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  • Part of a Greater Whole: How 2012 Was the Year I Finally Felt Like a Gamer

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    'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the unkempt, drafty San Francisco apartment, not a creature was stirring, except me because I couldn't sleep. Away to the Playstation, I flew like a flash, turned on Journey and... something that rhymes with flash... When what to my lonely wandering eyes would appear - but another gamer, frolicking near. 

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    'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the unkempt, drafty San Francisco apartment, not a creature was stirring, except me because I couldn't sleep. Away to the Playstation, I flew like a flash, turned on Journey and... something that... More
  • The Sad Plight of the Angry Critic

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    I feel bad for Guy because here's a man who clearly has a passion for food. He clearly wants to make food that the average American can love. I don't believe he makes food for people like Pete Wells. Then again, I'm not certain he touched any of the dishes served to Wells or his party that night. Guy is also a man whose time is likely more preoccupied with marketing deals, managing and recording several TV programs and touring the country for various other reasons than it is with actually cooking. Lord knows what his personal life looks like at this point. He's someone who has lost touch with the reason he got into the business in the first place: creativity and a love of the culinary arts. He's also likely trying to come up with some back up plans in case his shows and books stop bringing home the smoked, cured maple bacon like they used to. Or he could just be very greedy. I don't know him personally. 

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    Today, I read something that really disturbed me. It wasn't anything that should be genuinely disturbing, but it really stuck with me as a game critic. It was Pete Wells' review of a new restaurant owned by the Food Network's Guy Fieri. Why... More
  • SFA Day 30: A Reminder of What Today Was All About

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    It's the last day of my San Francisco Adventure blogs, but rather than talk about me, I wanted to focus on something that truly matters. Today was a day spent by many of you playing video games for Extra-Life. Sometimes, though, the real purpose of the event can get lost in the excitement and competition. I just simply wanted to provide a reminder.

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    It's the last day of my San Francisco Adventure blogs, but rather than talk about me, I wanted to focus on something that truly matters. Today was a day spent by many of you playing video games for Extra-Life. Sometimes, though, the real purpose of... More
  • SFA Day 29: Almost There...

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    Tomorrow is a big day! There are a lot of things coming together for the Extra-Life marathon. I'm very excited to fully participate this year. We have some great plans and will be doing some awesome things. So here's some of them.

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    Tomorrow is a big day! There are a lot of things coming together for the Extra-Life marathon. I'm very excited to fully participate this year. We have some great plans and will be doing some awesome things. So here's some of them. First off, I'll... More
  • SFA Day 28: Should We Be Worried About Bioshock: Infinite?

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    Since its debut to the public in August 2010, Bioshock Infinite has had fans enraptured with its potential. (Get it? enraptured?) Eager fan of its predecessor have been patiently waiting as developer Irrational pushed back the release date from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. Still, the more we saw of the game, the more excited we became. The city of Columbia is a fascinating setting, the characters seem captivating and believable and some of the gameplay mechanics introduce whole new, unexpected wrinkles. But this game has had its fair share of trouble throughout its development. So should we be worried about it?

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    Since its debut to the public in August 2010, Bioshock Infinite has had fans enraptured with its potential. (Get it? enraptured?) Eager fan of its predecessor have been patiently waiting as developer Irrational pushed back the release date from Fall 2012... More
  • SFA Day 27: Indie's Best Indies of 2012

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    I have to preface this list with the caveat that my definition of the term "indie game" is different than the true definition of that term. A true indie game would be one made and released without the support of a major publisher. Something like Amnesia or Minecraft. For me though, I didn't have access to a gaming capable PC so I missed most of the big indie games on Steam. So I'm including games that were published by Sony, Microsoft and some of the other big publishers because for me, the games still represent what makes for a truly great independent product. Also keep in mind that while I try to play as many downloadable games as I can, I still miss some. For instance, even though I've heard great things about Spelunky, I just haven't had a chance to play it yet. 

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    I have to preface this list with the caveat that my definition of the term "indie game" is different than the true definition of that term. A true indie game would be one made and released without the support of a major publisher. Something... More
  • SFA Day 26: Am I Addicted to Technology?

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    I've asked myself the above question for most of my adult life. Obviously, as an aspiring video game journalist, I depend on technology for my livelihood. I need the laptop to write and connect to the internet. I use my smart phone constantly for social media and email. And of course, I need the games, TV and systems in order to even play the games. 

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    I've asked myself the above question for most of my adult life. Obviously, as an aspiring video game journalist, I depend on technology for my livelihood. I need the laptop to write and connect to the internet. I use my smart phone constantly for... More
  • SFA Day 25: Catching Up On The Job Search

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    First off, I have to mention that I missed a blog yesterday. I wish I had some kind of excuse like an earthquake took out the internet connection, or that I'm actually Superman and was busy saving the world, but the truth is I just plum forgot. It's been a pretty busy couple days as I've finally really ramped up my efforts in the job search. Yes that's right, this blog will be about me more than it will about video games. So turn back now while you still have the chance!

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    First off, I have to mention that I missed a blog yesterday. I wish I had some kind of excuse like an earthquake took out the internet connection, or that I'm actually Superman and was busy saving the world, but the truth is I just plum forgot. It's... More
  • SFA Day 24: The Best Gaming Shows On the Web

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    As I've recently mentioned, I spend a lot of time watching and reading about games online. In my time browsing online, I have come up with a few favorites, and wanted to share them. If you have any you would add, let me know in the comments.

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    As I've recently mentioned, I spend a lot of time watching and reading about games online. In my time browsing online, I have come up with a few favorites, and wanted to share them. If you have any you would add, let me know in the comments. Replay... More
  • SFA Day 23: Dunwall May Just Be My Favorite Game World Ever

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    I just finished my review of Dishonored today. As predicted, I loved it. Maybe not as much as I thought I might, for reasons I'll let you read in the review if you're so inclined. What I did absolutely adore, however, is the way the world of Dunwall enhances and owns the experience. The visuals, the books that flesh out the history, the political intrigue and the parallels to our own society make this a quintessentially brilliant fantasy setting.

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    I just finished my review of Dishonored today. As predicted, I loved it. Maybe not as much as I thought I might, for reasons I'll let you read in the review if you're so inclined. What I did absolutely adore, however, is the way the world of Dunwall... More
  • SFA Day 22: Why Do We Write/ Read About Games?

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    As soon as I was able to read, I remember reading about video games in magazines. Nintendo power was a constant on my family's coffee table. I devoured each issue, reading everything in it from front to back. I couldn't get enough. By the time the internet came into my household I was ready for more. I read GameSpot and IGN constantly. In fact, to this day, I probably spend more time reading about games than I do actually playing them. 

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    As soon as I was able to read, I remember reading about video games in magazines. Nintendo power was a constant on my family's coffee table. I devoured each issue, reading everything in it from front to back. I couldn't get enough. By the time... More
  • SFA Day 21: Why I'm Not a Fan of the 30/30

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    I've been doing this for 21 days straight now and I can confidently say at this point that I am not a fan of the format. That's not to say that I don't like to read other people's 30/30 entries, it's simply to say that I don't like forcing myself to publish a new blog every day. There are many reasons for that, but the biggest one is that when I write a blog, I usually devolve into a condensed form of narcissism rather than what I really like to write about: the games.

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    I've been doing this for 21 days straight now and I can confidently say at this point that I am not a fan of the format. That's not to say that I don't like to read other people's 30/30 entries, it's simply to say that I don't... More
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