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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:
Comic books and video games have a lot in common. Yes, our two cultures are stereotyped as geeks and nerds, video games frequently feature popular comic book characters, and our two medias involve a great deal of visual and story-telling art. But the similarities run deeper than that, our two histories share a great deal of similarities, many of which spawn from society and the world around us.
It may be something of a confession to some of you as you see it as a gamer sin and some may look at it as nothing more than a masochistic fascination, but I love to grind! And I'm not talking about that crappy MTV "dance" show from the 90's that came on somewhere around Yo! MTV Raps from back in the day when they actually played music. And I am not talking about some activity taking place in the high school woodshop class. I am talking about the rinse and repeat found in many games today that some seem to find utterly boring.
It is no secret: I like shooters. First-person, third person, twelfth-person, reality, fiction, science fiction, it doesn't matter to me. Sure, some of it has to do with my infatuation with weapons that go boom, but there is something so edge-of-your seat about many of these games that takes me back to my youth when I would bounce up and down on the couch in animated excitement for the games I was playing. Unfortunately, many of these games get glazed over and not played due to "low" scores below 8 out of 10 or people whining and complaining about the game being a clone of this or a copy of that. Below are five (technically six) shooters I feel didn't get much love but really should be played.
I remember the fiasco shortly after Modern Warfare 2 was released; everybody and their uncles would be playing with a javelin and semtex so they could exploit a glitch automatically killing any player who killed the exploiter. We had to wait days for a patch to come through, but we weren't waiting for the patch to be written, we were waiting for it to be certified by console providers. This is just one such example, Battlefield 3 and an endless list of other games have experienced holdups in patches and updates simply because of certification issues. The certification process is designed so that patches and updates go through levels of testing to ensure all software is held to even standards and remains robust so customer perception of their console remains unsullied except for yellow lights, red rings, melting processors, etc... But does this certification process accomplish its goal and is it a process really worth having around?
After weeks of consideration and determination, I have figured out the system for the distribution of most of our prizes. We are going to use a digital raffle ticket system. Raffle tickets will be earned in four methods:
[Final Update] The drawing took place LAST NIGHT and we have a winner! Congrats to Frosty for winning a download to code for a PC version of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, compliments of Shootist2600 and Team GIO! Keep your eyes peeled for more prizes, next drawing will be announced soon.
To help us get a jump start, we are going to have a little drawing. If you sign up for Team GIO by June 6th, 6:00 pm pacific time (an homage to 2011's team captain), you will be entered to win a code for the Humble Indie Bundle V! Even better, if you spread the word and get someone else to sign up (they must confirm your name to me in a message, saying you got them to sign up) you will get an additional entry in the drawing (your friend will still also get an entry), no limitations on the number of entries. However, please know that we still want you and your friends to try hard to get donations, as we move along there will be prizes available as you get more donations (more on that in the future).