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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: Trauma Team is looking pretty interesting...
Posted: January 28, 2010 (05:18 PM)
This won't appear obviously on the front page, so I'm linking it here:

http://www.honestgamers.com/previews/80/Trauma-Team.html

The above leads to my impressions of Trauma Team following a second Atlus demonstration for the press. The Forensics mode was demonstrated and I have to say... it's looking pretty sweet. If you were interested in past Trauma Center games or in the Phoenix Wright games, you would do well to read up on all of my coverage of this newest game (and to watch some of the videos).
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Title: G.I. Joe rocks and my hand does not.
Posted: January 10, 2010 (01:00 AM)
My wife finally watched G.I. Joe on Blu-Ray tonight, which I had bought some time ago. Watching most of it with her from about 20 minutes in or so, I was reminded of how entertaining a spectacle it is. I'm definitely still looking forward to the sequel.

Typing this up, I'm reminded that my right hand hurts when I type. So if you don't see me posting a lot or on AIM much for the next few days, that's probably why. That or I hate you. One of the two. :-D
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Title: More coding...
Posted: January 08, 2010 (06:27 AM)
Because I apparently hate myself, I went ahead and spent the last 10 or so hours doing almost nothing but coding. It was mind-numbing work, predictably, but I'm reasonably happy with the results.

With only a few minor changes to the site's appearance overall, I've managed to tweak code on many of the main site's most important pages so that they now pass W3 certification if a validator is run on them. This ensures that the pages are held to a higher standard, and that they'll more likely display across a wide variety of browsers. The changes may also have the important effect of giving a minor boost on some search engines, which some suggest factor such things into their placement algorithms.

At the very least, people can't point to our prime pages and say "Wow, they don't even have a decently coded site!" There are people who do that sort of thing in their spare time. Really, there are.
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Title: PSP: The Revival
Posted: January 06, 2010 (02:55 PM)
Well, I got my battery from the Amazon.com Marketplace seller this morning, so shipping was suitably fast. It came without a charge, but I stuck it in the unit and let it charge for a couple of hours or so and now things are running great. I had to set my clock and date again, which has been a regular occurrence lately, but I suspect that now that will change. The battery that I got is of course the right voltage, but from what I've heard the charge will last longer because the mAH rating on the battery is closer to optimal. So... disaster affordably averted. I am tentatively pleased but reserve the right to start griping if things unexpectedly go wrong in the near future.
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Title: Any iPod users care to lend a hand?
Posted: January 06, 2010 (01:14 AM)
I've downloaded a game for my iPod Touch and it shows up just fine on my computer, but I can't seem to get it moved over to my iPod. Or if I have somehow moved it over, I just can't tell how to access it. Actually, there are two games waiting for me to play them. This is kind of silly. Even my mother-in-law plays games on her iPod. I'm starting to feel stupid.
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Title: Expect a review soon...
Posted: January 02, 2010 (12:22 PM)
So, what with it being 2010 and all, I'm anxious to get some reviews cranked out in the near future. Plus, I have a pile of games that I need to review. What does that mean? It means that youshould probably expect a review from me very soon, most probably today. The game that will receive my first review? Well, that's nothing special, not really. I plan to review Rabbids Go Home for Nintendo DS. I had asked Ubisoft for the Wii version and they sent the DS one instead, which looks to be a much different game. It's not a bad game, though, and I'm most of the way through it now. So like I said... soon, a review!

In other news, I picked up a copy of Rabbids Go Home for Wii, independently of all of this. I have a discount on games at the store where I work, plus they put it on sale for $10 off the usual price and such. So I got a pretty good deal. I don't know when I'll play and review that, but it's on my list.

Edit: And now it is live. Time to start in on another one. :-D
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Title: R.I.P. Jason's PSP (2007-2010)
Posted: January 01, 2010 (06:58 PM)
Tonight, at 5:52 (PST), I decided to return to Half-Minute Hero with the intent of playing through more of it and eventually drafting a review. Alas, it was not to be. I flipped the switch to turn on the system, but nothing happened. The battery has simply given up the ghost. It will not accept a charge, and in fact the system has been plugged in for a few days now. The system is toast.

