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What happened?

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What in the world happened to Gamespot? The best things about this site are gone...

What happened?

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What in the world happened to Gamespot? All the things I loved about this site are gone.

That moment...

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...when you realize you haven't been active on Gamespot in years, especially when it used to be an "important" part of your life. Hope all the friends I made here over the years are doing well.

YouTube, Black Ops, and Hauppauge HD PVR

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[size=11]Yah... wow, it's been quite a while since I last blogged. As I'm sure you all well know, life has a tendency of getting in the way of hobbies such as blogging and video games. Even though I've been visiting the site regularly to view news, videos, etc., I haven't been actively posting in the last couple months, but that will certainly be changing; I really miss interacting with that niche in the community. I definitely can't promise I'll be posting two to three hundred times a day like I was a few years ago - those days are gone and probably never coming back. My main focus now is pursuing my undergraduate degree, and unlike in those early days of high school, I actually have to put forth an effort to achieve high marks, making it impossible to post in such volume. I understand that many here may have lost interest in my blog due to a lack of updates, and thus I don't believe initially I'll be getting much feedback, but hopefully with time I can pique your interest once again. Though I neglected to make a blog last month, February 5th was my fifth anniversary on Gamespot! As cliche as it may sound, I can't believe it's been that long. To be honest, I don't even want to know how much time I've spent collectively on the site in the last five years - over 50,000 posts, at a maximum of two posts per minute (which certainly almost never happened), plus all the time I've spent lurking, watching videos, etc... the math is pretty staggering. I'll leave you to figure that out on your own. Here's to another five? [/size]

[size=11]The only game I've really put a significant amount of time into since I went AWOL from my blog last summer (other than a stint to 85 in World of Warcraft in the fall) has been Call of Duty: Black Ops. I've enjoyed playing multiplayer in the Call of Duty series since Call of Duty 4, and have gotten pretty good at the games over the past three or so years. Because I've been a part of the expansive Call of Duty community on YouTube for awhile now, I believe I can use what's brought me success in the games to help others improve their game as well; thus, I bought a Hauppauge HD PVR video recorder to record my gameplay and commentate it to be put on YouTube. I've only done one commentary (link here, please check it out!), but when make more, they'll be posted on my YouTube channel here. I don't really expect to get a ton of subscribers due to the large number of already popular commentators on the site, but I think it will be a fun hobby for me that I can develop over time. With the Hauppauge HD PVR, I'll also be able to upload some high-quality gameplay to Gamespot - not only Call of Duty, but whatever else might be interesting, so stay tuned for that. Many thanks for checking out my blog, and I look forward to hopefully reconnecting with some of you on the site in the upcoming months![/size]

Ornament Hunt Blog

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[size=11]Hopefully I'll have a "real" blog up soon, but for now, here's my entry for the Ornament Scavenger Hunt: Ornament 1 - Van Nguyen Ornament 2 - Jody Robinson Ornament 3 - Guy Cocker Ornament 4 - Matthew Gravish Ornament 5 - Chris Watters Ornament 6 - Kevin VanOrd Ornament 7 - Aaron Sampson Ornament 8 - Alex Sassoon Coby Ornament 9 - Wernher Goff Ornament 10 - Jan Heir Ornament 11 - Randolph Ramsay Ornament 12 - Andrew Park Ornament 13 - Mark Walton Ornament 14 - Justin Calvert Ornament 15 - Sophia Tong Ornament 16 - Kurtis Seid Ornament 17 - Giancarlo Varanini Ornament 18 - Justin Porter Ornament 19 - Ryan MacDonald Ornament 20 - Tyler Winegarner Ornament 21 - Maxwell McGee Ornament 22 - James Kozanecki Ornament 23 - Frank Adams Ornament 24 - Sarju Shah Ornament 25 - Shaun McInnis Ornament 26 - Ricardo Torres Ornament 27 - Tom Magrino Ornament 28 - Dan Chiappini Ornament 29 - Homer Rabara Ornament 30 - Takeshi Hiraoka Ornament 31 - Tor Thorsen Ornament 32 - Jim Maybury Ornament 33 - Carolyn Petit Ornament 34 - Tom "Scrooge" McShea Ornament 35 - Dan Mihoerck Ornament 36 - Jane Douglas Ornament 37 - Brendan Sinclair Ornament 38 - Laura Parker [/size]

