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On hold
Posted on Monday, January 12 2009 @ 12:31:18 Eastern

I have to put the Retro-Review series I have been doing on hold, mainly because I don't have time anymore to write a review every week (which is sad, because since October I feel like I have been pumping out some of my best stuff in terms of reviews.) I just got accepted into a Graduate program here in New York, and they sent me the work I need for the first classes, which begin next week.

Yeah, next week. They accept me today and let me know it begins next week. Don't you love college? I guess it can't be helped that their graduate chair was in China for some reason, but whatever. I am not even taking courses I want yet, this is all the temporary stuff just to get course credits, but hey, Latin American and Early European History should be fun. At the very least they are areas I don't know too well.

But yeah, that's on hold. (and since few people even read those reviews I guess it does not matter too much, but whatever.)

Oh and one more thing. I put this update in the blog post about it, but I did not get the job at Gaygamer.net. for reviewing/ writing entries. Sad for me, I guess, but hey, at least I tried. There will be other publications out there.

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Thank you, Duke.
Posted on Monday, December 22 2008 @ 13:17:53 Eastern

Thank you, Duke.

Thank you so much for mentioning obscure games like “Personal Trainer Cooking” on the podcast. Yeah, it does seem kind of weird that the editor in chief of Game Revolution is a cooking fiend, but hey, to each their own. I do have to say though, if you never mentioned the DS title on the podcast, I would of brushed it off as another piece of shovelware on a Nintendo system.

Boy was I wrong.

I guess coming from a twenty-two year old that never took home-ec classes (I blame the catholic school system, damn St. Peters.) I can safely say my cooking skills are lacking. Hell, they are downright atrocious. If I try to pour a bowl of cornflakes they would spontaneously combust for all of my luck. I can barely make a grilled cheese sandwich, and that alone is sad.

But after the podcast where you mentioned “Personal Trainer Cooking” I decided to give it a shot. I shelled out $21.66 for the DS title (which I have to say, is selling rather well right now.) and gave it a whirl, and I was amazed as to how easy the menu’s were, how detailed the instructions are, and how simple it is to make dishes with the bare minimum of supplies.

While it is not a typical game, and therefore it really doesn’t get a review from me as I normally would, I do recommend the game for anyone who doesn’t know how to cook. It will teach you. I promise.

The first thing I did was learning a simple dish like rice. Yes, I even can’t make that on my own. Following the instructions and burning myself once or twice, it took me a good hour to conjure up the lovely white grains from the pot I put on the stove.  And you know what, they tasted damn good. Really good. It was not burnt, not soft either, but just right. And upon hearing the clapping coming from the audience in the DS speakers, a wave of accomplishment swept over me. I felt like I have done something I never thought I could do, something I could enjoy doing independently for myself, instead of relying on subway sandwiches or pre-made turkey breast. I felt like I could finally learn how to cook.

Hey, someone needs to start somewhere. And while a lot of the recipes in the game I will never even eat, mainly because I am a picky eater who hates the taste of read meat and hates eating soup, I will make sure to keep making the simple stuff before I graduate onto something bigger, some delicious morsel I can impress my friends and family with one night while they are out.

So thank you, Duke, for mentioning the game on the podcast. Sometimes, it’s the more obscure games that actually can teach you something tangible, or interest you in some way to expand your skill set, so to speak. I hope to see some review of it on the website (and of “What’s Cooking with Bobby Flay,” only for balances sake.) and more obscure games that the general gaming public may not know about, or even let alone care for.



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A Chance at Something More
Posted on Monday, November 24 2008 @ 15:37:07 Eastern

Well, after deliberating for over a week, asking the advice of people I know and respect, and who have read and even critiqued my own ramblings on paper, I decided to do it. Gaygamer.net has put a call in for contributing writers, and I threw my name into the ring by submitting my Phychonauts review and my Vox Pop Article “Fanboyism And The Ongoing War.” That was actually an alternative choice, but I picked it because of the wit and frankness of the language used, something I think would of worked better on Gaygamer than my deep, oftentimes lugubrious text on historic information from articles like “From Rise to Ruin: The Story of Acclaim.”

It’s funny, really. I never thought of myself as a coherent, capable writer when I was younger. I mean,  I always wrote short stories, poems, and the like because it helped me think before I go into a major paper for school, and I always contributed news articles to my schools paper to keep me fresh in my prose. But for the first time ever, I feel somewhat excited about the prospect of writing articles regularly.

