Sunday, April 30, 2017




In 1994, I attended Senator Joseph Lieberman's (D. of Conn.) second annual Video Game Report Card.  We spoke after the event, and he invited me to join him and Dr. David Walsh (Institute on Media and the Family) as key presenter in future Report Cards.  I spoke every year from 1995-2004.









Though I am no longer active as a journalist, I still write an annual video games Christmas list for Costco Connection.








I wrote nearly monthly pieces for both the Chicago Tribune.

Link to Sama de Amigo review




In September, 1997, I wrote a history of video games for American Heritage.

Link to Super Mario Nation





18 comments:

  1. Hi Steven, dropped by to see how you are doing and the website had gone.

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  2. Hey, Dave. How is life on the Isle? Yes, my blog is simply a collection of links to articles.

    Read any good books of late?

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    1. Not too bad here thanks. Just back from a holiday in Tenerife. How's things with you?
      Funny you should ask, as i had nothing new to read whilst traveling, i took Republic to re-read. Loving it second time round. Also too Dietz Legion of the Damned (i forget which book i'm up to now though, there's so many of them) on my kindle.
      How come all the blogs have been deleted off here? I used to enjoy reading the comments, especially on the Clone Rebellion blogs.

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  3. I'm using the blog as a URL for showing past work during my time as a journalist.

    I liked the Legion books. They're fast and imaginative.

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    1. Yes, i do enjoy the Legion books. Some great characters. Same with Scalzi and the Old Mans War books. Finished all of them now and they rank highly.
      Will you be posting any blogs or updates on your novels or upcoming releases?

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    2. I LOVE Scalzi's novels. Have you read Agent to the Stars? In my book, the Old Man's War books rank up there with The Forever War and Ender's Game as the new classics of science fiction.

      I don't know where or what I will post when my next books come out. I'll probably start up a books blog.

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    3. I was hoping Scalzi would go back to Perry and Sagan, but i guess he ran that story as far as it can go. But the Latter ones with Wilson are just as good. I've not read Agent To The Stars, looks interesting. As does Redshirts.
      The Forever War is utterly brilliant! Can't praise it enough.
      As for future book blogs, you KNOW you have fans, and we love reading your blogs.

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    4. Thanks, Dave. That means a lot.

      BTW, I was a little disappointed with Redshirts, it took a wrong turn just after the halfway point.

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    5. I read a review that said the same thing, so i have been apprehensive about buying it. That kinda seals it.
      Any news on your latest book?

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    6. Starting a new series for Middle School-aged pre-teens. Fingers crossed. I gotta tell ya, except for that one major turn, and it is very major, Redshirts was the the most fun and innovative SF novel I have read in years and years. That turn, though, that was a big concern.

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    7. I liked the whole idea of writing a book based on the life of a Redshirt. A bit like Sam Rockwells character in Galaxy Quest. I may still give it a go sometime in the future.
      What happened to the Submarine book? have you shelved it for now?
      Good luck with the new series

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    8. It's been written and rewritten and still needs cutting. The story is strong and the information is solid, but it's got lots and lots of boring bits that need to be edited.

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  4. Hello Steven,

    First of all, I apologize for writing about an issue unrelated to the blog post. Rest assured, I will be looking at your work closely as soon as I post this message.

    My name is Marcos and I'm a Paraguayan-Canadian multimedia producer and entertainment writer. At the moment, I'm in Paraguay, where I work as a freelance content producer for a variety of corporate clients, as well as a couple of gaming publications.

    I have been looking forward to getting your "Ultimate history" book for quite a while, but Paraguayan wages are sadly not on par with Canadian ones, and it was a bit out of my price range.

    I recently saw that the audiobook was being sold as part of a humble bundle, though! That was great! I could support you AND get your book AND others!

    Sadly, when I entered the link, I saw that your book is one of two books in the bundle "not available in my region". I am unsure if this is because Humble Bundle detects my Paraguayan IP address, but I must confess that I find this odd... and a bit disappointing.

    As much as I would love to buy the book and support you, I think the issue goes beyond that: there is a latent, growing gaming community in Paraguay and other regions in South America. It has become a force to be reckoned with thanks to young people who have transcended the limitations of their geographic and economic situation. And a lot of that is thanks to the fact that they speak English.

    So, one would think that they would benefit infinitely from having access to your book, right? I believe so. We cannot know where we will go, if we do not know whence we came.

    Would you be kind enough to let me know the reasoning behind the book being unavailable in certain regions for this particular bundle? And... is there any way to change that?

    Thank you, Steven, and my sincere apologies for the long post. I wanted you to have "the whole story" (so to speak), so that you could formulate your answer accordingly.

    Best regards from a fellow gamer,

    -Marcos.

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  5. Marcos. I have absolutely nothing to do with the distribution of the audio book. The truth be told, I didn't know it was in a humble bundle, though I am certainly glad it is.

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    1. Ah, that's sad. I thought as much, though. Thank you for the quick reply, Steven. If you can find it in you to intercede in favor of a wider distribution, it'd be much appreciated.

      If it's not at all possible, I completely understand. Thank you for your time, and best of luck.

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  6. Marcos,

    Thank you for your interest in my book.

    I published that book 16 years ago. These days, I would not know whom to call. I wish you luck,. I'm glad gaming has reached Paraguay. I hope it brings you as many fun hours as it has brought to me.

    Steve

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    1. How time flies by!

      It has definitely brought me infinite happiness already. I've recently published my first Android game and freelance writing is going well.

      Best wishes, Steven,

      -Marcos.

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