Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Randy Randomness Hour (Pilot Episode Part 4)

The Randy Randomness Hour
Pilot Episode Part 4

Coming back from the commercial break, the camera pans over to a far corner of the stage where a kitchen table has been set up. This table has all sorts of food and ingredients, including the one special ingredient that is cinnamon. Randy Randomness, Allen Armadillo and the 3rd and final guest of the show Chef Cinnamonman all approach the table wearing chef hats and chef aprons. Allen and the chef are wearing normal attires while Randy is wearing an over the top attire, featuring a zig-zag pattern and fuzzy dice apron and a smiley face hat. The jazz band play their tune and the crowd gives them a round of applause.

Randy Randomness: Welcome back to a show that's been up and down like a roller coaster! The Randy Randomness Hour, the first pilot hour, is almost in the books but we haven't slid down the flagpole like Super Mario yet! Here's our third and final guest tonight! Give it up for Chef Cinnamonman! 

Chef Cinnamonman: Hey there all! Thanks for having me on the show! 

Randy: So before we begin here, how'd you get your name?

Cinnamonman: Well, it's a long story but I'll make it a short story so it won't be boring! I love cinnamon and spices and I just went inside the kitchen one day and started cooking! Nearly blew up the whole house the first time I tried, but culinary school straightened me out! 

Allen Armadillo: I shutter to think of having you cook in my kitchen! 

Randy: So what are you going to cook for us, Chef?

Cinnamonman: Well, I'll be cooking up a Vanilla Mango Pie with Cinnamon! 

Randy: Rats! No apple pie! 

Allen: Oh well! 

Cinnamonman: I got the ingredients on this table here and I'd like for you guys to help out! Now we start with the pie crust, nearly rounded out with pure authentic dough and we're gonna dump a full cup of vanilla extract into it! 

Randy: A BUTTON! *dumps the cup of vanilla extract into the pie crust*

Allen: Why do we need this much vanilla extract?

Cinnamonman: The vanilla extract is the base that'll hold in all the other flavors, and we'll also sprinkle sugar cubes into the pie crust to liven up the vanilla extract! Go take some sugar cubes! 

Randy: *takes some sugar cubes and eats them*

Allen: I don't think that's what he meant! 

Randy: *takes some more sugar cubes* *sprinkles them into the pie crust* Hey look! It's snowing! 

Allen: More like a rough hale storm!

Cinnamonman: Good! Now we have in this here bowl chunks of fresh mango that have been condensed into... some sort of mush! We're gonna get a big fat wooden spoon and scoop up this mush, and then place it inside the pie crust! 

Allen: *scoops the mango mush with a big wooden spoon and plops it into the pie crust* There we go! 

Cinnamonman: Now mix it in with the sugar cubes once you get enough mango chunks in there! 

Allen: *plops in more mango chunks* *mixes and stirs*

Randy: Rotate the Playstation control sticks, Allen! Mix! Stir! MIX! STIR! 

Allen: This is coming together very nicely! 

Cinnamonman: *gets out containers of brown sugar and cinnamon* Randy, take pinches of brown sugar and cinnamon out of these containers and sprinkle them over the mango chunks! 

Randy: *sprinkles some brown sugar and cinnamon into the pie* How much?

Cinnamonman: 5 pinches each! 

Randy: *10 pinch combo into the pie* *5 pinch combo on Allen*

Allen: OW! WATCH IT! 

Cinnamonman: There! Great! We'll put that into the oven at 300 degrees for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and when we take it out... *gets out a pre-made Vanilla Mango Pie from the oven* ...we get this! *cuts up 3 slices of pie and serves them on plates* Here ya go! 

Randy: *takes a bite* Um... How should I describe this? Um... This is pretty delicious, dude! 

Allen: *takes a bite* Wow! It exceeded my expectations!

Cinnamonman: Glad you two like it! I'll give everyone here in San Antonio a copy of my cookbook titled "Leveling Up With Gaming Cuisine" and you all can try out my awesome recipes! 

Crowd: *round of applause* WOOOOO!!!

Randy: Well, I hate to do this but I think we're out of time for the Pilot Episode of The Randy Randomness Hour! I'd like to thank all of our guests and I'd like to thank all of you, fans of San Antonio, Texas! I appreciate San Antonio for being the first home of this show and... 

