Taking the “Play” out of “PlayStation Network”

All I wanted to do was play some arcade X-Men with an Internet superstar. Instead, I got “maintenance messages” and shattered dreams. And by shattered dreams, I mean we played Soul Calibur IV instead. It was the closest equivalent I could find in terms of “just mash buttons” gameplay. So, what’s up with the “maintenance” … Read more

Graffiti Gallery #1: Mr. Game & Watch

Welcome to Graffiti Gallery, a new category of posts I just made up today that may or may not ever be used again! Today’s exhibit: Mr. Game & Watch This fine specimen was located inside the graffiti tunnel by Reid Hall at the University of Florida. Mr. Game & Watch was the mascot of Nintendo’s … Read more

Interview with Dan Dickinson, Founder of VJArmy and IIDXicon, Part Three

Continuing from part two, enjoy the last few questions as the interview winds down. During your time as VJ Army’s moderator, how big did the community get in terms of active members? I think our user registrations had topped out around 3,500 by the time we shut down last year. What percentage of those were … Read more

Interview with Dan Dickinson, Founder of VJArmy and IIDXicon, Part Two

Continuing from where we left off… When and why did you decide to start-up VJ Army? When I started playing (February of 2003), I picked up all four of the CS releases in pretty rapid succession – 6th, then 3rd, then 4th, then 5th. But I got frustrated by the inconsistencies in scorekeeping – only … Read more

Interview with Dan Dickinson, Founder of VJArmy and IIDXicon, Part One

A while back, I was fortunate enough to be able to get in contact with Dan Dickinson, the founder and former moderator of the site VJ Army. VJ Army was an online Beatmania IIDX scoring community that now operates under the name Solid State Squad . Dan agreed to an email interview for a website … Read more