This is actually the second PSP that I had owned, following a first one that was briefly owned and sold at launch. I bought this one a year later or so, when more games were actually available for the system, and it has been a fun run.

At this point, I don't see the value in making an investment in a battery. If I get a working PSP again, it'll be a new PSP-3000 rather than another old 1000 with its terrible load times. That won't likely happen for awhile, though. I need time to properly grieve, and to build up resources for such an investment.

So long, brave PSP. I hardly knew thee!

Edit: $9.76 for a replacement battery (shipped) means I'm going to give that a shot first. My PSP may yet live!
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Title: Welcome to 2010!
Posted: January 01, 2010 (01:11 AM)
How did you ring in the new year? Me, I spent it as well as I have at any point in the past. This year, that meant listening to The Beatles while working on the HonestGamers database. It's rather fun, in a nerdy sort of way, and it's the sort of thing that I hope to be doing a lot of throughout the coming year.

What are your resolutions? Mine mostly relate to the site. In my personal life, I hope to have more time to do the things I want and I hope to continue making strides toward paying off my debts. Those two rather conflict, I'll admit, so we'll see which one has come out on top this time next year.

As far as the site and games go, I'm looking forward to what I hope and have reason to believe will be one of the best years yet. I plan to work a lot on content, on behind-the-scenes stuff and on PR to ensure that the site continues to grow in the directions that the community has shown an interest in growing. I hope to be able to be responsive to your needs as users and friends and I hope to spread the word so that the number of people I can count as either of those two things will also grow.

HonestGamers would have long since folded if it weren't for your fantastic support throughout these years, and I appreciate that you all hang around and help to make the site what it is in the present and what it will be in the future. Thanks for all that you do and let's have a great 2010!
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Title: Comics on your PSP
Posted: December 30, 2009 (05:05 PM)
Well, comics have made it to the PSP. Frankly, I'm pretty excited. There aren't really any operating comic book shops anywhere around here. I am interested in comics, certainly, but the only ones available here are stacks of the $1.00 ones that no one wants that are sold at stores that otherwise don't even deal in anything remotely interesting (or related).

So, I downloaded the reader on my computer, which makes it easy to browse the available comics on the PlayStation Network. I updated my PSP. I downloaded the reader on my PSP. I think I must've downloaded about 50 other things, too. It felt like a lot of hassle for something that I wouldn't even like, plus I had to wait for my PSP to charge up because it's battery essentially holds a charge for a few minutes now and it had been unplugged for days.

The end result? I was able to download a sample issue of G.I. Joe and read through that. It's pretty sweet. You'll get a glimpse of the whole page first, then the view zooms in rather smoothly to the frames within that page. The title page lets you leaf through the copyright info and such, as well, and you can cycle through frames with the 'Left' and 'Right' buttons on the d-pad. Colors are vibrant. The story in the one that I read today wasn't all that compelling, not yet, but the presentation is excellent and I'm excited at the potential opportunity to go back and read all of the old G.I. Joe comics that I missed. From what I can tell, prices range anywhere from $1.00 to $3.00 for full issues, probably more if warranted.

Will this wind up being a big deal? I'd like for it to. The PSP's screen makes it an ideal portable device for reading things like this, plus there's portability and its other functionality. Most likely, this will come too late to seriously impact the system's fortunes--which may doom this neat element before it even has a chance to properly exist--but for now I'm thinking that I may try a few more issues in any case.
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Title: My 60th review in 2009 has finally arrived...
Posted: December 28, 2009 (03:06 PM)
For the last few years, it seems like I've written more than 60 reviews. 2009 is the first year in a long while where I've almost fallen short. However, I've now written a review for the game for which I just wrote a guide. You can view that review right here:

http://www.honestgamers.com/reviews/8583/LEGO-Indiana-Jones-2-The-Adventure-Continues.html

I'm not sure yet what else I'll have time to review this year. I am currently finishing up New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Half-Minute Hero and NBA 10, so probably my next piece will be for one of those. I have a lot of options, actually, so be on the lookout. This is probably going to be the start of a lot of review output from me, now that my mind is free to focus on such things again.
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