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Don't make me do it....

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Microsoft? Ubisoft? Let's talk.

Ubi, we all know you have a completed demo of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter. We've seen it at industry events, and we've seen Xbox insiders comment about it. We know the game is done.

Microsoft, you have this awesome XBL Marketplace that makes distributing demos really easy and conveinent. Its one of those features that distinguishes the Xbox 360 as a console.

Now, you guys not getting together and making a Marketplace demo is the equivalent of if Adam and Eve decided to just "be friends". The well-being of humankind is relying on you, here.

I have a copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and so help me God, if you dont put a GRAW demo on the marketplace, I will so kill like every last person I can find in that city. I'm telling you, I'll do it.

And you know the crazy thing? The police would come after me. o_O

Or I'll just sit here and pout.

Ohmigosh a TRG blogpost!

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So it would seem my profile has been getting lots of attention since Ask the Mods started being listed on the frontpage. I'm also getting folks PMing me beleiving I'm "the" admin of all of GameSpot. While its true I share in the duties of the administration of our beloved home, I'm just a small part of a very cool team of people, including lots of cool folks in California that work for GameSpot, and a team of volunteers scattered all over the globe.

My time at GameSpot has been pretty sporadic lately. Aside from my job, my personal life, and other worldly responsibilties, I'm trying to spend more time gaming. I spend a fortune every year on this hobby, yet the past four years I've spent more time on here talking about it than actually playing my games. Forums can be quite an addiction. On top of that, I have responsibilites when I am here, and as much as I like to help out, sometimes its overwhelming.

Case in point, GameSpot has an article on Wikipedia. For those of you who don't know, Wikipedia is an online community-written encyclopedia in which anybody can contirubte to and edit anyy article. Anyone who doesnt see the inherant problem with administrating such a endeavor just may not have brains at all. In any case, our article was ripe with vandalism and other things that had nothing to do with GameSpot. There was even some Nazi talk. So, being a bastion of goodness that I am, I cleaned up the article, only to have some jerk with a vendetta against GameSpot re-edit it. I made an entry on the articles talk page (a place where contriibuters talk about the article, how it can be improved, and changes that may need to be made). I then reverted the persons edits, and commented that he was being counter-productive. This went back and forth and back and forth, and even though everyone agreed with me,. Wikipedia saw it fit to block me from editing (oh the irony) and revert all the edits I've ever made to Wikipedia. I then found myself a bit ticked off that I wasnt even heard out, but quickly got over it. Its just a small corner of the internet, and theres no need to get all upset over it.

I don't dislike people with opinions, I just duslike people who mask their biases and shortcomings as opinion. The person wrote this as a parting note (seeing that I had been blocked) - "Since you are obviously on Gamespot's payroll and thier bastion of good, remember that everything I said is the truth. Sleep with that at night pal.". It makes me wonder how this guy sees himself. In his eyes, he is the ultimate patriot. The bringer of truth in this rainstorm of lies and deceit. It makes me wonder is he's ever even seen the sun, much less had his skin darkened by it.

Work is starting to suck. GameStop and EB merged, and the resulting company is the worst ****ing thing I've ever worked for. There is apparently all this pressure now on them to show good results for this fiscal year since the merge, and they are really taking it too far. For example, we are now required to greet incoming customers thusly: "Welcome to GameStop. Where are your trade-ins?"

I couldnt make this crap up. This is what GameStop wants us to say. When I worked for Circuit City, I read a book about sales techniques, and its actually a very popular book among salespeople. It teaches that building a culture of positive answers usually results in higher success rates. For example, you start with questions that the customer will says "Yes!" to. Like, "Do you like to save money?", "Do you wish you could afford this?" things like that. Then you pitch whatever you're selling. However, what GameStop has us doing is inviting the customer to say "no" as soon as they hit the freaking door. Regardless of sales techniques, this is poor service, and it also doesnt make any freaking sense. If they have trades, they will be in an accompanying box, bag, or in-hand. The very question itself, "Where are your trades?" is insulting to the customer's intelligence. As if they forgot them in the car.

Oh, and then theres the Xbox 360. We received an email over the holidays instructing us to direct customers who inquire about the out-of-stock Xbox 360 to a PSP, and try to sell them one. Does that even make sense? To GameStop, they both posees "cutting edge technology". That just goes to show you that these people are video game virgins who run our company if thats how they think gamers shop. On top of that, they encourage us to push Activision published games since apparently GameStop gets some perk from it. If you're going to ask me to do something immoral, you very damn well be giving me a reason to do so. Near-minimum wage with no bonus is not the incentive I had hoped for, nor is the "please buy us a trip to the bahamas" approach.

I'm convinced the ultimate goal of GameStop is to make it where we dont talk to the customers at all. We just have a series of signs pinned to our chests with phrases like "RESERVE THIS HOT NEW GAME" and "SUBSCRIBE TO GAME INFORMER" that we just point to. This of course is the result of our refusal to read scripts (which is essentially what is happening now. They actually email us scripts every week for how to "handle" situations the "GameStop" way.)

