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Diablo 3 Swag Signed By Blizzard

I went down to the Diablo III launch event hosted by Blizzard down in Irvine. It was a VERY long night. I didn't leave until 4:15 in the morning and then had a 1.5 hour trip home. But I did get some cool swag...



The Way It Was Meant To Be

Well hello everyone, long time no speak. I've been on Gamespot almost every single day since I last blogged, but between graduating from Georgetown University, working at Apple and then moving out to LA, I've been a bit busy and stopped blogging.

However, as a person so invested in the Gamespot community for almost 8 years, I felt the need to express myself on this momentous occasion. I'm so thrilled that the wounds of the past have finally healed. Having worked closely with the Gamespot staff, many of which have become close friends of mine, I know how ecstatic they are right now. Both people in front of the camera and behind it, in every aspect of the business, are happy to have Jeff, Ryan, Vinny, Brad and Drew back. Simply put, they were integral elements of the site.

The people at Gamespot and GiantBomb are enormously passionate about the video game industry and creative content. Giving both sides the best resources allows for the future to seem brighter than any other point in this site's history. This site has been the outlet that allowed me to explore and express my passion for the video game industry and I'm so happy that it is evolving. I'm so appreciative for this great community and the people who work so hard to maintain the tremendous quality.

Congrats to all!

Your friend,


I'm Not Going to E3, But My Summer Job is Amazing

Hey Guys,

I wanted to write a blog today because I am preparing to move out to California for the summer. Another year done at Georgetown means that I have about 13 weeks of summer vacation. I had a very successful semester, receiving five A's and an A-, passing my French fluency exam, and getting an amazing internship.

I'm moving to a little town in northern California. Its the home to an amazing company, that I will be working for all summer. This company is:

Yep. Apple. I'm a paid intern in the Marketing and Applications departments at Apple's HQ at 1 Infinity Loop, Cupertino, CA. I'm incredibly excited about the prospect of working for such an amazing company!

They are paying me a very good salary, giving me free housing, and a very nice discount on products. They set up a lot of nice things for the interns because they are trying to get most of us to work for them after college.

One of the first things we do, will be next Thursday. Every Thursday, an executive will come to eat with the interns at a luncheon and talk and answer questions. The first person who is doing it is none other than Steve Jobs. Pretty sweet, eh?

Of course, this means that I will not be able to go to E3 for the first time in three years. It was really difficult to RSVP "no" to Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo for their press conferences and not be able to see all my friends that I have made at Gamespot and other gaming companies and publications. However, I am determined to do a great job this summer, go up to visit the Gamespot guys (I will have a car for my 12 week internship) and really learn some valuable things. Who knows, maybe I will get a full time job offer!


Today Is My 22nd Birthday

I am 22 years old today. Its very difficult to compete with Jesus Christ for attention on my birthday, so its been an interesting day...

I haven't been playing much, but I did get Final Fantasy 13 and God of War 3 for my birthday.

I have some very awesome, big news for later this week.


Video Game Addiction

Last night I watched an episode of MTV's True Life about video game addiction. It followed two college students who were struggling to maintain their video game playing with their work and relationships. Playing hours upon hours of Call of Duty, Halo, and Fallout, the two gamers were escaping into virtual worlds where the pressures of real life couldn't touch them. They both were able to balance their gaming habits and their lives to achieve some success during one of their final semesters of college, but I didn't feel that it adequately portrayed how difficult it is to overcome.

Video game addiction is a taboo subject in the industry. Gamers and developers alike see the debate over whether or not video game addiction exists as an attack on the bourgeoning industry. Accepting that video games have addictive qualities is often perceived as giving ammunition to anti-video game lobbyists who seek to control the creation, sale, and use of video games, especially to children.

As a gamer who worked with the Entertainment Consumer's Association (ECA) trying to protect the rights of gamers from infringements of their rights as consumers, I felt as though I was in a tough position. The truth of the matter is that I knew I was addicted to video games.

During middle school I played video games more than the average person, but no more than an hour a day. I loved video games, but I was able to balance it well with my commitments at school, to my sports teams, and to my family. However, as I moved to high school my love of games developed into an obsession. I began to buy lots of games for a lot of different systems and I also discovered the vastness of the video game community online.

I played video games for a couple hours a day while balancing it with the other parts of my life. This balance was disrupted because of something that happened one day at school. Unfortunately, while at a big public high school I was the victim of a robbery at knife point when I was 15. Oddly enough it was my Game Boy SP which was stolen from me. This experience was quite a traumatic one. Despite the kid getting caught and arrested, I soon found myself suffering from anxiety attacks and depression associated with the incident. My personal way of dealing with these issues was to jump head first into a lot of video games.

