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A Crisis Adverted
Posted on Sunday, November 18 2007 @ 22:12:09 Eastern

Last night a friend of mine had a birthday party, and we basically got wasted. The problem though, is he passed out and was in such a bad shape, he had to be rushed to the hosptial as a precaution.

It was bad, because I was so wasted, more so than everyone else except my friend on the floor, and I felt like I couldn't help at all. I was so worried about him, I actually began to cry a bit. It took three of my friends to load him in the car, plus another to drive to the hospital. He drank guiness, jagermeister, georgi, budweiser, coors, jack daniels, and even some smuggled abstinhe he got from Isreal. It was pretty bad.

He had to get IV into him, and spent the rest of the night in the hospital just in case. He is ok now, at home but kind of weak and tired. I myself have not had any sleep since yesterday night, so I am exhausted at this point.

Fucking alcohol.


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Fanboyism and the Ongoing War
Posted on Saturday, November 17 2007 @ 15:24:43 Eastern

Why is it that every year, we have the soldiers of the console wars sling mud and abuses at each other in every forum on every website around the world? What causes this fervor of fanaticism for something that is as crazy as loving the game system that your favorite games come from?

I bet that in the past fans, who were by then young boys, said similar things when it was the Atari vs the world before 1984. Trivial things that are probably said too today. Once Nintendo takes over, it became Nintendo vs non-video game players. I once remember back in the 1st grade, when a kid asked me, "Why do you play Nintendo, it's so stupid! It's boring and I hate it and your dumb!"

Those are the exact words of a 6 year old. So even if you didn't play the games back then, you could still insult someone.

It seems like it escalated by the time the Playstation came in. Never mind the Genesis and the SNES, which is the real start of the console wars, because back then, it was not as vicious as it was now. Back then, it was more of a polite jabbing, I guess because the fans who grew up with Nintendo as the sole console they just ignored the emerging Sega contigent. But the Playstation was the real killer.

From 1996-2001, all I hear is "Playstation is awesome" or "Playstation rocks." And coming from a primarily Nintendo fan, it was hurtful to hear people badmouth my system. In retrospect, it was probably kind of stupid to care, but as a boy-teenager it was common ground to make fun of the different system.

And then the media came into it. Forums became battlegrounds that were not for the feint of heart. Words like "stupid" were replaced with "fu*king sucks" and "it's a silly game" became "sh*tty game". The vernacular changed too. We had people using crazy abbreviations and a new internet language was born! Words like "becauz", "ROFL" ,"Roxxors", "graphikly betta", and even "cum on" became staples in the wars. Fresh ways to insult people got you brownie points, and smart comments backed up by evidence made you a general, one not to mess with in the forums.

The fanboyism just became another aspect of playing games. You will always have someone who doesn't agree with your taste in games and the insults will fly inevitably. The problem is, and many forums have caught on by now, is that most of these insults are the shallow, stupid ramblings of pre-teens who think they are being cool by copying the rants of the more sophisticated fanboys.

Some fanboys are also just crazier. at E3, the TGS, Lezipig, and other gaming expos, we have crazy dress-ups,  poor character acting, and sometimes they take it too seriously...as seen in the video on this website where Duke interviews Tiberius. These guys take fanboyism to a level that is somewhat unprecedented. It's ok to wear a Zelda t-shirt, but to dress up as Link, thats another story.

The console wars also heat up every time a new system comes in. And even before the system comes out, the fans think that the system walks on water and can do no wrong. Not true. Granted some systems are better than others, but that is based more on the tech specs and the calibur of games or control that comes with it.

Which is what being a fanboy is. You become well versed in a subject so much, that you can have debates in a sophisticated matter that makes the debates more fun to engage in. It is one thing to say something sucks, but what smart fanboys do is prove their point. "The controls are not responsive because of this.."