I don't dislike the people I work with, nor do I dislike the job itself. I hate, instead, the entire retail industry. Its run by morons who have never stepped foot in a store, have no idea how things actually work, and are completely naive to their customers wishes. I'll be so glad when I get out of retail, which is hopefully sooner rather than later. Retailers dont want smart, reasonable people working for them. They want brainless followers who will never question them and their stupid policies. This industry is not for me, no matter how good I may actually be at it. (Seriously -- sadistic, angry me gets lots of positive customer comments. I've gotten good marks at every sales job I've ever had, yet I get treated like ****)

If you're reading this and you havent already, add me to your Xbox Live friends list. Gamertag: RagingGamer. I promise I wont rant at you too much.

Adjective + Noun: The Thomp Jackson Method

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What lies below is a parody, or humor, designed with the sole intent of making people laugh. Its totally fake. If you can't see this on your own, you just might not have brains at all, which is your problem, not mine. So, if you object to anything here, then get over it.


Same Game, New 'Spot

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Unless you have a severe case of tunnel-vision, you might have noticed this place looks nothing like it did when you last visited. As a four-year reader of GameSpot, I always look forward to these re-designs with a degree of optimism. They are always met with criticism and doubts at the beginning, but within a few months, we all forget the redesign happened and enjoy the new GameSpot as if it was the only one that existed. This, however, is the first time in my tenure that both the main site and the forums underwent such a dramatic change, and I think it will be a change for the better.

As you all know, more than a year ago GameSpot dropped Lithium as its forum technology provider in favor of the "flexiforums", an in-house design which was based upon the newly acquired GameFAQs community. When these forums were adopted, nearly everyone claimed it to be the "end" of the community, the "end" of things as we liked it. The whole uproar lasted maybe a month, and then we all went on using the forums as if the change had never happened.

From GameSpot's perspective, that change was really needed. Lithium was too limited of customization options, and because it was all controlled seperately, outside of GameSpot, there was no real way to integrate the main site and the forums together. The new forums allowed them to introduce journals, collection and wish lists, a better rating and reader review system, unions, and all that cool stuff that we could never even hope to see on Lthium. Yes, it took time to perfect, but in the end, our community, and GameSpot, was better and more feature-rich for it.

So, here we are, once again on the brink of another dramatic GameSpot change. And, once again, many people are skeptical. Once more, everyone asks me why I don't jump aboard the "this sucks" bandwagon. Don't get me wrong: as readers and customers of GameSpot, you have a perfect right to have doubts. But, some people are taking it to a different degree, some even saying that they will be leaving GameSpot's community. Though this is unfortunate, its not entirely GameSpot's fault. GameSpot has to change to improve, and I don't think they are changing to drive people away -- they are changing with your interests in mind. And no, GameSpot is not going to settle for slow, bug-ridden forums. They will be fixed. But, some people don't want to wait, and would rather GameSpot not "fix what's not broken".

If nobody ever fixed what wasn't "broken", we'd all still be travelling by horseback.

Look at all the new benefits we got from the last change -- I imagine that this new system will be even more flexible for GameSpot, and allow them to bring on even more new features for the community. Imagine if GameSpot had been talked out of their last major forum change: we'd still be on basic, ugly old Lithium. Incomfort is to be expected right now; its human nature to resist change, but its no reason to assume GameSpot is better off not changing. They just need to perfect the base right now, and fix all the bugs. Just hang tight. I don't think GameSpot will let you down.

Bah...bah bah bah...bah bah bah bah... (duh duh duh dumm)

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You know that theme that CBS sports uses for their football game coverage? Its stuck in my head after watching the absolute dominance of the Florida Gators (formerly #5 and 4-0, now #13 and 4-1) by the Alabama Crimson Tide (formerly #15 and 4-0, now #7 and 5-0) on Saturday.

Ever since the first offensive play in Alabama's scrimmage when Croyle hooked up with Prothro for an 87-yard TD completion, Florida's back was against the wall, and it showed. In their offense, their defense, and their fanbase at the stadium.

Leak, the talented Florida Quarterback (and I dont mean that sarcastically, he is one of the best in the NCAA) who had failed to throw an interception in the 2005 season, had two throws picked off by the Tide, which also set him short of his school's record for passes-without-interceptions. When in his stride and comfortable, Leak can throw every bit as good as Alabama's Brodie Croyle, but he never looked comfortable the whole game. Then again, who can blame him? Alabama's defense is one of the best in the country, and it was clear who was winning the battle on the line each time Florida posessed the ball.

As Florida's head coach put it, "That team in red was much more prepared than the team in orange. They were faster, smarter, and more aggressive than us today."

Now, after winning what is being called the biggest Bama game in 6 years, Bama is back in the national spotlight. They gained 8 ranks and took over #7 in the AP. They are now only one of 12 teams in the NCAA I-A who are currently undefeated, and if things keep up, and key teams in the top 10 start to lose, Alabama will not only be in a bowl game, they could have a slight shot at a national title game.