Playing tons of games was a way to escape the problems that I was dealing with at the time. My time spent gaming increased exponentially over the next year as well as my time spent on video game websites. Essentially my goal was to ostracize myself from my inner demons-- a goal that I unfortunately sucessfully achieved.

My video game playing consumed my other interests and hobbies. I was no longer playing sports, reading, or doing many of the other activities that made me happy in the past. I relied on video games and soon I found myself addicted, unable to stop playing. Around this time the Xbox 360 launched and I became obsessed with getting achievement points. I played hundreds of (mostly crappy) games in order to get a high gamerscore and to impress my circle of friends. However, about this same time I found that I was using video games primarily as a mood regulator, a way for me to make myself feel better when I was feeling upset or nervous. In the past, I utilized exercise to help me feel better, but excercising was yet another casualty of my video game obbession.

My parents approached me on several occassions wanting to talk about my addiction to video games. They saw it negatively affecting my life and were worried about me. At first, like any addict, I resisted. I didn't have a problem, I could stop playing whenever I wanted to. I just really liked video games, I want to work in the industry! However, it was clear to my parents and friends that my gaming habits had consumed my life and I was unwilling and unable to stop playing.

My parents made the decision to take away my video games to prevent me from playing, hoping that going cold-turkey would help me re-realize my other interests. If you couldn't predict, this strategy didn't work well. Without my games I was unable to deal with my anxieties and low mood state that I had beeen struggling with constantly since my violent encounter a few years before. I reacted badly. I began lying to my parents and played games behind their back. I was able to get money together to buy a Nintendo DS and play it at school or in my locked room while pretending to do homework. In addition, the lack of video games didn't inhibit me from thinking about them all the time. I had the internet!

Realizing that their strategy wasn't working my parents relented and let me have my games back. Playing video games wasn't preventing me from doing well in school but it was preventing me from having a vibrant teenage social life. Over the course of these years I distanced myself from certain friends who didn't have the same kind of commitment to gaming that I did. Needless to say, my circle of friends shrank dramatically.

I finally admitted that I had a problem with video game addiction in my senior year of high school. Instead of just playing games all the time or wasting time on internet forums talking about them, I began to read about the inner workings and history of the industry, as well as starting to do freelance video game journalism. This limitation of game time allowed me to live a more balanced and successful life. In addition, I lost a good amount of weight and was excited to start college.

Freshmen year was going pretty well until I had another life altering moment that rekindled my video game addiction. I was given the news a few months into the semester that I had a horrible illness. Understandably distraught, the news derailed my life and caused me to start playing video games obsessively again. I couldn't and didn't want to deal with my health problems and I filled the void with games.

That summer, I realized that I was once again addicted to video games. I needed to figure out a way to deal with the addiction because it was preventing me from living a fulfilling life. Slowly but surely I began to limit my game playing. Instead of having three systems around me at all times, I had one. Instead of buying a dozen games a month, I bought one. When I yearned to sit around playing games when I was feeling worried or anxious about my health situation, I forced myself to go and excercise.

Over time I realized that I was no longer using video games as a mood regulator. I was buying and playing a lot fewer games, but at the same time I was becoming well-read about the issues surrounding the industry. My passion for other things, particularly sports and reading, came back quickly. Games were no longer an addiction--they were a hobby. More importantly, my increase in knowledge of the video game industry opened up new opportunities to me.

I used to write blogs on Gamespot all the time and I used to play hours of games a day. Video games and the gaming culture had become an addiction. My admitting that there was a problem was the first step to alievating the situation. Obviously my story is an extreme and some will see this as nothing more than a diatribe against video games and the people who play them. However, I still am a gamer and I realize that like so many other things (drugs, alcohol, movies, music, books, sex), video games need to be used in moderation. My experiences shouldn't lend credence to anti-video game lobbyist's arguments about preventing the use or sale of video games but should rather inform peopl that like so many other things video games can be addicting.

Video games don't need warning labels about their addictive qualities, but the games industry shouldn't ignore the fact that they can turn from hobby to obsession to addiction. What we need is more dialogue about the issue. Hopefully this article will spread some awareness around this great gaming community.

I Need Writers: You Interested?

Hey everyone. I'm back at Georgetown starting my junior year which is gong well.

