I finished a couple of big projects recently that are worth checking out if you want to know about every dang Simpsons video game.
For a short synopsis (under an hour), watch the Brief History of Every Simpsons Game Ever. It's a platform-by-platform look at every version of every game, which means you'll learn about both Simpsons games and all the wacky consoles and PCs that have been popular in the last thirty years.
If you're in the mood for a longer, more meandering journey, check out Bart vs. My Hopes & Dreams: A Retrospective, which is a novel-length exploration of the twenty-five video games in the series. It's part retrospective, part memoir, and full of details about the games from myself and the bunches of creator insights that I've pulled together. Click on Retrospective up in the nav bar to read it.
That's gonna be it for a while. I'll pay the bills, keep the lights on, and check email (noiselandco at gmail dot com) when I can. Stay safe out there!
Interviews from yesteryear
27 Jul 2020
Been a slow time around here. Truthfully, I've been feeling burned out on Simpsons stuff. The current state of the world doesn't inspire me to goof around with Simpsons video games. I reckon I'm going to finish writing my retrospective series by the end of the year and then decide whether I want to pitch to online publications. I may just post it here and at the Tumblr site so I can move on to other projects.
That sounds dour, doesn't it? It's probably just the summer heat. I can't do computery things when it's hot. But hey! I'm still posting semi-regular updates in my Brief History video series. We're finally getting out of the 8- and 16-bit doldrums and into the era of chunky polygons. Exciting!
In the meantime, I've also posted a couple of interviews I did for other sites a long time ago. The Internet is a fickle beast and I thought I should back them up here. You know, the sick fascination with one's past, in spite of the cringe.
For starters, I'm far more active on Twitter than here in the news section, so stop on by for the social media goods.
It's been a busy and eventful year between my day job and the work I've been doing as part this Simpsons video game project... thing. I've been releasing a (mostly) biweekly video series that briefly explores every platform on which a Simpsons video game has been released, and I've also been working on a book about Simpsons games. My goal is a chapter-by-chapter look at Simpsons video games from the series's 30-year history. It's still early, but promising!
Aside from that is the work on this website which will go on forever at the rate I've been adding tasks for myself. This site will be mobile-friendly someday, I swear it! At the very least, I renamed it (again) to simply call it NOISELAND.co and finally added the search bar I've wanted to get in here for years. I've got some content to add to the site, including details about the Simpsons slot machine that I was lucky enough to find during my time in Las Vegas back in August. That stuff may appear before the end of year, but it'll be bits here and there over time as usual.
The show may hit its 30th anniversary this year, but 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the first Simpsons video games, with The Simpsons Arcade showing up in early tests at arcades in Chicago in December 1990. It's a big year for all this stuff I've been cultivating since 2002. We'll see how we can do it up.
The Simpsons @ E3 2019: Whole Lotta Nothin'
30 Jun 2019
Well that was an interesting chat with Matt Selman, Carolyn Omine, Jeff Westbrook, Rob LaZebnik, and Stewart Burns, especially if you like Tapped Out. In fact, the only announcement was that another update is on the way for the game:
But there were a few other interesting tidbits:
The developers of The Simpsons Hit & Run weren’t originally going to include the ability to get in and out of cars, but the Simpsons staff pushed for it to be added as a feature.
The Simpsons writers began writing content for a party game à la Mario Party consisting of mini games, but it wasn’t considered a good idea and EA dropped it.
Matt Selman is confounded by the fact that The Simpsons Hit & Run has a bigger following than The Simpsons Game.
“The essence of Tapped Out is how can we insult Tapped Out as much as we can.”
Watch the whole thing:
The Simpsons @ E3 2019
11 Jun 2019
Some staff from The Simpsons are going to host a talk about The Simpsons and video games at the E3 Coliseum on June 11th from 6 PM to 7 PM PST. This is a streamed event that you can find on any game website. It looks like they’ll dive both into the real world games we all loathe and love and some references to the video games in the show.
It’s The Simpsons x Video Games: Nerd Squared!
Big plans, small steps
03 Feb 2019
I slacked off a bit, but I've gotten back into planning things for this site (and beyond) in a major way. My notes of things to do is kind of bananas. However, my time remains limited and it'll be one small step at a time. For now, I've made many housekeeping improvements to improve usability and make way for the upcoming stuff I have in mind.
One significant change was to rename the site as Vic's Video Game Collection (VVGC) and redesign some of the art. I figured there's no need to hide the fact that I'm the nerd collecting this stuff (and best not to just lift a character from the show considering FOX's penchant for sending C&D notices).
Until next time!
13 Jun 2018
I've been making small updates here and there, including revamping the Game Info page to make it more visually interesting. So many games and art!
The big thing I've been doing is buying up a lot of old Simpsons games on eBay. Not just video games, but electronic board games and handheld games of all sorts. We're talking about some pretty wacky old games. I don't just want to collect this stuff and put it away on a shelf, but share them online as much as possible. Part of that is creating simple gameplay videos to show them off. The videos will be added to their individual Game Info pages, but you can view all the videos so far on YouTube. I release two videos a week and will keep up the pace for quite a while. Check them out here!
