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2:51 PM on 04.24.2014

I WANT THE FAME AND THE GLORY, but I want your help! No money needed!

I have high expectations.

So when my first two blogs bombed…like I knew they would. (Read my bio, I say they suck). I was not surpirsed

However I did expect more than 5 up votes and 10 comments. (5 of which are probably my own).

In order for my blog to successful I need suggestions, topics, and followers for it to feed off of.

The above is not so you feel bad for me. It’s just another look into who I am and what I am about. I want to write a blog formed by followers and I want feedback. All it takes is one person to get me started. I am not saying I will be the best blogger out there. But I do feel I have the skills and insight into life, to make Real World Gaming catch on.

So whatever you…the people…want me to reflect on let me know and I will bring it to you.

In the meantime, follow the blog, follow the twitter, and be amazed. Also you can check me out on BDutch podcast on YouTube. The man is a good friend of mine and I was happy to be a part of this podcast and many more. Also, check the kid out on Twitch, he is one of the top PS4 streamers.

After the blog gets going and the topics come pouring in, if you think I suck, well then I guess I do and you can just unfollow. But all I want is a chance.

So hit me up.

And as always…keep it real.   read

5:05 PM on 04.04.2014

Gaming and Relationships...COMBINED!

Being a gamer is tough. Not only do you have to save worlds and lives, but you also have to develop and maintain relationships…in an out of the digital realm. And no, having a bunch of Xbox Live and PSN friends does not count, unless of course you have met and spoken with them in real life.

I am not saying that all gamers are lock in loners who do nothing but game and have no concept of what it means to have a social life. But, being a gamer, I know how hard it can be to balance a relationship and maintain a passion for gaming. Though you may not agree with my insights, you can’t argue with my results.

There is a reason my bio says love life.

If you read my first blog, you know I recently graduated college, have a job that I love, and am set to be married to the woman I love within the coming year. And on top of all of that, I have some of the best friends a man can ask for. Yet, my journey to the happiness I experience nowadays was not an easy one. But, when I look back on it, I can take insights and information from it. That everyone can use…not just gamers.

I’ll start with friends. Since no man is complete without good friends.

Growing up, I was a closet nerd. I loved all types and gaming. Yet, I was surrounding by friends who did not share my interests. So when my friends came over I took my Dragon Ball Z seasons, my latest version of Pokémon, and my Magic the Gathering trading cards and hid them away. See, I knew these friends were not accepting of these “nerdish” items, and did not want to be judged for my interest. Looking back, I don’t know why I wasted my time with these people. If someone cannot accept you for what you enjoy, then how can you enjoy yourself around those people?  

So what is the key to finding good friends?

A good friend is not something who has the exact same interests. A good friend is someone you trust, care about, and accepts you for who you are. The example of this would be the relationship between my best friend and I. My main interests are gaming, comics, and sports. My best friends interests are sports, sports, and sports. So yes we do have some similar interests, but my main interests could not be further from his. Does he enjoy a good Marvel movie? Well, who doesn’t? Is he going to read the comic attached to that movie? Absolutely not. Yet, even though our interests are different, when we are together it doesn’t matter. We can carry a conversation, share a laugh, and completely enjoy ourselves doing absolutely nothing. Find a friend who doesn’t give a shit about your interests and you have found a friend worth having.

However, I do have my gaming friends. These are the guys I spend a Friday night LANing Halo and Saturday night playing 5 stock Super Smash. Yet, even though we are a group of nerds, we would be friends without gaming. We go out to bars together, workout together, and live life together outside of gaming.

So what do I hope you learned about friends from the past two paragraphs? That a friend is someone who doesn’t share the same interest as you. A friend is someone you can still hang out with when those interests aren’t available. So if you’re a gamer who can only hang out with a “friend” of yours when you’re gaming. It might be time to take a step back and reevaluate the friendship.

So now it’s time to get down to brass tacks.

Gaming and Girlfriends.

Think you need this….eh

Growing up a gamer, I always thought I had to find a girl who loved games just as much as I did. And I am sure there are many gamers who feel this way right now. However, love doesn’t mean similar interests.

Want proof?

I met my fiancé during the Competitive Gaming Saga of my life. (if that statement confuses you, take a quick peek at my first blog.) This meant about 21+ hours of my week were dedicated to Halo and honing my craft. O and did I mention, she has no interest what so ever in comic books, gaming, or anything to do with the nerd culture. We started dating my Junior year of high school and this was the beginning of the decline in my gaming skill. There were no longer 21+ hours that could be dedicated to gaming. This was not because she stopped me from gaming. It was because I would rather spend time with her, than play Halo. It was this girl who forced me into the Real World Gaming saga of my life. And by forced, I mean she was better than competitive gaming to me. So, I changed my habits to maximize my time with her.  