Suddenly emerging from the curtains, John Doe and Captain Obvious start chasing Randy with hammers from the classic arcade game Donkey Kong. Shocked to see this, Randy starts circling around the chef's table and then runs all over the stage in ridiculously hilarious fashion. John Doe and Captain Obvious take some good swings of their hammers and laugh as they watch Randy scramble. The San Antonio crowd members burst into laughter.   

Randy: HEY! STOP IT! I did nothing to you guys! Quit chasing me with hammers! AHHHHH!!! ALLEN! HELP! 

Allen: Now that's what I call entertainment! See ya later, guys! 

[/End of Episode 1]

Steven Vitte's Special Thanks To:
All of the loyal readers of the GJG 
Everyone who has either supported me and/or inspired me
All the affiliates in the Affiliates page of this blog                                 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful For Gaming (and Other Things)


I want to send a quick message to all readers of the Gaming Journalist Gazette to say thank you for your ongoing support of this blog. Since this is Thanksgiving, I would like to say that I am truly thankful for establishing an audience that actually likes what I write down in this blog. I appreciate the words of encouragement that I receive from blog readers and I intend to keep "leveling up", so to speak, when it comes to publishing content that you guys would like to read when it comes to gaming.

Every Thanksgiving I always take a step back and reflect on how the year was for me, and quite honestly, the year of 2014 has been a very important one for me not only as a gamer but also as someone who takes his craft seriously as a writer. 2014 marked the first year where other people started taking me seriously as a writer and they started to recognize just how much potential I have. Just earlier this year I was able to get a glimpse of what I would ultimately like to do, and that was when I first got to see how an independent video game developing company operates. That was around my 25th birthday on August 16 when I took a trip up to Dublin, Ohio (Columbus) and saw the team at Multivarious Games. The visits I have made to Dublin have left a great impression on me, motivating me all the more to reach for that "brass ring" and realize my dream of finally being a part of the Video Game Industry in some official capacity.

Even before I started going to Columbus for meetups, I had begun to schedule email interviews with people, and I managed to get 3 interviews in the books. Of course, I would like to schedule more, and as always members of the Video Game Industry are more than welcome to shoot me an email and request an interview if they would like. Receiving the kinds of dialogue such as the answers that Sande Chen, Paul Jensen, Steve Brasely and Wesley Adams has been very helpful for me, allowing me to better understand how things in the Video Game Industry are run.

If there is one thing that I can say gamers in general need to improve on would be accepting what you already have and not worrying about what you don't have. Gamers are always wanting to get the newest and latest gaming products out there on the market and I think that if gamers excessively worry about whether or not to get a game or a console or anything else, they are developing an unhealthy habit. I know the feeling of what it is like to do without, and even today I have to deal with not being able to participate in things gamers normally involve themselves in, but I don't let my lack of resources get me down. Through time one has to learn how to become creative if he or she is going to move forward and get the things that one wants, and I suppose that is what I am trying to do with this blog. Get creative, get support (check out my NEW Affiliates page of this blog!), get your name out there, keep knocking on that door and "keep swimming", as Wesley Adams keeps telling me.

I will resume GJG projects very soon and I will wrap up the Pilot Episode of The Randy Randomness Hour, which I hope you guys have found enjoyable so far. I am aiming for 2015 to be another positive year for me and I do intend to take my projects a step further, and maybe do some things in-person... We'll see.

Happy Thanksgiving, gamers from across the world!


Monday, November 24, 2014

The Randy Randomness Hour (Pilot Episode Part 3)

The Randy Randomness Hour
Pilot Episode Part 3

Coming back from the commercial break, the camera pans through the San Antonio crowd and then goes to Randy Randomness who is comfortably sitting in his chair playing on his own Nintendo 3DS. He can be heard laughing while the jazz band play their tune. Allen Armadillo can be seen eating a Waffle Taco from Taco Bell. The Producer points at Randy and he puts away the 3DS. 

Randy Randomness: We're back and it's time to bring out our guests! Maybe not all 3 at once but we like being creative around here, so who's up first? Do you know who's coming out here first, Allen? 

Allen Armadillo: *eating his Waffle Taco* I'm as... clueless as you are! I'm preoccupied too, so... *burps* ...yeah! 

Randy: Eating on the job? How lazy of you! Nah! Just kidding! Anyway, here comes out first guest! The very first guest to be interviewed on The Randy Randomness Hour! It's... John Doe? Who?

John Doe, a random guy wearing a yellow Pac-Man T-shirt and having a brown afro hairstyle, walks out on stage looking like he just woke up from a good nap. John Doe lets out a yawn and then takes a seat on a nice cozy living room couch next to Randy. Randy shakes John's hand.

