I am a former theatre kid turned independent game designer. I am a connoisseur of games, movies, and music. Sometimes, I watch anime. I am passionate-yet-flippant. I am a DJ on the side. I am dickjokes and high-fives. I am an all-in dancer, a host of strange parties, and worth my salt in the kitchen.
I enjoy the company of people who are generally laid back and utterly silly. An absurd/raunchy sense of humor is always a plus. If you don't like watching cheesy/campy B-movies, you're going to have a bad time.
There's no meaning or clever anecdote behind my profile name. I only went with it because NickCagesButtDouble was too long.
Game design and game theory have always come rather naturally to me. I'm okay at poetry, passable with prose, alright at acting, and decent with DJ'ing. My soundcloud has a few mixes on it. Here's a link, if you want to check them out: https://soundcloud.com/jtb-4
My gentle, if misplaced, idealism.
My carefully trimmed white beard.
My white straw panama hat.
My walking cane topped with a mosquito encased in amber.
The way in which I "spare no expense."
Authors I Like: Aimee Bender, Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Oscar Wilde, Robert E. Howard, Philip K. Dick, Cormac McCarthy, William Shakespeare, Sam Shepard, Anton Chekov (mainly his plays), Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Tennessee Williams, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Steven Dietz.
Currently Reading: The Walking Dead.
Directors I Like: Wes Anderson, David Lynch, David O. Russel, Jim Jarmusch, Sofia Coppola, David Cronnenberg, Sergio Leone, Paul Thomas Anderson, Nicholas Winding Refn, The Coen Brothers, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Lars Von Trier, Hayao Miyazaki, Anno Hideaki, and John Hughes.
Some Movies I Like: Being John Malkovich, Rubber, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, The Road Warrior, Let The Right One In, Troll 2, The Jerk, American Psycho, Evil Dead 2, Star Wars Episodes IV-VI, Various Star Trek Films, Predator, Alien, Zardoz, Labrynth, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Gyo, Say Anything, Brick, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Sin City, The Never Ending Stoooooorr-rrrrryyyyy, Oldboy, Moon, Carlito's Way, Birdemic, The Room, and anything that could serve as MST3K fodder.
Looking Forward To: The Raid 2.
I gravitate towards games that have a strong choice and consequence element, and/or offer a significant amount of player agency. Effective use of tone/style is always a plus.
My Top 20(ish): Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Chrono Trigger, Portal, The Walking Dead, Mass Effect 2, Dark Souls, Braid, Shadow of the Colossus, Skyrim, Ico, Half-Life 2 (+ its episodes), Dragon Age, Guild Wars 2, Dynasty Warriors 4, Mario 2, Starcraft, Rock Band 2, GTA: San Andreas, Knights of the Old Republic, Tales of Vesperia, Borderlands 2.
Currently Playing: Dark Souls 2.
Here's a small sampling of my favorites:
David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Radiohead, Gorillaz, Scott Walker, MF DOOM, Prince, Outkast, The Smiths, Broken Social Scene, The Clash, Nick Cave (and his various projects), Neil Young, Talking Heads, Cold Cave, Beck, Led Zeppelin, Gnarls Barkley, Danger, Iggy Pop, Twin Shadow, Mos Def, Justice, James Brown, Javelin, Jessie Ware, Lee Hazelwood, Little Dragon, M.I.A., and many, many more. I have a not-so-secret obsession with K-pop that is my personal shame.
Currently Into: The Meters.
Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Game of Thrones, Community, Deadwood, Firefly, Arrested Development, Space Ghost Coast 2 Coast, Louie, House of Cards, Justified, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Farscape, Star Trek (all of them), The Office, Baccano, FLCL, Cowboy Bebop, Mushi-Shi, Battlestar Galactica, Kitchen Nightmares (U.K.), and, of course, Adventure Time.
Not too picky, though I lean towards seafood and Asian cuisine. I will eat kimchi on anything. I like to cook, though I rarely have time to, lately. If you haven't had a grilled cheese cinnamon apple sandwich, you haven't lived.
The absence of sleep.
Probably your mom.
Moments of sudden realization.
Sometimes we walk to one of the local bars, then stumble back to someone's apartment to watch a fantastically bad B-movie. Sometimes there are parties. Sometimes I stay in and binge on netflix and/or video games.
--you're a bad enough dude to rescue the president.
--the words "living" and "it" don't appear next to each other in your "What I'm doing with my life" essay.