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!
I'm happy to report that Mario Kart DS thus far has been even better than I hoped it could be. I read the IGN review and the guy who wrote it said that this is the best Mario Kart game ever. I scoffed at the notion... until I played it.
Basically, the thing that sticks out the most to me is the rush of nostalgia. Generally, it's of the good kind. While there are those areas that harken back to games like Mario Sunshine, which I just can't feel as fondly about as some of the classics, there are also more Super Mario Bros. 3 shoutouts than there have been in the series since the original Super Mario Kart. It's really quite cool.
Today has been a rollercoaster sort of a day. First, I woke up depressed because Mario Kart DS totally came out of nowhere and surprised me with its release. Don't ask me how because I don't know. I became consciously aware of its release only just recently.
So I complained about that and my wife said I should buy it. So I went to Best Buy and they didn't have it. Neither did Target. I went to Game Crazy and the FedEx truck arrived the same time I did, so I snagged one of the three surplus copies they got in.
I don't know why it is that the mood to get so much done struck me this evening, but it did. I got a whole ton of stuff done.
First, I set up a feature some FAQ writers wanted. Now they can easily click to leave feedback on submissions, just like reviewers could. Should be cool if they take advantage of it.
Second, I finally fixed a bug that came about when blogs were implemented. Basically, it prevented staff members from receiving their HG Points. That problem is resolved.
I've noticed just these past few days that I'm now getting spam for an exciting new product called Super Viagra. I don't know when this hit the market, but I don't recall hearing about it even as little as a week ago.
What makes it super, I wonder? Is it one retailer saying "Hey, I have viagra, but I've gotta think of some new buzzword so I can sell mine," or is there actually some medical group that decided the term was appropriate? I'm guessing it's the former.
Well, something I'd wanted to do for awhile now was make it so that staff members can write one review for a multi-platform game and have it show up on several game profile pages. It sucks that a site like IGN can generate one review, then spread it out amongst its channels and look more industrious than HonestGamers, which might well do the same amount of work or even more.
Well, that's fixed. Now when a site staff member submits a Playstaton 2 review (just as an example), he can say "Hey, this review also is perfectly accurate for the Xbox and GameCube versions of the game!"
Yes, I have to play games today. They're not games I would've gone out to the store and bought with the intention of playing. Well, one of them is... but it's not out yet. So, instead of walking outside and staring at the way the sun speckles the lawn with golden rays of warmth, I get to cower in my cave with a Playstation 2 controller gripped tightly in sweaty hands as I cast glances at the refrigerator and wish I weren't too lazy to get up and grab myself a soda.
Today, I picked up a copy of the AP Stylebook from the local Barnes & Noble. I did this for a number of reasons, but mostly it was so that I can win arguments. Picture this scenario:
Jim: I think you are quite wrong, Scott. Clearly, the word 'come' is used improperly in that sentence.
Jim: I have no idea what you just said, or what it has to do with anything, but this matter must be resolved. Look, here's Jason!
Jason: Yes, here I am, to save the day! And look, I've brought my copy of the AP Stylebook. Clearly, Scott is wrong.