Well, as of 12/7/2008, I have a job with a newspaper....and.....we'll leave it at that.
Two and a half days without a bid on my Wii auction forced me to reconsider selling it. So, I still have it, as well as my Playstation 2, my Xbox and my Nintendo DS here with me in Tarboro, North Carolina. If you all know where this place is, give yourselves a hand for, well, I dunno, knowing where Tarboro, North Carolina is. I don't really know what else to say at the moment, other than I like movies and games, and am married to a wonderful gal named Yanjing.
If ya'll want to take a gander at my library of games (those I'm willing and unwilling to part with to boot), head on over to this link at Gametz.com.
No, not really, but I'm enamored with those two clips of No More Heroes. Holy smack that game looks like a must-own. If you have a sense of humor about over-the-top violence......(if there's any to be found in it, my humanist side taking over).
So yeah, a little about me. Wow, where to begin. Well, I guess it's good to start with the fact that I'm looking for work, preferably in the newspaper business. I want some experience, dag on it!
Ok, enough. I've been playing Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on the Wii, been lovin' it for the most part. There was one point though when I was confused about whether I could get across this biiiiig ravine with the screw attack or not. So, it kinda turned into a fruitless maze and candy hunt for two and a half hours, until I looked up a tip on gamefaqs.com that implied that it was possible to get across it. After doing so, and other than the unsuccessful fetch quest, I believe Corruption to be a little slice of gaming heaven, bestowed onto my good person courtesy of Goozex.com. Woo hoo! Second-hand game trading rules.
So, if any wisdom is to be imparted onto anyone so unfortunate to read this, please take this with you. If you've got used games....please........for the love of your dearly departed pet Smoochy......please.....
Don't trade your games in to Gamestop. Under no circumstances. Period.
At the very least, get a little unlazy and sell your dang game on Ebay, or sign up for a couple of wonderful websites, one I've frequented for over 5 years now. The one I've been on over half a decade is Gametz.com, and the one I've used for almost a year is the aforementioned Goozex.com. They're both solid. Gametz's free, Goozex is essentially a dollar per trade. Gametz, you gotta try to barter with people "directly", Goozex, you "trade-in" your games for points, make yourself a wanted list and wait to see if you're paired up to receive a game or not. They both work well for me, as I've accumulated a sizable library of Dreamcast, Playstation, Playstation 2, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 games for almost 15 years, online and in person.
And yeah, how about Jeff Gerstmann gettin' fired for doing what he's (supposedly) supposed to do? I liked Gamespot more when Greg Kasavin was still there, but hey, times change and so do people and businesses. But if the single person who replaced Kasavin in the editorial department, the Larsen fella, was responsible for Gerstmann's ouster, for not drinkin' that advertising dollar Kool-Aid (TRADEMARK!), then piss on 'im. I know when I was still workin' for a newspaper, I took a tip from one of the layout ladies about a woman's death that I reported. After that, I tried to get a story in the paper about Richard Petty advertising for a local company, but the dang thing didn't get in until like, almost a week after I wrote it.
Ok, fine, the first tip was very pertinent, because the lady who died was well-known in the community. But I guess my "canoodling" over the Richard Petty advertising spot (the company he did the ad for was advertising heavily with the newspaper) was seen as ENCROACHMENT. ENCROACHMENT. UNHOLY, GOD-FORBIDDEN, SACRILIGEOUS, RAT-MATING ENCROACHMENT ON THE HOLY SANCTITY OF THE SEPARATION OF ADVERTISING AND EDITORIAL!! Piss on it.
So yeah, how do these two stories relate? Frankly, perhaps due to my reservoir of naivete, I did not see my ENCROACHMENT as anything but trying to break an interesting community story about about a well, well known commodity doing a spot for a local company. Gerstmann's case reeks, reeks, reeks of management malfeasance. I know money's money, but if I was threatened with losing my job over a review, not being able to do what my responsibility is (reviewing content transparently and with appropriate scathing humor at its ramshackle "quality), then I'd like to think I'd have the balls to go ahead and quit. There are other jobs, and if I was with a company for X number of years, doing my job well, someone somewhere else who is less of a douchebag is surely going to take notice and hire me up.
Best of luck to Jeff. Take heed friends, though, because shit is just a part of life. But when someone takes the bastard initiative to take their own stinky douche in their now-stinky hand and throw it in someone else's face, then by God, it's the community responsibility to hose that sucker down with a fire hydrant and clean him up with some pig-lye soap. Personally, I'm all for bringing back the great American tradition of tarring and feathering this country's scoundrels......one....at....a time.........