Just before Christmas last year, sci-fi author Nate Crowley put out a joke tweet that would eventually spawn a book publishing deal. Distracted while working on a December deadline, and looking for things to keep his brain moving, Crowley put out a simple offer on Twitter. For every like his tweet got, he would come up with an idea for a fictional video game in 140 characters. At the time he thought very little of his tweet, but it picked up steam far faster than he expected.
If you're a fan of Alan Partridge, you may remember an episode of the show in which the titular character tried repeatedly to pitch TV shows to the BBC, with little or no success. As the eventual punchline, he gave up and pitched a show called Monkey Tennis. Like many Partridge fans, author of 100 Best Video Games (That Never Existed) Nate Crowley loved the idea, and created a pitch and artwork for a fictional video game version for inclusion in the book. Click the image for the bigger version.
At Tokyo Game Show this morning, we got a new trailer for the PS4 and Vita title 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, where Japanese school kids pilot mechs after some kind of world ending catastrophe. Developed as a partnership between Vanillaware and Atlus, the game looks absolutely gorgeous. I do however have to ask, why on earth do these schoolkids have to take off their clothes to pilot these mechs? It's not just me who spotted that right?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".