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China Don't Care, But I Sure Do

I didn't know Ryan Davis personally. I never met him. I never talked to him or chatted with him. Yet, when the news of his passing was made public on Twitter early on the afternoon of July 8, I was profoundly shaken and saddened. It was as if someone had punched me in the gut. Hard.

It felt as if I had lost a dear friend I had known for many years.

I became a member of the GameSpot community back in 2002. I discovered Ryan while watching On The Spot and enjoyed his shenanigans with Jeff, Rich and the entire crew. The TimeTrotters series, although short lived, was some of the funniest stuff I've ever watched. When Jeff got ousted from GameSpot and founded Giant Bomb along with Ryan, I was sure to follow their antics.

One thing I will never forget about Ryan is his bellowing laugh. Some Quick Looks he did, especially the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince one (which is my favorite of all time), are absolutely hilarious. The chemistry and camaraderie he had with Jeff is something you don't see every day, and was genuine and true. I cannot even imagine how he feels right now.

In fact, all of this is hard to comprehend or wrap my head around. The man had just gotten married a couple of days before his passing and, from the snapshots I saw from the event, he looked so very happy. I feel profound sadness for his Giant Bomb colleagues Brad, Vinny, Drew, Alex, Patrick and, of course, Jeff. In fact, I feel profound sadness for those who knew the man, either very closely or only via video or podcasts. His laughter, his joie de vivre, his smile, all of it will be sorely missed.

Thank you Ryan, and may you rest in peace. Take care buddy.

DBoy's Ten - Part Two -- The First Of Many

Once I got that text blogging thing down, I was wondering if I should do video blogs. I had seen The Wesker and EightBitWarrior's videos and had thoroughly enjoyed them, but I was afraid to do one myself. Let's just say that I'm not much of a looker, which made me weary about putting my mug in front of a camera for the world to see.

Finally, I mustered up my courage and decided to give it a shot. So, on May 27, 2006, I posted my very first video blog on GameSpot. The result? A nervous little man talking about the Surrounding Force union (remember unions?), thoughts about Guitar Hero (the first one), Tournament TV (remember that?), my clan in Unreal Tournament 2004 (best online multiplayer shooter of all time) and the WWE. It still boggles my mind that the video got 587 views, especially with such bad video quality.

Nonetheless, here it is in all it's glory (or lack thereof).


Join me tomorrow for part 3, where I take a look at the videos that got the most views here on GameSpot.

DBoy's Ten - Part One -- The Early Years

This Friday, August 17, 2012, will mark my tenth year as a member of the GameSpot community. Wow. Ten years. It's been a long time and one hell of a wild ride, huh?

You guys are probably wondering how I came to join this wonderful website. Well, ladies and gentlemen, it's quite easy. I was looking for information on a video game (I don't remember which one) on the interwebs and came across a little website called GameSpot. After I had found the information I was looking for, I continued browsing on the site and discovered a plethora of awesome stuff, including videos, news, reviews, and much, much more. That's when I decided to make GameSpot my one (and, for a long time, only) stop for video game information.

Things sure have changed around here since 2002. Of course, the website looks nothing like it did 10 years ago. Without sounding as if I'm sucking up here (too late, I know), but this is one of the nicest looking video game websites on the web today. The staff has changed, again, obviously. Although I don't hang around here as often as I used to, I still enjoy the reviews from folks like Kevin Van Ord, Chris Watters and Carolyn Petit. I've always had a great rapport with the marvelous Justin Calvert and enjoy the always hilarious Escape From Mount Stupid episodes by the one and only Danny O'Dwyer.

Yeah, I don't write a blog a day like I used to, mainly because of lack of time and, I'll admit, interest, but I am always lurking in the shadows, reading your blogs, checking out staff reviews and videos, and so on. With this 10 year anniversary, I thought I'd look back at some moments that marked my time here at GameSpot and share them with all you wonderful people out there.

Let's start from the beginning, shall we? How about the very first blog I ever wrote. This was on September 5, 2004 and would mark the beginning of a very long streak. It's certainly not the longest nor the most interesting, but it was a start. I would go on to write 1071 blogs, touching on various subject matters such as video games, wrestling, movies, music and, even sometimes, death. I truly enjoyed writing them each day and, of course, reading your comments along the way (although, for some reason, I can't see them anymore).

Tomorrow, I'll look back on my very first video blog which would lead to the birth of a little something I would go on to call DBoy's Den.

