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Hi, it's just me, SirRiffAlot.

So it seems that my hiatus was not due to my death, I just experienced this odd thing that others call "life." I'm still not too sure what that was all about but it made me do things I don't ever want to do again. So here I am, back to this old place and I just thought I'd let you know. You probably couldn't care about me or my return, but I just thought it would be nice to inform you.

Back to work, people!

The Impossible Task of Cancelling an Xbox Live Membership

Why, Microsoft? Why?

I have currently been in an on-going struggle in an attempt tp cancel my 12 month Xbox Live membership renewal. I purchased my Xbox about two years ago, at the same time, I also signed up for an Xbox gold membership. However, I had encountered a problem while trying to get activated, I was not able to use the e-mail I desired to use. So, I (rather haphazardly) made another e-mail so I could experience the wonders of the Xbox!

Two years have passed and I have purchased a Wii, Playstation 3, and most importantly, a PC. Now, I have no grudge against the Xbox 360, but with these three new installments in my collection, I no longer require one. So I have decided to sell the 360, but before I could ever do that, I would first have to cancel my membership renewal. I though to myself "I'll just turn on my Xbox, go to the membership tab and cancel the renewal process!" But no, I was wrong. Oh, how wrong I was!

There is absolutely no "Cancel Renewal" button anywhere to be found on the Xbox's interface. Instead, you must go online, go to the Xbox website, navigate yourself to the support tab, then surf through the numerous other support types to the "OH GOD, PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US" page, or the cancellation page as it's better known as:

And more!

Now, at this point, I'm already feeling pretty flustered. I think to myself "Ugh, fine. Now all I need to do is sign in, easy enough." Once again; I was horribly mistaken.

I had forgotten everything about the e-mail I had originally used to activate my membership. This means, my password, and the secret answer to question I had used. I even forgot the e-mail at one point!

Now, I was legitimately pissed off.

I just sent an e-mail to Xbox support explaining my situation and I'm just about ready to throw my Xbox out the window. I also happen to know that I'm not the only one who is fed up with the lack of a simpler cancellation process: - About eleven people are having the same problems in the comment section.

So, at the end of all of this frustration, I am more than likely going to have to wait about 2 days for a responding e-mail and then another hair pulling hour on the phone trying to get things sorted out. All of which could have been easily avoided if Microsoft had had the common sense to add a "Cancel Renewal" button SOMEWHERE on the Xbox's interface. Personally, I find this to be absolutely unacceptable.

Perfect for those masochists out there, though!

Why Can't We Be Friends?

As I'm pretty sure you all know by now, Gamespot has launched it's "All Time Greatest Hero" contest. Along with the contest, complaints. People all over the Internet have begun to voice their opinions on the voting process. From Youtube to a personal blog, people continue to find new ways of complaining about the polls.

Now, the thing that seems to upset people the most isn't the fact that Gamespot left out their favorite hero, or that their vote didn't count, but it is the certain heroes that make it into the next match-up, specifically, Bub and Bob. People seem to believe that there are certain characters that are "supposed" to make it into the next round only, and when that specific character doesn't, they get infuriated.

Going into this, I believed that Master Chief would make it all the way, but I was surprised to learn that he lost in his very first match-up. Now this is upsetting people, upsetting people VERY MUCH. There are currently hundreds of Gamespotters exclaiming that foul play was involved in the voting process, while others believe that it was just good wholesome message spreading at it's finest.

Personally, I have no idea what to think of this. I've honestly stopped caring about the contest throughout all the bickering and fighting that's taken place over the past few days. If Duke Nukem wins, so be it. If Cloud wins, that's great! In the end, it's not going to affect who I believe is the greatest of them all, and I'm hoping it doesn't affect you.

I love you Phoenix Wright.

Gained 45 EXP, Level Up!

Level 16: Magician Lord

Magician Lord

"The player controls the wizard Elta, the last magician lord, on his quest to save his homeland from the evil wizard Gal Agiese. The evil wizard is seeking the god of destruction Az Atorse whom he plans to resurrect this using eight tomes of mystical power. As Elta, the player must battle through eight levels to find each of the tomes before he can reach Gal's fortress, and seal away the evil deity once again."

