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John Hattan
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Lives in Southlake, TX
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(my byline from the Gamedev Collection series, which I co-edited) John Hattan has been working steadily in the casual game-space since the TRS-80 days and professionally since 1990. After seeing his small-format games turned down for what turned out to be Tandy's last PC release, he took them independent, eventually releasing them as several discount game-packs through a couple of publishers. The packs are actually still available on store-shelves, although you'll need a keen eye to find them nowadays. He continues to work in the casual game-space as an independent developer, largely working on games in Flash for his website, The Code Zone (www.thecodezone.com). His current scheme is to distribute his games virally on various web-portals and widget platforms. In addition, John writes weekly product reviews and blogs (over ten years old) for www.gamedev.net from his home office where he lives with his wife and daughter in their home in the woods near Lake Grapevine in Texas.
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I've written the following commercial games for various discount game packs or the web. Adjacent See, Arcade Poker, Backgammon, , BaffleBees, Bulldozer, Bulldozer II, Bulldozer III, Um El Bagara, Black Box Chess, Brain Bones, Cheesy Pursuit, ChessCards, Checker Connector, ConFusebox, ConFusebox II, Core Meltdown, Countdown Dice, Cryptograms, Deductive Logic, Dice-A-Rama, Double Twelve, Duck Tiles, Elementris, Engulf, Head-on Collision!, Hex, Hexapawn, Hexapies, Invaders From Neptune!, Kizbot, Laser Clash, Make4 3D, Meltdown, CardMatch, MazeRace, Moku, Neutron Trails, Nim, Olive Wars!, Pangki, Pegopolis, Poker Patience, Poker Machine, Pop Pies, Pop Pies 2, Pop Pies 3, Push-Pull, Quinto, Reversi Plus, Robottack, Sechseck, Shi Sen, Siege, StackBlitz, Suzy Sushi, Think Tank, Tic Tac Toe 3D, Ultimine, Vanishing Cross, Voracity, Wari, Winding Standoff, WordGrid, Worm Sojourn, Zap Pod!, Zombie Kitten Attack.
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I write games
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  • The Code Zone
    His Ownself, 1996 - present
  • About a dozen companies, none of which still exist
    Programmer, 1989 - 1996
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  • Angry Birds Under Pigstruction
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Okay, I'm calling it. #PuppyMonkeyBaby wins best Super Bowl commercial just for sheer weirdness.
We're goo goo ga ga over that play! #puppymonkeybaby #SB50. 4:48 PM - 7 Feb 2016. 232 Retweets266 Likes. Reply to @MountainDew. Replies. Matt Hrncar. 47m47 minutes ago. Matt Hrncar @ChiTownGuy24. @MountainDew thats just creepy. Nick (Unknown) · 47m47 minutes ago. Nick (Unknown) @NickUnknown1 ...
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I like it also lol, I think its adorable
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So the first ever documented death-by-meteorite happened in India, and my initial thought was "I'll bet this is just a publicity stunt for a movie".

I am one cynical sumbitch.
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The Super Bowl pregame show is literally 8.5 hours long. It starts at 10am. Kickoff is at 6:30pm.
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Starbucks Beer. It's actually a pleasant small-batch blond ale. Not the typical swill I drink.
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Nice Chromebook.
No, I'm not much of a beer aficionado. :)
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I like the new Muppets TV show. Jim Henson was a genius with puppets, but not with writing stories. The new "backstage at Miss Piggy's talk show" format gives 'em a chance to do production numbers with guests as well as the short blackout gags.

Witness last night's episode. Kermit hires a social networks expert to improve their internet profile. At one point Kermit explains that they're not the most tech-savvy bunch. They then flash to Animal, holding a potato and shouting "SIRI" at it.

Made me chuckle.
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IMO, it was one of the better X-Files episodes. 
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GORN! GORNGORNGORNGORN!

I ♡ GORN
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GORN GORN GORN!

Also. . .GORN
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In defense of the office-guys who filmed this, I'd probably be throwing out a torrent of profanity too.
​A crane in Manhattan collapsed on Friday, killing at least one and injuring others. Someone in a building nearby captured the moment the crane fell on video.
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Watching sportsball and drinking cheap beer and eating food that is bad for me.
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Yeah, I gotta de-gas the cheap beer, and I can no longer eat a whole danged bag of Doritos in one sitting.

Sportsball is allowed as long as it's only for teams that I don't care about. Which is all of 'em.
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Beer tip : Mix two cans of Cheap American Swill, and you'll make a brand new Cheap American Swill!
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Or you could forget the swill buy some Bourbon, put on a smoking jacket, get in front of a fire place in a nice rocking chair and finish off the rest of the Saturday with a bit of class.
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I saw an article earlier about how you'll soon be able to have your Amazon Magic Pringles Can order a pizza for you. I said to my wife "Boy, this is gonna be popular in Denver". Apparently I wasn't the only one who thought this.
If you smoke a lot of weed, it’s time you buy an Amazon Echo. This week, Amazon rolled out three major updates to its artificially intelligent speaker, which make it a fantastic tool for stoners: You can now order a Domino’s pizza, stream music from Spotify, and hail an Uber all by yelling commands at your Amazon Echo.
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So, what port does the Echo connect to? Ports 80 and 443 are too boring; should use port 420. 
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Le sigh. My kid got her phone stolen from the school bathroom today. So some kid's now got an Amazon Fire Phone with a pay-by-the-month plan. Congratulations.
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They do, but I don't think we installed it.

I still have my Moto X. She's gonna wait until Tuesday just in case some kid just picked it up and turned it in to the office. After that, we'll just replace the SIM and get on with our lives.
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Ooooooooh, cheesy old 80's books on how to write computer games in BASIC, and they're free for download!
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I still have my copy of Simple BASIC. Slimy Sam Sid taught me a lot (and by a lot I mean how to write 10 PRINT "BUTT!!", 20 GOTO 10. Writing that on the demo computer in the shop and walking away was the greatest prank ever for 9 year old me)
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