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volume 1, issue 12

Today in loonygames:

New!! The Archives have been cleaned up, fead links fixed, and printable versions restored! Also, don't miss the new comments on the front page!

Livin' With The Sims: theAntiELVIS explores the wild and wacky world that is Will Wright's The Sims, asking the inevitable quesiton, "is The Sims the first step toward a virtual life where everyone is Swedish?"

Pixel Obscura: Josh Vasquez on Omikron: The Nomad Soul.

Real Life: Check out our newest comic strip, Real Life! Updated daily!

User Friendly: Updated daily!


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Hey Half-Life fans! Looking for some good reads? Check out Valve designer Harry Teasley's guest editorial, our review of Half-Life, or our interview with Marc Laidlaw!

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From the Mouth of Madness:
What, another issue already?



By Jason "loonyboi" Bergman



What's up this week in loonygames? Ask our editor.

an, I tell you...it's amazing. We're up to issue freaking twelve already! Go fig. :)

Anwyay, there's some great stuff coming here to loonygames in the next few weeks...progress on our redesign is coming along really well, we've got some great new columns in the works by some people you might have heard of...no, I won't tell you who they are, we've got our usual great gang of Guest Editorialists, and of course...the Big, Big, Big news (expect an announcement within the next two weeks...nope, no hints...but it's big).

Regarding the redesign: don't worry...we are not switching to a more graphical format. loonygames will remain just as easy to view as ever (if anything, it's easier with the redesign) no matter what your Internet connection. We'll just let those other sites make really graphic-heavy pages. :)

I recieved some good feedback regarding my Frag 2 diary from last week. I'm considering doing it again for other events, so if you dug mine, let me know. This is sort of the "off season" for events right now, as the next big event (the GDC) isn't until March, and of course, there's E3 in May. I'm looking to attend both of those, so i'll keep you all posted.

This week we add one of my favorite comic strips to the site, User Friendly. As many of you out there know, i'm a huge comics fan (always have been...always will be) and UF is great stuff. A big thanks goes out to the nutty illiad for agreeing to do this. For those who don't know, User Friendly is a comic strip that incorporates geek humor really damn well. I've always said that if Dilbert were remotely funny, it wouldn't be half as entertaining as User Friendly...so if you're caught under the Dark One's spell (my "colorful" term for Scott Adams, the hack behind Dilbert) check out UF. You need it.

By the way, if you're wondering why there hasn't been a new edition of Geek Toys lately, it's quite simple: I don't have any hardware. When I left my old day job, I left behind all the computers there, leaving me helpless for a while. Don't worry...there's a kickass new PC in the mail for me now, so expect a new edition of Geek Toys within the next few weeks. Sorry for the delay...we'll get that baby back on schedule soon.

Also, i'm pleased to report that Elaine O'Neal is back from Italy unscathed...now I've just got to pull out that Editor's WhipTM and get a new edition of Birth of a Gamer out of her. Likewise, that'll be back on schedule ASAP. In the meantime, enjoy this week's issue...as always, we've all had a blast putting it together.

On a sad note, last week marked the passing of a personal hero of mine, Bob Kane, known to the world as the creator of Batman. Bob Kane made the comics I loved as a kid, despite the fact that they were published several decades before I was born. When I was young, I was a huge fan of the original Batman comics, and I still have somewhere an old, beat up reprint volume of the Detective Comics series where Batman originated. He made comics with fantastic stories, featuring a truly larger-than-life detective, who (for better or worse) remains unbelievably popular to this day. Those stories meant a great deal to me then, and still do to this day.

Goodbye Bob...here's hoping that you and Jack Kirby are collaborating right now on the afterlife's greatest superhero comics.


This Week in loonygames:

Monday: Article: When It's Done!

Tuesday: Thinking Outside the Box, Pixel Obscura

Wednesday: Beaker's Bent

Thursday: The Top Shelf, Guest Editorial ("Cliff Bleszinski")

Friday: Community Profile, The MailBag


- Jason "loonyboi" Bergman is the editor-in-chief of loonygames.


Credits: From the Mouth of Madness logo illustrated by and is © 1998 Dan Zalkus. From the Mouth of Madness is © 1998 Jason Bergman. All other content is © 1998 loonyboi productions. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited, you naughty boy, you.