisted from the local La Crosse Boys & Girls Club.

Based on the physiological responses to three levels of DDR, all subjects showed a marked increase in exercise intensity as they participated. Adult participants burned more calories, which can be attributed to differences in body weight since the adults averaged about 25 pounds heavier than teenage subjects. On average, teens burned 5.9 kcal/min on light mode, 6.7 kcal/min on standard mode and 8.1 kcal/min of difficult mode.

All study participants, regardless of their experience with DDR, were required to practice a pre-determined four song dance sequence for up to six hour-long practice sessions or until they could demonstrate proficiency. Testing included continuously monitoring all participants of their oxygen uptake, heart rate and ratings of perceived exertion.

Researchers used a home-based version of DDR Extreme 2 ($35; MusicInEveryDirection.com) for Sony PlayStation 2 with a $40 dance pad.

Make Me a Host on G4TV!!!

Are you tired of seeing girls hosting G4TV that don’t know what in the EFF they’re talking about? Me too. Luckily, G4TV is attempting to cast real girl gamers and hopefully, that will change. They’re holding a casting deal through GotCast.com (here’s the scoop.)

If you’ve already voted, THANK YOU! And remember, you can vote every day.

In order to vote, you’ll need to create an account, but it’s easy (user name, email and password) and no one that’s done it so far has reported any spam, so you should be safe.

Click here to sign up for a GotCast.com account

Go Rent Grandma’s Boy Tonight

So I’m not quite sure how I missed this gem of a movie. It came out like a million years ago. (Okay, 2006 – but that feels like a million years ago.) Anyway, my brother recommended it and I finally rented it last night. If you haven’t seen it yet, go rent it tonight.

Grandma’s Boy centers around Alex (Allen “They were cones!!!!” Covert), a 35-year-old game tester forced to move in with his Grandma (Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond) after his crazy roommate spends all of their rent money on Filipino hookers.

The cast is awesome. The plot is awesome. Frankenstein pot. Karate monkeys. Video games. This movie has it all. Five stars!!!

Here are a couple of my favorite clips:

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Adidas Halo Shoes Are Really Ugly

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Designed by pro basketball player Gilbert Arenas, these limited edition Adidas kicks make me question the cool factor of one of my favorite companies. They look like something the creepy mailman with a lisp, thick glasses and knee high socks with garters would wear while running down the street away from my snarling dog. They’re so ugly, that even Gil isn’t going to wear them on the court February 8th as he originally promised. Some say it’s because he’s injured. I say it’s because he realized just how fugly the shoes are and came to his senses. Luckily, there are only 100 pairs being made. For $110, you can own a pair. But I’m not quite sure why you’d want to do that. As if that weren’t enough, Gil has been known to CHEAT at Halo 3!

Arenas has admitted to exploiting a cheat called “two-on-two,” in which he plays against himself to build up experience points with no competition. (Source: G4TV)

For shame!!!

If you want to see some COOL VG inspired kicks, check these out:

[SOURCE: Geekologie]

Why I’ll Never Fly Oceanic Airlines

I spent a lot of quality time with my Xbox 360 over the weekend. On Friday night, the thought of going into Lackluster and having some jackass scream hello at me from across the store was the last thing I wanted, so I opted to rent something through the LIVE marketplace instead. (Side note: Fido is an awesome movie).

While I was browsing through the latest titles, this ad caught my eye:

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Okay… take a minute for the irony to sink in.

Get it yet? You’ll know when you do because your face will automatically look like this:

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Here’s the idiotic part … some dude (or laday) responsible for Oceanic Airlines’ marketing dollars decided that it would be a FANTASTIC idea to have a sweepstakes to give away an Xbox 360. Ok, not bad. But WHY ARE THEY ADVERTISING THAT ON MY EXISTING XBOX 360?!!?! I don’t need two! Who signed off on that pitch?!

IDIOT: Sir, I believe that Oceanic Airlines has a chance to capture the gaming demographic. Our studies show that gamers have medium to high incomes and travel several times a year.

IDIOT’S BOSS: Oh yeah? Well that’s great. Tell me … what’s the best way to reach the gaming demographic? Through the PS3? Those are so slick. I bought one for my son and one for my daughter yesterday because I have so much money I didn’t know what else to do with it.

IDIOT: Uhm… that’s great sir. But actually, this research shows that none of the true gamers turn on their PS3 unless they’re watching a blu ray disc. It looks like the majority of our target demographic owns an Xbox 360. So – I have this great idea to get our company name in front of this moderate to high income demographic.

[IDIOT'S BOSS starts surfing AdultFriendFinder.com while IDIOT sits on the other side of the desk - oblivious]

IDIOT’S BOSS: Go on…

IDIOT: Well, sir. A recent survey shows that Xbox 360 owners who also own PS3s and Wii consoles spend a whopping 90% of their time on their 360. So, here’s the idea… let’s give these guys an opportunity to win ANOTHER Xbox 360. That way, we’re giving them something we KNOW they like! There’s no chance for backlash! We’ll just offer them a free Oceanic Airline theme for their control panel and draw a few names at random.

[IDIOT'S BOSS ignores IDIOT and keeps clicking through porn]

IDIOT: Sir? What do you think?

IDIOT’S BOSS: Brilliant. Now get out of my office and make it happen. I have important things to do.

FAIL!

UPDATE!!!!!! After doing some research, it turns out that this is all a marketing deal for LOST. If you check out the comments in this article, the first one says:

Anyone else see the weird creepy messages on their website?

Hidden in their HTML code:

If anyone should find this message, please get word I’m alive and stranded on an island somewhere in the South Pacific. Please send help soon. Things are bad. And they’re getting worse…
Sally

AND

I survived a horrific plane crash and am stranded on an island somewhere Northeast of Australia and Southwest of Hawaii. In the event that I am never found, please forward word of my fate to my parents.

They’re hidden by the “we’re shutting down announcement”…odd…I saw some text behind it, so I checked the source and thats what I found…creepy? yes…

SO – that’s pretty cool. I still think the 360 giveaway is stupid, but apparently you can get gamer points and other goodies by downloading the theme too, so it’s not THAT stupid. You can check out the totally fake Oceanic Airlines site here.

Calendar

In the Media

Game Heroes
Video podcast appearance
—June 2008

Sweet Flag
Interview
—May 2008

Attack of the Show
“The Loop” panelist
—November 2007

CrotchMail.com
Interview
—June 2007

TiedTheLeader.com
Interview
—April 2007