Gamerevolution, a better place...
Posted on Sunday, May 15 2011 @ 07:28:18 Eastern
Dear Gamerevolution staff,
I am a long time visitor and fan of this site. Started coming here since ten years ago when I was on the hunt for Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings cheats because frankly… I did not know what the f**k I was doing. To be honest I do not even really remember how I came here in the first place. Opened Google, typed in 'Age of Empires II cheats' and bam! your site was first one on the list. Maybe even Google recognizes GR’s awesomeness. Since then I have been hooked. Kept coming back, started reading reviews, previews, forums, even dared to check out the chat rooms as an innocent nine year old. Even today I do not know if it has left my soul unda – PUSSY!, ahem, undama – PENIS!, *loud cough*, UNDAMAGED!
Seems like it has – NIGGA, FUCK, COCK, IDIOT, NOOB, BOOBS, HAX, VAGINA!
I have a lot of fond memories from here, which is why I wish to make it a better place. Gaming has become mainstream these days, gamers are not perceived as they once were (basement dwelling, pizza and Mountain Dew filled, amoebic slobs that are incapable of basic social functioning) though some of them are still giving us a bad name (looks at the rabid PS3 and Xbox 360 dogs while the Wii ones piss on them both). Internet sites about our hobby have flourished, if you seek information about gaming you have a wide palette to choose from.
And this is a problem for GR – competition. Now if were living in the system that once governed my country (a one party political system you are either ON OUR SIDE or DEAD) this would not be a problem. You carry the word Revolution and all of your competitors would probably get shot in the head, hanged, drowned, torched, thrown into Siberian wastelands with no clothes, left to rot on a desert island... Wow, they were very creative about this stuff.
Ahem, sadly this not the case, you must compete with other sites to get attention for potential readers, clicks, adds and what not in order to survive. You are already doing an awesome job, but I would like to see this site grow, to see it expand because it is, in my opinion, the best site about gaming. The biggest mother****ing badass fish in the grand ocean we call the Internet. Before people start yelling ‘brownnoser!’ let me just say something: I do not care. This is my opinion and I will stand behind it. With the brown smudge on my nose!
1. Forums need a bit of trimming
Gamerevolution suffers from an annoying problem that it (as it stands for now) does not have a lot of forum activity. I would like to see the forums become livelier, bursting with energy and excitement! Maybe it would help if you would fuse some of the forums together in order to make a bigger, bonker, busting, mega, super, ultra forum.
I would recommend fusing the Classical gaming forum and RPG forum with the General Gaming Topics forum. Cancel the News Forum altogether because the last post made there is from 2nd of April, you have the main page for that. Maybe even go further and fuse the whole Systems forums with the General Gaming Topics and give them subforums. Now you would have a lot of forum activity and be organized at the same time.
2. An original ‘piece’
I became aware of escapistmagazine.com due to Yahtzee and his Zero Punctuation reviews. Destructoid lured me into their site because of their cool little robot, without IGNs arrogance being constantly talked about on the internet I probably would have missed it too. I think I am not the only one. See where I am getting at? Every big gaming site has something that makes it unique.
If GR would have some sort of mascot, some sort of original ‘piece’ (it can be anything really) it could stand out more and lure potential users to this site. Maybe start a weekly comic about games with an original cast of characters (how original, har, har)? The art does not be of the highest quality, look at the Cyanide and Happiness comics (http://www.explosm.net/comics) the art is **** (probably deliberately) but the writing makes up for it (for the most part). I think you guys have the creative abilities to think of something up and use to help GR grow as a gaming site. Or offer blowjobs and pudding.™
3. Write more!
If it were not for your reviews I would have been long gone from this site. The reviews, more specifically, the writing is top notch. It is objective, it is funny, not too long or too short --> perfect in my eyes. Why not use your writing skills more? Like the GR rant posts? You guys could talk about specific characters (like Links does --> they are awesome by the way), memories of playing videogames (Memory Card made on the Destructoid as an example), specific genres and their evolution, Easter Eggs in games, how gaming has changed, ‘pro’ gaming, merchandise (where did that lovable robot of yours go?)... anything. You got the talent, use it!
