23 years ago at approximately 11:30 pm, the world was blessed and privileged to welcome one of the greatest and most influential beings in all of history (and alternate history) into its struggling world. No one could ever match this colossal figure's importance to culture and now, 23 years later, this hero of mankind continues to spread his wisdom, strength, and unquestionably high importance to the rest of the universe. Bless him and everything he has ever done.
Oh...and I was born too. Wait, you thought I was talking about myself? Heh...yeah, dream on. I may be great, but not THAT great.
Yeah, today marks 23 years of AK. Every time around my birthday, I look back on what I've accomplished over the year. 2012 brought me a college degree, a new home in Pittsburgh, and a flood of potential that will someday net me a solid career. Now, with 23 years under my belt, I'm curious to see where I'll go from here.
Today also marks five years counting that I've been a part of Gamespot's community. Yup, back in 2008, I began blogging, submitting reviews, and making new friends who've been wonderful commentators and fine debaters. I still remember starting out, joining the League of Reviewers union, and making some great friends who still stick around to this day. Yes, many have departed Gamespot for parts unknown, but I still see them making stealthy appearances on occasion. If I were to list all of the people who've helped me on Gamespot, I'd be here till next year, so I'm just going to move forward until the theme from Jaws starts playing me off the stage.
The beginning of this 23rd year marks a return to Gamespot. I'll be posting reviews a bit more frequently, though they will have timed exclusivity on DefaultPrime.com, as per usual. Blogs will continue, though once again, DefaultPrime.com will be where my most analytical works will be submitted. More casual content will be posted on my blog. In addition to written works, I will revitalize my Youtube channel, PostMesmeric, and begin posting Let's Plays, video content, along with goofy shenanigans that my friends and colleagues help me with. Those videos will start this spring, so remember to subscribe if you start watching my stuff and dig it.
If you're into the music scene, also visit PittsburghMusicMagazine.com, where I have been enlisted to provide review content. Even if you're not from the Northeast, we also cover national and international news, in addition to my famed music reviews.
One more thing: in typical social network tardiness, I have a Tumblr. That's usually where you'll find goofy GIF images I've posted along with dumb meme messages. I've noticed that I've been communicating on Fuse and Tumblr through animated GIFs and memes. Fun fun fun.
Even after all of this drama going on around my life, I'm happy that I've been able to grow throughout my life while also making new friends here on Gamespot. The lot of you are wild people who I'm thrilled to have met, so here's to more fun with AK on board!
I'm one of those stealthers you mentioned! I just checked in for the first time in some months, and it seems every time I do something big is happening. Congratulations on your degree, and on five years at GS. I just started working on my degree, so maybe I will be making a blog like this one in five years time.
Weird, when I joined gamespot, a friend on here Hanzoadam was just starting University. Now he has graduated, and I am in university. Doesn't seem possible.
Well, all the best to you in your continued endeavors sir! See you around.
@-Saigo- DefaultPrime remains my first professional position with game journalism. I submitted some reviews there to see if I could be a reviewer proper and got enlisted a year or two ago. Now, I'm the editor in chief there. The staff are very diligent and skilled workers, and they're great guys too, so I do my best to support them. It's like the site is my video game journalism-driven baby now.
I know I preach about the site a lot here, but you guys on Gamespot are my pals too, so I don't want to leave anyone here behind. That's why I continue to view blogs, comment, and explore what you all are up to as well. If DP is my family, you guys are my wacky drinking buddies. I know, that was a terrible analogy, but just know that I care for you all. :)
My friend....happy birthday! I'd give anything to go back to being 23 -- you're just about to experience the glory years. Live it up, have fun and keep doing what you're doing.
If I can put it in perspective, think of what the legendary Ferris Bueller said once. Life is too short. If you don't stop and look around, you can miss it.
@rigbybot127 I don't let numbers rule me. I'm like the PS2. I stick around longer than I am needed. ;)