True, I do that regularly on here, but this is for my pure indulgence. The reviews and blog entries I have posted here is just my passions as a gamer coming through, discussing and arguing topics that pertain to the medium I know and love, one I play each day. I definitely feel like I grew as a writer from four years ago, when I entered college. Hell, looking at my progression on this site is proof of that. I have the urge to go to my first review here, my Ocarina of Time review, and totally rewrite the whole thing to fit my new, semi-professional style.

But it is remarkable, to me at least, that I can now do something for a website that pertains to the game medium. Granted, it is Gaygamer.net, which is such a niche group (for good reason) that I doubt it will be a major foot in any door, let alone a blip on the map. But it’s not about personal glory or moving up to some dream job in the gaming industry, it is about what I enjoy.

I am a writer at heart. I guess I always have been, and in my chosen profession I get to write a lot, both for someone else and for myself. Lesson Plans, test makeup’s, even book reviews in the hopefully not so distant future is what I chose to do. It is something I always wanted to do, and will do for my vocation, but is it all I will do? Writing reviews on Game Revolution, articles for school newspapers, resumes for a job, even my own fiction stories, shorts and novellas that will never be read by anyone but my close circle of friends, have had such an effect on me, I sometimes question what I chose to do.

 I feel rejuvenated when I write. I feel like the stresses of the days go away when, and I can portray my opinions more thoroughly in a well thought out paragraph then a well-crafted monologue. I feel like people listen to the words on the paper, whether they agree or disagree with the points made, and take it to heart. I feel like I can still do better, become even more handed in this ancient craft, if I keep working at it. I feel like I can do this for the rest of my life.

And if Gaygamer rejects my writings? I won’t be discouraged at all, really. It will just help with my own resolve in maybe one day writing semi-professionally. It is a journey to create something out of nothing, be it a book, a song, a game or a movie; a hard, artistic journey that has rewards for those who are patient. And at the very least, my own little corner here on Game Revolution I can feel welcome and respected by my peers, through good and bad.

So thank you, to those who have read my reviews and commented favorably, who have sent me private messages with glowing praise as to how I influence them. Who have told me they value my opinion almost as much as the main staff, a notion that humbles me a great deal at times. Even if I fail to become a contributing writer for Gaygamer, I can at least continue my passions on Game Revolution without any qualms whatsoever.



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Red Rings of Death
Posted on Monday, November 17 2008 @ 13:52:51 Eastern

While playing Fallout 3, my X-Box 360 froze one me. Normally I think this is something wrong with the game, and I have one minor scratch on my Fallout 3 disc, but after attempting to restart my system, it froze again, this time on the first boot up s...   read more...

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Confessions of a Pokemaniac
Posted on Friday, November 7 2008 @ 11:28:11 Eastern

Today on Serebii.net I was browsing through they’re in-depth pokedex and I suddenly realized something, something that has not crossed my mind in years. Pokemon is pretty damn old now. Maybe not as ancient as most game fran...   read more...

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History has been made
Posted on Tuesday, November 4 2008 @ 20:30:53 Eastern

As of right now, the projections for the presidency say Barack Obama has become the 44th president of the United States.

This is a time for jubilation for some, doubt for others, and hopefully, the promises of change that will occur. This...   read more...

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Eight!
Posted on Friday, October 31 2008 @ 14:05:50 Eastern

Eight! I did eight reviews for games in a month! Damn I must either be good at this, bad at this, or I really have a lot more time on my hands than I think I do.

Eight? Seriously, I haven't written this much in a month in a long time, and ...   read more...

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The Sequel Effect: Part II, Bioshock and the Artform of Gaming.
Posted on Saturday, October 18 2008 @ 00:49:18 Eastern

Today I heard some news that I didn’t find surprising but at the same time was adamantly against. The sequel to the hit game Bioshock was revealed as a cutscene extra on the Playstation 3 version of the game. Yes, a sequel ...   read more...

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2 Jobs and a New Series
Posted on Thursday, October 2 2008 @ 20:37:29 Eastern

Man, having two jobs is killing me.

The first is actually simple sort of. I work at EB Games in New York, one of the few that are left, actually, in the evenings for four hours a day, 2-3 days a week on average. Not too strenuous, even tho...   read more...

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College Loans and Deferrment
Posted on Monday, September 15 2008 @ 19:11:16 Eastern

Yeah...im in a rut because I need to begin paying college loans soon and I can't defer them unless I can go to grad school today. And because of the bullshit with my degree conferral, I couldn't register for anything until now, meaning for the Spring...   read more...

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