Posts Tagged ‘cornfed news’

Got the cover story last week!

July 30, 2009

So a couple weeks ago I got the chance to play UFC 2009 Undisputed with Houston Alexander in the Omaha City Weekly Office. Turned out to be a pretty cool story and the Cover Story last week. Here’s a link to the review.

Digital Houston Alexander on the cover of the Omaha City Weekly

Free online games

March 21, 2009

I went ahead and added a new page to the Cornfed Gamer, available via the sidebar to the right, or by clicking on this link. This is just a simple collection of my favorite online flash games for you guys to enjoy.

If you have any recommendations for other cool games, let me know. I’m always looking for new timewasters.

Update: The News Trough

February 9, 2009

You may have noticed I added a couple pages to the sidebar. Then again, you may not have noticed, so I am writing here to let you know what’s going on.

The News Trough is where you can find links to game-related articles I have discovered across the Web that I am sharing for your reading pleasure. It contains a link to the Cornfed Google Reader Shared Folder.

Let me waste my day sloughing through the daily gaming news to find the really thought-provoking items so you don’t have to!

You see, I subscribe to nearly 50 RSS feeds from gaming news sites via Google Reader. Links to the articles I like are available on the sidebar under the heading “Quick bites from The News Trough.” A more legible and in-depth look at these articles is available in The News Trough.

If you are so inclined you can subscribe to The News Trough RSS feed either by clicking the RSS link on the sidebar titled “Quick bites from The News Trough,” or you can subscribe directly from Cornfed’s Google Reader Shared Item’s page.

Welcome to the Cornfed Gamer

January 15, 2009

Thanks for visiting!

Basically my motivation behind this site is to give myself a place where I can give my take on video games and their increasingly prevalent cultural status.

I was baptized into the video game world by Super Mario Brothers in the 8-bit era. I remember going to the rental store as a child to rent a NES for the weekend. I honed skills on educational games in the computer lab in elementary school… you may remember The Oregon Trail and Number Munchers.

Before our generation, the Millennials, video games were largely thought of as a child’s toy, something to be left behind with age like a GI Joe doll and Saturday morning cartoons. They are still thought of that way by a ever smaller number of people.

But something changed… or didn’t. We didn’t stop playing games as we aged. The medium has evolved with technology, allowing for more engaging, sophisticated and visually amazing games.

Today the average age of a gamer is 35, according to the Entertainment Software Association. Video game hardware and software sales in the United States grew by nearly 19 percent from 2007 to 2008, reaching $21.33 billion.

Games are becoming more accessible to non-traditional players, exemplified by the success of the Nintendo Wii. Gamers are no longer tied to their television sets or PC monitors, but playing games on portable devices and cell phones. Tools like Flash are allowing budding programers to develop games for the Internet that can explore political and social issues, such as Raid Gaza, PETA’s Cooking Mama satire and the McDonalds videogame.

The emergence of a new media is always met with controversy and attempted censorship. Some will damn sexual content in games–games intended for adult audiences. Others take issue with violence in video games, blaming them for violence in the real world… an age old argument also applied to television and the film industry.

Based out of Omaha, I am far removed from the circles of game developers and gaming journalism. I am not here to pimp certain games or systems. I am not here to provide screen shots of the newest games or talk about what is hot in Japan.

I am here just to share my views on my favorite hobby with anyone who will listen.  So enjoy. Return often and subscribe to my RSS feed!