It's nice to finally get out of level 15 and into 16, and just in time too, seeing as how tomorrow is my one year anniversary here at Gamespot! :D For the occasion I'll be posting a big fantastical blog to celebrate, so just you guys wait.

Now, on a more serious note. In case you guys haven't noticed, I really haven't been as active as I used to be, it's for a good reason though...I just forgot about Gamespot. :P But don't you guys worry, today I'll be posting a comment in each of your blogs to try to mend the broken relationships with everybody. Sorry about that...

SRA, signing off!

My TF2 days are over.

Please note: I haven't played my 360 much lately so this patch comes as quite a surprise to myself.

As some of you may know, Team Fortress 2 has recently been updated with a patch for 360 owners. As some of you may also know, this patch is absolute trash.

Taken from

"The update did not manage to stuff in a half-dozen c1ass updates, new maps, and new gameplay modes that PC users have been enjoying over the past year. Nor does it seem to include a proper fix for some map exploits.

What it does do is offer the option to toggle critical hits and limit the number of players who can choose a certain c1ass meaning some games you'll join may completely rule out the option to play as a Pyro or Heavy. What else it offers, we're not yet sure. We contacted Valve earlier today, but have yet to receive clarification about today's changes to the Xbox 360 version of the game."

Yes that's right, we now have a limit on which c1ass we can choose from. This means that if your joining a match hoping to burn some Scouts as a Pyro, you will, now, most likely not be able to. Instead, you'll probably have to play out an entire match with a team of snipers, while the other team can be whatever they want. The idea of having other people choose who you play as is simply moronic. It's not fun and it doesn't help even out the battlefield.

I've personally joined 15 matches already where every other c1ass but one has been limited on my team, usually sniper or spy. What's more is that the opposing team apparently had every c1ass to choose from. Now this wouldn't be nearly as bad if we had the ability to at least switch which c1ass we have to play as, but for some God-forsaken reason, we didn't. I had absolutely no idea who controlled the c1ass limitation rules but it certainly wasn't from our team. So this went to make me believe that the host had the almighty power to make our entire team play as the good ol' Snoipa', which, to be honest with you, is broken.

Now before I get anybody coming in and saying "Why don't you just get the PC version?" I want to let you know that I don't have the money to be whisked away on such extravagances. Trust me, if I did, I wouldn't have gone through the trouble to write this rant.

I'm not saying that I hate Team Fortress 2 and/or Valve but what I am saying is that if Valve is attempting to enhance TF2's console version experience, than they need to start worrying less about "glitches" and more about proper c1ass updates. I mean, it has been over a year now. What's the hold up, Valve?

Apparently, I Got A New Emblem!

I just looked over my emblems and I have acquired a new one! :)

Points Junkies.

Why buy games for any other platform when you can unlock 200-1000+ points on this platform? These devotees don't believe in ports or multiplatform titles, there is only one platform from which they can get their fix and their entertainment. The games may be 20+ years old, brand new, or online-only. Whether purchased with cash, credit, or the Microsoft Points (no, the other kind), they are just more points waiting to be harvested. These collectors' digits amount to a gamerscore that would make your grandmother weep with envy.


Welcome back, Kotter.

Kotter being me, of course.

So I'm back from my unannounced trip to Ontario and I must say, It's good to be back in Calgary. I don't want to get into too much detail about what I did over there, but I can say I had oodles of fun. Oodles, and oodles of fun.

So apart from oodles of fun, I also did some rekindling with an old friend, my Nintendo DS. After beating GTA: Chinatown Wars, we had a bit of a fallout with each other. Luckily, the announcement of SMT: Devil Survivor hyped me up so much, I had to get in touch with the little thing again. Now, I'm playing nearly anything that looks like fun, I was also able to get my brother to put aside a copy of Mario and Luigi: Partners in time for myself, Huzzah!

Speaking of Mario, in case you haven't noticed, my theme has changed once again. It was all inspired by anything and everything Mario. It also got me thinking about a cool little project I could work on, this is where you guys come in. I need you to name some games from the 8 to 16-bit era (preferably side-scrollers) so I can make themes from them. I know you guys can do it and it would also save me some time. So if you do, by chance, know any older games, shout 'em out so I can manipulate them into nifty little banners :3

And, since we haven't had one in quite some time, I believe it's time for the:


James Wong's adaptation of Sgt. Frog.