27 Mar 2018
Did you know websites are work? Because I was just reminded of how much time it takes to do this stuff.
Anyway! There's a whole bunch of new game info added to the aptly titled Game Info section. There are all kinds of electronic games and interactive experiences that I'm sure CBG would include in any worthwhile collection. That means game cover scans, manuals, screenshots, and plenty of cool tidbits to while away your evenings.
We're Back! Simpsons Games from 2007 to 2018
07 Mar 2018
It's been a decade since this place got an update. What's happened in the world of Simpsons video games?
2007 - The Simpsons Movie ramps up its hype machine in the first half of the year and releases in July.
2009 - EA releases their first Simpsons game on iOS by remaking The Simpsons Arcade, a modern take on the classic brawler.
2012 - Konami strikes a deal that allows them to re-release an updated version of the original The Simpsons Arcade game onto Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms.
2012 - After a rocky start, EA releases a tap-happy take on monetization with The Simpsons Tapped Out on iOS and Android. The game rakes in all the money and EA decides it's going to sit on that cash cow for some time.
2017 - The Retronauts podcast begins releasing micro episodes in which the gang discusses various Simpsons games of yore. They also post a fascinating interview on Simpsons game history with former Acclaim and Fox Interactive producer Paul Provenzano at the Talking Simpsons Patreon.
And that's all the news I've got. I'll be expanding the site with new info and other goodies over time. Feel free to poke around in the meantime or check out a shotgun blast of content at this place's official social media presence: noiselandco.tumblr.com.
The Simpsons Game Guide
02 Feb 2008
The guide for The Simpsons Game has now been completed. You can check out version 0.9 of the guide at the game info page or game guides page.
Shop 'til you drop at the Simpsons Shop
02 Dec 2007
It's that time of year, folks. Your loved ones (or people you feel obligated to give a gift to) are expecting some nice stuff and if they have even the slightest affection for our favorite yellow family then you should make sure to check out the latest wares at the Simpsons Shop. You can drink a pint, place the ornaments on the tree, hang the stockings from the chimney with care, and then carry all your gifts on your way back home.
The Simpsons Game Guide... is begun.
05 Nov 2007
The officially unofficial guide to The Simpsons Game has now been released. You can check out version 0.3 of the guide (covering everything in the game up to the Mob Rules episode) at the game info page or game guides page.
04 Nov 2007
Tired of looking at your boring ol' game system? Fan of the Simpsons without anything new to buy? Or maybe you're just someone with time and some spare cash lying around?
Boy, have I got the solution to your predicaments! Check out the all-new Simpsons skins at the official Simpsons Shop which you can order for any of the latest game systems such as Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and Nintendo DS. You can also order skins for your phone and music player if you feel like you need to floss the Simpsons everywhere you go.
The Simpsons Game In Stores Now!!!
01 Nov 2007
It's been a long 4 years, but the deed is finally done: a new Simpsons video game is in stores! Go pick up your own copy on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, and/or Nintendo DS.
You Simpsons nuts out in L.A. have a chance to celebrate the release of The Simpsons Game by joining in on the Game Launch Celebration at Universal CityWalk. And, because they know we love it: free stuff! Check out the details.
Did you ever wonder what would've happened if those rude Germans hadn't interrupted Homer's escapades in the Land of Chocolate? ... What do you mean "no"? Bah, who asked you anyway. Click the pic for a beeeoooteeful HD cutscene from the Land of Chocolate level in The Simpsons Game, courtesy of the fine folks at EA.
Xbox 360 Owners Get Theirs
08 Oct 2007
It's out! All of youse who own an Xbox 360 better be out there either downloading The Simpsons Game Demo from Xbox Live Marketplace or playing it right now.
What, you think I'm kidding? GO, GO, GO!
PS3 Owners Offered the First Demo for The Simpsons Game
04 Oct 2007
That's right, folks. You lucky PS3 owners can now pay a visit to the PlayStation Network Store and download the official demo for The Simpsons Game. Yours truly doesn't own a PS3, but something tells me that Xbox 360 owners will be seeing a demo as well. At least I hope so.
Pre-Order Now and Show EA Your Homerballs
23 Sep 2007
Homerball refers to Homer's special turn-into-a-fat-ball-and-crush-things ability from the new Simpsons Game. And when you pre-order the game from select retailers (read: Gamestop), you too can roll like Homer by receiving the Homerball pre-order item.
Wait, it gets better! EA wants to see your Homerballs in action in the form of photographs. Homerball at work, Homerball on a roller coaster, Homerball in your dog's mouth... well, that last one might not be ideal, but you get the point. Check out the Homerball page at ea.com and look around for all the other awesome web pages they've put up for some of the levels from the game.