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Just an update, and then I'll be on my way.

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I don't know if anyone I previously talked to here will see or read this, or if you're even still visiting the site.. But let's cut to the chase. I haven't visited GS in a looooong time. At least, that's how it feels to me. I look back on these past few months and think it has been a long time, when in reality, a few months isn't a long length of time at all.

I've finally graduated High School, have been accepted college, I've got a job for the summer, and I'm ready to go to school in the fall. I'm really, really looking forward to it.

For the past year or so, I have been looking forward to this moment with such anticipation, and it's almost here. However, one thing that I didn't expect to happen, did in fact, happen. Soon after graduation, I realized how much I'm going to miss the people in my life. Family, friends, acquaintances, my pets.. I will not see any of them, for a time. My school is by no means far away from home, but even still.. Any distance away from home can still feel far.

I guess it was a sort-of revelation to me. I wasn't expecting the idea of leaving home to hit me hard, but it did. Only time will tell how I deal with the situation come late August, when I leave. One thing is for sure, though.. I need to stay away from Toy Story 3. :cry: It's so sad but an amazing movie.

There's so much I could write here, but compiling all of my thoughts into words has never been a specialty of mine, and I feel like I've said too much already. I hope you all are well. To be honest, I doubt I'll be visiting here much at all after this. I'd like to thank everyone here who has been here to talk to me, ask how I'm feeling, and just simply be there for me to vent to. Having a blog to let your thoughts and feelings flow is a great thing, but for now I just don't have the encouragement to keep writing.

I'll check up on you guys now and then, but like I said, it won't be nearly as often. I wish you all the best and thank you, again. It means a whole lot to me that you guys have been there for me these past four years.

I still go on Facebook now and then, so if you'd like to add me online there, I'd happily accept the request. Just PM me and I'll send a link to my profile your way. I'll be checking on here for a few days to see what you guys have to say, and then I'll be on my way.

Thanks again everyone, I'm really fortunate to have met all of you fine Gamespotters.

- Matt :)

Prom 2012

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Hello my fellow Gamespotters! I know I have been very inactive lately, and to tell the truth, it's because I keep forgetting to update this blog. See, I use Google Chrome as my primary web browser (because it's f******g awesome) while I devote Mozilla Firefox to Gamespot, because Chrome has a tough time with writing blogs for GS. Anyway, I don't use Firefox too often, so oftentimes I don't even think of writing a blog.

Okay, I'll shut up now and stop giving excuses. However, that was a valid reason as to why I haven't been here.

- Senior prom happened last Friday. Long story short, it was not as fun as Junior Prom. Howevever, I had a good time nonetheless.

I was going to post some pictures, but now I'm not so sure.. I feel odd posting pictures of my friends on here. If you're friends with me on Facebook, you can check them out there. Sorry about the inconvenience.

- I hope you're all doing well. I'm going to be picking up Starhawk on May 8th, already pre-ordered and planning on paying in full this week. I hope it lives up to the hype. If not, then I'll probably move my money over to the new Ghost Recon. Gotta say, it looks pretty fun... Anybody played the beta yet? I'd like to know how it is, seeing as I no longer am part of PlayStation Plus.


Anyway, see you all later. Anybody up for some Battlefield 3, message me on PSN and we'll form a squad. That, or MW3 Spec-Ops missions are also what I'm playing. Multiplayer as well.

(I know I'm a sucker for online shooters).

- Matt :)

Happy Easter, and glad to be home.

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Well, I wrote out an entire blog before this, until Mozilla Firefox decided to skip back a page and somehow not remember what I wrote. That'll teach me not to copy and paste from a text document.

Anyway, I got back home on Friday from my trip to Florida. My sister, mom and I spent a few days in Miami. The trip went by quickly, but I'm happy to be home (unlike my other family members). I feel that a few days away from home are perfect for when you need to get away, no need for month-long excursions.

My family and I painted eggs yesterday, and this is one of the eggs that I myself painted:


Like it? I know it isn't very well-done, but at least you get the idea.

I hope you all had a great Easter. I had no Easter egg hunt, like I once did, but my day was pretty good.

