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Giant Bomb

I've actually started using Giant Bomb again. I had looked at it like a year or so ago, but it didn't do anything for me. Now, they have a quest system that is tied into the Wiki capabilities of the site, and it's extremely addictive. I'm liking the site more than I did, but the forums just don't seem as good as the ones here on GameSpot. And the game pages aren't set up quite as nicely either.

However, I'm going to keep with it for a while longer and see how things go.

If anyone else uses GB, hit me up. Username is muthsera666. Or check my forum sig. Or click here.

Oblivion, Sigh

I couldn't help myself. As much as I prefer Morrowind to Oblivion, I just couldn't help myself. I've been watching Steam everyday, just to check on the specials. Well, this morning, they have the recent Bethesda titles on sale. The GotY edition of Morrowind for $5, which is a good price, except that I already own it for both PC and Xbox. The deluxe edition of Oblivion for $8.50, which includes both expansion packs as well as some other DLC. Fallout 3 is also available for $25, I believe.

But, I finally got Oblivion, despite my numerous outbursts of disappointment at the turn the series took...

Life Update

So, I've had a rough week. Let me start off by saying that I hate the daylight hours working at Switchboard. Everyone calls in during the day, and they all expect you to answer the phone immediately. As if there aren't a total of ten lines on the console, any number of which could have calls.

I can't believe how many people call in and say "Transfer me to the Emergency Room". Well, if they would have listened to the recording, which takes about ten seconds, all they would have to do is press 5. Then, they wouldn't have to wait in the queue, and they wouldn't take up my time for a simple request.

And, some days, the doctors are worse than the public. They expect me to put them through to an office or department and stay on the line until someone answers. Well, I'm sorry, I don't have the time to do that. If they would pull out the phone book that's in every office, they could just push the four numbers on the phone for that extension. Grrr.

I had a doctor that was on call for patient calls for a practice, but I couldn't get ahold of him after paging him for five hours. I had to call the administrator on-call and talk to him. But, he couldn't get him either, so another doctor agreed to cover for him. Then, the doctor called in and said that he had "no idea" that he was on-call.

Thursday, I worked the mailroom for the first time by myself. I had gotten trained in there two weeks ago, and I had come in for someone who wanted a day off. First thing in the morning, the machine that puts the postage on the envelopes at a stack of envelopes. And when I lifted the cover to check the innards, I dumped a stack of postcards down the back, against the wall, on the floor, behind the counter. So, I had to pull the massive counter away from the wall (luckily it had wheels) and get in there to pick them up. On the way back out, the corner of the counter caught on my fly and pulled the zipper apart. Somehow I managed to get it back together. The letters in the machine looked like mini-accordians.

Then, I weighed some packages, and sent them through, but for some reason, the machine reset the postage, so they all ended up quite a bit short. I called my supervisor over, and she wasn't quite sure what was going on with the machine either. But, it did make me feel better that she wasn't sure either.

Friday, when the offices closed, and the on-call doctor started, I patched a call through to him, and he told me to hold his calls because he was still seeing patients. So, I had to get information from the call I had. And the doctor was on-call for both inside and outside calls, meaning if there was a need inside the hospital or if a patient called in, he handled it. Anyway, when he called back in an hour-and-a-half later, I had five calls waiting for him, one of which had been fairly critical, and I had to put the inside call through to a manager on-call because the doctor was unavailable.

I swear, some of these people act like little kids. And, for the amount of money he's making being on-call, he should be available at any time.

Oh, also on Thursday, I found out from my Census group leaders that I have to make significant progress on my assigned districts, or my binder will be reassigned, meaning that I'll be fired. Which means that I've basically had yesterday and today to get things done on it, since I worked 3-11 Friday. The week after I started for the Census, I started working four and five days a week at the hospital, which means I was pulling 50-70 hours a week. The last couple of weeks, I haven't been doing near as much for the Census because of sheer exhaustion. Although, taking so long isn't entirely my fault. Some of the addresses I was given in my first binder either didn't exist, or the maps placed them in the wrong location, or the houses didn't have numbers on them, et cetera. And, this coming week, the week after I need to make a lot of progress, I only work at the hospital two days.

