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Starting Over: How I got "fired" from Press2Reset

Yesterday I was let go from my volunteer writing job at Press2Reset. I know that I probably shouldn't complain about a prior "employer", but my emotions are running high and I needed somewhere to vent. I want to preface this by saying many...

 
 
 

Challenges facing the Nvidia Shield

While the internal specs for the new Nvidia Shield are impressive, the device faces a significant uphill battle if it wants to be a worthy contender in the handheld market. The Shield needs to out sell the Vita...while marketing toward t...

 
 
 

Dear Mr. Sports Fan

Dear Mr. Sports Fan, One of us is weird, the other normal. The same media idolized one and vilifies the other. You may not know it, but we are just like you. So please stop treating us like some kind of cultural stain. Sincerely, Gam...

 
 
 

A Year in Pictures

As they say, a picture can tell a thousand words, and each of these pictures tells one of the major gaming stories of 2012. Picture of Target store shelves at 10 p.m. on WiiU launch day. Bioware changes game ending after fan outrage. ...

 
 
 
 
 

Pour One Out: Super Monday Night Combat

The Game: Super Monday Night Combat Release Date: April 19 2012 Super Monday Night Combat, sequel to the moderately popular XBLA game Monday Night Combat, was one of the first major attempts to bring first-person-shooter elements into MOB...

 
 
 

2012: The Dangers of Exploration [Spelunky]

I skid to a stop inches from a ledge, guided only by the feint glow of my torch. I've been in this section for far too long, the ghost will show up any minute and negate all my progress. It's too late to turn back and look for an alternate ...

 
 
 

The Gamer Stereotype

I have this big secret in my life that, up until recently, I’ve never really felt comfortable sharing with others. I say ‘secret’, but there were definite signs. Glimpses of my lifestyle occasionally slipped through the cracks in everyday ...

 
 
 

Metro 2033 Impressions Journal (In Progress)

I've started a new series of blog entries that I'm going to call Impressions Journals. In these articles, I will keep a faux journal of sorts in a stream of consciousness style as I'm playing through a game. It's very much a living piece, a...

 
 
 
 

Colour Bind Video Review

A video review of the Indie puzzle/platformer Colour Bind. Colour Bind is available on Steam for $9.99. http://store.steampowered.com/app/208710/

 
 
 

Giving Up: How ADD helps me critique games

I have never finished a Zelda game. The Zelda formula loses its appeal over the course of a 40+ hour adventure, and I stop playing after reaching a point of contentment with the game's story and mechanics. Each new Zelda game in the serie...

 
 
 

Why THQ's Stock Bump Isn't Cause for Celebration

On Thursday THQ released their own Humble Bundle, a collection of AAA games sold together in a pack at a pay-what-you-want price. Later that day the THQ stock received a 40 percent boost to 1.61, which is quite impressive for a company who ...

 
 
 
 

My Girlfriend's Adventure into Gaming Black Markets

People often think of micro-transactions as small amounts of money spent on game items such-as powerful swords and character outfits. The most profitable free-to-play games optimize their gameplay and pricing structure to squeeze every ounc...

 
 
 

About Snealivone of us since 7:29 PM on 05.01.2012

Howdy!

I'm Sam Neal, and and I'm an aspiring freelance games journalist looking to break into the industry. In the past I wrote features and reviews for Press2Reset on a volunteer basis, as well as conduct video interviews and host the site's news show.

I'm also a third-year Communications and Journalism student at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

When not working on articles, I like to create short films and skits.