- Matt

(P.S. I finally beat Rayman Origins the other day. The last level is extremely annoying and difficult, to say the least. The boss battles section wasn't too bad, but chasing that damn teensy is a burden. That's one of the main problems I have with that game; some of the levels require a ridiculous amount of precision only acquired from trial-and-error. Believe me, I've experienced trial-and-error games before which have done it right (I'm looking at Super Meat Boy) and while Rayman is a very well-polished platformer, there are some times when the screen is so cluttered by flying objects, enemies, and attacks that I have no idea what is going on and I end up losing that life. This is especially prevalent in multiplayer matches; however, kudos to Ubisoft for getting rid of the # lives system that the Mario games have been clutching on to for nearly twenty years too long. They shouldn't have been in Mario 64, nor Sunshine, nor Galaxy, or any game in between).

I wrote more than I intended. Have a great day everyone!

Just an Update. Life is funny.

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I know I haven't been here in a while. I'm not sure why, but my interest in visiting the site suddenly dropped.

There has been a lot that's been going on in my life lately, but honestly, I'm not quite in the mood to share the full details. I apologize for being stubborn like this. However, I'll give a few bulletins (only if you guys are interested in reading them. If not, then simply move along).

  • Got back together with my girlfriend, and then she broke up with me. She says she didn't mean to play with my emotions, and that she is not sure if she should be in a relationship right now. It amazes me how sudden big events like this can happen.

    Just last week, I took her out to dinner. We had a very nice italian dinner. Delicious ravioli and some pasta, it was very good food. I stopped by the restuarant ahead of time, asking an employee if it was at all possible to include an invitation to the upcoming prom to place inside my girlfriend's menu when we sat down to eat. They said yes.

    It went very well. She was surprised, amazed, thrilled, and so happy by it. I was so proud that I had made somebody so happy. It was the highlight of my weekend. We hung out at my place afterwards and got closer together, like we were before the break-up. I never felt happier.

    But then Thursday came along. God, that day was horrible. She and I had a talk, and that was that. Boom. Done. Finished. God damnit.

    Isn't life funny? I came here to briefly talk about past events, and I end up writing four paragraphs on the one subject. Emphasize the briefly.

    • I've paid my housing and other deposits for the University I'm attending, and visited there yesterday as part of the Accepted Student's Day. I was very nervous, sure, but had a lot of fun. I even met a new friend. We've been talking on Facebook since yesterday, and I'm really excited to meet some more new people.

      I can't wait to get out of High School. The first thought I had, walking in to my HS... "Why am I here today."

      I belong in college. It's been far too long. I know that almost everybody has to endure the four years of High School, but it's been far too long. The last half of senior year is a drag. Despite knowing that I will have a lot more work to do in college, I cannot wait.

      Hope you guys have been okay. Honestly, I feel much better since Thursday, but it's been difficult. Take care, everyone. :)

      - Matt

The Problem of Gamestop's Marketing.

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*Note: I primarily do my game-related shopping at Gamestop. Also, I am not a fan of Mass Effect. I have played the demo titles available for both Mass Effect 2 and 3, and did not greatly enjoy either. To me, the controls were sub-par, the dialogue was unconvincing, and the frame rate greatly suffered at some areas. However, I can see how people are into the series. The universe that Mass Effect takes place in seems to be very captivating.

As many are probably aware, EA has been spending a tremendous amount of resources dedicated to the public marketing of Mass Effect 3. It's been shown at the Superbowl, during an episode of The Walking Dead, is featured on numerous TV channels... And, perhaps the most bizarre of all, copies of the game have been "sent to space" (not always according to plan).

It's one of the bigger marketing campaigns I have seen for a video game. Obviously, many people are excited by this. They wish that more people are introduced to the series and then experience the awesome storytelling that the Mass Effect series is known for.

All of this time and effort spent to marketing just one game is pretty astonishing. For the most part, the marketing team has done a fantastic job of delivering trailers and advertisements that properly show off what the game is about. However, there is one trailer which has done an exceptional job at bringing in potential new buyers.

This trailer is one of the most captivating game trailers I have yet seen. It is called:

Mass Effect 3: Fight (Live-Action TV Trailer)

Sure, it does not tell the viewer what type of game it is. And yes, it may not even show off any gameplay. But it's one of those videos which, after viewing it, gives you the instant urge to research more into what Mass Effect is. And that, my friends, is the point of the trailer. It shows the main problem overlaying the game, shows that there are regular people, like us, fighting against it, but does not show much else. I like to call it, "mystery marketing." Surround your product in an aura of mystery and people will surely become interested to hear more of what it is about.

