Interview with Garth Chouteau of PopCap Games

18 05 2010

PopCap Games was started in the year 2000 by John Vechey, Brian Fiete and Jason Kapalka in Seattle Washington. The developers first title was a simple gem-swapping game named Bejeweled. Now 10 years later Bejeweled is still adding to its already amazing 50 million units sold, not to mention during this time PopCap still managed to produce other quality games like Peggle, Plants vs. Zombies and Zuma just to name a few. Over the years PopCap has cemented its name as a top tier developer as well as a fan favorite.

I recently had the unique opportunity to interview VP of Communications at PopCap Garth Chouteau. In this interview he reflects on the past 10 years as well as gives us a glimpse of what the next 10 years may hold for PopCap and the industry as a whole.

Continue Reading for the full interview.



Unable to Game

16 05 2010

Throughout my childhood I was able to waste my days away locked in my room playing Kings Quest VI or the original Diablo much to my mothers demise. During these days school was just a part of the day where I could let my mind mingle with the clouds as they blew across the bright blue sky or better yet strategically plan out those faithful gaming binges. I didn’t have a care in the world besides of course which bag of CornNuts to eat during recess, Ranch or Chile Picante? The only thing I had in excess was time, so what better to do with it than play video games. I loved this period of my life and even then I knew this schedule would not last forever but I had no idea my life would soon be so demanding that I would be unable to game.


Dante’s Inferno Review

9 05 2010


Dante’s Inferno which is loosely based on the poem ‘The Divine Comedy’ was released on February 9th 2010 for PS3, Xbox 360 and the PSP systems. The game which was developed by Visceral Games, known more for the critically acclaimed Dead Space series, is a third person action adventure game in the spirit of the God of War series. You play as Dante who attempts to tract down and free the soul of his beloved wife Beatrice. During this journey Dante must ultimately face his own sins and family past as he descends into the depths of the Nine Circles of Hell.

Can this title break free from its stigmatism and ultimately be a success or is it simply condemned from the start? Continue reading to find out.