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Last week, I sat in line with a hundred or so like-minded gamers awaiting the midnight release of Halo 4. As I sat at the front of the line with a fellow GameStop regular, we started conversing about games in general included the impending release of Call of Duty Black Ops 2. During this conversation, the regular stated that his eight year old son was extremely good at Modern Warfare and planned to buy it for his son. Naturally, I asked the only question I could think of: "You let your eight year old son play Call of Duty?" His response was that his son was going to learn about "this stuff" anyways, so why hold him back. I dropped the conversation before it beccame too uncomfortable and we moved on to other topics and I forgot about the conversation.
Dear Call of Duty John,
Today holds some degree of special significance for me. One year ago today, I posted my first blog that made its way onto the public pages. My dissection and destruction of the Modern Warfare 2 "story" remains one of my favorite blogs of my own, even if it wasn't written as I would write it now. Today, I would like to add to the significance of October 31st, at least on a personal level, by writing my 50th blog post.
What follows is the continuing documentation of the construction of a USS Enterprise CVN-65 replica in Minecraft on the Xbox 360. It should be noted before going further that I am no US Navy expert and I do not have access to any ship's blueprints or construction information. I have the internet, Excel, Minecraft, and good friends. To view the starting process and day one construction, please visit the link below:
It is a well known fact that I hate most series blogs. I read them all because I am trying to read everything on the blog page, but there are some I just suffer through. That being said, I promised myself I would not do a blog series unless I had an extremely solid foundation and purpose. I believe such a foundation and purpose has been found...in Minecraft.
So, the weekend is over and our bodies and minds are probably all still trying to recover from 24 hours of video games, I know mine have yet to. But it was all worth it, as a community we raised $10,846.03 (at the time of writing this, some additional donations may continue to trickle in)! This is HUGE!!!! You may not realize it, but we were the 16th highest raising team (again, at the time of writing this) out of over 2,000 teams!
Here we are, just days away (at the time of writing this) from our 24 hour marathon of gaming to do our part to save kids who really need our help. To those who have already joined the team, thank you for your time and devotion and keep working hard these last couple of days to get some more donations. For those who haven't joined, what the heck are you waiting for?! Go join and be an instrument for good to kids who need something good in their lives.
We are just a couple of weeks away from a very important date, Saturday October 20th. It isn't important for any special holiday. Sure, Bela Lugosi, Tom Petty, and Snoop Dog all celebrate their birthdays on this date, but it is also the day many of us have committed to playing video games for 24 hours to raise money and show support for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through the Extra-Life event. At this point, two weeks prior, we have over 70 people committed and over $4,600! If you aren't signed up yet, do it now and raise some money for kids who REALLY need it.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog that was read by a few concerning the treasure trove of information that can be gained by looking at financial statements. Taking the advice of a GIO friend, I wanted to take a look at the financial statements of GameStop. What follows are facts and quotes derived directly from GameStop's 2011-2012 financial information reported to the SEC and my interpretations of that data. This is not meant to be investing advice, if you want such advice, call a financial planner.
The moment we found out my wife was pregnant for the first time everyone around me started telling me how life was going to change. I never disagreed with what they had to say, I figured a few things would change including my priorities, what I did on the weekends, etc... One thing, however, I did not count on was hearing what people say in a completely different light. This has become more and more prevalent as my kids get older. Unfortunately, this perception has bled into my views on the gaming population as a whole. Here are a couple of examples.
For many of us, this source of information is filled with complex ideas and acronyms, making it difficult to turn the data on the pages into usable information. This wealth of knowledge of which I speak is company financial statements.
The time grows near; we are nearly a month away from the pre-determined date of 24 straight enjoyable hours of playing our favorite games (though some may opt to do it a different day or over a series of days). Sadly, we haven't seen the line of donations for Team GIO move very much over the past couple of weeks. So, I figure maybe its time for us to find out what inspires us, what drives us to participate in Extra-Life and why, if you haven't joined yet, you should participate. Allow Stranger and me to kick it off: