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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!
A brief-ish explanation of an addition to the site.
I had resisted it, but today I added system listings on the site for iOS and Android.
The last few years have seen remarkable growth in mobile gaming, to the point where it no longer makes sense to ignore it completely, even if the bulk of mobile games are just crappy clones of one another. You could argue that a lot of console games these days commit that same offense, and I probably wouldn't even think you were nuts.
We previously had iPhone/iPad listings on the site, but they weren't supported all that heavily and I removed them. I don't recall ever having Android listings.
There are actually more reasons to write here than you might have realized. Allow me to enumerate...
Consider this post not only a thrilling Top 10 list (don't you just love those?), but also an invitation to write here at HonestGamers. If you already contribute, you know most or all of what I'm going to say. If this is your first visit to the site, though, or if you haven't been around in a long while, or if you've just never had time for an in-depth look at the site and what it offers, I hope you'll keep reading.
I've given it some thought, and here's what I think we can expect from Nintendo these next 2+ years...
One of the neat things about Nintendo is that the company still likes to try and surprise its fans--hopefully to their resulting delight--and that hasn't changed in the more than 25 years I've been playing the company's games. Because Nintendo isn't afraid to be unpredictable from time to time, and because at other times it plays things ridiculously safe, I have a lot of fun imagining what steps the company might take next. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of my own predictions--and the reasoning behind them--so I can look back later and see how ludicrously wrong I was (or gloat if I happen to be right).
So, here's how I think things will go with Nintendo games and hardware through the end of 2017 or so...
Hopefully, it's only a matter of time...
A short time back, I put together this post naming the 50 NES games that I thought should come to the Virtual Console service for Wii U.
Today, I was cleaning my office, and as one thing led to another (it's a long, boring story), I wound up putting together a new list. This new list names the NES games that are currently available on the Wii version of the Virtual Console, but which haven't yet been updated for Wii U.
As close to a pure thrill ride as anything a movie I've watched has delivered in quite some time.
Last night I watched "John Wick" and now it ranks among my favorite action movies of all time. Admittedly, I haven't watched as many films of that sort as some people, but I loved "The Transporter," I thought "The Bourne Identity" was terrific and now I like this one.
"John Wick" is not the sort of movie that would work if it took itself seriously. It is a fun movie, not a good or especially complex one. Essentially, it is 100 minutes of action, broken up occasionally by sappy sentimentality that quickly gives Keanu Reeves' character motivation to shoot someone in the face at point blank range.
Is the site faster for you yet?
The server move appears to be going well, aside from one issue I'll address at the end of this post. Last night, I updated the nameservers, and this morning, the honestgamers.com domain is loading pages from the new server.
This part of the process is largely out of my hands, but I am happy with the results so far. Basically, the way the Internet works is that a domain name is registered with a registrar (GoDaddy, in this case) and you tell that host where to direct traffic that seeks out that domain name. Sites around the Internet then periodically check to make sure that they are still pointing to the right place, but sometimes they won't check for 24 to 48 hours.
Now I'm just going to have to read the books...
Ever since I watched and enjoyed "Taken," I've had an addiction of sorts to Liam Neeson movies. I haven't watched them all, but any time I see his name on the poster or DVD cover or whatever, I am that little bit more likely to pay to see the film in question.
"A Walk Among the Tombstones" found its way into my collection because it had other things working in its favor, as well. It is based on a 1992 novel by mystery writer Lawrence Block, who wrote a series of books I've never read, and I've been on a mystery kick lately. It also had a plot that sounded a bit like "Taken," meaning there was the promise of Liam Neeson running around and kicking butt with his set of skills.