About Me:

I knew at an early age that I wanted to make a career out of writing about games, and now I have. You'll find most of my stuff right here on HonestGamers, of course, but don't be surprised if my name pops up elsewhere. Living out my dream keeps me very busy, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Why all the energy devoted to referring people?
March 04, 2009

Last night and then again tonight, I spent several hours coding a feature into the site that will allow people to easily refer others to the site. The reason behind such a feature is obvious: I want more people to start referring people.

Why is that the case, though? Well, it's pretty simple: we're having trouble growing beyond our current level. While it's true that our current level isn't shabby, it's not as big as we all deserve. Every time a user submits a review, there are 20 or 30 people that seem to read it within a day or two. Beyond that? It really depends on any number of factors... including how well the review ranks on Google (something that will change for the better if more people start spreading the word about the site, by the way).

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When seagulls attack
March 02, 2009

Today, my wife and I decided to take a walk on the beach. We tend to do so on the Nye Beach stretch, which is located near the post office. There's a parking area and gazebo up top, then you can follow a steep trail down to the sand below.

On the beach today, there was a massive pile of seaweed, plus there were places were large blobs of jelly had washed ashore. As we approached, a seagull who was strutting around on the beach took a crap and then flew away. My wife and I must've been a scary sight.

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My manhood is never questioned
March 02, 2009

I wish that I could find and smack the person who let my HonestGamers contact e-mail address leak to the spam bots. It's not an address I shared with just everyone, so there are a limited number of suspects. Someone did it, though, and now I daily receive all kinds of spam.

It's almost always the same 2 or 3 messages, particularly a picture of about four different types of male enhancement drug. I also get a lot of HitBooster spam. I already know that none of the stuff works and I've never responded to any of the messages or asked for removal (that just encourages spammers to send more), but already it's getting ridiculous.

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Leona Lewis is cool
February 28, 2009

This won't win me any friends around here, but I really like "Spirit" by Leona Lewis. It's hardly a new album, having hit the US sometime last year, but I only just recently got around to listening to the whole thing. Up to that point, I'd listened to just two singles, "Bleeding Love" (which is awesome) and "Better in Time" (which also is awesome).

However, the rest of the album is not without its charms. I wouldn't say that there's anything as immediately amazing as "Bleeding Love" or as infectious as "Better in Time" after regular listens, but I still like the bulk of what's on there.

Usually, I prefer male vocalists, but this is a really strong album and definitely a good listen for people who don't mind a mainstream sound.


Street Fighter IV
February 27, 2009

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior was the first game that ever prompted me to swear at the television screen. I don't know how many hundreds of times M. Bison kicked my butt back in the day, but it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the number lies somewhere in the thousands. When my parents and sister were out of earshot, I called him nearly every nasty word I knew. Those uncharacteristic bursts of profanity didn't help me to beat him but they sure did make me feel better when I lost!

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Heath Ledger won...
February 22, 2009

Heath Ledger won an Oscar for his performance in The Dark Knight, which is pretty fantastic and in a lot of ways related in my mind to the site. I remember when true posted that the role had gone to Heath Ledger, and I remember thinking "Wow, what an odd choice." I remember when pup posted that he had been found dead in his apartment and remember being stunned. We were born something like three days apart, Heath Ledger and I, on opposite sides of the world.

So Heath Leger won an Oscar, and the only thing I can think of, besides the fact that it's a shame he's gone when he had so much promise, is how crazy I would've said you were if just a short time ago you told me that he'd be winning that particular Oscar.

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I'm a little bit more online now...
February 21, 2009

Well, today I got a wireless router that actually works (the wireless functionality on the D-Link one stopped functioning some time ago, alas). The unit I got is a Belkin and setup was a breeze. I also got a wireless card for my wife's PC so that she can be online again, which hadn't been possible for a bit after we rearranged the apartment.

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