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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!
Today I reached another long-anticipated personal milestone: I posted what presently serves as my 600th review on the site. It's not actually the 600th that I've contributed here (a few years back, I went through and deleted a number of my earliest contributions that just weren't up to snuff), but it's a big moment for me just the same.
The plan wasn't to use The King of Fighters XIII as the 600th review. I had planned to review The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. But I'm not done with that game and I have a lot more to play before I'll feel comfortable reviewing it. I like to finish Zelda games before I review them, you know? So The King of Fighters XIII review was overdue and that moved it to the top of the heap.
I donít get to watch nearly as much anime as I might like, so there are a lot of surprises left for me to discover. Thatís especially true now that anime and manga have both caught on here in North America (more than they had when I was in high school, at least), and itís true because companies like NIS America are localizing interesting projects and making them almost impossible to resist. I canít imagine that I ever would have known something like ďWagnariaĒ even existed a few years ago, but now Iíve watched the deluxe set on DVD.
I hope that very soon, you'll see my review output increase.
As you may or may not know (most of you should know by now), I now work from home. That's how I make my money. I'm a freelancer and I write guides and reviews for meager pay but at least it's work I mostly enjoy. However, I've been filling a lot of time between assignments with Facebook social games.
This is stupid, of course. While Facebook social games aren't horrible, if you find the right ones, they're also not especially good compared to the many retro games I could be playing instead, or even a lot of the new releases that come through my apartment. So I plan to put more time into those--or into just chilling and watching movies and such--and less time into Facebook games.
I just finished my final shift at the large department store where I've worked for the last three years. It feels really good to know that the next time I go there, it'll be as a regular customer.
The job was decent, as retail jobs go. I was a cashier/clerk in the home electronic department for the last year and a half, and I was good at my job and got along with all of my coworkers and the customers. Everyone was sorry to see me go, and it was made abundantly clear that the door is open if I ever want to return.
Well, I'm pretty excited about some recent efforts to expand the site's audience, so I thought I'd post here.
First of all, the site's Facebook page has been updated and will now continue to see updates from yours truly. I can post links to reviews, find freelancers to cover games, run contests and solicit user feedback there and get information from potential new users on the site. It's a great way to bring our content to people conveniently, so that they'll be reminded that we exist even if they don't check into the site often.
Just so you know, I only need to post another 30 reviews and I will have 600 of my reviews live on this site at once. I've posted that many over the years, but in the early days some of my content sucked and was written from memory after not playing certain games for years, so I have long since removed those reviews. When I hit 600 this time, it'll be something special.
Not so very long ago, I remember talking to Masters on AIM and I was around 35 or 40 reviews from hitting 500 reviews. It seemed like such an impossible number to me, and each new review was like pulling teeth at the time. Now, here I am in a similar situation as I approach 600 reviews. I don't know why big numbers like that psych me out, but they do and always have.
I just thought I'd take a moment to congratulate you all on a great week. We've posted reviews every day since at least April 24th and there's been some great content coming through the site from a nice mix of contributors.
I know that each review represents a shared experience that doesn't just happen because you played a game. It's the result of playing, thinking and finding a way to communicate effectively. I appreciate each of you who chose to share those experiences here at HonestGamers.