Arcadian Rhythms is a bunch of friends who decided that since they spent a lot of time talking about, thinking about and of course playing games it would be fun to write about them. And “fun” is the byword here: we have fun with this, and we hope you do too.
Want us to write about something?
If you’re a developer or publisher then drop Shaun an email at pointsofdata swirly-a gmail dot com. We can’t guarantee that we’ll write about everything, but we’ll at least take a look and see if any of our writers are interested.
Oh, and we’re a reviews & opinions site, not a news site – although we may occasionally post a bit of news if it interests one of our contributors. This will all be sourced ourselves, however.
Who writes for Arcadian Rhythms?
Shaun CG: Shaun is a Yorkshire-born, Brighton-dwelling socialite/recluse who has been into games since a young age, when an insane AI shot him with an experimental laser and transmitted his avatar into a life-and-death digital arena. Fortunately the game in question was Sid Meier’s Civilization and, subsequently, our hero learned a lot of fairly superficial information about mankind’s history and palatial architecture. Also that there is a very narrow statistical possibility that a bronze-age Phalanx can defeat a 20th century Battleship, but only if they stand on a hill.
Shaun is bad at competitive FPS games but it’s never stopped him trying, bless. He also likes RTS, RPG, 4X, TLC and TLA, but stopped short of BDSM and TMI.
His other acts of bloggery can be found at Nostalgia For Infinity, where Shaun reviews records, gigs, works of fiction and occasionally posts his own short stories. In what little spare time remains he also plays in a punk band called Wrecktheplacefantastic.
AJ: It all started back in 1994; I was instantly hooked. I was little bit worried after the self-titled album that followed, but ‘Globe Sessions’ sealed the deal and to this day Riverwide is still my favourite song… wait, this isn’t the Sheryl Crow fan club site! Err, I play games and write about them. I like them. If you read my stuff and like it let me know. Lets not speak of Sheryl Crow again.
I love h- shit!
[You can read more of AJ's words about games at BadgerCommander.net]
Dylan: Dylan is a twenty-something male model who lives in Sweden, working as a handsome skiing instructor. He divides his spare time between playing games, and stubbornly insisting that his opinions on games are correct, which leaves very little time for the seducing of British tourists that you might otherwise expect him to be doing. In addition to games and opinions, he likes various unpleasant cheeses, quad bikes, Loaded magazine and collecting vintage fountain pens. His favourite game is Planescape: Torment, and his favourite unpleasant cheese is Winterdale Shaw.
Spann: Chris (Spann to his friends) is a social media numpty who spends far too much time building spreadsheets and describing things as being ‘broadly positive, from a user perspective’. Whilst he’s not writing macros for the man he reads impossible crime novels (the works of John Dickson Carr in particular), watches stand up comedy and sitcoms, and is abysmal at video games.
Spann’s favourite games include Bayonetta, Resident Evil 4, Tony Hawk’s Undergound, Shadow of the Colossus and Broken Sword. He eagerly awaits a game that features an impossibly proportioned skateboarding witch killing giant zombie Templars – although that could well be Bayonetta 2.
We also have a number of more occasional contributors:
Kevin: Born and raised in Montreal, I found myself the child of divorce with a hard working father and a mother who seemed to always be in another castle. Babysat by video games I grew up with Mario and Link, and as they gained pixels I gained a hunger for more games, be it at the arcade or the home of a friend who owned a different console . I drew inspiration from the worlds and characters of the games and comic books around me and put this down on paper in the form of art, and continue to this day to play games to take in their stories and beauty and stoke my own fires.
Having worked in the video game QA business since the age of eighteen I’ve seen the industry from the trenches, have endured the terrible sight of bare bones games , and still can find beauty in the chaos. I’m drawn to play games of all types,; though I lean very much toward the “old school” I can still appreciate a good multiplayer FPS or fighter, or dive in to a deep RPG.
Guillaume: Guillaume’s love for bullets in Greed Corps is only matched by his disdain for them IRL. This may seem like quite the contradiction, but this (27 year ol’) boy is full of them at first glance. Having grown up as a Sonic kid, he quickly became a ”SEGA fanboi”. Thank goodness this died out around 8th grade. Now he’s just more-or-less your average SEGA fan… not too sure what that means today. Little known fact: he has taken apart every SEGA console he’s owned and put them back together in fixed or ”fully functional” condition since age 10. All but his Dreamcast which he has yet to find a reason to open up.
Aside from videogames, this crazy monkey likes to: climb around, study the biomechanics of the human body, play Keeper position in football, play with fire, play with/in snow, catch sharp spinning objects in mid-air, try to find a way to ”fix” Mankind, hope to find a cure for HIV in his free time, run around in forests/mountains (addicted to the Spartan Race), sky-dive, and, last but not the least, ride his bike.
James: James is a Computer Evil Scientist, which is similar to, but materially distinct from being an Evil Computer Scientist. After spending some years pushing buttons for one of them giant Internet conglomerates with a double-O in the name, he left his job and became a freelance writer. Frankly everyone involved is much happier as a result.
Quite what he’s doing here is anyone’s guess, because he’s never played a Half-Life game and can’t aim properly with the analogue stick. Suggestions that it’s all a vain attempt to turn the purchase of an iPhone into a tax write-off are vigorously denied, even though they’re almost certainly true.
Woolie: Woolie “ThirtyHitCheapz” Madden is a community organizer, tournament director and color commentator for Montreal Street Fighter. His email is wooliemadden(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
For more info about MTLSF and the Canadian Street Fighter scene, visit http://www.mtlsf.com/.
mwm, Walker and The Medieval Nerd are among our other occasional contributors but we don’t have bios for them yet. This isn’t because they’ve not written them – it’s actually because we wanted to make baby Jesus do a cry. Go on, our lord and saviour. Sob it right out.