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Video games, theme parks and interactive entertainment for the Los Angeles Times. I adore my cat. Cubs fan. I seek boardgamers. I go to Disneyland too often.

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Hollywood's 'Sonic the Hedgehog' ignores one crucial element from the game https://t.co/UnnrmrY7X7
2/18
2020
Happy Valentine's Day. Play a video game about breaking up https://t.co/1FZCztCO1x
2/14
2020
The more video games you play, the more you start seeing how other mediums are learning lessons from interactive en… https://t.co/Eb2Wvs7ZVz
2/11
2020
Ok, ok, you had your fun. Now back to television! (I kid.) @Toddmartens knows from whence he speaks when he calls “… https://t.co/4LPrEkAOtt
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2/10
2020
When I was a teen in Chicago it was the writing of @gregkot that fueled my curiosity about music and made me realiz… https://t.co/ZifffuUjli
2/5
2020
@carlyewisel My brain is far from incredible. I simply went to WDW for the first time in nearly 20 years 3 years ag… https://t.co/2dOrdkYTah @carlyewisel In the ‘80s and early ‘90s little kid version of me remembers it being a city in there. But in the las… https://t.co/qD5EI45edC
2/1
2020
“There isn’t a binary switch to dictatorship. It actually happens over time.” On the need to represent history resp… https://t.co/JBrXab7a6dOne of the greatest works of American fiction of the past decade was a game. Kentucky Route Zero feels at times lik… https://t.co/gmYxM7YVpV
1/31
2020
Long hours and 'a pile of white dudes': Annual survey looks at game industry working conditions https://t.co/oICisQNP7w
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1/25
2020
Immersive is taking over! It's going worldwide! Excellent piece from @Toddmartens 📰 https://t.co/BZu3l8bexp
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1/18
2020
@valerieamarino Thank you, as always, ma’am. 🙏We were just talking about this in theme park design class. There’s a shift in where themed entertainment design is… https://t.co/A9V62f6Xmh
Retweeted by Todd MartensHow we play in public spaces, specifically theme parks, is an unsolved problem. Says one former Imagineer of intera… https://t.co/LnKC85nZ1d“They’re used to taking control, pushing the buttons and being part of the action.” That’s a quote that could be ab… https://t.co/qnE2zDiXMKSay goodbye to topic-focused theme park lands such as Adventureland and Fantasyland (at least for now). How Rise of… https://t.co/KhbhBRepb4
1/17
2020
I'm a sucker for a video game love story. https://t.co/ynEtqq2M2r
1/16
2020
@DrewTailored @carlyewisel @GermainLussier I live downtown and am actually on the way, you dorks. And I don’t drive. Don’t ruin this for me.
1/15
2020
I think one of my favorite things about this little game is this adorable Donuts & Dragons box. https://t.co/ARaIOc96rJ'Life Is Strange 2,' a video game saga that reflects the Trump era https://t.co/ZfOR2myo3Y'Takeshi and Hiroshi' on Apple Arcade is a delightful exploration of familial bonds https://t.co/N6NzGClewl
1/9
2020
Their deaths are a potential turning point in the Middle East and are expected to draw severe retaliation from Iran… https://t.co/mhGr8oGrsP
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1/3
2020
Vince Zampella took Respawn from 'Titanfall' to 'Star Wars.' Next he'll be overseeing DICE LA, with plans to rebran… https://t.co/awZEKM7UVQ @IanKShetron @JLHomni Haha. It came from me! Sorry. Dumb “blue check” guy.
