INTRODUCING: Black Beanie Gaming

An Update

Hello, dear reader. It’s been a while, and I apologize for that. Thing is, keeping up with entertainment is a pain in the ass. I have a pile of half-finished reviews and commentary pieces for First Man, the box-office, The Good Place, South Park, Daria, BoJack Horseman, Red Faction Guerilla Re-Mars-tered, and so many other things. It can be overwhelming (and easier to ignore the pile of unfinished work than to complete it.) Not to mention the fact that I’m neck-deep in a manuscript I’ve been working on – one I hope to finish and begin editing in the next few months.

Kudos to those of you that do this for a living.

That said, I have no intention of abandoning this blog or the content I have planned for it. Far from it. As you may recall, I posted an update several weeks ago wherein I suggested that I could produce some video-related content for all of you to enjoy.

Well, the time has come.

Sort of.

Rather than fully commit to an entirely new medium to provide my commentary and prognosticating, I’ve started a YouTube channel specifically for gaming.

I call it Black Beanie Gaming. Consider it the new gaming-centric arm of the blog.

It even has a fancy logo.

Logo

How neat is that? (The answer is very.)

Why a gaming channel, you ask? Simple: I don’t like many of the gaming channels currently on YouTube. Each content creator has their niche, yes, but it’s far too often the case that a Twitch/Mixer streamer or Let’s Play-er will present their content in such a way as one: To lure in an audience with misleading thumbnails and titles; and two: Lace their videos with the attention-deficit antics of a fourth-grade boy snorting pixie-sticks. They can be loud, overbearing, and lacking a true appreciation for the games on display.

What I plan to provide:

  • Let’s Plays and gameplay walk-throughs
  • Insightful commentary on the games that I choose play
  • A calm, honest, and forthright demeanor
  • A black Neff beanie planted firmly on my head in each video
  • Thorough play-throughs of richly layered games
  • Simple editing and clear presentation

What I plan to avoid:

  • Clickbait
  • False or misleading claims
  • An over-reliance on choppy editing
  • Obnoxious sound effects
  • Dead memes
  • Offensive content

I’ve always said this, but it bears repeating: I truly believe that video games are pinnacle of interactive storytelling. They are the confluence of all artistic principles and mediums. Black Beanie Gaming is a means to supplement what I write here – a way to elaborate and share my favorite games and gaming moments directly with you, the reader and potential viewer.

I do hope you’ll come check it out.

You can follow along on Twitter here and subscribe on YouTube here. I might make a Facebook page in the future, and will be sure to post any video content to the blog before I post to YouTube. Anyways, I’d greatly appreciate any of your consideration. Hopefully you see something you like.

Until next time.

 

UPDATE #4: The one where the site gets a facelift

Hello all!

Quick update for you. You may have noticed that the website looks a little different and there’s a very good reason for that: I upgraded my WordPress plan. I have access to better website themes and SEO tools now.

Don’t worry, everything is exactly where it’s always been and my latest content is still dead-center on the page – most changes are aesthetic.

So, here’s what’s changed:

  • Easy to read, high-contrast background and text.
  • New, clearer fonts.
  • Content loads more quickly – includes adorable three-dot loading screen.
  • Header image has been moved to the background and is static.
  • All website content is now in boxed format, so it floats beautifuly over that static background.
  • Top menu is static, disappears while scrolling down and reappears while scrolling up.
  • Featured article is displayed prominently below header-menu, text does awesome dissolve thing when you scroll down.
  • New static sidebar that displays the website’s mission-statement, a small thumbnail-link to my WordPress profile, and a collection of the wonderful people who follow me.
  • Footer area contains new social-media buttons, as well as my most used tags.
  • Dedicated search tool at the top-right of the page.
  • Clearly defined and separated list of articles that aren’t all up on each other like they were before. Latest content still appears at the top.

That’s basically it as far as major changes go.

Oh, and at some point there might be advertisements in the margins. I know, I know: nobody likes ads. However, at no point is the purpose of this website to do anything other than ramble on and on about the things I find interesting. There’s no guarantee the audience here will ever grow to the point that advertisers would be interested, but my new WordPress plan allows for the possibility.

Future projects for you wonderful people to look forward to:

  • Daily articles
  • Interviews
  • Videos
  • Podcast (maybe)

Fun! I’ll keep you all updated.

-Murphy

Update #3: I was on a Podcast!

Hello all.

Very quick update for you. Over the weekend I was the guest on a podcast, That Was Okay I Guess, hosted by my friend Tucker Warner. We watched a mediocre, forgotten movie and got to work discussing it for your listening pleasure.

