Super Gamer Ep. 50 – Manitoba-Made

It’s Farmer vs. Farmer in Crop Cycle: The Competitive Game of Farming. Creator Trevor Lehmann joins Mark to talk about his game, based on Manitoba’s agriculture industry.

Plus, Mark unravels Jonathan Blow’s plan to take over the world. Nice try, Blow.

Download link – Episode 50 (Trevor Lehmann)

Convergent Games’ website –

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Super Gamer Ep. 49 -Big Books from Britain

A new episode, finally! Mark speaks with Sam Dyer of Bitmap Books. There are some way cool books you can order from them, full of art from classic games and more. Plus, the return of a surely irritating segment!

Download link – Episode 49 (Sam Dyer)

Bitmap Books’ website –

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Central Canada Comic Con 2015

Hey Super Gamers!

I said on the Media Nerds podcast last year that it was a bit emotional recording from our very own Manitoba Podcast Network booth during Central Canada Comic Con in Winnipeg.

This year, I didn’t podcast, but I did moderate two panels: Rika Muranaka and Rob Van Dam.

Holy cow how cool is that? Both were very kind.

I asked RVD how he’s kept his body in shape. He said you can’t deny genetics, but really stressed the importance of stretching.

I asked Rika probably too many questions. Wearing my Irish heritage on my sleeve as I do, I asked about the Gaelic in Metal Gear Solid’s The Best is Yet to Come. a) She doesn’t speak it, it was translated. b) Hideo Kojima wanted the song to be in a language he didn’t recognize.

I also saw Chris Harrelson, who’s played several walkers on The Walking Dead. He was yet another cool guy.

Attendance at the three panels I saw was unfortunately quite low, particularly on the Friday night, but I still had tons of fun.

I hope all at the con had a great time. Here’s some pictures I took:

The best one of the three!

The best one of the three!

Bounty hunters

They all crawled out of the sarlacc pit.


Comics at Comic Con?

Well, he is Canadian.

Well, he is Canadian.

Welcome to dying!

Welcome to dying!

There's a Doctor in that TARDIS!

There’s a Doctor in that TARDIS!

Intergalactic planetary!

Intergalactic planetary!

They ain't afraid of no ghost.

They ain’t afraid of no ghost.

Way cool game partly made at Peg Jam

Way cool game partly made at Peg Jam

Thanks for the autograph, Rika!

Thanks for the autograph, Rika!

My friend Shane Haywood is a great artist. And singer!

My friend Shane Haywood is a great artist. And singer!

Beep boop.

Beep boop.

How Marvelous.

How Marvelous.

I'm having horrible flashbacks of the Water Temple.

I’m having horrible flashbacks of the Water Temple.

Someone In My D3 Game Was Hacking, Now I’m A Beast

Final update to me getting 2,900 paragon levels in 10 minutes: yep, go figure. Hacking.

I guess I should’ve known that from the start but honestly I hadn’t noticed any rampant hacking until this most recent patch. Actually, until this patch I was finding it difficult to connect with other players on PS4 at all (originally played on PC, so I was late coming to this version).

But I’m told hacking is pretty common on console versions of Diablo 3. Oh well.

Read about the hack that hit my character here:

(This post has been updated a bunch of times, and was originally about me trying to figure out what the heck was going on.)

Super Gamer Ep. 46 – Pegjam Double Whammy

It’s two interviews in one!

Pegjam organizer Dylan Fries talks about this year’s event and Devin Reimer of Owlchemy Labs talks VR and gamejams. Fantastic!

Download link – Episode 46 (Pegjam)

The Pegjam website –

Owlchemy Labs’ website –

Electric Monk Media’s website –

Sans Regrets Catering’s website –

Super Gamer Ep. 45 – Donatello is the Best Ninja Turtle

Zac Burns and Jo Gian of Ludeme Funnies stop by for a chat. You may remember Zac from the Chess 2 episode. Zac speaks very honestly about his experience in releasing Chess 2 and offers advice for devs trying to make it on their own.

Download link – Episode 45 (Ludeme Funnies) Ludeme Funnies’ website –

Super Gamer Ep. 44 – The Admiral of Geekdom House

Kyle Rudge stops by (twice, actually) to discuss Geekdom House, faith (and games), and community.

Plus Mark rambles about Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

(You can also hear Kyle in a brief clip on the last blog post.)

Download link – Episode 44 (Kyle Rudge)

The Geekdom House website –

Follow Geekdom House on Twitter.

Weekend Gaming Goodness

Hey Super Gamers! I hope everyone had as game-filled a weekend as I did.

Yeah, it’s Wednesday. This is really more of a Monday post, isn’t it? Oh well.

I went back to the old country, Winnipeg, over the weekend for two very important reasons: Retro Gamers Unite 2 and a Simpsons trivia game at a place called The Handsome Daughter.

I hadn’t even heard of RGU2 until Thursday or Friday last week. I had actually just agreed to a golf game with some friends for Saturday when I came across the event and had to say TOO BAD, FRIENDS! VIDEO GAMES!

I had planned on spending the day at RGU2 but it was not to be. I actually only got to be there for about an hour, but it was a heckuva set up. Lots of people, lots of game stations, and massive tournaments.

I spoke to one of the organizers, Kyle Rudge, who I’m hoping to soon have on the pod for a longer interview. In the meantime, here’s the short chat we had about RGU2:

By the way (assuming you listened to that interview. Which you should. Come on.), I did try that Mario Lost Levels One Life Challenge and I failed miserably! I died in the second level.

In other, albeit related, news: this old, damaged iPhone ain’t cuttin’ it anymore. I need a camera.

Massive tournament!

Massive tournament!


This is the guy the winning team sent to the lightning round. In Rod We Trust!

The Simpsons trivia tournament was, as many predicted it would be, perfectly cromulent.

The questions were tough, the players were nerds. I went into that tournament all but certain we’d win; we placed fourth.

I am an early Simpsons nut and the questions were all from seasons three to ten. How could I fail? I’ll tell you how: questions like What is the name of the gun store from which Homer buys his gun?

Fourth. Shameful.

Really though, my friends and I had a blast. The host was dressed as Otto and the prize for winning was an inanimate carbon rod.

Our team name? Worker and Parasite.