Parenting and Secret Menus: March Updates

Back in the wild, early days of game programming, designers slipped secret levels, in-jokes and Easter eggs into their games without knowing if anyone would ever appreciate their effort. The controversial classic Mortal Kombat is particularly infamous for secret characters and hidden endings. But those games have been around over 20 years and it seemed like every secret had been found.

I had great time writing about the recently discovered secret menu in Mortal Kombat for VideoGameDJ.com.
You can read the whole story right here. Keep an eye on the website, I published news and info about gaming, music and the Philly geek scene every week.
I also published a story in the March issue of MetroKids. In it, we hope to help parents talk to their kids about gender transition and LGBT families in a way that’s emotionally honest and factually correct. I was very happy to write this story and it meant a lot to me personally. You can read the story online right here or in the current printed issue of MetroKids, out now.  

As always, I’m begrudgingly active on Twitter at @bethanneboyle and I post pictures of cats and baked goods on Instagram @befbee.  

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New Year, New Stuff!

January was a busy month for me and I’m so happy I can finally start sharing everything I’ve been working on! First of all, I’m writing regularly for VideoGameDJ.com with one of my favorite humans ever, Elly Rox of PhillyGeekGirl. It’s so much fun to write about some of the stuff I like the most: games, music and geek life. Check out our coverage of this year’s Music and Gaming Fest, including my interview with drummer/game designer Rekcahdam and video game cover band Eight Bit Disaster. Keep an eye on that space. Lots of exciting stories coming up.

Second, I’m thrilled to share my first (but not last) story for The Spirit of Penn’s Garden, about the soon-to-open Le Cat Cafe. Matt and Max of The Spirit are doing something really ambitious and important with The Spirit News and I hope you’ll support local Philadelphia journalism however you can.

I’ve got plenty more happening in the next couple months, but if there’s anything going on in gaming, Philly or anywhere else you think I should cover, please drop me a line at bethanneboyle AT gmail DOT com. I love seeing a mailbox full of tips and ideas in the morning.     

5 People You Meet at GameLoop Philly

As a life-long geek, it was great to get behind the scenes at Philly’s second annual GameLoop unconference andmeet the people who make up Philly’s vibrate, exciting indy gaming scene. Keep an eye out for next year’s Game Loop here, and check out Philly Dev Night on Thursdays at Cipher Prime Studios

If you don’t know how the unconference model works, here’s the quick version using this weekend’s third-ever Game Loop Philly as a primer. Smart people interested in a given topic, like video game development, show up in the morning to drink coffee, eat pastries and create a day-long collection of cutting edge industry discussions. Then they attend them to learn and share with each other. Easy.

First held in 2011 and then again last year, and using the brand name of a similar Boston event series, Game Loop had some 60 people in the morning to suggest topics and build out the day’s event.

Like the far larger and wider ranging Barcamp Philly, which follows a global trend of open format thought-leadership events, Game Loop is meant to be designed by its attendees, said Nicole Kline, who has organized the event with Ray Merkler since its 2011 launch.

Read the rest of the story here.