We watched 8mm, a late-90s thriller about illegal VHS porn, starring Nicholas Cage and directed by Joel Schumacher.

It’s glorious.

You can check that out on ITunes or Soundcloud. Runtime is around an hour, so it’s the perfect comedic take on a movie you’ve never heard of to bundle up with on the sofa, or in the car to work, or in the background while you cook, or while you sleep. The single episode of a niche podcast that you’ve needed for so long.

Please listen to it. It was so much fun to make. And, if you can, check out 8mm. You won’t regret it. Also be sure to follow Tucker on Twitter to get updates on the many things he has going on, and funny bits of commentary on sports or movies. Not convinced? He once had a tweet sung live on-air by SportsCenter. Follow him. Now.


Anyways.

More content for the site is on the way. This past week has only seen a handful of reviews and news updates. Everyone really seemed to like that Nic Offerman and Amy Poehler were working together again, so I can certainly scour the internet for news on series-revivials.

Other than that, there are some serious issues in the gaming industry that I want to talk about in the Commentary section of the site that I’ll get to eventually. I’m also going to start offering some information on Box Office numbers in the coming days – one of my absolute favorite things to do.

So keep an eye out, everyone! More goodies are on the way; more reviews and video-game content, for sure.

Thanks for helping the blog reach over fifty followers on Facebook, as well as the ten other WordPress bloggers who’ve followed my site, and the few who’ve commented. Engagement from you keeps me motivated.

On to the next!

-Murphy

Update #2: Week One; Aesthetic Changes

Hello, all.

Quick update here. It was brought to my attention that due to the color scheme of the website (one of the six I have available through wordpress), some of the text in the header, footer, and menus was difficult to see.

So, I’ve chosen a color scheme away from the gray header and footer, which are now a deep and comforting indigo. Your minds, dear readers, should now be at ease. It’s all I want for you.

Especially different is the footer, where menus are now outlined and text juxtoposes that wonderful blue for increased visibility.

If you happen upon the page footer you may notice, popping splendidly from that cool, worry-rinsing azul, is a search bar!

Bottom left of the page, beneath every post and on the home screen, is the new “Search Murphy’s Media Blog” widget. Type in whatever you want, hit enter and you’ll be directed to your results; if it’s on MMB it’ll show up the order in which it was published (newest to oldest).

Please let me know if you like the changes, they’re subtle, but I think they make a difference. It took me hours to decide on the fonts I wanted to use here, so I sweat this stuff.

Just a general update: I’ve recently had surgery and am recovering by eating soft foods and watching Orange is the New Black. Expect some of my thoughts to end up on the site here.

Speaking of posts. My first week of content has received a fair bit of engagement from all of you. My many thanks. There’s plenty of content to come, and I hope if you visit the site you’ll feel inclined to share what you enjoyed or would like to see more of.

Lastly, I’ve been asked by an old buddy of mine, Tucker Warner, to appear on his movie podcast, The Was Okay I Guess – which you can check out here – and discuss a certain 90s Nic Cage / Joel Schumacher *ahem* thriller. Tucker has a sharp eye for film and television, and I couldn’t be more excited to shoot the shit with him.

Anyway.

That’s it for now! More updates and content to come as things materialize. Can’t wait to share it with all of you. So, stay tuned! Like and follow on Facebook and Twitter and stuff. Share if you can, it helps a bunch. And please, please, please, approach me with any thoughts of opinions of your own in any way you can, regarding my posts or the website itself. It’s always welcome.

Until next time.

-Murphy

Update: The First Post

First Things First

Welcome to Murphy’s Media Blog!

I’ve had this thorn in my side for quite some time, and after countless setbacks – both real and imagined – I’ve committed to cataloguing my thoughts and opinions on all things Games, Movies, and Television.

It took some time to set this up, and there may be a number of changes that the website undergoes, but for now I’m content with the layout.

But where’s the content? The reviews? The rambling currents of unintelligible barking over loot-boxes or heightened ticket-prices? It’s coming, I assure you. There’ll be plenty to see in the coming days, weeks, and months. I refuse to play catch-up with pop-culture, so the occasional tremor in the zeitgeist may slip under my radar, but this is – above all – an experiment for me.

My plan is to provide thoughtful content. Rarely will I type up a blog-post without thoroughly considering what I’m putting out online. What I review, I have seen and played enough to offer an informed opinion. When I share news or provide commentary on something industry-related, it will be with careful consideration as to the sources of my information. It is a deeply held belief of mine that we, as consumers, should be aware of what we are being sold – an idea not exclusive to one product. All of that said, I can only provide what I know, and what I experience.

