FWD Progress Vol. 8

Second Skin LogoWell, there is certainly not much to report here this time. It has been a rather slow summer for Game Forward to this point, mostly due to some recurring and some new health issues with yours truly. I’ve been dealing with pinched nerves in my lower back and hips, which can really affect things like walking and unfortunately, causes arm pain and weakness, which obviously takes its toll on my ability to play games and more importantly my ability to sit at a computer and write.

As usual, Nathalie has stepped up to bail me out. She recently published an interview-based feature about Games for Health and the organization’s founder Ben Sawyer. She is currently working on a new edition of The FWD Download that I hope to publish in the next couple of days. I’m chipping away at a few reviews at the moment; the PSN brick-breaking game Shatter, TMNT: Turtles in Time Re-Shelled on XBLA and Wii Sports Resort. Read More…

I was originally planning to also review ‘Splosion Man on XBLA and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord on WiiWare, but haven’t had a chance to finish playing either game as of yet. I think they'll show up in a future edition of The FWD Download. I’m currently playing through G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra on Xbox 360 and Space Invaders Infinity Gene on my iPod Touch; which I highly recommend to fans of the series or vertical-scrolling shooters.

I will be writing my first film review soon. Second Skin is an independent documentary that chronicles the lives of several MMO players. It was released in select theatres on August 7th and is being released on DVD on the 25th. I pre-ordered my copy already, but will likely watch it online before my DVD arrives. I’ve had a chance to “meet” several of the people involved in the film and I hope that Game Forward can contribute to their success.

I’m still planning a complete overhaul of the site, but frankly it’s a pretty huge job for me and until I feel a bit better it’s unlikely I’ll get the 2-3 days in a row that I need to get it done.  I also want to re-write a few things related to our about section, that’s a more manageable goal for me right now.

I’ve got a physical scheduled for the 21st of this month and hopefully that alleviates some of the stress I’ve been experiencing because of unusual pains and areas of my body going numb. It’s really important to me, because the better I feel mentally, the more I can work. The more I can work, the more revenue we generate, though our readers have officially covered our domain and server costs for the year. That pleases me to no end, considering our hobbyist roots.