Work: Totally Rad

Working on video games I have the opportunity to do something fun almost every day. Today went beyond fun and into the realm of TOTALLY RAD! Xbox and 343 Industries announced that award winning producer and composer Neil Davidge will be creating the score for Halo 4. As part of the announcement I worked on a live chat with Neil via Facebook. Listening to him talk about the creation of the music was incredible and I can’t wait to play this game.

PAX Prime 2011

Last weekend I spent a few days at PAX Prime here in Seattle. I attended a number of game industry related seminars and got to check out a bunch of upcoming games including Gears of War 3, Forza Motorsport 4, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Ratchet & Clank 4 All, Skulls of the Shogun, Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports 2, A Space Shooter, Mass Effect 3, Rage, and Rise of Nightmares.

Within the PAX convention was Halo Fest, a celebration of the first 1o years of the Halo game franchise. There was a lot of cool stuff to check out so I spent a significant amount of time at Halo Fest. On Saturday I took Henry and his friend Sam to check it out, they were beyond excited.



Halo Fest

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Running With An Ax

Going though Henry’s writing from second grade I found this cute (fictional) story.

I went to an arcade with my dad. It was called Power Play. I played Running With An Ax. It is where you run as far as you can without tripping. I got to level 31. Then we had pizza and Sprite. Then I bought a game called Fusion Fighter 3. Then we played more games and went home.


I love this story, we’ll have to go to an old school arcade sometime soon. Who wants to play Running With An Ax?

Junior Game Designer

Easter Sunday was a relaxing day at casa de Rouse. After church we came home, ate brunch, and played games. Me and Henry tried out the co-op game on Portal 2 and played some Lego Star Wars III on Xbox.  The weather brightened so we all went on a bike ride to a local wetland to look for frogs and snakes. We got home from our bike ride just in time, it had started raining again. Henry and I decided to play a few games of pass the pigs. At the end of a game he declared “dad I have an idea!” and ran upstairs to his room.

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My Office

In February I started a new job as a Digital Producer at Roundhouse. We have offices in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA offering a full suite of services from web development to event management. My role is focused on management of digital marketing campaigns in the social media space for our gaming clients. Check us out at roundhouse agency

Here is the view from our Seattle office


My office


Oh Hai!

Bad, bad blog daddy indeed. When I started this page I thought it would be easy to write a few times a month and as it turned out it was easy in the beginning (when I didn’t have a job). Then in March of last year I accepted a 12 month contract at Microsoft working on Xbox marketing and all aspirations flew out the window. Work, time with family, and other hobbies left little time to write. Continue reading

It’s Been Awhile

In March I started a new job working on US marketing partnerships for Xbox at Microsoft so I have been neglecting my blog, I know I am bad blog daddy. I love my job and have been keeping really busy working on some fun promotions. I launched a Mountain Dew promotion for Splinter Cell: Conviction and placed Xbox 360 Consoles in every US Bose retail store to support their awesome new line of 5.1 surround home theater systems. I am working on some other exciting projects I’ll share when they go public Continue reading

Passing the RPG Torch (part 2)

After a rousing success (no pun intended) of playing roleplaying games with my son for the first time, he and I decided to play again a few days ago. We continued where we left off from the last session, with the Star Wars RPG Invasion of Theed Adventure Game. Since he had the basics down, this session I decided to beef up the rules. I added back in the use of the vitality and wound points and required him to use skill checks to accomplish tasks. I also advanced the characters to level 2, equaling the level of the next few encounters. Continue reading

Aging Myself as Gamer- Part 1 (1976-1983)

With the “end of the decade” (unless you ascribe to year 1 vs year 0 philosophy ) every blog and website has been creating their “X of the decade” lists. All the video game sites have posted their best games of the decade list so I have been reflecting a lot on my life of playing video games. I freely admit that I am not the most hardcore of gamers but I enjoy playing and recently realized that I have been playing video games for 4 decades (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s) : O. I have not always played the best of games and I have never been the best at playing games but it has always been a fun pastime and I thoroughly enjoy working in the games industry. So as a fun exercise in making myself feel really old I have decided to take a walk down memory lane and share some of the games (both video and table top) I have played over the years. First up are the 70’s and early 80’s so stop watching That’s Incredible, take off your Moon Boots, grab a Pepsi Light and read on:



Pong screen shot

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Passing the RPG torch

Recently, I have been thinking about teaching my son Henry  how to play Dungeons & Dragons as I think he would like the game. His reading and math skills have improved significantly over the past few months and we have always enjoyed creating mass battles using his D&D minis. With the minis we would keep the rules pretty simple, if we used any rules at all, so I knew I would need to simplify the RPG rules. Character sheets, combat rules, and encounters would all need to be scaled back to match his comprehension and maintain the fun. My thoughts were to use the D&D 4th Edition RPG Starter, stripping down the rules to match his abilities. I figured that would take a few hours of work and I was not quite sure where to start.

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