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honestgamer It's not all an elaborate ruse, some misguided attempt to establish for myself an online persona of dubious quality. I really am dull. If you don't find that unbearable, though, this is my blog that examines just how truly boring I can be.

Title: LIVE
Posted: July 07, 2007 (07:11 PM)
So, there are these concerts going around the world, where famous musicians are joining together at large venues to provide concerts that are designed to bring a worldwide eye to the very real issue of global warming.

Musicians are putting aside their differences and pouring their hearts and souls into a common cause that concerns us all, for no reason other than that Earth can't do it for itself.

News coverage has been brutal, with the newscasters never missing an opportunity to point out that there is a lot of criticism because these artists contributed to the problem by traveling.

My opinion to that? Way to miss the fucking point!

Yes, the artists traveled a long way to get to the destinations, where their performances will reach millions of people worldwide because of their scale. A big show had to happen, and the problem of global warming is one everyone contributes to, day in and day out. Some musicians traveling across the world hardly matter in terms of fuel consumed and emissions given out. So they're making this gesture to try to unite people against the problem, and other people are snidely commenting that the musicians contribute to the problem by doing it?

I am so sick of people. Seriously. Every time someone tries to do something, there's some little group harping on an inconsequential detail like somehow that's more important than the big picture. People sicken me almost daily.

I wish I had been born a kitten instead.
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Title: Time for some pussy!
Posted: July 06, 2007 (10:43 AM)
Time for a new YouTube video, this one with a little pussy:



I share these things out of love.
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Title:
Posted: July 04, 2007 (12:53 PM)
Here's a neat YouTube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHSb7ZNslxM&NR=1

Oh, yeah!
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Title: Hey, bro!
Posted: July 03, 2007 (02:29 AM)
This is a disturbing video, but I know a lot of you go to college still and I felt it important to warn you before you return to another year of danger:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zvTRQr7ns8

Please do not follow the above link if you are under 18. By clicking on the link, you're basically saying that you're 18 and ready to see disturbing content meant for adults.

This special report will make you think again the next time someone invites you over to 'chill,' and perhaps it will save some of you from humiliation. Perhaps some of you have already fallen victim to the travesty depicted in the video, and if you have, I feel your pain. Well, figuratively. I escaped my college days unscathed. Will you?
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Title: My Wish List
Posted: June 28, 2007 (10:13 AM)
For my reference, I'm making a new list of games I don't have yet that I'd like to obtain sometime in the not-so-distant future. I'm actually rather pleased with my current collection, but it does have a few holes I want to fill and this is an easy way to remind myself what those are. It's also a good way for you all to know which games I've been too lazy to buy, if you're curious about such things.

PlayStation 2

Atelier Iris III
.hack//G.U. Vol. 2: Reminisce
Rogue Galaxy
Taito Legends 2

Any games I list above area already available at retail. There are other upcoming games I want that I'll add as appropriate. Thankfully, though, the monster lists of games I want to buy seem to be a thing of the past... at least for now.
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Title: Site tweaking is almost done...
Posted: June 06, 2007 (09:22 PM)
Apart from posting a new banner once we have a suitable replacement, it's looking like most of the tweaking for the site's new design is done.

This has really taken a lot out of me, but I'm really happy with the new look.

To celebrate, today I added a feature some of you should like:

Anyone who has 100,000 HG Points no longer will see any of the banners while logged into that account. It also removes the Google links near the bottom center of the site. It's my way of rewarding the most active users, and it applies equally to staff and regular users. Also, the ads won't appear even if you spend your HG Points, so there's no penalty for taking part in the prize drawings that take place from time to time.

I hope you'll all continue to enjoy using the site and that sometimes you'll feel inspired to refer friends that you believe may enjoy it. This site is about community and can't really shine without it, so spread the word!
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Title: I've been busy tonight...
Posted: May 17, 2007 (02:05 AM)
As a result of a discussion I had with usurper, I've added some fairly significant tweaks to the site. There are a number of changes throughout a lot of the back end. Specifically, the range of HG Points available for submissions has been made narrower. The submission approval process is also a little bit simpler. Users now receive HG Points when posting on the forums and in their blogs, too. Oh, and I've added some more 'mood' options to the blog. In fact, I nearly doubled the number available. All in all, I've accomplished a lot tonight...
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Title: Darkside
Posted: April 25, 2007 (04:04 PM)
Some of you may know that I regularly write fiction. At one time, I wrote a lot more of it than I do now. Somewhere during that time, I joined a writer's group and we all sent critiques back and forth. There were around 8 of us. Most of us have since been published and now have major book deals.

I don't, and neither does Steve. At least in his case, that's a tragedy that shows how unfair life is. He's submitted to a few agents and no one seems ready to publish his book, so he's giving it away for free on the Internet.

If you like good fiction along the lines of something Jim Butcher might write, you need to read his book. We were all working on our craft while Jim Butcher was passing along pointers and working on his book deal, so I swear this isn't my writing buddy just copying Jim. Some people just like urban fantasy. If you're one such individual, follow this link:

http://www3.sympatico.ca/sks_perry/DarksideHome.html

I should warn you that the book does contain violence and some profanity. It's also thoroughly entertaining, though perhaps not as readable online as it would be if someone had published it and provided you with a handy paperback. Either way, it's worth reading and you should take advantage of the opportunity ASAP. I've read it and love it, and so will you. Probably.

One final warning: it's written by a Canadian. He's a reasonably funny guy, so you probably shouldn't read the book if you hate Canadians or you don't like laughing in between killer action sequences. Anyway, that's my recommendation. And if you do give it a read, feel free to post here and let me know what you think.
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Title: Your blog mood?
Posted: April 21, 2007 (04:32 PM)
I'm starting to realize that there could definitely be a few more mood options when you're posting to your blog. Do you ever find yourself thinking that you'd like one special option that's missing? Depressed? Obnoxious? Sad? Ghetto? I'd like to hear what terms you most miss when it comes time to post to your blog, and maybe I'll add in some of them in a future update. Oh, yeah!
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Title: Should unlockable content be illegal?
Posted: April 08, 2007 (12:40 AM)
There's apparently an editorial on some site that suggests that Guitar Hero II is illegal because it advertises all kinds of music on the back of its box, yet the music is not immediately available. Here's the Joystiq response:

http://www.joystiq.com/2007/04/05/is-guitar-hero-breakin-the-law/

Read through the feedback and see how long it takes before you want to throttle someone. I find it ridiculous that even two or three people agree with the article. They're enraged that a game doesn't let them play it the way they want to. Someone even said that yes, everything should be unlocked at the start of a Metroid game so that you can play it the way you want right from the start.

These idiots are missing the point of games. You play a game and you unlock stuff as you go and it's a reward for playing. When you get the hammer brothers suit in world 6 of Super Mario Bros. 3, it feels good not just because you can start running around and chucking hammers, but because you worked hard to get it. You can feel proud of what you've accomplished and the results are sweeter.

The article apparently argues that Guitar Hero II is illegal because it promises all this music, but you have to play the game to enjoy it. Nevermind that such games build their audience because people want to play and to unlock new music. I don't know about you, but I like that you have to unlock new areas for skating in the Tony Hawk games. I like that I don't just pop in a Mario game and select a stage right from the start, that I have to explore and get there on my own.

There is a growing percent of the gaming population that feels that games need to hand everything to them right from the start. They seem to feel that challenge is completely unreasonable. Admittedly, I am not the world's most proficient gamer. It takes me awhile to unlock stuff. But I would hate to see this trend catch on. Look how it screwed up RPGs. Do we want that malady to spread to other games? I think not.
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