And this isn't my goodbyes; I assure you I'll tell you when I'm leaving GS, either temporarily or forever.
I don't know how many people read this statement, nor do I expect it to be very many aside from myself. But it's always bugged me. Even though I essentially said "Yeah I'm probably leaving this website," I said this isn't my last blog, even though for three years it was. So I'm coming back after three years, to write one last entry for a mediocre blog I used to write when I was in High School that nobody will probably read.
Oh, GameSpot. GameSpot, GameSpot, GameSpot. Where do I begin? I guess I should begin by starting with the beginning. NSider. NSider was the birth of my internet presence. The website where I learned first-hand all of the different rules of internet posting; what people like in a poster, what people don't like in a poster, etc. I suppose I was more of a "lurker" on that site, for my post count was much lower than it should have been for someone who spent as much time on that website as I did back in the day. On September 17, 2007, NSider was closed.
This date is memorable to me because it's the same as my join date for GameFAQs and, by extension, this website. Once NSider closed, my plan was to start visiting GameFAQs, as it was already becoming my "backup" site and I had already lurked a couple boards. For those not familiar with GameFAQs, the forum has a layout that's quite different from most other websites. There is a board for every console, a board for every game, and in addition to that there are many other boards for socializing and general interests! I was very overwhelmed, and I hadn't quite found my "home" yet at the time. The only board I found that I really frequented was the sub-board for the Wii board, since the main Wii board was universally considered awful. However, in early 2008 I started finding other websites that I became a part of. I found NSider2 (which I left in less than a year). I found Backloggery (which I am still a member of, and I regularly check other users on there).
And I found this site, GameSpot. I originally went on the forums, but I quickly discovered the blog community; people who would write blogs, and comment on the blogs of others'. I found this intriguing. I added my entire game collection to the site and started following other peoples' blogs. I started writing blogs myself. Looking over them I think most of them were pretty poorly written. I made a lot of.....I wouldn't say friends, but people I was acquainted with and enjoyed talking to. BlueJ33, Cloud551, GeekyDad, and Aberinkulas. All good people. Not sure if they still remember me, but I remember them. In retrospect I'm surprised any of them followed me, because they were all a hell of a lot better at writing about video games than I was.
I left GameSpot because I felt like a lot of people I liked from here were just becoming less active. That's true. So what have I done since then? Well, during the tail end of my time here at GameSpot, I began to frequent a board on GameFAQs called Nonstop Gaming-General. I think this description fits the board well:
"Nonstop Gaming General. The place where trolls go to troll trolls. If youve come here looking for an intelligent discussion about gaming, then welcome to hell. Express your opinion your favorite game, and watch the game get ripped to shreds before your very eyes. High-profile, critically-acclaimed games found in Top 100 of All Time lists are our favorite snack. Your sanity is for dessert. Spend enough time reading our posts, and the line between trolling and honest expression wont blur; it will blow the f*** up. Your favorite game is mediocre at best. Youre playing the gimped version of your favorite game. There is a game ten times better than your favorite game on a console you dont have, or requires a gaming PC more powerful than you can afford. Is your favorite game over 10 years old? Its horribly outdated and you must be wearing nostalgia goggles to enjoy it. A near-perfect game, you say? Well take the slightest flaw and blow out of proportion so the game looks Superman 64 bad. Any 9/10 game is overrated, and 8.9 or below game is a disappointing sub-par flop. Ever want to see over 15 people agree that The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is utter garbage? Welcome aboard. Once you start, you wont want to stop."
But aside from that, it's a fun community. 95% or so of the community is very tongue-in-cheek with their posts. To put it in very frank GameSpot terms, it's like System Wars except it doesn't suck. Over the years I've become addicted. I've made friends. Not just people whose blogs I comment on or posts I respond to every now and then, but people who I IM and PM outside of the board on a somewhat regular basis. I've actually made a name for myself; whereas on other sites, I've always just been seen a generic poster who almost no one can remember. I have my gimmicks, my posting tendencies, and all that jazz.
I also post a lot on the Current Events board, which is just sort of an off-topic board. I usually go there to pass the time, and I don't like it very much. I just kind of go there out of habit. I also still visit the current incarnation of that sub-Wii board I mentioned earlier. I've known the people there for years, so it's very small and tightly knit at this point.
I'm also currently on suspension for various Terms of Usage-breaking antics that I won't spell out here, which is partially why I'm posting this as I can't view said boards. However I've been frequenting an IRC chat that a lot of members there frequent just to stay into contact with them.
So, yeah, that's where I've been. So what have I been doing, in terms of actual gaming? Hm, well, let's see. I remember I got a PS3 a few weeks after I stopped coming here. I remember I was pretty fanatical about the "Wii60" stuff when I posted here, and that's pretty much gone at this point. To be honest I haven't actually played my PS3 much in the three years I've owned it since for a while I originally just purchased it as a family media center and because I continued buying almost all my multiplatform titles for the 360, but I have enjoyed it as a console. Uh, I've become more focused on handhelds I guess. I already own 20 3DS games after owning one for two years even though it had a slow start. I suppose that's because Japanese devs are focusing more on handhelds, and the vast majority of games I played are developed by Japanese developers. I got a PC a year or two ago that can run games. I have a huge backlog for it and in that time I still haven't played many games for it, since it's just kind of a backburner thing. I'm still a pretty big Nintendo fan. I'm about as big as I was when I was here, though in retrospect I don't think I adequately explained why I liked Nintendo, nor did I ever mention my few qualms with the company, which probably made me look like a bigger fanboy than I actually am. I own a Wii U. I like it as a console but I haven't bought a single game for it since launch.
I'm interested in all of the next-gen platforms though. As of now I'm only a Wii U/3DS owner, but I plan to own a Vita, PS4, and an Xbox One by the end of 2014. I'm still not convinced that the Vita is very viable from a financial standpoint, but I think that whatever happens to it, it'll end up having its place in the gaming spectrum. Whether that is that it ends up being the next Sega Saturn/DreamCast-like platform, that faces an early death but has a cult following, or if it ends up continuing a longer lifecycle as a viable platform for Indie games and obscure RPGs is to be seen. The PS4 seems to be more appealing than the Xbox One, with its cheaper price point and superior hardware that will likely run multiplatform titles better. And even though I was vehemently anti-Xbox One from the day it was announced, I have since reconciled and warmed up to the console now that Microsoft has done a complete 180 on their policies. Even though I'll probably get most of my multiplatform titles on the PS4, Crimson Dragon, Killer Instinct, and the new Halo are all more intriguing to me than any of the PS4 exclusive titles (since Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 aren't actually exclusives). However,i I am still very skeptical about Microsoft's DRM and used game policies, and the Xbox One still the least interesting of all of the platforms overall to me (aside from maybe Vita). The Wii U and 3DS both have awesome looking lineups as well. While the Wii U's first year was disappointing, it looks to have plenty of good games on the horizon, with Super Smash Bros. 4 and X being my most anticipated ones. And the 3DS is beasting in a manor so impressive that I can't even list all of the titles I want for it. I may even have to buy a third system from Japan so I can play all of the import-only titles I want for it!