Obviously, I have very high regards for this Mass Effect 3 trailer. But then I saw something the other day.


Before reading this paragraph, watch the video. The video is only 30 seconds long.

This one trailer has shot down all of the meaning and mystery the "Fight - Live Action TV Trailer" worked so hard to accomplish. It essentially has told consumers, "Hey, Mass Effect is a silly game! There's some funny-looking alien guys shooting the main character while your squad members sit back and talk dumb **** while you get blown apart. Looks pretty fun!"

The whole meaning of the Fight trailer has been shot down by Gamestop's advertisement. Sure, it may not seem like a huge issue, but to somebody like me who was engrossed by the Mass Effect 3 Fight trailer..

And to think, the only thing this Gamestop advertisement is promoting is a stupid 'special edition' digital rifle found only in Gamestop-bought versions of the game.. It makes me disappointed in the general gaming populace.

The problem is, Gamestop has done this before. All of their pre-order incentive game advertisements are incredibly lame, destroy the appearance of the product, and what's more, the pre-order incentives do not matter for s***. Most of them are nearly pointless, offering only a few minutes of playing around with the item; soon after, the consumer realizes that it did not matter where they bought the game, seeing as the special edition digital item is a cheap way to shop at Gamestop.

But, y'know, I can't fully blame them. It works. Gamestop is currently one of the most popular brick-and-mortar video game businesses in the U.S. I am not sure about it's status in other areas of the world, but here, it is the go-to place for purchasing video games. As great as Gamestop is in some regards, their advertisements are utter dog c***.

- Matt

(And that's not even mentioning the low-life clerks that sometimes work there. I've had no bad cases at my local Gamestop, but I've heard some pretty nasty stories from other store-visitors online.)

iTunes sure is annoying.

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Just to clarify, I'll be posting that blog about my trip to Clinton Road after this one. To be honest, I lost all interest in writing about it after my friends and I talked about it most of today. I'll talk to you guys about it soon.

Apple Logo

Anyway, like the blog title says, I hate iTunes.

Apple products are known to be speedy, simple, and user-friendly devices. A lot of people love them. So why is it that iTunes is a steaming pile of dog poo? Why is it that if Apple can create devices as unique as the iPhone and iPad, they cannot perfect an application that has been in use for so many years?

I swear to god, every time I click on iTunes, I dread what will happen. Sometimes, it doesn't detect my phone. Sometimes, it refuses to do certain functions. Other times, it just doesn't sync my music.

Things with iTunes have gotten a lot better over the years. Apple has made sure to work out a few errors in the system and polish up the interface a bit. But, there's a recent issue which has been really bugging me. iTunes won't allow me to sync my phone to my iTunes library. The syncing operation goes into effect, and 2 of the 7 steps are said to be followed... But then the loading bar never fills. It just stays, perfectly still, taunting me.

I made sure cloud-storage was turned off, I've uninstalled and installed iTunes multiple times, and I even called their help support - but nothing seems to be fixing the issue. The guy on the phone said that I should bring my PC and phone to the Apple store. That will be a pain in the @ss if I'm forced to go. It'll probably take a long time to wait in line, and then who knows how much I'll spend on the support? Damnit.

I hate when technology doesn't work the way it is supposed to. Unfortunatley, I (and a lot of other people) are all too used to this because of Apple's faulty music player.

The iPhone is great.
The iPad is pretty sweet.

But iTunes? Well, it sucks. Really sucks.

- Matt

The Adventure to Hell

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"The Adventure to Hell" is how my friend described the experience. I have just gotten back from driving to Clinton Road, New Jersey with three of my closest friends.

If you haven't heard of Clinton Road, you can read about it right here. If you aren't in the mood to open the link, I'll give a brief info session about what it is. Or, you can watch this short video. The video is a little goofy, and rushes through the specifics of what the road is... But it gives you a brief idea of what is in store.

Clinton Road runs for roughly ten miles and has been often said to be haunted, due to the many deaths and accidents that have occured within it. The entire span of road is completely dark. Not a single street light is lit up. The only things you can see are the headlights coming from your car, and the people surrounding you within the vehicle. If you turn off the lights and the dashboard, you cannot see your hands. Literally, I lifted my hands to my face, and I was blind as a bat.

There have been reports of gang members dropping off their targets within the forests surrounding the road, and there are a few confirmed cases of the mafia once burying their targets within the woods.

Other legends include one in which if you drive to a bridge just before one of the many sharp turns, and throw a penny in the water, if you come back later the penny will be on the road from where you threw it. Another popular legend involves one in which if you drive for a while along the road, headlights will suddenly light up right behind you. The headlights give enough light to show that their host is a big, dark truck. As it's reported, once you drive fast enough away and then let up on the speed for a while, it suddenly appears once more and follows you until you leave the road back on to the highway. People are often scared s***less upon seeing this and immediately leave the road as fast as possible. This can be extremely dangerous, due to the many sharp turns and pitch-black darkness.

I've got to tell you guys... It was freaky stuff. Really, really freaky. Creepy, spooky... I cannot imagine how people live on that road. It must be beautiful during daylight. But at night... That's another matter entirely.

I'm going to post my reaction video tomorrow morning, and I'll update this blog to include the video. I hope you guys are looking forward to it.. The story I have to tell is intense.

UPDATE: I can't post the video. I'm just simply not very comfortable around the camera/video camera. Sorry guys. I'll write down the story I was going to tell later today.

- Matt

I Really Want a Vita.

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Yup, you heard it here. The Vita looks pretty damn good, and I'd like to pick up one of my own when the thing releases on the 22nd. Sure, it's expensive, but the vast lineup of games planned for it sounds very appealing. Also, Uncharted.

I currently have $113.33 saved up in Gamestop gift cards which I plan on spending toward it. I'm hoping to pay a bit more, and then ask my mom to pay off the remaining amount as an early B-Day gift.

If she says yes, then hooray! A Vita may be on the way. Looking forward to it.

I'd really like to post more about my feelings, and how this week has been.... But there really isn't too much to say. As of now, I feel MUCH better than last week. I thank all of you again for showing your support and being there for me. Simply knowing that somebody reads the words that I type onto the screen is reassuring.

Hope you're all having a great week so far. I may be going camping with my friends on Saturday, which sounds pretty sick. Building a campfire, roasting marshmallows, y'know all the good camp stuff. Maybe sing a campfire song song, or two?

Take care, everyone.

- Matt

Panic Attack.

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I had a panic attack a couple nights ago. The break up between Marisa and I hadn't really affected me much until two nights ago; then, it just hit me. I pulled out pictures of us, remembering the times we had spent together... Sure, a few of those times may have been painful, but damnit, I had fun while it lasted. I think we both did, despite the many issues along the way. The combination of somber music and these pictures did not help me much.

My grades in my English Honors cl@ss have been less than impressive, and my mom isn't too pleased about that. My dad has no idea of it because, well, he lives elsewhere. After being told off from mom about the poor grade, I couldn't take it. My parents' divorce, breaking up with my ex-girlfriend, recently getting off a medication that may have been beneficial to my mood, and then this.. I held it in for the moment, but later that night I wept; I admit it, I was destroyed and ashamed. I feel ashamed now, even just posting this. But I feel the need to let it out. My friends at school.. Yes, they care, but I believe they do not fully understand. This is, in part, my fault. I cannot explain all there is to explain. There is simply too much going through my mind. I've tried explaining the current situation, but my mind falters. I cannot bring all of the thoughts I am thinking into words. However, my friends know the basics of what has happened. Parents divorced, break up with girlfriend. That's most of what they know.

Also, I've had a bad cold the past few days. Urgh. Being sick sucks.

God damnit, I sound like a depressed man who has nothing else to live for. Honestly, during my panic attack, that is how I felt. But knowing that you guys, my family, and friends at school care for me (even if my peers at school do not fully understand the situation, that being partially my fault), I think I'll be okay. There are other, relatively small things that have happened as well, but they are not worth mentioning.

I hate posting blogs like this, I feel bad about it. It's important, in times like this, to stay strong. Be positive. I know it sounds cliché, but sometimes, we must go through the bad times before things become good. I'm having a very difficult time right now, but I'm sure that things will brighten up, even though the light at the end of the tunnel says otherwise.

I hope you all are doing well.

- Matt