I will never regret that choice.

But, the one thing that told me this was the girl for me. Was the day I went full disclosure. For the first year of our relationship I hid my interests. I finally told her one day that I love comics, I am a huge gamer, and have interest in all things “nerdy”. Her answer…I don’t care. She had no interest in changing who I am, she loved me for me.

So what do I want you to take away from the story of my fiancé and I? Does the perfect partner for you have to have the same interests? I can’t say yes and I can’t say no. If you find yourself changing naturally due to love embrace it. If you find yourself changing because she demands it…run.  

Again, every opinion above is based off my experience. If you have a question or different opinion, feel free to share it. As long as it’s a conversation and not an argument, I will be happy to converse. I promise the blogs will get funny and interesting. These frist two were stories I just had to share.

So until next time everyone...keep it real   read

10:38 PM on 04.03.2014

History of a Real World Gamer

I assume that the reason you are reading is this blog is because you are a gamer, and like many others, you have an interest in gaming that goes beyond gameplay. I share this interest with you, yet my ideas and thoughts on gaming have changed throughout the years.

I always dreamed of writing for magazines or sites such as Game Informer and IGN, getting to play games in advance and review them. I thought I knew what it took to score a game and let others know what makes this game great, or what makes it suck. Yet, now reviewing games is something I have no interest in. I have moved on to bigger and better things, my only interest now is to be a Real World Gamer. Someone who can share the insights, struggles, and joys of gaming in the real world.

For those of you who are thinking, “WTF does he mean a real world gamer?” You’re just going to have to hang around and see.

Spoiler alert…my gaming views will not be expressed in this entry. I am going to take this time and introduce myself. Give you a view of my journey through gaming so you have an idea on where my views come from. This way future blogs will make more sense and come together as something you can relate to.

Just so you know, I am not going to share every system and every game I have every owned. I am going to break my gaming life into 3 parts or sagas if you will. This is to save you the boredom…cause even I can admit this is going to be pretty boring. But, if you don’t know where I am coming from, you will never understand my future blogs.

So let’s begin.

The first saga of gaming for me was all about the adventure so I guess I’ll call it the Adventure Saga. (Very original I know) From my first whiff of gaming on the Super Nintendo all the way to saving Spira from Sin on my PS2. This part of my life was all the joy of completing an adventure and emerging myself in different worlds. I would spend hours upon hours lost to the real world completing quest and saving galaxies. And at that time there was nothing more enjoyable than finishing a game.

Then came Halo. More specifically Halo 2. This was the first FPS I ever played and the game that started the Competitive Saga of my gaming history. Halo 2, 3, Reach, 4, CoD Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3…these were the games that consumed me. Every free second I had was these games. And I played them cut throat. Yet, when I look back at it, this time wasted on constant gameplay to keep up with competition was all wasted. And it’s time that I can never get back. No will ever care I had a 2:1 KD, and quite frankly at this point in my life….neither do I.

Now for the final saga, the Real World Saga. To this day I still love gaming. But, I have had to lay my competitive side to rest and only bring it out for the rare LAN party I attend. The world has caught up to me and I no longer have the time, money, or drive to keep up with the competitive gaming community. I have prioritized my life the way it should be. I went to college, got a job, and more importantly found a woman who I love. So I have come full circle. Through the help of eBay, I have repurchased Super Nintendo, N64, GameCube, PS2 and traded my Xbox 360 for the adventure exclusives of the PS3. As for the next gens PS4 and Xbox One, well as I said I have priorities and spending $500 on a console is not one of them. I only play story driven games nowadays, such as “Uncharted” and “Last of Us”. This way, if I don’t find the time for gaming because real life calls, I won’t be the NOOB who went 5 and 12. Instead I will be able to pick up right where I left off in the story of Joel and Ellie or Nathan Drake. And by buying all the classic systems, I can relive the games of my childhood that I hold so close to my heart.

So there you have it. The gaming history of Jack the Ripper. It may have been boring to read and even more boring to write. But, believe me, when I give my insight in future blogs, they will make sense (and I promise much more interesting). And when I refer to myself as a “Real Life Gamer”, hopefully you will at least have a slight idea of what the hell I am talking about.

Till the next blog, keep it real everyone.   read

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