[GUEST POST] Nick Cole on GameNoir

Nick Cole is an Army veteran and working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by film school students, the author of The Old Man and the Wasteland and The Wasteland Saga can often be found as a guard for King Phillip II of Spain or a similar role in the Opera Don Carlo at Los Angeles Opera. His latest novel is Soda Pop Soldier.

GameNoir
or The Game as Story

by Nick Cole

I’ve been playing video games for a long time. Table top Pong might be one of my earliest memories. I’ve done my time in almost every age of gaming and had experiences unique to each. Like getting owned on Colecovision because the controller was absolutely messed up, unless you owned one and had the time to master its epic wonkiness. I didn’t. Or hanging out at your friend’s house while he played Wizardry. 80′s arcades on a Friday night. Nintendo in the 90′s and shooters in the millennium like Call of Duty.
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MIND MELD: Our Favorite Gadgets from SF

[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]

In part 2 of our Mind Meld duo featuring fictional gadgetry (Part 1 featured magical items from fantasy), we asked our panelists this:

Q: Where’s my holo-deck, and aren’t we supposed to have flying cars?? What gadget (or gadgets) from SF(from Golden Age to the present), would you like to see go from Science Fiction to Science Fact? Are there any oldies that you were sure would be reality by now?

Here’s what they had to say…

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Gamers will like this one. It’s Soda Pop Soldier by Nick Cole.

Here’s the synopsis (larger cover below):
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