My websiteEntertainium.orglaunched last month pretty but we didn't have a constant stream of content. This has now changed. My friend Matt and I are the only principle writers but we are both putting out a lot of reviews every week for television shows.

Our plan is ambitious, to review the releases in the video game industry, movies, new albums, and every televisions episode as possible. It has taken a lot of work and I need your help.

Thus I am asking if anyone would like to write for the site. You can write pretty much whatever you want, but I am looking for video game content in particular. By signing up you will:

  • Have content up on an emerging entertainment site
  • Gain valuable experience from people who have written for major sites
  • Gain industry contacts
  • Eventually get paid

Other Immediate Perks:

  • Opportunities to go to game preview events for companies like THQ
  • Ability to attend to E3 next year
  • Free games and DLC in the coming months

If you are interested, post here, or email me at . It would be helpful to include any writing samples as well as your name, age, location, which consoles you own and what you want to write about. I can't say that everyone will be accepted but I will do my best to give everyone a fair shot.

I would also love for you guys to listen to my podcast for the site, called The Byline(which you can download AND subscribe to through iTunes). You could also tell me what you think about the site.

Thanks and I look forward to your thoughts and your help!


100 Emblems?!

It was brought to my attention late last night that I recieved two new emblems. I haven't done an emblem blog is a really, really long time, but these two latest additions are pretty monumental. The reason? They bring me to 100 emblems. I am the first person to reach the three figure emblem mark here on Gamespot and it is something I take some pride in.

I normally get a couple of messages a week asking how to get emblems or just commenting on the stack (as seen below). People ask me all the time which ones are my favorite, how I got them, and could I help others out in the quest.

I thought I would tell you guys my favorite emblems. First of all, the soapbox. Its a really important distinction because its hand picked by the editors and highlights users who write thought-provoking articles about the video game world. Second, the bounty hunter. This award was given out at the Gamespot Community Nights by an editor. Kevin VanOrd gave me this after I did pretty well in the Perfect Dark Zero game night.

Do emblems mean a whole lot? Probably not. I like them because they are a kind of scrap book of all the great things I have participated in while visiting this site. I am not completely obsessed with obtaining them, I won't miss appointments, work or school to stay at home and watch, but I would be upset if they dissappeared.

They remind me of specific moments I have had on this site. Pretty vivid memories. All the tournaments, watching the E3 coverage every year, podcasts, gameshows, contests, polls, etc.

Heres to 100 more (over the next five years of course...)


Epic E3 Picture Blog

So here is an E3 picture blog. I know it was a couple of months ago, but whatever, hopefully you will enjoy it! I took about 1,000 photos over the three days, but I obviously couldn't upload them all. I chose some I thought you would like


Sitting at the Microsoft Press Conference

Paul and Ringo come out to talk about The Beatles Rock Band

Kojima Explaining his Xbox 360 Project

Random Final Fantasy XIII thing on a building near the convention center

I was sitting next to Brian Crecente and Stephen Totilo of Kotaku and Jeremy Parish of 1UP and we were all like ....

Uncharted 2! We had pretty damn good seats at all the press conferences!

Kojima Again

God of War III. I would be seeing this better later...

Me and the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet

Steve Wiebe attempts the Donkey Kong world record

Told you I would see God of War III better...

With Jade Raymond

Playing The Beatles Rock Band, which was just amazingly fun

With Alex Rigopolus

Setting sun on the convention center...till next year E3!


That was just about the most annoying blog post I have ever done. Uploading images, resizing them, etc.

Hope you enjoyed it. Comments and questions are most appreciated!


Screenshots With Captions!

I noticed the new Gamespot feature of creating a caption for screenshots. Its a very simple feature but kudos to the staff and to Jody for coming up with more activities revolving around the community.

I have had a little bit of practice with this because many of the reviews I have written require a humorous caption. This new activity was nonetheless exciting. I came up with a caption for the below picture and I found it pretty funny. Keep in mind, it is very corny, but I think its pretty good.

I told it to Legolas_Katarn while we were playing Resident Evil 5 and he found it pretty funny so I thought I would share it with you all.

"You can't possibly hurt me! You said you would never hit a girl or hurt a fly, and you're allergic to dairy!"

Well, I hope you found it amusing...

Tell me what you think below!


I realized that I never showed you guys my pictures from E3! Although I can't show you them all (I literally took about 1,000 pictures over the three days) I will try to do a blog this weekend with some of the highlights. I also wanted to do a blog about some games I have recently been playing, so that should be coming soon as well.