August 05, 2007

Thanks to me having the backbone to actually sack one of my team (in that tourney thing that Emp guilt-tripped me into doing), I have time to write again, yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Tom wasn't picking his own reviews after the first week. Tom wasn't even posting. Tom wasn't paying any attention whatsoever. Tom didn't reply to my e-mails. I doubt he'll even notice it's happened. I fully expect to get an e-mail from him in a few months from now, saying, "Did we win?"

So here's to Tom Clark, the very essence of "reliability". Raise your glasses, folks. To Tom Clark! Cheers!

Thankyou VERY fucking much.

I should have just gone with my instincts in the first place and taken a risk with Vorty. I trust him to do a good job and he's a writer I look up to, so it should be interesting to see how this plays out.

That's a damn good excuse for me to go do some baking.

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iamtheprodigy iamtheprodigy - August 05, 2007 (09:44 AM)
Good luck with your team change and bake me something nice.
bluberry bluberry - August 05, 2007 (11:20 AM)
bake Venter pot brownies.
Vorty Vorty - August 05, 2007 (02:31 PM)
Can I have a cookie?
lisanne lisanne - August 05, 2007 (02:55 PM)
I ended up just mixing up a homemade hair mask because it's too hot to actually eat anything. Bloody humidity!

But yes, Vorty, you may have a cookie. A pistachio one, with crunchy bits. Or something.
Suskie Suskie - August 05, 2007 (06:54 PM)
Hooray! Fuck Tom Clark!

I knew your second pick would be someone you were familiar with, but I figured you'd go with Squanty or fastkilr, both of whom I believe would have served you well. Going with Clark was a mistake, though I'm sure there's nothing to be gained from reiterating that point.

Vorty's history in TT is a bit shaky and I think that explains why he wasn't initially picked, but he's smart enough to have learned from his mistakes. You've made a good choice, methinks.
Genj Genj - August 05, 2007 (09:23 PM)
I wouldn't go so far as to say "Fuck you, Tom" but I will find it much more interesting to read Vortex's material instead.
lisanne lisanne - August 06, 2007 (04:53 AM)
Funnily enough, I was originally planning to draft you on as my second pick, Suskie. I would have gone with Disco either way though, because I'm already familiar with much of his work. I also had in mind Arkrex, since I speak to him quite a lot on MSN, and his reviews are coming together surprisingly fast.

Tom's not a bad reviewer - if he hadn't been impossible to get hold of, I could have worked with him to sort out some of his more obvious problems. Unfortunately though... Well, maybe he just shouldn't have volunteered in the first place.
EmP EmP - August 06, 2007 (06:45 AM)
Vorty's form in the TT had nothing to do with why he wasn't iniotially picked. Fact is, under normal curcumstances, he'd have probably been a first round pick: 2005 his team won the entire thing and in 2006 he was a captain.

A lot of people would have picked Vorty up in a second had he not pulled all his work and vanished for a spell. I would have been quite comfortable offering him his captain's spot back, too.

I've always though Clark was pretty good in a rambling kind of way, but he showed no interest in this and was nothing more than a drain on the team, the judges and the entire TT. Vorty will not only appreciate the feedback from the judges but actually pick his own reviews!

It'll be a better tourney with him in.
lisanne lisanne - August 06, 2007 (11:00 AM)
I get to be the weak third team member now! Ah well, I'm just in it for the feedback really. I've been working on my writing a lot lately, and I saw this as an opportunity to get some thoughts from three writers I respect and admire, and pick up some ideas on what works and what doesn't. I'll get that whether I win OR lose each match, so what the hey. In hindsight, I ought not to have put myself forward as a captain though - I'm nowhere near experienced enough for that.

I just really don't see how someone could possibly ignore all that valuable advice and not even acknowledge it.
Vorty Vorty - August 06, 2007 (12:35 PM)
This is way too flattering... haha
EmP EmP - August 06, 2007 (12:39 PM)
He's right; let's mock him!
Suskie Suskie - August 06, 2007 (02:22 PM)
I just really don't see how someone could possibly ignore all that valuable advice and not even acknowledge it.

That's an easy one: He just doesn't care. If he did, he'd at least, y'know, participate.

EmP, when I said Vorty's iffy TT history explained why he didn't initially get picked, I'm basing that off of what another captain told me. (Obviously, I wasn't here for any other TTs.) I'd heard that he didn't take the judges' advice; namely, he kept using hentai reviews even after the judges told him they didn't want to read that crap.

I still think he's a terrific writer, and if this TT history business is true, and if his recent claim to give up reviewing forever is any indication, not getting drafted was a powerful blow that he's learned from. It is worth noting that I was originally thinking that our match against your team, lisanne, would be our easiest, what with Zig basically killing everyone and Clark getting killed by everyone. Now that Clark is ditched and Vorty has taken his place, I'm not so sure.

Clark isn't awful (I do believe I've done enough RotDs on GameFAQs to know the definition of "awful"), but there were far, far better reviewers to choose from, even at the very end of the draft. Plus, had you done research, you would have learned about Clark's absolutely awful TT history. Like I said, if you were to choose someone familiar, I would have thought that Squanty or fastkilr (or, of course, Vorty) would have been better choices.

