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!
Today I went into Best Buy and they had a copy of Jade Empire that was in Spanish. It was the first time I'd ever seen a Spanish-language game just sitting on a store shelf, nestled among all the familiar English titles.
The other interesting thing was the big display they had for 50 Cent Bulletproof. It was all just too much for me to take, and I left the store without buying a game.
I've decided to make some resolutions for this coming year, and to stick to them. So, here they are (most pertain to the site, oddly enough):
1. I will write fewer reviews but keep their quality higher.
2. I will write more FAQs than I have in the past, and work to improve my craft in that regard.
3. I will make fewer adjustments to how the site is designed and displayed, now that it mostly looks and functions as desired.
4. I will find more time to read and write fiction that has nothing whatsoever to do with the site.
5. I will work hard to make sure that the lessons learned from 2005 are applied throughout my life in a manner that makes 2006 an even better year.
Now that it won't do any good, I find that Best Buy has apparently changed its mind.
When I went to pick up my Xbox 360, I couldn't afford an Xbox 360 premium system because I only had $500 set aside. However, they were kindly offering Best Buy credit cards on the spot. So I applied for one. The kind lady sadly informed me that I was turned down.
Today, I got my first statement in the mail. How I got it is a mystery, since it was addressed to the wrong apartment number. The mail carrier must've just noticed the name and put two and two together. Anyway, I have a balance of $69.00 for the year's finance fee, and a minimum payment of $15.
Just in case you wondered, I haven't yet received the card.
In the spirit of Genj's awesome entry, here's a list of the current-gen games (both present and announced) that I'd like to get before officially leaving this generation behind for the next generation that the Xbox 360 began...
Game Boy Advance
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mega Man Zero 4
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Mario Party 7
Mega Man X: Command Mission
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
So I did some counting, and it turns out that I haven't really played more than 30 of the current and next-generation games on my game collection list. I anticipate having a lot of fun with them in the months to come, because they're all great games (from what I hear) that I just haven't found the time for.
Sometimes, I think I'll never play all of them. Then, at some random moment, I plow through two or three of them. I would imagine there are somewhere around 50 games I own and paid good money for that I've simply not experienced at all, while another 50 or so I've only played extremely briefly.
I decided that since most people on the Internet now use 1024 or wider resolution, it only made sense to change that to the site's default. After all, it's the best of the settings and looks the most balanced.
I told bluberry I was doing so and he suggested that instead of simply repeating the same content on the side that appears on the top, I should add some new features.
To an extent, I listened to him.
While I kept the same 'repeat' content that was there before (it'll help the site to get more hits from search engines and it's convenient to users who don't want to scroll all the way to the top of the page, even if it's a minor difference), I've also added some of those new features he mentioned.
Tonight, I finally did it. I mean, of course, that I finally beat Dragon Warrior II. Years and years ago, I made it all the way to the final boss when renting the game, then had to return it before I could beat it. I've started to play again a few times since, but I never got terribly far. This time, I did. I pushed through the whole game and I wrote a FAQ while I was doing so! It's now posted here and soon on GameFAQs.
It feels great to finally beat the game. I won't say my past failure to do so was a cloud hanging over my head, but it irritated me whenever I thought about it. I don't like getting up to a final boss and then never beating the game. So yeah, it feels great to finally be able to say I've finished one of my favorite RPGs of all time. Yes!