The Inconceivable Nature of Nature

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[size=11]Here I go again, not blogging and all. How long has it been, three months? Wow, I certainly sound like a broken record. Anyway, my lack of blogging has nothing to do with an absence of things to write about. In fact, I have a ton to update you guys on - if you still care to read about it! First on the agenda is the obligatory, boring stuff: Gamespot stats. I hit 50,000 posts sometime in May. Since then I've slowed down (a lot) in the posting category, but you can still find me hanging around OT pretty often. I also gained a few levels and will be reaching another one soon (level 47, Jaquio). In the emblems department, I'm now at 76 with the recent influx of E3 emblems. To round out the Gamespot side of things is my new theme. I actually took the sunset picture in my backyard a couple weeks back. Made sure to visit my full profile here to see the whole thing, blog header included. Now that the boring stuff is out of the way I figure we can move onto games. I played and beat Red Dead Redemption in the time since I wrote my last blog. Overall, it's a very good game with steller visuals and an engaging and interesting story. The only real fault with Red Dead, in my opinion, is that the game didn't do a very good job with the in-game currency. After you buy a few key upgrades such as a horse and a select few guns, there's really nothing to do with all that money you've collected. This becomes a pain when money is one of the main rewards for doing optional sidequests. Hopefully I'll get around to writing a Red Dead review, but until then, just know that it's a great game that you can easily get 50+ hours of playtime with.[/size]

[size=11]On a more personal note, I graduated high school (sixth in my cIass) and subsequently started summer. Now I'm starting to get prepared for college life as a biology pre-med major at Michigan State University... fun stuff. I went to orientation last week and got my schedule as well as my dorm assignment. In preparation for next year I got a new laptop, which is a very nice 13" Macbook Pro (2.66 GHz processor). Since then I've just been hanging out with friends and following the World Cup. Since the United States is out and my family descends from Germany, it should be pretty obvious who I'm pulling for. Go Deutschland! To end things, I want to get your opinion on my blogs. Hopefully I can get some good feedback so I can improve them not only for you guys to read, but also, for me to write. Are my blogs too verbose? Would you rather have more frequent but shorter updates? Does it need more Megan Fox (see blog image) or "teh lulz" or... anything? Please let me know![/size]

Procrastination

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[size=11]I'm such a bad procrastinator. I think I've had the "Post a Blog Entry" page open in a separate tab for the last three or four weeks. But alas, here I am. And now I have writer's block... damn. Uh, well, since I last blogged, I leveled up (Violence Fight), gained a bunch of emblems, including the Top 100 Reviewer emblem (I'm now at 63), and also, played a bunch of new games - more on that later. But school's been going good, still super busy, but at least I'll be done in a little over a month. I should even be exempt from most of my exams, so I'll probably be unofficially done in a little under a month. Other than school, the new games, and miscellaneous things such as spending time with friends and family, I've been playing more Modern Warfare 2... I know you're really surprised. Play time is just past ten days, though Raptr says I'm almost at 15. Regardless, I've been playing a lot. I bought the Stimulus Package and am almost at the fifth prestige thanks to last weekend's Double XP. In case you're interested in stats (doubtful), I'm right around 40,000 kills with a 2.55 kill/death ratio[/size].

[size=11]Now, back to those games. I bought Bad Company 2 a couple weeks ago, but haven't been able to play it. For some reason, my only functioning controller won't work with the game. It works fine on everything else, but when I try to use it on Bad Company 2, I can't shoot, aim down my sights, or sprint. I really don't think I'll be buying another controller just to play this game, so until it gets fixed, it looks like it will join Assassin's Creed 2 on my shelf of games that I still need to play. The second game I purchased was Metro 2033. I saw the reviews, and seeing as I'm a big sucker when it comes to atmospheric games, I had to have it. Unfortunately, the game's really rough. The story line serves only to confuse you, the shooting feels very weak, and my biggest complaint: the game lacks any kind of system to help the player out. It took me almost the whole game to figure out the currency system, and the game fails to give you any stats on weapons, so it's a crapshoot on whether you just wasted your hard-earned military-grade bullets (the game's currency) on a gun that's inferior to the one you traded in.