I put in eight hours yesterday, and I had one of the best nights I've had for a while. After dropping of my time sheet, I drove the beer distributor, and picked up two 30-packs of cheap beer. $30 for 60 cans! Then I went to Walmart for some groceries, and I ran into some friends, got talking to them at the check-out, and forgot to get ice. So, I stopped at a gas station on the way home, and ran into some more friends. Finally, I left there and got home around ten or so.

I hadn't eaten that much yesterday, so it only took about five cans in two hours to get me feeling pretty good. It's amazing how a strong buzz can make life so much better. It's just a feeling that everything is all good. I spent a while on the couch watching television with my parents, drinking beer and eating cheese popcorn. My cat was enjoying the popcorn as well...

So, yeah, that's pretty much it...

Xbox Games (From Online)

It's been a while since a blog, and I can't sleep tonight, so here I am.

Lately I've been feeling pretty depressed; it feels as though my life isn't really my own anymore. Working 50 to 60 hours a week doing jobs that I really don't like anymore is really wearing me down.

I have some happy pills that I'm supposed to take, among my other prescription drugs, but it's hard to make sure to take all of my pills working three different shifts, sometimes in the same week.

I guess the worst part is that aside from the money that I blew on games, I can't afford to spend any more money. My student loans cost about $650 a month.

Speaking of games, here are the ones that I've gotten from online, between Ebay and Glyde:

  • 25 to Life
  • America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
  • American Chopper
  • Amped
  • AND 1 Streetball
  • Area 51
  • Army Men: Sarge's War
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Batman: Vengeance
  • Battle Engine Aquila
  • Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
  • Burnout 2
  • Burnout 3: Takedown
  • Cabela's Dangerous Hunts
  • Capcom Classics Collection
  • Carmen Sandiego: The Secret of the Stolen Drums
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Chicago Enforcer
  • Codename Kids Next Door
  • Combat: Task Force 121
  • Commandos 2: Men of Courage
  • Conflict: Desert Storm
  • Conker: Live and Reloaded
  • Counter-Strike
  • Crash: The Wrath of Cortex
  • Crime Life: Gang Wars
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Curse: The Eye of Isis
  • Dead Man's Hand
  • Dead or Alive Ultimate
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Digimon World 4
  • Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
  • Doom 3 Collector's Edition
  • Enclave
  • ESPN NHL 2005
  • Evil Dead: Fistful of Boomstick
  • Fable: The Lost Chapters
  • Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
  • Fantastic 4
  • Fight Club
  • FlatOut
  • Forgotten Realms: Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II
  • Forza Motorsport Demo w/Bonus disc Arcade
  • Furious Karting
  • Fuzion Frenzy
  • Ghost Recon 2
  • Gladius
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
  • High Heat Major League Baseball 2004
  • High Rollers Casino
  • Hitman: Contracts
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb
  • Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
  • Justice League Heroes
  • Kill.Switch
  • Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes
  • Knight's Apprentice: Memorick's Adventures
  • Kung Fu Chaos
  • L.A. Rush
  • LEGO Star Wars
  • Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate
  • Madagascar
  • Madden 2005
  • Manhunt
  • MechAssault
  • Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
  • Metal Dungeon
  • Midnight Club II
  • Midway Arcade Treasures
  • Midway Arcade Treasures 2
  • Midway Arcade Treasures 3
  • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance
  • Mortal Kombat: Deception
  • Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks
  • MotoGP 2
  • MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch
  • MTX: Mototrax
  • MVP Baseball 2005
  • MX Unleashed
  • Myst III: Exile
  • Namco Museum
  • NASCAR Heat 2002
  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
  • NHL 2003
  • NHL 2006
  • Nightcaster II: Equinox
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
  • Outlaw Tennis
  • OutRun 2
  • Over the Hedge
  • Pac-Man World 2
  • Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat
  • Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
  • RalliSport Challenge
  • Rayman Arena
  • Room Zoom: Race for Impact
  • Scooby Doo! Mystery Mayhem
  • Scooby Doo! Night of 100 Frights
  • Scooby Doo! Unmasked
  • Serious Sam
  • Serious Sam II
  • Shattered Union
  • Shrek 2
  • Silent Hill 4: The Room
  • Sneakers
  • Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix
  • Sonic Heroes
  • Soul Calibur II
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Spy vs. Spy
  • Spyro the Dragon: A Hero's Tail
  • Star Trek: Shattered Universe
  • Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando
  • Stubbs the Zombie
  • Syberia II
  • Syberia II
  • Tak: The Great Juju Challenge
  • Tenchu: Return from Darkness
  • Tennis Masters Series 2003
  • Test Drive
  • The Bible Game
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: LWW
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Godfather Limited Edition
  • The Italian Job
  • The Sims
  • The Sims Bustin' Out
  • The Suffering
  • The Suffering: Ties That Bind
  • Thief: Deadly Shadows
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2x
  • Tony Hawk's Project 8
  • Tony Hawk's Underground 2
  • Top Gear RPM
  • Totaled!
  • Trivial Pursuit Unhinged
  • True Crime: New York City Collector's Edition
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3: Night of the Quinkan
  • WarPath
  • Whiplash
  • Winback 2: Project Poseidon
  • Wings of War
  • World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
  • X2: Wolverine's Revenge
  • Xiaolin Showdown

2010 Census

I'm trying to post blogs somewhat more often, maybe that will generate some more interest.

Anyway, Monday, I officially started working for the U.S. Census Bureau. Monday through Wednesday were purely training, and Thursday was half-training and half-fieldwork. So far, things haven't been too bad. I've gotten 2 households completed out of my assigned 33 at this point. Talking to the people isn't too bad, it's finding when they're home in order to talk to them. I've visited probably about half of them, but not many people have been home.

So far I think I have about 37 hours this week for the census, and I work the next three nights 11-7.

It's going to be somewhat rough working part-time (about 20 hours) at the hospital, and working between 30 and 40 hours for the Census. Coming up in a couple of weeks, I'm working 40 hours one week at the hospital, and I'm going to have to work at least 30 for the Census.

The next several weeks are going to be somewhat tough, but the paychecks are going to be awesome. I'll finally be making enough money to cover my loans, and then some.

GameSpot Experience

I haven't blogged for a while, but I have a couple of accomplishments to brag about here on GameSpot. Today is my first day as Level 39 Max Force. Today is also the day when I break the 10K post number. I've started a post party thread in the off-topic, though I doubt it'll get too much attention.

Oh, and my Xbox collection is rapidly growing in size. Ebay has taken control of me, which is bad. I'm getting a lot of games that I've wanted for a while. I just started playing Star Wars: Republic Commando.

Backloggery is the best place to check out my games collection, but Glyde is pretty cool as well.

In addition to my part-time job at the hospital, starting this Monday, I'll be getting training to work with the Census, so that should really help the income!

What Have I Done?!

In my last blog, I stated that I'd stumbled onto a site that sold games, called Glyde. This sparked my interest in Ebay once more. My parents and I have been planning on starting to sell some things, and now that we have DSL, it's actually possible to do it.

So, foolish me, I started looking at Xbox games that were listed. And, oh boy, did I ever make a mistake. Since buying the first games on the 15th, I have since purchased 47 games plus 12 I have yet to pay for. I've spent $375.42 thus far. Which is an insane amount considering I don't make enough per month to cover my student loans. Luckily, I picked up some extra days the last pay, but it's still going to hit my bank account hard.

Once I get all of the games paid, I'll post a list on here of all of the games I got, but I've already received Destroy All Humans!, Enclave and Scooby Doo! Night of 100 Frights from Glyde, and they are in great shape.

My father and I built a video game cabinent on Saturday, so, since I don't work today (Tuesday), my job is to get the section where it goes in my room cleaned up so we can put it in. Which means that tonight, I should be restocking my shelves with games. I'll take photos and upload them here so everyone can see the depravity of my addiction.

