Gamescom Survival Tips

The biggest video game trade fair is about to open up in Cologne, Germany again. Last year 345,000 people decided to go, so here is my advice for newcomers.

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Nightmares for $2.90 a Piece

Recently I’ve been talking about dead and dying media a lot. What inspired this was finding out about a 1-900 hotline that played you Freddy Krueger-themed dead-time stories.

No way this gem from the late 1980’s wouldn’t get you to think about things that just don’t happen anymore. For $2.00 for the first minute, and $0.45 for every following, they had people listen to short voice-acted stories with a variety of spooky sound effects in the background. Continue reading

Chasing Dying Media: Radio

Never properly working with print and broadcast media is something I regret. Radio, newspapers, physical magazines, and especially books and television aren’t dead yet of course, but they’re getting there. It’s not really feasible for people today to seek out a career in most of these fields, and making a hobby out of them seems nearly impossible. It’s still possible to enjoy them for a while, but it might feel the same anymore.

Today I’ll go over radio and compare old to new. Tomorrow I’ll briefly write about newspapers and magazines. Continue reading