Randy: Welcome to The Randy Randomness Hour, Mr. ... Whoever-You-Are! 

John: I'm John Doe.

Randy: Yeah, but who are you? What do you do? Are you a Pac-Man fan? How much do you game? 

John: I've won many local Pac-Man tournaments here in San Antonio! 

Randy: Oh, you have? Do you believe that, Allen?

Allen: *on his cell phone* Sorry! I'm talking to my agent! 

Randy: Boy, you're a lot of help! So... Pac-Man tournament winner, huh? Got any proof of that, John Doe?

John: *gets out a certificate and shows it to everybody* Here's my proof! 3-time Singles Champion and 2-time Doubles Champion! Gotta love Pac-Man! 

Randy: You know what? My brain hurts! There are just... so many of you guys! John Doe of San Antonio? John Doe of Kansas City? John Doe of Los Angeles? C'MON! 

John: I guess we're one big band of brothers! 

Randy: Don't be the funny one here! I'm the funny one! 

Allen: Excuse me, but I think I'm pretty funny too! 

Randy: You got an F in Clown School back in the day! You're too bland to be funny! 

John: Ever been to a PAX event? It's really cool! You get to meet all sorts of people! 

Randy: PAX East is Boston? PAX Prime in Seattle? PAX South in Austin? What does that have to do with you, dude?

John: I won a gaming tournament there too! In Seattle! 

Randy: Now you're just making stuff up! John Doe can't be your real name! I'm done interviewing you! How come I've never heard of you before? Bring in the next guest! 

The 2nd guest abruptly comes out on stage and showboats in front of the San Antonio crowd. Dressed up as a hybrid between a navy ship captain and a superhero, Captain Obvious appears and runs to the couch. He stands on the couch next to John Doe (who doesn't care) and poses like a superhero. Randy Randomness looks unimpressed while Allen Armadillo can be heard laughing in the background. 

Allen: It's the Pilot Episode and you already have your hands full! Have fun with this character! 

Randy: Oh boy... I can't bear to think how you got your name! Introduce yourself to San Antonio! 

Captain Obvious: Have no fear, citizens of San Antonio! It is I, Captain Obvious, and I am here to provide you with information that you probably already know! Pi, or 3.14, is NOT the same as an apple pie! There are normally 364 days in a year minus leap years! You cannot compare Super Mario games to Call of Duty games! 

Randy: *facepalm* I'll happily agree with that last fact, but the other ones were unnecessary! Okay... Questions... Are you really a superhero, or are you just pretending to be one?

Obvious: I always go by the book! I read the book "How To Be A Superhero For Dummies"!

Randy: Did we really scrape the bottom of the barrel when it comes to guests? Um... Captain Obvious, have you saved anyone's life?

Obvious: Obviously not! I leave that up to cops and firefighters! 

Randy: Have you done anything significant?

Obvious: I memorized an entire encyclopedia once! 

Randy: No! Anything significant related to video games?

Obvious: Does playing Parappa The Rappa count? 

Randy: Oh, that game? What did you like about it?

Obvious: *gets out of his seat and points to the crowd* May we rap as a dynamic duo, Mr. John Doe, sir?

John: *jumps up* I'm down with that! Word up! 

Obvious: Now you guys in the crowd can rap along with us! We may not be Will Smith, MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice but we can break it down right here and now! 

Allen: Lighten up, Randy! Join in on the fun! 

Obvious: Now let's ad lib as we go along! Ready?

"This show is oh so sweet, so don't be sour!
Time to sit back and relax! It's The Randy Randomness Hour!"

John: "I ain't got nothing good to say, but hey, 
I'm here! I'm having fun! On the way back home, I call shotgun!"

Allen: "On this show I work with a squirrel who's really nutty! 
I don't mind, though, 'cuz he's my buddy!"

Randy: "These interviews have gone so bad,
but sad to say, the show must go on!
You know what? I still kick butt! 
A BUTTON! SQUARE BUTTON! PAUSE! *pauses* Onto the next one!"

Crowd: "TIME TO HAVE MORE FUN! WOOOOO!!!"

Randy: *dances on stage* Well, now I feel better! That wasn't so obvious! We'll take a commercial break and then we'll bring out our last guest, Chef Cinnamonman! Oh my! Apple pie!

Allen: Captain Obvious mentioned apple pie! 

Randy: I love apple pie! I cannot lie! 

*commercial break*