My hope in the long run is that if you visit this site, this blog, you take something away from it (Not literally, please don’t plagiarize), and that it helps to develop your own thoughts and opinions regarding the media that we all consume on a daily basis. I hope that this becomes a place you frequent and enjoy, because I love talking all things games, movies, and television. I love venting my frustrations with media or my elation over an exceptional experience. I hope we can share those moments here.

I’m beyond excited to get to work on content for this website. It’s been a glimmer in my eye for quite some time, and an intimidating prospect to render my thoughts into words and jettison them out into the public sphere. But now it’s officially on. Time to get to work.


Next Order of Business

Speaking of content. Let’s talk a little about what type of content to expect on this site. Reviews and Commentary, mainly. Opinionated rants and breakdowns. News will mainly include my opinions on breaking stories.

A disclaimer. I’m going to try and post to the website as often as I can. This is a pet project of mine and is not monetized in any way. This is a one-man-operation (one which nearly faltered trying to find non-copyrighted images to use for this website). So, there may be some lengthy gaps between uploads; some uploads may have links, others won’t; some posts will have images, some may not; plenty of what I’m doing here is trial and error.

That said, I’m more than open to all feedback. Comments-sections are enabled on almost every area of this website. I encourage anyone with thoughts to share to do so. Tips on improving the site, its layout, my writing, and anything else that comes to mind.

When it is uploaded, all content will automatically be shared via Facebook and Twitter onto this pages respective accounts. Please feel free to like both of those pages! You can do so by scrolling to the bottom of this website, where I have widgets for both Facebook and Twitter. You can also head to both pages by following these links.

https://www.facebook.com/themurphymediablog/

https://twitter.com/MurphyBlog

Furthermore, you can subscribe to email notification by using the email subscription widget at the bottom of the website, and be alerted via email whenever I upload something new!


Let’s Talk Layout

As it stands today, the website has several links at the top-right of the page – each with a drop-down arrow. All of my posts are categorized as Review, Commentary, News, or Backlog; and categorized further under Games, Movies, and Television. Clicking on one of the categories listed at the top right will send you to a static-page that details what you may find there and how I classify each section. Hovering over the drop-down arrow will open a small menu, where you can select the subcategories. Ex: Reviews > Game Reviews. Clicking on a subcategory will display for you any blog-posts on the website I have filed to it, ordered by the date of the upload, displaying the most recent posts first.

The Homepage will display all blog-posts from most-recent onwards. Scroll through at your leisure.

The About tab, the first category at the top-right of the page, details a small bio of me, Murphy, and why I decided to start this blog. In the drop-down menu are some other static-pages that offer a glimpse into my relationship with these mediums and my philosophy regarding each: Gaming, Movies, and Television. Below these is the Updates subcategory. This will direct you to a list of any updates I’ve posted on the blog, listed by date.

At the very bottom of the website, below everything, are four widgets: Facebook plug-in, Twitter plug-in, Email-Subscription, and the Google Translate tool.

I’m currently working within my WordPress template to add a search-bar somewhere on the website that isn’t aesthetically appalling.

All of this, I should say, is subject to change.

What won’t change, however, are the comments-sections below every page and post. Feel free to leave your thoughts whenever you can.


Here We Go

This was a long post, perhaps too long. Though, I’d rather set the stage with a gesture of transparency.

I’m going to work hard on this. I’m incredibly opinionated about the media I consume, and love sharing my thoughts on all of it. Rarely do I walk away from a game, movie, or show without something to say. Maybe you’re like that, too, or are just looking for some honest reviewing that won’t count toward a film’s Rotten Tomatoes Score. Maybe you’re interested in Box Office predictions or video game sales, or just want to know if anyone else obsesses over the same memorable moments in gaming as you do. Maybe it’s a little bit of everything.

To close things off, I’d just like to say that this blog, the entire concept (as simple as it is) was born to both myself and my greatest friend, who, sadly, passed away before any of this could be realized. There was so much more in the pipeline: a podcast, livestreaming, and more. With whatever joy I derive from the latest game or movie, new episode of a long running series, there is the sobering reality that the one person I’d grown so accustomed to sharing these experiences with is no longer here to enjoy them. Much of what I intend to do here is dedicated to continuing our dialogue; by doing what we loved to do over Xbox Live, or on Discord, or late at night over beers and cold pizza – bitch and gush about Games, Movies, and Television.

So, there it is. I hope you like what you find here and feel inclined to tell your friends about it!

More updates and content to come.

-Murphy