1/2
2019
How the Kienholz 'Merry-Go-World' invites you to spin the wheel of (mis)fortune https://t.co/YVvQONKXVz
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12/26
2019
This was a massive and lovely all-staff group effort. But ranking among my favorite cultural happenings of the past… https://t.co/ZUiFQDFuFv
12/22
2019
"Our life can be more cute.” On the importance of play and Keita Takahashi's "Wattam." With a brief cameo by my cat. https://t.co/5ep5YpPlUoFrom Beyonce and Hamilton to Dudamel and Pandora, our 100 favorite pop culture moments of the millennium (so far) https://t.co/LQVqhlA6Cb
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12/21
2019
@GermainLussier This is a massive red alert coming from you 🚨
12/17
2019
@BonnieJeanMah @latimes @GearsofWar Thank ye for reading and for the kind wordsFab article in the @latimes by @Toddmartens on the "Best of 2019 Video Games" -- including highlighting #Gears5 pro… https://t.co/48qotbsghG
Retweeted by Todd Martens‘Star Wars’ & ‘Fortnite:’ A marketing event, sure, but one that showed that our virtual worlds are hangout spaces e… https://t.co/AQd53Lebv5"TV starts to look like games. Games start to look like TV" is a trend for 2019 👀 https://t.co/rCKXvcDm4E
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12/15
2019
@DrewTailored The bestGame Awards tease upcoming releases and a new Xbox, but all we want is 'Untitled Beaker Game' https://t.co/NKgEBeoWPr
12/13
2019
@jaylclendenin @mrmarkpotts You don’t talk during a movie! Why would you talk during a ride!!???!!!Both feature the killer photography and video work of @jaylclendenin and @mrmarkpotts. I was lucky to be able show… https://t.co/0I5MPVgFjsThe second is a deeper look at what Rise of the Resistance means for Galaxy’s Edge, with thoughts from those who wo… https://t.co/XxeNpIgvd2The first piece is essentially a review of Rise of the Resistance. https://t.co/iba0JelVP5In 2013 I pitched a Walt Disney Imagineering-related story. My editor said yes and WDI cooperated. Then my editor’s… https://t.co/QpjWrfloeC
12/10
2019
Games increasingly are everywhere and can be anything. They're reshaping theme parks, changing TV, even addressing… https://t.co/B405hWTtbO
12/9
2019
The best moment from the opening day of Disney’s Rise of the Resistance came when one of the principle Imagineers o… https://t.co/XMqwUTZ2wz
12/7
2019
Love this extra layer of detail: “If the ride stops in the AT-AT scene, don’t be surprised to hear Finn wondering w… https://t.co/TI5x9Jjphm
Retweeted by Todd MartensCome for ships, the creatures, the lightsabers, the AT-ATs ... stay for the nose-flair function. A deeper look at h… https://t.co/tosNR3ubqo
12/6
2019
@lindseykron Yep—our whole party needed to be in landWelp, that was a short morning for many... We got into boarding group 89... And look forward to our "evening" board… https://t.co/4E5W2dHD7U
Retweeted by Todd MartensRise of the Resistance opening day! We’re currently boarding group 89. They’re on 10. Wait time: “Evening.” https://t.co/i2h2VhUKzM
12/5
2019
Happy Rise of the Resistance Eve https://t.co/ntTwMcxbBXA showstopping Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. A new hope for Galaxy's Edge? https://t.co/iba0Je4kXx
12/4
2019
@CentralMorgan :)North America’s greatest “nighttime spectacular.” Contrary opinions go unacknowledged https://t.co/sCri5LwGVq.@Toddmartens with the essential #Frozen2 content you need https://t.co/oFmWnkhijr
Retweeted by Todd MartensNomad Lounge is my favorite Disney bar because it’s like if the folks running the Adventurers Club went and opened… https://t.co/Eo0cJUkYbmIt’s Rise of the Resistance week in theme park land, but had a quick moment to visit my favorite Disney park, my fa… https://t.co/3kMGLRiBKPHow 'Frozen 2' gets more adult and more political with each viewing https://t.co/fLAHxpkwyK @foodwinemarcy @LAPressClub Thank you kindly @grmartin Thank you, sirFall in love with Disneyland and Disneyland will break your heart. This was my favorite ever story to write as it a… https://t.co/w2NPYPygEG @MdellW Thank you! And thanks for fighting that Disneyland coverage was important :)Thanks @LAPressClub for the recognition. But mostly thanks to Rolly Crump for letting me tell his story and apparen… https://t.co/JMrQUbq7Qj
12/2
2019
I don't know much about "Pokémon," but @tracycbrown does, so we tried to capture the impressions a newcomer and a v… https://t.co/AqNwxKSLHR
11/26
2019
@Justin_Martin23 Elaborate gingerbread houses are also acceptable :) https://t.co/ClhQzlHykmIf you ever go to a theme park with me this is what all of our photos will look like https://t.co/4BTDa35ZQz
11/24
2019
Just a fun little game about the eroding middle class and burnout. A look at 'Mosaic.' https://t.co/SI6dDePrM7
11/20
2019