I could go on about the other games I bought/played (Heart Gold, BioShock 2, etc.), but I know how everyone hates long blogs, and this one is already pushing it. Happy spring everyone - take care![/size]

New Emblem, Level, and Review

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[size=11]It might look like I haven't been around much, but that really isn't true. I'm still here, but just haven't really had the motivation to blog or comment on everyone else's blogs... most of the time it's because I'm just too lazy. Or in this week's case, I was simply playing Mass Effect 2. And it doesn't help that I'm somewhat of a perfectionist, and I have this inane need to make every blog specially formatted and grammatically correct - nothing can ever be casual. It makes blog writing a bit of a chore. Anyway, point being, I'm still here every day, just not for hours and hours like I was at the beginning of last year.



To start things off, I reached level 43 a couple days ago as well as receiving the Best of 2009 emblem, putting my total at 54. As you might have noticed, I decided to make my font size a bit bigger - hopefully now things will be a bit easier to read[/size].

[size=11]As mentioned before, I purchased (and beat) Mass Effect 2 this week. And wow, what a game. I'll spare you all the details, because I have a review started that I hope to finish today (EDIT - finished), but even if you have a fleeting interest in role-playing games or third-person shooters, you need to pick this game up. The graphics... amazing. The characters... amazing. The story... pretty damn good. Don't believe me? Check out the critic's aggregate score - a 9.6, second on the 360 only to Grand Theft Auto IV. I'll quote from Kevin VanOrd's review: "Mass Effect 2 is the kind of game that you return to, not just because it's fun to play multiple times, but also because its universe is a place you wish you could call home." I also wanted to mention that starting mid-February, I'll be gone for a week or so on my yearly mid-winter break vacation. This year, we're going back to Hawaii, so it should be a great trip. I mean, who doesn't love Hawaii? [/size]

Early Winter Update

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So, you're probably wondering where I've been for the past couple of months. Well, you can blame school for that - it's been keeping me extremely busy. Actually, right now I'm taking a much-needed break from studying to write this. Seems like if I'm not having a test on oxidative phosphorylation in AP Biology, I have a test on differentiation in calculus, or a test on the War of Austrian Succession in AP European history, or a test on les verbes à deux racines in French, or a literary analysis of Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron in composition... I'm pretty sure you get the point - it's crazy.

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[size=11]I guess I should get used to it though, as I got accepted into Michigan State's Honors College, which is pretty prestigious; you needed to be in the top 5% of your graduating cIass, have above a 3.9 GPA, and above a 31 on the ACT. It's good news, but it means I definitely won't be "skating by" in college. So, in the free time that I've had, I've been playing a bit of Modern Warfare 2. Right now I'm level 54 on the first prestige, with slightly over 13,000 kills and a 2.42 kills per death ratio. A couple days ago, I also reached level 42 on the site - I'm now a "Karnov." Today, I also learned that in early 2010, Gamespot will be entering a partnership with Raptr. I think that's pretty cool, considering I've been a member of the site for awhile, and I like how it can track all the games I play and achievements I earn. What do you guys think[/size]?

Fall Update

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Long time no see Gamespot. Hope everyone is having a pretty good fall. Things have been decent here - I just haven't had the motivation to post or otherwise spend much time on the site... you can partially thank Lost and Borderlands for that. For all those who commented and said that Lost was great in my last blog, you were definitely right. Sure, Jericho was good, but Lost is better. I watched all five seasons of the show in less than a couple of weeks thanks to the wonders of Netflix. Needless to say, I can't wait until the show wraps up with season six in 2010.

Other than Lost, I picked up Borderlands on the 20th, and finished it today, the 25th. It was a decent game, but nothing more than filler until Modern Warfare 2 comes out. The gameplay was good, and so was the game's hybrid graphics styIe. The paper-thin story and terrible ending, however, were not. I'll be writing a review soon (hopefully), but my recommendation is to rent this one first.

School is still going okay - a little less busy, too. I finally sent in all my college applications and got accepted to the college of my choice - Michigan State University. I'll also (presumably) be attending the Honors College to study pre-med. And with that said, Lost fans, I'll leave you with this.