Hey all, and welcome back to the portfolio of yours truly, Brandon Greene-Hooks. Before I get into some new content for the website, I’d like to express the depth of my gratitude for Satoru Iwata, (the revolutionary programmer and CEO of Nintendo who passed away on July 11th, 2015), the grief felt throughout the world from his passing, and the sense of solidarity within the gaming community that’s been ever present these past few days. It’s not often that I address subjects of this matter, but it’s a bit of an understatement to say that I owe a lot of my thought process about gaming, game development, and video games in general to Mr. Iwata; it’s as though the world has slowed it’s spin, to me. This may not be applicable to everyone that reads it, so I’m thankful if you’ve stayed with me throughout this little aside.

Shifting gears, the portfolio has a sort of newcomer. I decided to create a new and relatively self-explanatory subsection called Web Creations, and have since added four websites to it; two of which I’ll be going into more detail. One is called Meaningless Works; and aptly named side project of little relevance, and will likely grow as I get ideas for silly domain names with respective contents. The other, The Geo Co, should be a bit more familiar to you all, as it’s the official website for the mobile title “Geo”. The website includes a small demonstration of the game in browser, along with a planned release date of October 5, 2015. This is actually a very nice segue into the last bit of news.

Starting tomorrow evening, I’ll attending my first ever Game Jam, with the intention of getting a majority of the level creation for Geo out of the way, along with some other code-based housekeeping. As such, I’ll also be sharing news on the development front through Twitter, so it should prove to be a pretty exciting few days. Here’s the information for that event:

University of Advancing Technology (UAT)
UAT Game Jam
July 17th, 5:30PM – July 19th, 6:00PM at UAT
2625 W Baseline Rd, Tempe, Arizona 85283

That’s all for now, everyone. Hope to see some familiar faces at the event.