4. Use the point system
There is one thing I hate about nowadays achievements, Trophy systems. They award you points for no use except for dick waving. Why not award the users who put extra effort into getting some of the achievements, Trophies? Some of them are a real ***** to get (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS6I2GR8by8) and you get nothing special for doing them. In my opinion you should. Otherwise I do not feel special...
GR has a pointless point system. I have a GR Score of 740... yay? Why not reward active forums members who are writing constructive blogs, reviews, organize forum games with points and when they reach a specific set award them with gaming items you guys get? Posters, used games with your signatures on it, game OST’s, DLC codes, figurines...? How such a system would function I do not know yet but we could make it happen through meaningful dialog (threats) and constructive criticism (rants).
Even if you will not even consider anything I wrote about, do not worry you guys... I will still love you. With a broken heart, but still. You are too awesome to hate.
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Games lead us into the apocalypse
Posted on Sunday, August 23 2009 @ 01:22:45 Eastern
Games lead us into the apocalypse
Games lead into the apocalypse ... somehow I get the feeling I’ll be reading this newsflash very soon. Why? Well, it aint so far really. For now they are blaming games for the degeneration of youth, for the depression of youth, their aggression, they link every possible crime to them, ... so why don’t they just say that in the end it shall not be God that shall smitten us but it will be the CD’s that shall slap us with rotary turns of 180°?
I’m starting to get sick of it. Not because I’m a gamer (albeit this is also partially the truth), but because scientists always tend to forget something when it comes to games. Objectivity. Always do I read the games sickening, frightening, horrifiying effects on the person who plays it. In all honesty, if all this was true, how does the gaming community still exist!? Wouldn’t we all be stealing away our cars, doing drive bies at LAN parties, because some of those guys have beaten us in a friendly Starcraft game? Wouldn’t we become the epitome of the once extinct caveman, because we refuse to make social contact but rather stay in our home errr ... cave? The list is endless. But this is the problem! Why is only the list of bad stuff that are related to games endless?
Where are all the researches that show the good side of games? So long has it been that I’ve read an article about games being able to push the young minds creativity into sky high limits. So long has it been that I’ve read an article that games can also help and not destroy social activities or interactions. And this already where I stop listing the positive effects. Why? I don’t remember anymore articles. Yay! ... no wait, this is a definite nay!
So my dear scientists! Where are all the researches that list not only the negative, but also the positive sides of gaming? It seems to me that video games have become some sort of a scapegoat that the government like to poke their fingers at when something goes terribly wrong with the youth. No ... it cannot be the possibility that alcohol is very easy to attain these days for minors. No, it cannot be that drugs are almost sold at every damn pub you go these days. These just cannot be the reasons! No, no, no ... it are the video games to blame and that’s that!
Though I am a gamer, I will not deny it. Games can lead into obscure things. But it is in my opinion that games cannot the take the blame for this. We, the people, the man behind the controller or typeboard must. The same can be said about books. I still remember the hour of my literature class where my professor taught my about the famous Goethe book: The suffering of young Werther (mistranslation of title possible). He said that the book was so famous and its influence that great that many, many young men did suicides the same way Werther did. But Goethes book was then not banned, it reached even a greater status of fame! Irony, eh? With this example I don’t wish to state that books are favoured more than games, but merely state the fact that even books can lead people to do gruesome things! But we can’t blame the book for that! The people, the readers themselves chose to do this, as do the gamers. I think that if someone is so greatly influenced by a game or book that he cannot distinguish fantasy and reality is an ill person in the first place, capable of doing dangerous things without a game, book in the first place.
To slowly end this blog of mine, I’ll throw myself into it also, just for a little bit. I’ve been playing games for as long as I can remember. Got my first Gameboy when I was 5 and been playing games ever since. Games didn’t aid to destruction of my life, no ... they saved it. I was fat, I will not lie. But not due to the games. But due to my laziness. Because of this, I was very teased and laughed at, when I was at school. Games offered some kind of escape of the cruel world, an escape of the pain. But it was because of games that I’ve made an important decision in my life. The decision that I will not be fat or laughed at anymore. I’ll have to thank Auron of Final Fantasy 10 for this. When I played that game, he was my favourite character. His compelling, sad story and his iron will left a mark on me. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to have his iron will. His iron will that enabled him to do such miracles in the game ... and I’ve gotten it. With him in my head, with his words I’ve started to lose more and more weight to where I am now. People now don’t laugh at me anylonger, but they are amazed of my feat. And I thank the games of apocalypse for that. Those who should have destroyed me ... have saved me.
