10/31/2012

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My name is Matthew Edward Hawkins and I specialize in pinpointing, highlighting, preserving, & actively producing video game culture.

Most of my efforts on that end has been via the “game culture collective” known as Attract Mode. As its driving force, I have produced exhibitions all across North America; collaborators include Giant Robot, Fangamer, Babycastles, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Comics Arts Festival, NYU Game Center, and First Second Books.

I also manage an associated online boutique that sells art, apparel, film, music, toys, and zines. Including my own, which collects my various writings on the subject of game culture that originally appeared on this blog and elsewhere; the FORT90ZINE was cited as ”the publication that helped spark the video game zine renaissance currently in effect.”

Culture has been my forte as a game journalist, though I’ve written about a wide variety of angles related to the subject as a whole, and for a diverse cross-section of audiences. Bylines include Kotaku, NBC News, MTV News, Nickelodeon Magazine, EGM, GMR, Anime Insider, Siliconera, Gamasutra, GameSetWatch, and Tiny Cartridge, to name a few.

My unique voice has led me to be called “the Harvey Pekar of video game journalism” by Simon Carless (Game Developers Conference, Black Hat Briefings), one that I’ve shared at various conferences and other events as guest speaker, including Penny Arcade Expo, Toronto Comics Arts Festival, New York Comic Con, Anime NYC, and IndieCade.

I’m also a game developer; as the lead designer at Ubisoft New York, I came fairly close to making a Charles In Charge RPG for the PlayStation. I’m also vet of NYC’s indie dev scene; as the co-founder of PixelJump, a pre-iPhone mobile dev consultancy, clients included NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Classics, Warner Bros, and Miramax.

Roles related to interests outside of video games include being the social media manager for Concrete TV, the groundbreaking NYC cable access show, and Associate Producer of 30 Years of Garbage, a feature length documentary on the Garbage Pail Kids. I currently reside in the Bronx with my wife Ashley and our two beautiful daughters, Madeline and Luna. They’re cats, btw.

GAME DESIGN (as designer):
Ubisoft New York, PixelJump, Black Hammer, Wax Eye

GAME DESIGN (as consultant):
NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Classics, Warner Bros, Miramax Films, MTV Networks, Weekly World News, Deep Focus, Gotham Wave Games

GAME/TECH JOURNALISM:
NBC News, MTV News, Nickelodeon Magazine, Giant Robot, Kotaku, Gizmodo, Joystiq, Gamasutra, GameSetWatch, Tiny Cartridge, Siliconera, Insert Credit, Electronic Gaming Monthly, GMR, Gameranx, Retro Gamer, Anime Insider, Comic Book Resources, Super Hero Hype, Coming Soon, Inside Kung-Fu, Wrestling Observer Online, TechRadar, Giant Realm, Guyism, Heavy, Zedge

GAME/INTERACTIVE INSTRUCTION:
School of Visual Arts, Marist College

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:
Penny Arcade Expo, New York Comic Con, New York Anime Festival, Anime NYC, the Toronto Comics Art Festival, RE/Mixed Media Festival, the Connecticut Film Festival, the Doomsday Film Festival, I-CON

EVENT PRODUCER:
“30 YEARS OF GARBAGE WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING” July 1 2016, Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY)
“SPLATTER UNIVERSITY: LIVE SCORE REMIX” date tbd, Spectacle Theater (Brooklyn, NY)

CURATION:
“THREE: FORT90ZINE RELEASE PARTY” May 1 2010, Silent Barn (Queens, NY)
“FORT90 X BABYCASTLES: HARDCORE FEELINGS” Aug 5 2010, Silent Barn (Queens, NY)
“ATTRACT MODE X BABYCASTLES: HEAVENLY SYMPHONY” November 4-13 2010, Showpaper 42nd St Gallery, (NY, NY)
“FLATLANDS” December 2-11 2010, Showpaper 42nd St Gallery, (NY, NY)
“COMICS VS GAMES” April 29-May 6 2012, Magic Pony & the Toronto Comics Art Festival (Ontario, CA)
“FANGAMER [VERSUS] ATTRACT MODE” September 1 2012, Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle, WA)
“NO QUARTER 2013″ May 3 2013, NYU Game Center (New York, NY)
“COMICS VS GAMES 2″ May 9-12 2013, Bento Miso (Ontario, CA)
“FANGAMER [CROSS] ATTRACT MODE” August 31 2013, Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle, WA)
“COMICS VS GAMES 3D” May 8-11 2014, Bento Miso (Ontario, CA)
“FANGAMER [HEART] ATTRACT MODE” August 30 2014, Penny Arcade Expo (Seattle, WA)
“PANELSCAPES” May 9 2015, Bento Miso (Ontario, CA)
“THE TETRIS BLOCK PARTY” October 8 2016, RESOBOX Gallery & Cafe (Queens, NY)

AFFILIATIONS:
Attract Mode, Death By Audio Arcade

Contact: matt [at] fort90.com

Illustration by Lamar Abrams