Anyway, Bama has the weekend off, and its good timing for them. The only other undefeated team in the SEC, Georgia, plays the Tide's next major challenge, Tennessee, this weekend. This is a great way to evaluate their next opponent, and could even advance Alabama's shot at the SEC title if Georgia loses, as well as possibly advance the Tide's rank in the AP. Not to mention, theres a decent chance Bama could play Georgia for the SEC title.

Bama has alot ahead of them. Tennessee. LSU. Auburn. All of them are sure to be good games, and win, lose, or otherwise, its good to see Bama fans have something to be proud of again.

Roll Tide.

Bah...bah bah bah....bah bah bah bah (Duh duh duh dumm)

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You know that theme that CBS sports uses for their football game coverage? Its stuck in my head after watching the absolute dominance of the Florida Gators (formerly #5 and 4-0, now #13 and 4-1) by the Alabama Crimson Tide (formerly #15 and 4-0, now #7 and 5-0) on Saturday. Ever since the first offensive play in Alabama's scrimmage when Croyle hooked up with Prothro for an 87-yard TD completion, Florida's back was against the wall, and it showed. In their offense, their defense, and their fanbase at the stadium. Leak, the talented Florida Quarterback (and I dont mean that sarcastically, he is one of the best in the NCAA) who had failed to throw an interception in the 2005 season, had two throws picked off by the Tide, which also set him short of his school's record for passes-without-interceptions. When in his stride and comfortable, Leak can throw every bit as good as Alabama's Brodie Croyle, but he never looked comfortable the whole game. Then again, who can blame him? Alabama's defense is one of the best in the country, and it was clear who was winning the battle on the line each time Florida posessed the ball. As Florida's head coach put it, "That team in red was much more prepared than the team in orange. They were faster, smarter, and more aggressive than us today." Now, after winning what is being called the biggest Bama game in 6 years, Bama is back in the national spotlight. They gained 8 ranks and took over #7 in the AP. They are now only one of 12 teams in the NCAA I-A who are currently undefeated, and if things keep up, and key teams in the top 10 start to lose, Alabama will not only be in a bowl game, they could have a slight shot at a national title game. Anyway, Bama has the weekend off, and its good timing for them. The only other undefeated team in the SEC, Georgia, plays the Tide's next major challenge, Tennessee, this weekend. This is a great way to evaluate their next opponent, and could even advance Alabama's shot at the SEC title if Georgia loses, as well as possibly advance the Tide's rank in the AP. Not to mention, theres a decent chance Bama could play Georgia for the SEC title. Bama has alot ahead of them. Tennessee. LSU. Auburn. All of them are sure to be good games, and win, lose, or otherwise, its good to see Bama fans have something to be proud of again. Roll Tide.

iF yOu evAr WaNT tOo See PiKaChu AgAin, yOo bUy OnE

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Jimmy: "Gee, Nintendo, I already have four devices that play GBA games. But, sometimes I get the feeling that its not enough."
Nintendo: "And you're right, Johnny!"
"But my name is Jimm--"
"Now we have the new Game Boy Micro. Buy the Game Boy Micro Today, Johnny!"
"Again, the name is Ji--"
"I'm glad you asked. The Micro is the size of an IPOD mini. Everyone has an IPOD. The Micro is small. Think iPod Mini, if you will. And so is its screen. Here, Johnny, try it!."
"Ack, I can't read anything. I dont see how th--"
"All your friends will have one. You should too. And its only $99.99!"
"A hundred bucks? Doesn't that seem steep for a technology that's four years o--"
"NOT ON YOUR LIFE. YOU SHUT UP AND BUY IT......err...I mean....Johnny, Johnny"
"Jimmy"
"Just shut the **** up, kid. Buy it or we'll kill Pikachu"
" o_o "

Home Sweet Home

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Just got back in town, and I am completely releived to be home. Don't get me wrong: I had a blast on vacation -- but coming home in itself feels like a vacation.

Need. Sleep. Bye.

A long-overdue vacation

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Starting Monday, August 1st, and ending Wednesday, August 10th, I will not be at the GameSpot forums moderating, posting, or anything else.

  • Monday August 1st is the first day of my new job at GameStop. I am working four consecutive days from Monday to Thursday, and because of this, will be too busy to post here.
  • Friday, August 5th, I am leaving my cozy home and heading south to Gulf Shores to stay with my good friend's dad's house on the beach. He's a cop, so we get to ride with him in the squad car, and ultimately just screw around the whole time were down there. Go to the beach? Sure. Get so drunk we dont know we're at the beach? Why not?
This is a vacation, to me, in nearly every sense of the word. Although I'm not actually leaving town till Friday, I am starting my "moderation vacation" Monday, because frankly, I need it. I love this community, but you guys can do a number on the psyche of a 3-year moderator. I have consistently been here to serve the mod team for over three years with no real gaps. Again, I need this.

I also need time away from my locality, my home, writing, everything. Just releive myself of all responsibility and enjoy a week of doing whatever the **** I want to.

Don't get me wrong -- I moderate at GS because I want to. And perhaps I do take it a bit seriously, but its what I like to do, and its what I'm good at. I still need some time away.

So, I'm using the week and a half as an excuse to get the eff away from here.

Later, folks.