As for disco... Yep, he's certainly a solid reviewer who deserved to be drafted at some point, but you literally had access to the entire draft, and considering, I would have gone with someone else. His strength is that he can pump out reviews at an amazingly brisk pace, which explains all the RotD mentions he's gotten over at FAQs. Still, though, I would have went with someone with a little more charisma in their writing, like Cairo.

This all comes with being new, I suspect. There's a reason I didn't jump for one of the captain's spots, and that's because I was new to HG and had never participated in TT before -- both of which I assume are true for you, too. You may have thrown yourself into something that was too much for you. But still... This last week has been a testament to the fact that you're learning and making the most of what you have, seeing as how you've scored your first win and dropped your dead weight teammate. You still have a chance to prove naysayers wrong, and I believe you have what it takes to pull it off.

I wish you well over the coming weeks :)
lisanne lisanne - August 06, 2007 (03:25 PM)
If I'd cared about winning, Suskie, then yes I would have done that. However, there's far more to life than winning or losing, which is precisely what I said in my last reply.

I'm in it for the feedback. So are my team members. So long as I get feedback, I don't give a flying fuck where I'm placed. Otherwise I'd have been a hell of a lot more strategic than I was.

I just need to get at least a few wins under my belt in order to know what does work. I found out over the last two weeks what doesn't. These three weeks have taught me far more than my six years on GameFAQs, and my eleven years in reviewing (music for the first six, not games). So whilst I thank you for your advice, I think we have somewhat different aims in life. What use is winning if you don't learn anything? :)
Vorty Vorty - August 06, 2007 (03:40 PM)
said Vorty's iffy TT history

Hey, if winning a TT is iffy, then...

Ok, Ok, 2006 was a pretty horrendous year for me and my team. I was a crap captain and I let both Overdrive and Lasthero down.

Now I'm back in a position where I've proved in the past to be successful in, you never know. Heck, I'm not saying I'll do a brilliant job at it but I'll give my foes as much hell as I can.

namely, he kept using hentai reviews even after the judges told him they didn't want to read that crap.

That's not true. I've only wrote one hentai review, which won a match in the 2005 tournament, and used it again in 2006 because I always assumed that it was one of my best reviews.

Fix gave me a hard time because I used a Metal Slug review (which I honestly thought was one of my best at the time)because he thought it wasn't a good idea to use a review of such a popular game. (Or something like that, I don't know exactly.)
bluberry bluberry - August 06, 2007 (07:10 PM)
"there's far more to life than winning or losing"

that's a relief. I won't feel bad about MERCILESSLY CRUSHING YOU. :D
lisanne lisanne - August 06, 2007 (07:43 PM)
Be my guest! Let's see what you're made of. ^_^
bluberry bluberry - August 07, 2007 (02:05 AM)
sugar and spice and VICTORY.
lisanne lisanne - August 07, 2007 (11:03 AM)
You talk tough, good sir. But can you survive the horror of the Covent Garden mime artist? *The Count off of Sesame Street style thunderbolt* They follow you around, you know. OH yes.

OH SNAP I said "thunderbolt".
Suskie Suskie - August 08, 2007 (08:45 AM)
Jeez. Why does everyone on HG get so goddamn snappy every time I say something? Am I really that much of an asshole?

If you're not at all concerned about winning, that's fine -- I just hope your teammates feel the same way. I'm competitive by nature, which means that while I'm very much open to criticism and ways to improve myself, I'm also in it to win. To each his (or her) own, I suppose.
lisanne lisanne - August 08, 2007 (11:16 AM)
I wasn't snapping, I was just clarifying my views on the matter.

Yep, my teammates feel exactly the same way I do. Winning isn't everything. If we were all ultra-competitive, the world would be an extraordinarily violent place and we'd probably all have been long dead by now. Survival of the fittest depends on inner strength, and that's something you get through co-operation. Whether it's a pack of wolves hunting as a team, or a group of reviewers on a website just participating in a fun little competition, we all have one thing in common: we'll ultimately be far more successful than the uber-competitive types.

Don't ever underestimate anyone. That's some of the best advice you'll ever get. People learn. I lost two weeks in a row. The third week, I won because I'd lost before. I listened to the critiques, and I took the advice contained within them. I'm still taking it.
espiga espiga - August 08, 2007 (05:41 PM)
I'm just glad you finally ditched TomClark. Like Suskie, as long as TomClark was on your team, I never felt you had a chance. With Vorty replacing him, Team Jockstrap may actually be a team to look out for. I'll be looking forward to our upcoming face-off. =]
lisanne lisanne - August 08, 2007 (05:45 PM)
Yeah, it'll certainly be interesting! I'm rather looking forward to it myself, actually.
Suskie Suskie - August 08, 2007 (05:52 PM)
Whatever the case, lisanne, I do wish you the best of luck over the next month. Because even if winning isn't your biggest concern, it still feels pretty good :)
lisanne lisanne - August 08, 2007 (10:55 PM)
Just try not to burn yourself out there, OK? I worry about you crazy kids!

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