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5:35 PM on 04.03.2012

Gaming Resolutions Update

It's been a while, so I figured I'd update on my gaming resolutions:

Save up for a 360 - I ended up not having to do this. I lucked into one. So I have one. Yay! Feel free to add me if you'd like a friend to talk to every now and again. GBCrystal is my gamertag.

Play every one of my Steam games - Yeah this isn't going well at all... haha. I think I'm at like, 10/72 or something. I haven't even had time to play Team Fortress 2, which I think kind of annoys the community I'm in, but hopefully this summer I'll have more time.

Write six reviews for Gaming Bus - I've done two this year out of the six I've wanted to do. I reviewed Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth and PokÚdex 3D. I'd like to do a few more serious titles but graduate school has really been kicking my butt. Heck, I thought I'd have my Steam games to fall back on, but I haven't even had time to game in general.

I also started writing for DieHard GameFAN, and that's been going okay except with school slamming me I'm behind on some stuff.

So this past weekend I went to EvilleCon. Here are some pictures: yay I got to meet Eric Vale, who voices Trunks from both the anime and the video games for Dragon Ball Z (as well as America and Canada from Hetalia), which was super cool. I also met Micah Solusod, who voices Soul from Soul Eater. I also met some really awesome cosplayers by the name of SynchroHearts (they're a married couple)... They're just... super impressive. Just awesome. Everyone was really awesome. I got to interview all of them for DieHard GameFAN and Gaming Bus as well, so if anyone wants to read those interviews, I can post links once I've transcribed the interviews.

Also, sorry if this doesn't belong here, but I thought I'd post this here since this is a gaming site and it might interest a few people to know about this. Gaming Bus, the site I work for, is looking for writers. If you think you have a keen eye for this kind of a thing, it might be something worth trying out. Let me know if you have any questions, and again, sorry if this isn't the right place to post it. Just thought it might be interesting to some people!

So yeah, that's my life right now. I've been really busy but I enjoy what I'm doing. That's... all I've got, so I'll leave you guys alone now!   read

4:33 PM on 12.30.2011

Anyone Wanna Play Borderlands Tonight?

I hope this is okay to post this (I didn't see a rule against it when I read the blogging tips) but the gaming site I write for is having a game night and they're playing Borderlands on the PC. I thought I'd ask if anyone wanted to play with us. The information is here on Gaming Bus. We're playing at 9:30EST if anyone will be around.

Basically we're looking for some people who have Steam to play with us. No DLC required, just a desire to play the game. Just go to the Steam group and join and it should let you know when the game starts. You can leave the group when the game's finished or you have to leave, that's cool. We won't grief you over it. We're not trying to sell anything to anyone or... I dunno, whatever ulterior motive people might have for these kinds of things (we don't get paid for viewers, for instance), we just want to play and want some cool people to play with.

Sadly, I won't be playing tonight due to shitty internet and a laptop with no mouse but I'll be in the stream, watching everything. I'd love to be able to talk video games with you guys in real time, so please come out, even if Borderlands isn't your thing!   read

10:20 AM on 12.30.2011

Resolutions: Crystal Shards

First off, I'd like to thank those who gave me such a warm welcome yesterday. I think I'm going to like you all. =)

Gaming resolutions, eh? I've got a couple. I suppose I can do a quick run-down.

Save up for a 360 - I know I'm incredibly late to this game, as a college student (specifically, a graduate student now), I've not exactly had the cash to buy all the systems I've wanted in the past few years. My boyfriend of two years lives several hours away and I never get to see him... He has a 360 and I don't. This would be perfect for us to bond over since we're both gamers. I like the 360 and I have quite a few friends who have one, so it'd be great for me to be able to do things with people I haven't seen in a while. I've been trying to win one since I can afford one, but I haven't had luck in that department, even that time I had about a 15% chance of winning. I guess I can't complain, as I've won quite a bit this season, including Trine, Nuclear Dawn, and Minecraft. So it's not like I'm entirely unlucky, I suppose.

Play every one of my Steam games - I have over sixty Steam games thanks to Humble Bundles and the like, and I'd like to play them all this year. Of course, I'm probably going to end up with more on that list as the year progresses... But hey, this resolution might help with my next one, which is...

Write six reviews for Gaming Bus - I've done three reviews for it in the past four or five months, so I think I could handle six reviews over twelve, even with my schedule as a graduate student and working on my thesis. The site doesn't have too many writers at this point (we're always looking for more, by the by!), so I feel an obligation to help flesh out our review section if nothing else. Of course, I'll still have news to write, so I'll have to keep that in mind.

I don't think these resolutions will be too difficult to do; in fact, I think the hardest one will be saving up for a 360, even though they're not that expensive. I just don't really make a lot of money. But! I hope that I can do it.

Well, that was fun.   read

2:08 PM on 12.29.2011

Intro Post

Hey everyone,

I want to blog on here more but I wasn't sure what I should blog about. I guess I'll start with who I am.

My name is Crystal. I started playing video games on Atari 2600, PC, and Super Nintendo and moved on to own a Playstation 2, Wii, and Nintendo DS, among others. Right now I'm saving up for a 360; yes I know the next gen is only a year or two away. But my boyfriend of two years lives several hours away and we won't get to see one another that much over the next few years, so I thought it'd be great for us to be able to do something together that doesn't require literally hundreds of dollars in gas money. Not that I wouldn't like to see him... I just want to be able to do things with him is all.

Anyway, favorite franchises are Zelda, Team Fortress, Metroid, Ace Attorney, Left 4 Dead, Final Fantasy and Pokemon, though I like to branch out into anything can hold my interest. I've recently gotten hooked to Dungeon Defenders, which is easily the best multiplayer tower defense game out there right now. I'm slowly getting into sports games, though I'm still not that big a fan of most of them.

Currently, I'm a graduate student in applied psychology. I plan on becoming a professor or something. I don't know. I kind of want to work for a non-profit as well, not sure. I manage my own website, Mercury Ice, and spend most of my time reading, doing research, exercising and playing video games. I also write for a gaming website called Gaming Bus, which aims to cut through the layers of fluff to bring readers relevant news, in-depth features and trustworthy reviews by being selective as to what we post and using transparency in how we work. I really like working there, and we're always looking for more writers, so if you think you'd like working there too, just drop me a line and I can tell you how to apply.

I guess that's really all you need to know about me. I'd love to make some friends on here, so please let me know if you're interested in that!   read

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