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April Fools pranks and why they always aren't so good


You may have noticed that I skipped an April Fools' Day post this year. I decided not to this year. A lot of that was because I ran out of time, which means I only have another 365 days to perfect what I may or may not roll out next year. But another part of it was because I kind of stopped, thought about it, and realized that it really didn't matter. Even though I could have come up with some awful tease that might have sent all of you into tears of joy, it really wasn't worth it because a) no one would believe it or b) people would get pissy at me because I played a cruel trick on them and dashed their hopes.

The biggest problem is that April Fools' Day is the single best day to lose every shred of credibility you have ever had, and on the Internet, cred is like gold bars. Most big gaming sites can either get away with blatantly teasing people or their pranks are goofy enough that people know not to take them seriously from the start. But if you're a smaller fish in the big blogging waters, one bad move can soil your reputation, and most smaller sites really can't afford that. You don't want to be known as "those guys." Sure, good stuff is fun, but when you're starting out, you don't need to shoot yourself in the foot with a fake story about a PS3 price drop.

Plus, it makes work harder for the PR people you'll have to work with, and you really, really don't want to piss them off. They might just take you off their contact lists and uninvite you to every event they'll be holding from now until the end of time. And that makes your job a lot harder unless you can sneak past security. Trust me, publications get blacklisted for a lot less things than a terrible April Fools prank. If they can't trust you, they won't even bother talking to you.

So in short, on April Fools' Day, have fun if you're an aspiring games journalist, but be careful what you write, because you never know what it'll bring about in the end.

Oh, and why all this talk about gaming sites and stuff? I'm following the advice of several people and setting up my own independent gaming site, Eye of the Tiger. There will be video reviews, podcasts and a whole lot more. It launches in a few weeks once I secure the server I'll need and once I find a few other writers to help me out, so be sure to keep an eye out for it. Until then, keep being sexy, Dtoid community. :)
Haha, no. Not really. Why would I ever leave you guys? I'm staying. April Fools, bitches!
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About Brian Szabelskione of us since 12:13 PM on 02.11.2007

Oh, hi there. Didnít see you enter. Anyways, welcome to my humble little blog. For those of you not familiar with who I am, the nameís Brian. Iím 24 years old and hail from Findlay, Ohio. I work at the local newspaper here as a copy editor, putting my four long years of college to actual use. Kind of. I think.

For those of you who might recognize me from elsewhere, I work as Assistant Gaming Editor over at Blogcritics Gaming and as Features Editor over at Tomopop. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because I get to do a lot of cool shit with a lot of cool people.

I've been gaming since the relatively young age of around 3 and I've played plenty of games, both good and bad. I'm continuously expanding my gaming collection, which has become more of an archive in recent years as I'm focusing on collecting older, less well-known titles. You'd honestly be surprised on what people are missing out on in bargain bins...

Other than gaming, I love anime, manga, sports, movies, TV, and a whole lot more. I also happen to have something of a legendary love for Cammy, to the point that I am the site's unofficial official Cammy fanboy. And yes, I do play as her in Street Fighter and do so quite well, too.

Also, I am Chad Concelmo's B.F.F., my prize for coming in first in The Great Retro Quiz .18 - ActRaiser. Accept no substitutes. Not even Aerox.

Contact Info:

AIM: NihonTiger90
MSN: hurricane317 at hotmail.com
Skype: NihonTiger90
Twitter: brianszabelski
GMail: brianszabelski at gmail.com
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Steam: NihonTiger

Mad props to Ghost for this amazing card!

Great Retro Quiz! Results

Punch-Out! featuring Mike Tyson

Star Fox (winner)
ActRaiser (winner)
Ninja Gaiden
Street Fighter II
Super Mario Kart

Donkey Kong Country
Smash Bros.
Zelda II

Nihon's Gallery of Hotness:

(Yes, thatís one of Dtoidís own, Hollie (a.k.a. phoenix-blood). I met her at PAX and she is awesome.)

(Ooooh, I think I found a new favorite :3)

Psst, more here.
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