I need to get a second job soon...

Glyde

So, for a while now, I've been looking for someplace online to catalogue my collection of various medias. I was surfing CheapAssGamer.com last night, and I found mention of a site, glyde.com. In a thread, there were some coupons, as well as a discussion about the legitimacy of the site. Anyway, I was browsing through, and I found some games there that I need in order to finish portions of my Xbox collection. So, I decided to take a risk on trying a couple transactions. Even if the site doesn't work for buying, it has a pretty cool interface for listing collections. I've updated most of my Xbox games, and a few of my movies. I'm going to try to finish up all of the DVDs in my collection at some point in the near future, and as soon as I get the games I bought, I'll post to let any interested now if the site is as good as it seems.

Status Update

I haven't blogged for a while, and I have something awesome. I finally got DSL. I'm currently using the fastest speed that Verizon offers, but I'll probably drop it down to the mid-range after a month or two. So, now I can access so much more as well as use the Steam account I set up around Christmas. I've been playing the heck out of Torchlight lately. If anyone is interested, my Steam account is: muthsera666.

Hopefully before long, I'll be finishing up Cold War for the Xbox, and I'll have a review up for it.

Happy gaming to all!

Review, DVDs, Life, Games

Review:

It's been a little bit since my last blog, and I've been holding off, hoping to get my review for Psychonauts finished. I've finally gotten around to getting it finished. Here is GameSpot's page for Psychonauts, and here is my review.

DVDs:

So, I was reading the last issue of Game Informer, and they had listed that the A&E shop had the entire series of Farscape on sale. So, I went to the site and saw that the collection was down to $100 instead of the MSRP of $160. And, as an idiot, I was so enamored by the idea of getting Farscape that I didn't even look elsewhere. I just got the set yesterday, and my mother asked if I looked at the Amazon price. And then I did this morning. It's $60. That's a difference of $40. Let's just say that I am currently very unhappy with myself. So, I'm tossing around some ideas in my head, questioning what I can do. Maybe a bait-and-switch? I hate to do it, but for that much price difference...

Life:

I'm finally off of training days for my job, which is both good and bad. For one, that means that I'm getting less hours. Part-time means five days of work over a pay period, which is two weeks. And that means that the amount of money I bring home a month doesn't add up to the amount I have to pay toward college loans per month. Which is bad. However, my boss is pretty happy that he has a full staff once more. Monday night, I even got called in to cover for someone who called in sick, which was pretty cool.

My car was finally ready to go get inspected so that I can drive it. The night before it was to go in, however, my father tells me to get the insurance card and owner's card ready to take in. And, I told him that I didn't remember where they were. I got my insurance policy back in October, and I've been paying insurance ever since, but the car's been in a friend's garage so that we can work on it. It's been so long, and I didn't have a filing system until last month, so I don't really know where to find the paperwork. And it's extremely frustrating.

Games:

A got a few more games at GameStop since my last game update, and several from Steam. The bad news is that I still can't actually play any of the ones that I've purchased through Steam, as my dial-up connection doesn't have sufficient bandwidth to even attempt to download them. However, for March, the plan is to have DSL. First though, I have to deal with the idiots at Verizon. Oh, and GameStop is still doing the buy 2 get 2 free Xbox game deal. And, I finally got two games that didn't have the original box and manual: FCIE and MNRotI. I was getting the other two games, and I would get two free, so I got them.

GameStop Games:

  • 0.00..........FIFA Street 2
  • 0.00..........Spikeout: Battle Street
  • 8.99..........Far Cry: Instincts Evolution
  • 8.99..........Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects

Steam Games:

  • $1.00..........Freedom Force
  • $1.00..........Freedom Force vs. the Third Reich
  • $2.50..........Titan Quest
  • $2.50..........Titan Quest: Immortal Throne
  • $5.00..........Far Cry
  • $10.00........Far Cry 2: Fortune's Edition