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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!

Of Ads and Facebook
May 15, 2015

Though it might not be immediately evident to the casual observer, I'm working very hard to make sure that HonestGamers has a real future, rather than simply withering away and dying like a number of game sites before it. A lot of what I'm doing right now isn't particularly visible and amounts to me just messing around in the database, adding and updating game listings, but today I've made a couple of changes that are more noticeable and I thought I would talk about them here.

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Weekend Site Enhancements and Tweaks
May 03, 2015

This weekend, I've thoroughly surprised myself. In addition to implementing the 5-star rating system (which I posted about here once it was done), I spent most of yesterday and today working on additional site features, as well as updating features that already existed.

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5-Star Ratings Are Here
May 01, 2015

Thank you for your feedback, questions, and comments in the previous thread where I proposed that the site adopt a new 5-star rating system, to replace the 10-point scale. There was no consensus on any of it, but I was able to get a good sense of what everyone wants.

As of this evening, the site uses a 5-star rating system. Most of you were either in favor of a change to a 5-star system, or neutral. One of you wanted a 4-point scale instead.

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Today I Learned That My Wife Has Cancer
April 29, 2015

Today, my wife had an appointment with the ear, nose and throat specialist she has been seeing for some time, and we got some bad news we weren't expecting.

In 2014, my wife found that a lump had formed behind her ear, and it wasn't going away with casual treatment. We figured it made sense to see a doctor about it, and he referred us to the local specialist, who decided it was worth performing a biopsy on the lump. That didn't determine anything useful, so she prescribed a CT scan.

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What do you all think of a review scoring system change?
April 25, 2015

I'm thinking it might be time to adjust how we rate games. We have had the 1-10 scale since the site's inception. Initially, it allowed for decimals. So you would see scores like 7.3 or whatever. A number of years ago, we did away with the decimals and only allowed whole numbers.Now, I'm thinking we would go to a five-star system, so you would see a little image of five stars next to one another, with a one-word description to the right, like so:***** = Terrible***** = Poor***** = Unremarkable***** = Good***** = AwesomeIt would look a bit prettier than that, maybe, but you get the idea.

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Here's a fascinating Gurumin Q&A with Nihon Falcom's president, Toshihiro Kondo
April 23, 2015

Gurmin is another terrific action-RPG from Nihon Falcom, the studio known for its work on Ys and Legend of Heroes, among other classics. In North America, you can enjoy it on PSP and now on Steam, as well.

When we learned that Gurumin was finally coming to Steam, we reached out to see about obtaining a review key. That initial contact led to the opportunity to send some questions along to Toshihiro Kondo, president at Nihon Falcom. I had some questions ready to go, but I knew how closely zigfried has followed the company for years and I figured he was the perfect guy to come up with a bunch of others besides... which he did!

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My wife had surgery yesterday
April 17, 2015

My wife had surgery yesterday, to remove a tumor just below and behind her right earlobe. We paid previously to have a cat scan done, which didn't tell the doctors whether or not the tumor is benign or cancerous. So it had to come out.

There wasn't a doctor here in town who felt up to the task, so we had to drive to Albany. Yesterday was our second trip because of the surgery, with the first visit being a consultation with the surgeon. We showed up an hour early, because we weren't sure we would find the hospital without issue... but we did thanks to the Google Maps app in my phone. They were happy that we showed up early and wheeled my wife right in for prep. Then, several hours later, they finally operated.

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