Site servers are such a pain. I spent something like 100 hours over the course of the last week. Finally, the move is all but complete. A few minor issues people pointed to have been fixed, the site is on the new server and running quickly and mentally... I am drained.
As such, I really enjoyed the video I'm about to embed in this post more than I may have otherwise. One note: if you start to watch and find yourself offended, please sit through two drawings before deciding if you're really offended. It's an awesome video that really showcases an amazing artist.
With that out of the way, this is also a good moment to mention that I've posted review number 400 (for me) on the site. It's a review for Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword on the DS.
Yes, 400 reviews. I've actually written more like 500 or 550 for the site since starting, but those early 100 to 150 have since been deleted. Anything I wrote before 2002 wasn't really worth saving, anyway, and more closely resembled the typical GameFAQs review than it did anything I write nowadays. It was good practice for me, but now it's done and I don't really miss the text all that much.
Of course, that 400 also doesn't include my work for other sites and publications like Hardcore Gamer Magazine or GamesRadar or GameRevolution. The long and short of it is that I've reviewed an awful lot. More than most people ever will, certainly.
The next question, of course, is "Will I reach 500?" I'm not sure if I will or not. Obviously, I'd like to. That's a nice milestone. It sounds so much better than 400 (a good milestone in its own right) because it's half of 1,000... which is an even nicer number. But as for motivation, I don't know how long mine will last. I am doing so much administrative work and coding and enjoying reading and writing fiction more than I have in years, so right now it seems like I don't have enough hours in the day.
Oh, and I still don't have a real job. You know, one of those things that pays actual money and keeps a roof over my head and food on the table. So getting one of those things is a priority ahead of reviews. After all, I need a place to sleep between drafting my masterpieces. So right now, the practicalities of life have to come first.
Still, even if I were to never review another game again... 400. It's a nice number.
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|sashanan - April 15, 2008 (09:20 PM)
Hah. It was an old joke in elementary school to start a drawing appearing lewd and then putting an innocent twist on it, but I've never seen it pulled off quite so well.
|shotgunnova - April 16, 2008 (12:32 AM)
What did you write for GamesRadar?
|honestgamer - April 16, 2008 (06:51 PM)
On GamesRadar, I've written game reviews for:
Blockus Portable: Steambot Championship (PSP)
Cooking Mama 2 (DS)
Crash of the Titans (DS)
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights (DS)
Rocketmen: Axis of Evil (XLA)
Writing for that site is a very unique experience and gives me 'pro' freelance credit and such, which of course is why I was so delighted to do it. For GameRevolution, I've reviewed:
Atari Classics Evolved (PSP)
The History Channel: Battle for the Pacific (Xbox 360)
The King of Fighters XI (PS2)
I'd always been sort of interested in writing for the site, since years and years ago one of this site's first user reviewers plagiarized a few reviews from there (and someone--maybe it was even Duke--contacted me to notify me and of course asked me to remove them, which I did immediately). And finally, I've reviewed for Realm of Gaming:
Swashbucklers: Blue vs. Gray (PS2)
Victorious Boxers (Wii)
I also will be posting reviews for Twisted Metal: Head On (PS2) and Turok (PS3). For that site, I reviewed mostly as a favor for the webmaster.
Finally, my reviews for Hardcore Gamer Magazine are numerous and available in the PDFs hosted on the site so far. I've also written a handful of reviews for the magazine's site:
Nanostray 2 (DS)
Need for Speed: Pro Street (PSP)
Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command (DS)
Wipeout Pulse (PSP)
That wraps up my online content on other sites. If you see stuff of mine anywhere else other than my early stuff on GameFAQs, it was probably plagiarized from here on HonestGamers without my knowledge. Yikes!
|zanzard - April 17, 2008 (10:16 PM)
About this movie clip you posted:
You probably don't know this (unless you understand portuguese), but the lyrics of the song played in this clip are quinte kinky.
They are not explicit, but they do paint mental imageries of some shenanigans.
And also: this artist, 'Mauricio Ricardo', is one of Brazil's most famous cartoonists. His site, "charges.com.br" (a political commentary site), is one of the most visited in the country.
Apparently, he's starting to become international too! :p
|shotgunnova - April 18, 2008 (06:13 AM)
I just stumbled on your COTT review before I looked here, actually, haha.