@Sarah_Stierch @latimes Haha! You’re making a wise decision!I dove into the vast, intriguing sisterhood of Disney fans for @glamourmag to highlight what it's all about — and s… https://t.co/51132GW5bE
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11/19
2019
Personal conflicts. Cultural failings. Fascinating night at @LACMA with @MovingArts, in which galleries and install… https://t.co/OQtj7aEyaC
11/17
2019
Surprisingly lighthearted, tonally brisk and a little silly -- "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" is full of old-fashio… https://t.co/XYPODqArsx
11/16
2019
The audiobook companion to this may be my favorite Liz Phair “album” — such a casual, forthright listen about mista… https://t.co/z0mRJ0DWjI
11/12
2019
More importantly, perhaps, it’s completely unique to the interactive medium. As much as Hideo Kojima is spoken of a… https://t.co/tmjOxLBgJs“Death Stranding” releases today. So I hated this game — like wanted to destroy it — in its first 10-15 hours. But… https://t.co/6rdaYxIdtN @bdgrabinski This just reminded me I forgot to write about how your health is restored by downing a popular energy… https://t.co/lRSLn0OzO8The premiere of a film I’ve wanted to see since Nov 23, 2013. https://t.co/PwCaoyUAqN
11/8
2019
One of the most frightening scenes for me in "Luigi's Mansion 3" was discovering that Mario, as soon as he's alone,… https://t.co/iKgw2Yg00Y
10/29
2019
“Manifold Garden” before bedtime may have been an especially bad idea. No, the game isn’t scary, but it is an enr… https://t.co/j3GjeLZZNC
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10/25
2019
"Ring Fit Adventure" works because you never feel like you're losing. https://t.co/M5d1JvYenx
10/21
2019
A Nick Tosches reading list: Vastly underrated & sheer brilliance (should have been a bestseller greeted with 100 t… https://t.co/CgNh6hXs5V
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10/20
2019
@jonmgibson @cabel @TomKMorris Ha! It did cause a momentary panic that maybe my parents dumped our collection of Ep… https://t.co/OsyUzmlWvF
10/19
2019
@grmartin I became an infinitely happier person when I stopped even looking at game review embargoes because I knew… https://t.co/4brInKaEX7
10/18
2019
Games offer an alternate, nuanced way to approach the climate crisis -- "an indirect artistic statement about havin… https://t.co/ov7BigKEVY'Mutazione' is a lovely game about getting to know plants and friendly mutants, all the while delivering a message… https://t.co/tocs1R0AsuWe have big news! Just now, the @latguild and the @latimes reached a tentative agreement on our first-ever union co… https://t.co/dkYW341YmZ
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10/17
2019
@carolmertz @IndieCade I don’t mind! I don’t know who those folks are tho, but tried to frame it in a way that no o… https://t.co/1Vrt8c4N3J
10/16
2019
@WillJPowers An Omni-designed building? I mean, I am biased because I live 2 blocks from there and they more or les… https://t.co/9f3B9CwYhI @IndieCade shows that the whole world is a game platform https://t.co/aRJUPIfWuM
10/14
2019
The Night Games programming at @IndieCade is a celebration of play as a language that we all speak, complete with a… https://t.co/Lt4DKAthAm
10/13
2019
@velocciraptor @IndieCade Yay! Will say hello! @IndieCade IndieCade is always my favorite game event of the year and if you're able to make it to Santa Monica on… https://t.co/TJiFooVLXLGames that capture our "pent-up desire to reach out and help people.” A look at this weekend's @IndieCade and how n… https://t.co/M4qUkD88jr @Snacob95 Right? So odd. I also love that people manage in the playoffs in ways they would never manage in even Sep… https://t.co/nKtBui5Pdu
10/10
2019
Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: What works, what's missing and what to fix https://t.co/z5xcbQM7hs @nickytea Don’t look too forward to it!! Hahaha! I’m not in charge of when we publish and I hate everything I write @nickytea @bdgrabinski But when and how to launch has nothing to do with some deep fundamental problems with the land @nickytea @bdgrabinski I think there’s a middle ground @nickytea @bdgrabinski I don’t disagree! I also wonder if they knew last March the date of Rise would It have changed things? Should it? @MarkWillard85 @madnesskingdom Don’t be that excited for it! I am just doing my job. But I appreciate you both reading. @madnesskingdom I think it is probably somewhere in between, to be passive about the whole thing @DevinFlanigan Only said that because in this instance I have interviewed all of those involved in its creation. Us… https://t.co/LjF8si4gtZ @bdgrabinski Yes. Yes, I would agree with that. So many of the land’s “issues” would be solved if that ride were open. @bdgrabinski Here in SoCal....mid January is what Disney is saying. But that ride will be the land’s showcase attraction.
10/7
2019

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