4Q2010 update

As some of our readers have seen, Gaming Insurrection recently picked up and moved to a new base of operations. We’re spread out over North Carolina and South Carolina so we mostly likely will stay in one of the two states. Our latest move has been good for several reasons:

1. More money. With better jobs, GI members can make more money to put toward newer gear for the magazine; and

2. More time. A change in schedule for GI’s main members — me and Jamie — means we have more time to get things done and to think of more features.

Aside from moving, we have all stepped up our writing and it’s going to show beginning with the next issue. We’re trying to get more stories in, reviews about games we loved, and have loved, to play and more videos and podcasts recorded.

I’m most proud of the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles special issue. It will kickoff what we are calling the “Classic Focus” series. Modeled after 1up.com’s Cover Stories section, we’re putting the focus on a particular series and blowing it out. We’re talking maps, columns on our experiences, in short, an entire issue primarily devoted to one series. Now, they won’t necessarily happen each quarter. But keep a look out for them. I have a feeling that the TMNT issue is going to rock.

On the subject of new gear: As I mentioned, before we’re looking to upgrade our systems and software at GI. Primarily, I use:

  • Microsoft Publisher: Magazine print version and website;
  • PDF Tools: Joining the individual pieces of the magazine together;
  • Sony Acid Music Studio and a voice recorder:  Podcasts; and
  • Sony Vegas Movie Studio: Video production
  • Nikon Coolpix L11: Pictures (stills and some video)

I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I’ve decided for sure what I’d like to work with:

  • Print design: Quark Express or Adobe Indesign (what professionals use in the newspaper industry and what I use everyday for work)
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard or Professional: To join PDFs and reduce their size. This makes it far faster and easier for our readers to download issues . And it also saves on server space for GI.
  • Final Cut Pro: Video production. This is an industry standard as well.
  • Sony HD Handycam for videos

The magazine production equipment can be had in the Adobe Creative Suite Premium for about $1,899. Buying the programs separately can run for much more. As you can see, GI will be saving its newfound money.

Otherwise, keep reading our issues and watching our videos. Also, visit our affiliate PlayAsia.com through the search box on the front page for game deals. Every little bit you spend there at the fine establishment that is Play Asia actually helps us. We appreciate it.

Lyndsey M.

Editor, Gaming Insurrection

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