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My name is James. By day I am a freelance copywriter and editor. While the perks of this job are getting to sleep 'til 2pm and working in my underwear, I've learned far more about hemorrhoid cream and proper swimming pool chlorination than I ever care to.

I guess you could say I'm a "former" video game "journalist" (though I wouldn't call myself the J word). I am the former Editor-in-Chief of Binge Gamer and I spent time writing at other blogs. I gave it up because while I love gaming and the gaming industry, I just didn't have the constitution to run my own business.

Not at the age of 23, anyways.

Let's see... apart from that I'm prior service US Army (Military Police), a stand-up comedian, a connoisseur of soft drinks and I once wrestled a cheetah.

I was victorious.
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...who finds all this image dissecting being done by Diablo III fans to be a little depressing? Case in point: Blizzard just launched their fifth splash screen, and this time it shows the eyes, as well as what looks like the top of a helmet or crown or whatever the hell you wanna call it. Observe:



Now I'm glad we're all in agreement with our desire to see a new Diablo, but I read some of the theories that are being thrown about, and I just get... sad. Case in point: One of the Diablo fansites (I'm not saying which one) concludes that it must be a sign of Diablo III's impending announcement because the new image is called "harbinger", and Diablo was once labeled as "The harbinger of our return" in a cinematic in Diablo Deuce.

...you serious?

Another wonderful little theory I've heard on a few message boards is that "the runes form a pentagram, man!" Sure. A half-assed, crooked pentagram, but you technically would have a pentagram.

But what really just drove me up the wall -- what drove me to just shake my head and wish that half of these people -- just half -- went into crime scene investigation... was this argument that wound up going for NINE PAGES on one message board:



...fucking sigh.

Now, I think it's a foregone conclusion that we're going to see Diablo 3. But you know... while I, as a livelong gamer, would love to see D3 (not the Mighty Ducks), there is that little part of me that looks at the obsession over a new Diablo and I can't help but kind of hope it's not Diablo 3 they're announcing this weekend.

I do have one question for everybody, though: What the hell does a purple penguin have to do with any of this?!
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