Though for my example where the games have aided me, there are also examples where games also aided the destruction of ones life. Either social, romantical or what not ... and I don’t deny it.
But I do not wish that scientists or anyone else in this matter denies one half of the truth! Games can aid, as they can destroy ... but it is up to us that decide what they do. Games do not lead us into heaven, nor hell ... we do.
Now! This is it! Now is the time to choose! Die and be free of pain or live and fight your sorrow! Now is the time to shape your stories! Your fate is in your hands! – Auron, Final Fantasy X
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Posted on Sunday, December 28 2008 @ 03:52:56 Eastern
We're getting older. That is a fact. Time passes by and we can't stop it. It shapes things – it shaped the galaxy, planets, mountains, forests and most importantly us. Slowly it defines what defines us: our bodies, minds, philosophies, ideologies and the biggest of them all – our wishes. 'Why whishes?' you probably ask yourselves now. Through wishes we decide – it was your wish to train the sport you train now, your wish to be in the class you are now and etc. And soon we all will be tasked with a hard decision to make as we will have to choose our final education step – college or in European terms – university.
In this short presentation I'll try to give you some hints about choosing the right college, so that your wishes will be fulfilled. There are a lot of things one needs to take into consideration when he is choosing, but I've boiled them down to the most important things and given them the name the big three 'DW' – s
1. Decide what you wish to study – this is self explanatory. Many students enter college as undecided, and that is fine. But if you have some idea of a career or a major, that information can help in finding colleges that offer (and even specialize) in that field. Some seek help in career assessment tests which give them a better idea of the interests, strengths etc. If you are interested in one, here I will give you a link to one which I took and was quite accurate. Registration is fast and easy:
2. Decide where you wish to study – would you like to study in your hometown or somewhere abroad? Some people would like to live near their parents until they die, while others cannot wait until they turn eighteen and have the ability to escape from their grasp. Environments also play a big role nowadays. Some prefer studying in campuses that could be described as miniature cities, while others seek colleges that are truly small. Some prefer warm climates, while others cold ones and etc. Colleges nowadays can be found everywhere. Why not study in the place where you will feel the most comfortable?
3. Decide why you wish to study – this is the biggest 'DW' of them all. Why do you even wish to study in the first place? Ask yourselves this: do I wish to study because that thing interests me or is it because of the pressure caused by parents, society … ? If it is the latter, stop. Think about it. How do you think your life will look life if you will study something that does not really interest you, if you will have a job that does not really interest you? And mind you, you will have that job for about 30 years. If you will study something only to please someone you will be living their lives, not yours. You will be fulfilling their wishes, not yours … and that is about the biggest mistake in life that you can make.
I hope that these three 'DW' – s will help you to choose the right college and maybe also your job. Some of you aspire to become doctors, some would like to work in the logistic industry, others take keen interest in history etc. All are wonderful jobs worth working for and in the end as the Jonas Salk, a praised American Microbiologist said:
“There is hope in dreams, imagination. And in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.”
Authors notice: This has been written by a 16 year old Slovenian boy. I apologize in advance for grammatical, spelling, incoherency errors.
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Does it have any meaning?
Posted on Sunday, November 23 2008 @ 14:00:34 Eastern
Does it have any meaning?
First, a word of warning. This will probably be one of my more deeper blogs. So if you are not into that kind of stuff, I suggest you go read the newest comic of Dr. McNinja for... read more...
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Why so serious?
Posted on Wednesday, October 15 2008 @ 10:10:49 Eastern
Why so serious?
Yes dear reader, I ask you: why are you so serious? Why are most of your friends so serious? Why are grown ups so ser... read more...
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Hell, it's about time!
Posted on Thursday, September 25 2008 @ 13:31:09 Eastern
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