John Drake of Harmonix talks trying to bring back Amplitude with help from fans [Video Games Interview]

Kickstarter campaign enters final 24 hours By Bill Jones Harmonix recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring an HD version of Amplitude — a popular PlayStation 2-era rhythm game handled with a traditional controller (no guitars!), used to move a ship called a Beat Blaster between different tracks, making music in the process — to this generation of consoles. Simply put, the studio is asking fans if it is worth $775,000 to them to help bring the game to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The company’s director of communications and marketing, John Drake, recently responded to some questions via email Continue reading John Drake of Harmonix talks trying to bring back Amplitude with help from fans [Video Games Interview]

Cool People No. 7 – Paul Pape

At Pads & Panels, I originally launched a series called Cool People, designed to put a spotlight on some awesome people closely related to the video games and comics industries, though not necessarily creators of the core products themselves. I decided it would be a worthwhile thing to bring over to Bill Jones Ink. Paul Pape seemed like a great guy to get it rolling. It’s his Paul Pape Designs that captured my attention, with his custom geek designs, from action figures and replicas to ring boxes and cake toppers. I exchanged emails with Pape to learn a little more Continue reading Cool People No. 7 – Paul Pape

James Dewees Kickstarts Reggie and the Full Effect after hiatus [Music Interview]

Reggie and the Full Effect Interview with James Dewees Interview and Photos by Bill Jones The bands with which James Dewees has performed reads like an All-Star roster for the underground and rock scenes — Coalesce, The Get Up Kids, Leathermouth, New Found Glory and My Chemical Romance. But with the exception of only NFG, every one of those bands has called it quits. And of the four that have, three have seen a rebirth in recent years — the exception, in this case, being My Chemical Romance, which just called it quits this week. But maybe the most personal Continue reading James Dewees Kickstarts Reggie and the Full Effect after hiatus [Music Interview]