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  • My e3 2015 Predictions

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    The “Re-mastered Generation” has stumbled out of the box. When I look over my PS4 collection and observe that its best games are The Last of Us, Diablo 3, and Tomb Raider, an issue arises. Where are the games that define this generation? Super Mario 64 pushed the N64 off selves. Super Metroid rocked our world when it popped up on the Super Nintendo. Sonic the Hedgehog breathed life into my Sega Genesis. Remember Shenmue and Powerstone for the Dreamcast? What about Metal Gear Solid for the PS1? I took a dive onto the Xbox for Halo. I plunged face first into the Xbox 360 for Mass Effect and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Dating back to the original Atari, I don’t recall a single time in gaming history where so many recycled titles dominated the shelves.

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    The “Re-mastered Generation” has stumbled out of the box. When I look over my PS4 collection and observe that its best games are The Last of Us, Diablo 3 , and Tomb Raider , an issue arises. Where are the games that define this generation... More
  • e3 2014 Review

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    Conferences Micosoft Grade: C+ Review: I was thrilled that Microsoft dedicated an entire e3 conference to games. And they managed to deliver a solid showing. As a big Halo fan, the Master Chief Collection should keep me satisfied until next fall’s... More
  • e3 2013 Review

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    My Top Ten:

    The Witcher 3 (Best of Show): This open world gem looks to define what next generation consoles are truly capable of. Rich in story, incredible sword play, and a stunningly realistic landscape make this

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    My Top Ten : The Witcher 3 (Best of Show): This open world gem looks to define what next generation consoles are truly capable of. Rich in story, incredible sword play, and a stunningly realistic landscape make this my number one most anticipated game... More
  • Not The 'One' We Were Looking For?

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    I’ve been gaming since the days of the Atari. I remember Pong, Asteroids, PacMan, and Invaders. I migrated over to the NES at the ripe age of 8. It was then I was introduced to the likes of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Contra. Does anyone remember... More
  • Wishlist: Xbox "Durango" Launch Titles

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    Will it have a 16 core processor? A chip to block used gaming? Will it need to have constant internet access? No disc drive or a blu-ray? A terabyte of cloud space? 7000 AMD graphic card? Kinect 2.0 built-in?

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    Will it have a 16 core processor? A chip to block used gaming? Will it need to have constant internet access? No disc drive or a blu-ray? A terabyte of cloud space? 7000 AMD graphic card? Kinect 2.0 built-in? Ok, I'll briefly jump on the bandwagon... More
  • Pushing Limits

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    A Game of Balances Are video games an art form? The question is sure to stir up debate and needless strife. I wish to avoid such banter and get right down to the real issue that is often overlooked: interactive storytelling is our generation’s new... More
  • One Man's Junk...

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    We forsook the aged for youth. We placed our value on progress over understanding, innovation over experience, instant gratification over pondering consequences. In short, evidences of our great knowledge are everywhere, but wisdom is seldom found This... More
  • e3 2011 Review

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    My Top Ten e3 Games (2011 release) Elder Scrolls V : 300+ hours? 150+ unique dungeons? Yea, it looks incredible, has improved combat, and a slick new menu, but more than 300 hours of gameplay? Wow. Batman Arkham City : Catwoman as a playable character... More
  • The Xbox Identity Crisis

    "The Xbox isn't a gaming console." -Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

    Just what is an Xbox for? That’s the question I found myself asking after learning of Steve Ballmer telling USA Today that the Xbox is a “Family Entertainment Center,” and not a “gaming console.” So it is not mea

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    "The Xbox isn't a gaming console." -Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO Just what is an Xbox for? That’s the question I found myself asking after learning of Steve Ballmer telling USA Today that the Xbox is a “Family Entertainment Center,” and... More
  • Most Wanted List for 2011

    Just got back from enjoying a wonderful vacation in the mountains of Tennessee.  Let's see, that means I have now visited Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and was born and raised in California.  I am going to do some snowboarding in Wisconsin next month and will hopefully be visiting Califonia, Washington D.C., and Ireland on top of some visits to Alabama and Chicago, IL in this upcoming year.  And aside from finishing up my 1st and second novels in my planned trilogy, I also intend to read plenty of books, finish up another year of school, and play a ton of great, story driven games.  Here is my list of games that I am keeping an eye on in the year that will be 2011 on the Xbox 360/PC:

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    Just got back from enjoying a wonderful vacation in the mountains of Tennessee. Let's see, that means I have now visited Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Kentucky, Tennessee, New Mexico... More
  • Lessons from Writing

    11 months.  That's how long I have been cranking away at what will be my so-called "debut novel."  Whoohoo.  Yippee.  And all that jazz.  It has truly been a life changing experience.  A 100,000 thousand word, 40+ chapter book takes a lot more discipline and sacrifice than I would have ever expected.  And that is really the difference between the professional and amateur writer: self-discipline.  The professional just gets the job done.  They finish the projects they start.  Which brings me to such an important lesson I have learned this year: it is better to finish a project then to start several.  Its not how you start the race, but how and if you finish it.  So I have a slew of goals yet to be accomplished.  Finish up a Masters Degree in Writing.  Buy a house.  Travel the world.  Be a professional writer.  I turn 29 this January.  I want my life to mean something.  To leave a legacy.  The key to finishing up this novel will be to defeat the beast known as procrastination.  It is a powerful warrior that seeks to put off the hopes and dreams of every man and woman who walks this earth.  And it must be conquered by every writer if they are to move from under the shadow of "hobby" into the light of "career" that defines the professional writer.  I've written the award winning short film and short story, the well received comic, and the popular journalistic articles.  But if I am to be a professional writer, then the holy grail known as the novel must be finished.  It is the wild stallion I seek to tame.     

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    11 months. That's how long I have been cranking away at what will be my so-called "debut novel." Whoohoo. Yippee. And all that jazz. It has truly been a life changing experience. A 100,000 thousand word, 40+ chapter book takes a lot more... More
  • Disappointing Year that was 2010

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    At the beginning of this year I can remember every bit of the hype surrounding this Fall season.  E3 was still half a year away and all the media could talk about was how many amazing titles would be shipping this year.  And who could blame them?  A sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum?  Max Payne 3?  LA Noire? Perhaps the Elder scrolls follow-up the gaming community has been crying out for since the last dlc for Elder Scrolls IV dropped?  And with Halo, Gears of War, and perhaps even Fable coming to an end, surely Microsoft would announce some killer new first party IP's to take their place.  All of this was just the tip of the iceberg.  

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    At the beginning of this year I can remember every bit of the hype surrounding this Fall season. E3 was still half a year away and all the media could talk about was how many amazing titles would be shipping this year. And who could blame them? A sequel... More
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