Heavily Pixelated is a podcast that centers around brief conversations with interesting people, be they ordinary gamers, game industry veterans or otherwise. Why this title in particular? Well, pixels are often used in media to obscure things (see: a streaker at a baseball game), but in the realm of video games pixels can do the opposite. Pixels can simplify and clarify things. The following conversations were carried out with that spirit in mind.

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April 28, 2017 scottcjones 3Comments

Traveled to Brantford, Ontario in March, to the PC Museum. Syd Bolton, the museum’s founder and curator, drove into downtown Toronto to pick me up, along with TV’s Steve Tilley and Youtube’s Erika Szabo. Syd summoned us to his museum for an event called a Game Soiree. I’ve never been to any sort of event with the word “soiree” attached to it. I was concerned that it might be sleazy. It wasn’t. We were all at Syd’s modest estate from 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. So it was a pretty good chunk of our day. But come on—it’s Syd, right?…

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March 14, 2017 scottcjones 2Comments

The latest episode of Heavily Pixelated is a celebration of Mass Effect, specifically how the original trilogy of games helped one gamer understand herself better. Note: I’m ridiculously proud of this episode. Thanks again to the brave, incredibly articulate Ashley Cooper for sharing this story with me (and now you). You can read Ashley’s writing here: https://medium.com/athena-talks/the-artist-formerly-known-as-james-195ac1922a68. It goes without saying, but she’s worth reading. Special thanks to Mac Walters, the director of Mass Effect: Andromeda, who took time out of his day busy day to talk to us. Thanks to Steven Nikolic for his ongoing technical support and vaunted website-building skills….

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February 14, 2017 scottcjones 6Comments

I was invited on a media trip to Orlando, Florida several years back, to promote the launch of a tennis video game. Publishers were still making tennis video games back then for some strange reason. This was the summer of 2007. I know the actual date because people had iPhones on this trip, literally for the first time ever. (iPhones hadn’t existed prior to this.) I recall sharing a cab with a woman who let me diddle the dead husk of her depleted iPhone. I grabbed it, and proceeded to make faux computer sounds—BEEP, BOOP, BEEP, BOOP—as I pressed the nonexistent buttons on its cold,…

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December 5, 2016 scottcjones 1Comment

I head to Montreal for the Montreal International Game Summit, a.k.a. MIGS. I stay in a fancy hotel. I speak French poorly. I try to wax poetic about Montreal. (I try to wax poetic at least once or twice a month. Everyone should.) And I talk to the keynote speaker at MIGS, Adam Boyes. Adam is Canadian. He worked at Sony for the last four years as the VP of Developer and Publisher Relations. Not too shabby for a kid from Canada, eh? When Adam would take the stage at the Sony Press Conference at E3 each year, Canadian gamers’…

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October 22, 2016 scottcjones 6Comments

Hello, folks. I’ve unofficially/officially changed the name of the show. Brief Conversations with Interesting People has now turned into Heavily Pixelated. Q: Will this be the last name change, Scott? A: I honestly don’t know. A thing like this is always sort of evolving, I guess. Q: Why “heavily pixelated”? A: Pixels are often used in media to obscure things (see: a streaker at a baseball game). But, in the realm of video game people? Like me? Pixels can do the opposite. Pixels can simplify and clarify things. I also like the rhythm of the name. I like the music of it. Say…

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October 6, 2016 scottcjones 2Comments

Pop Quiz, Hotshot: What used video game is worth less than a penny? Answer: Find out in today’s episode of “Brief Conversations with Interesting People” when I very gently ambush the unsuspecting staff at the game store in Metrotown Mall in Burnaby. So who did I find behind the counter? And why are there only three-degrees of separation here in Vancouver as opposed to the usual six-degrees? Click that triangle shaped-doohickey below and you shall receive all answers via this virtual cornucopia/horn of plenty. (P.S. Happy Thanksgiving, Canada.) [Note: After further review from my audio producer’s girlfriend, my audio producer felt,…

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September 29, 2016 scottcjones 6Comments

I didn’t go home last Christmas. Stayed here by myself. First time I’d ever done that. That’s crazy, I know, but true. As a mea culpa, I promised to visit in January in Florida. I didn’t. Some work obligations came up. I rescheduled. I rescheduled again. The more I rescheduled, the more days I kept adding to the trip. “I can’t come now,” I’d say. Then I’d use my game show host voice to say the rest: “But I can come in X months. And when I do come in X months, I’ll stay for X amount of days. Also, YOU’VE WON A BRAND NEW 2016 FORD FIESTA…

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July 8, 2016 scottcjones 2Comments

Hello, good people! Went out to New Westminster again, this time to visit a used game store called Press Start. Found two guys behind the counter: Russ and John. They were smart, thoughtful guys who 1. own a used game store and 2. are both in successful romantic relationships. How do they do it? What’s the secret to opening your own store? Why does Press Start have a “No Pants” policy? Click the button below to find out.

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June 16, 2016 scottcjones 8Comments

Welcome to New Westminster, which is sort of like Vancouver’s version of late-90’s Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In “New West” (that’s what the locals call it, FYI) you’ll find one of the great used game stores in North America: Gamedeals. I visited Gamedeals during the week before E3, and I got to meet Jade and Celeste. I’ll be honest with you: It’s beyond rare to find two women manning (woman-ing?) the counter of a used game store. We talked about games, collectibles, Platinums, blowing on cartridges, repairing scratched discs, boyfriends, virtual reality, game-making, modding, relationships, etc. etc. In short: It’s a good conversation, as you will…

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May 24, 2016 scottcjones 11Comments

A couple weeks back I bought a bit of kit to record conversations with people. And, in the name of learning how to use said kit, I’m starting to make relatively brief podcasts. This is my first effort. The audio is all over the place, I know. And, yes, you can literally hear the metaphorical duct tape here and there. But I do love talking to people, and I’m glad I had this chat with a couple of surprisingly articulate counter jockeys at a local video game store here in Vancouver. Click the pizza slice-shaped button up above and give it a…

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