I Don't Blog Much, But I Talk A Whole Lot

Don't believe that? You should follow me on Twitter and you'd believe me then. @DBoyDen is my username. Come join the fun!

And yeah, I haven't blogged as much as I said I would. Busy life, busy times. Will try to remedy that in the upcoming weeks, but as I said, I already talk a whole hell of a lot on Twitter and the United Gamedom podcast, that I don't have much to say when I come on here.

Diablo III? Hell yeah. Max Payne 3? Yes please!

Once again, follow me on Twitter @DBoyDen and also the United Gamedom podcast that I'm a part of @UnitedGamedom. Hope to see you guys soon!

It's Not DBoy's Den Yet, But...

Hello everybody! How's it been? I've been doing alright myself.

I know I promised you a DBoy's Den in the near future, and I was supposed to do it this past week, but caught some crappy flu bug. I don't think you would've enjoyed hearing me clear my throat every 10 seconds, so I decided to push it back for another week. Don't worry though, it is coming.

In the meantime, I invite you to listen to a podcast I appeared on during the weekend. The name of the podcast is The United Gamedom. It's a tad long (over 2 hours) but I think it is pretty damn good. Follow this linkor this oneand enjoy our ramblings about the Mass Effect 3 ending, WrestleMania 28 and other good stuff. While you're there, subscribe to their podcast and help them out.

Thanks for reading and I'll see you guys soon!

Are You Not Entertained?

Hello fellow GameSpotters / Giant Bombers! Just a quick little blog to let you know that, yes, I will be resurrecting DBoy's Den from its ashes and bringing it back in video form. I've even found the main subject for the first episode, and it will have to do with BioWare "modifying" Mass Effect 3's ending. Guess I need to finish the game before I start talking about it, eh?

However, here's where you guys come in. I will also answer your questions in this episode. So, just post your question in the comments section of the blog here and I will answer them on camera, for your viewing pleasure.

I have not determined a date yet, but as soon as I do, you guys will be the first to know.

Excited that I'm bringing the Den back? Don't care? Let me know what you think!

See you soon!

Welcome Home

So yeah, when I woke up this morning, I thought this would be a normal Thursday. I thought "Hey, this is the eve of my birthday, I doubt anything big will happen until tomorrow".

Boy was I wrong.

Giant Bomb. GameSpot. For over 2 years, 2 different entities, with interesting, innovative segment pieces with interesting, innovative people presenting them. Now, 2 become 1 once again. As soon as I read the news on Twitter, I actually let out a loud "WHAT?!" and then started smiling uncontrollably. It feels like when the cast of your favorite TV show get back together for a reunion. It's insanely awesome.

Bad things happened a couple of years ago. People got mad. People left. As a member of the GameSpot community for almost 10 years now, I feel like this is the beginning of something good, and if this new beginning can bring back some of the people who left way back when, it will be amazing. I must admit that I have been slacking off myself and not posting as much as I used to, but I will try my damnedest to fix that in the upcoming weeks.

I am incredibly stoked about this. These are exciting times my friends, and you can bet that your old friend NeoJedi will be there to see it all unfold.

Wonder Where I Went?

Hello! Wow. It's been a long while, hasn't it?

First off, a very happy new year to all of you guys and only the best for 2012.

Second, I don't really blog anymore (as you may have noticed). I don't really have the will nor the time to blog. Bummer, I know. However, you guys can follow your friendly neighborhood DBoy on Twitter (DBoyDen), Facebook (just try and find me there) or Xbox Live (DBoyDen). I usually post some pretty sweet stuff on Twitter, so that's your go-to place to get your daily fix of, well, me.

Lastly, my game of the year for 2011 is Saints Row: The Third. It's a hilarious, crazy thrillride that just keeps on giving. I clocked in 50 hours of game time and all but 2 achievements for the game. I thoroughly recommend it to all of you wonderful people.

Will I ever return to regular blogging or, hell, even video blogging? I have no idea. Only the future will tell.

Until then, au revoir !

DBoy's Den - You Need A Good Game To Play?

Go get L.A. Noire. Like, right now. Drop everything you're doing and just go.

In all honesty, I have never played a game like this before. It is unique, engrossing and very addicting. Story and voice talent are phenomenal. Rockstar has done it once again. Go. Get. This. Game.

Oh, and Portal 2 isn't half-bad either. Fantastic voice acting, interesting but repetitive puzzles, and an awesome credits song.

That is all. Now go, play games and enjoy summer.

DBoy's Den - A Question

Today's blog will consist of a question:

What's your most anticipated games of 2011?

Here's both of mine.