This new level of fanboyism is actually emerging in todays console wars. Fans of the 360, Wii and PS3 are not just saying the other systems "suck" but they have evidence to prove it. This is what being a fan is in the end, proving your point, and your dominance, over the opposition. Football has great rivalrys, in the video game world, it's between Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. And we are all guily of this as well. Not one of us can say we prefer one system over another for specific reasons. That makes us a fan. True, we can like the opposition, but we still slant towards another camp in the end.

So fanboys are something that will never go away, as long as the console wars continue to soldier troops in the battlefields. We have seen how good, how bad, and how ugly, these troops conduct themselves. It is a part of being a gamer to take the criticisms, in whatever form they may be. In the end though, when the next generation of gaming machines, and fanboys ushers in over the old generation, you are never left in the dust. Your battlefield just changes with the times.

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Hungover
Posted on Sunday, October 28 2007 @ 13:04:10 Eastern

Two costume parties in two days, and I think I have been drunk for nearly 24 hours. It is kind of a bad thing, because drinking that much of alcohol should kill a man, I guess.


Both parties were fun too. One was for a friend moving to California, as he attempts to go to Berkeley, I believe. Another was a cast party for the school players, both costume parties, and both a good time. I will definitly miss my friend  going to Cali, he is one of the few I have out here so he will be missed. The cast party was kind of weird, since people had innovative costumes and the like. The juggernaut showed up and began dancing with Miles Long, the porn star. We also had D-Ray the DJ and Buckethead mingling with a dutchess and a gangster. Ahh fun times.

I wish I could remember them, I forgot most of Friday night by now, and Saturday is kind of a blur at this point. I hope the good times come back next week, with a bit less drinking involved.

In other news, Guitar Hero 3 today, I need to find someone who will buy it.

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The Rise and fall of the Atari Empire
Posted on Wednesday, October 17 2007 @ 06:39:23 Eastern

History is a funny thing. It never ends, it’s never predictable, and sometimes, the course of history can be traced to singular events in the timeline of the grand scheme of things. The ebb and flow of history just as str...   read more...

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Turning 21
Posted on Sunday, October 14 2007 @ 08:56:00 Eastern

Tomorrow is my 21st birthday, and I officially feel old now.

So damn old....ugh. No longer am I a child, but I am now nothing but a man, a young, semi-healthy, game playing man who is almost done with College and now almost ready for the r...   read more...

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Student Teaching
Posted on Friday, September 14 2007 @ 13:32:33 Eastern

Man, going into the field like this is ROUGH.

7th grade history, when hormones and growth spurts are common and the kids have the attention spans that last five minutes. You need a LOT of energy to keep up with them that way. I kind enjoy ...   read more...

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Broken Website
Posted on Tuesday, September 4 2007 @ 16:46:18 Eastern

What is going on with the website here? Almost all day it was knocked out of comission. Is there something bad going on at the mainframe over in Berkley? Maybe that blackout warning is finally catching up to GR.

I hope all is well guys, an...   read more...

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Hilly Kristal
Posted on Wednesday, August 29 2007 @ 19:26:48 Eastern

One of my friends grandfather just passed away. His name was Hilly Kristal, the 75 year old former club owner of CBGB's in NY.

Anyone who knows CBGB's, if a famous punk rock club that brought the likes of the Ramones, AC/DC, Patti Smi...   read more...

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Puerto Rico on Monday!
Posted on Saturday, July 28 2007 @ 14:07:26 Eastern

Woo! Family vacation for a whole eight days to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas island! Should be fun, because our family never does good vacations anymore. Always too busy with the stuff going on in real life to have fun, which is a shame because at all o...   read more...

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Building a bankroll
Posted on Friday, June 29 2007 @ 21:57:34 Eastern

Man playing poker is sometimes a pain.

I decided to build a bankroll on Pokerstars (since Full Tilt doesn't allow anyone under 21 to play) and so far so good, I started with $10.00 in cash, and have built it to a little over $55.00. Not ba...   read more...

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