All Good Things…..

I started this blog over two years ago, and i’ve had a blast working on it. However, it’s now time for me to move on. I’ve now got a PS4 and am going to start trying to do more reviews for games that are more current, and thus I can no longer take on the moniker of “poor mans geek”. By the time you read this i’ll have started my new pages, “Ludophile Lab” and “What William’s Watching”. I’ll still be doing reviews, trailer impressions and editorials, but i’ll no longer be doing them on this site.

If I’m following you, then I enjoy your content and for the first few hours, days or however long it takes, i’ll go about re-following everyone I follow now so that I may keep up with your content, and I hope that, if you follow me now, you’ll follow me on my new pages as well.


Peronal Update: Finished Winter Quarter

It’s been a long and exhausting three months, but today I’m officially done with winter quarter. I still have finals to do this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, but I am done with classes! And unless I really screw up my finals (which I don’t think I will) i’ll also finish off with pretty good grades as well. My lowest grade at the moment is a pretty high 70(i missed one assignment and the class didn’t have much work to begin with, that really screwed me over) but if I do well on the final I’m pretty sure I can bring that up to a low to mid 80.
It’ll be nice to have some time off to rest and binge watch Daredevil season 2 when it’s released tomorrow. Plus this will hopefully give me more time to play games to review, at lest for a couple weeks. And if everything goes according to plan, sometime next month I should be able to upgrade my equipment and start doing current gen reviews! So over all, I’m really happy at the moment. I hope you all are having as good a day as I am. Feel free to tell me how your doing in the comments.

I Finally beat Dark Souls 2.

Back in November of last year I reviewed Dark Souls 2, but I never got around to beating as I often have to move from one game to the next. The fact that the game simply didn’t live up to the first game didn’t help matters much either. But with Dark Souls 3 coming out next month and Destructoid’s Joe Parlock doing a video series of him Beating Souls bosses I decided to sit down and finish the game properly. And as I did last time I thought I’d give you all my thoughts on the experience.
In the end, I still agree with everything I wrote in the review. It never quite reaches “bad” territory, but it never gets past “unremarkable”. I’ll probably give it another go to get my Souls fix before I can get Bloodbourn and Dark Souls 3 (which I’m hoping I can do sometime next month), but this made me regret trading in both Dark and Demons Souls, as I truly believe they are better games all around.

A Poor Mans Tip Jar

Donate Button with Credit Cards

So, i don’t like asking for things, but this has become something of a necessity.In order to keep doing what i’m doing with this blog (and hopefully expand in the near future) while also being able to live, i’m asking for your help. I’ve now added a tip jar to my page and any donations you can give will be a great benefit to me and my family. If you can’t spar anything, that’s fine; believe me, i understand that times are hard. But if you like what i do and you can throw a few bucks my way, i’d appreciate it a lot. If you do, i’ll add you to my Contributors page with a link to your personal or professional page.

Anyways, thank you for your time.

Turning 24: Where I’m At and Where I Hope to Be Next Year

This is my third year running this blog, and while I’ve had a lot of fun talking about movies and games, I’ve failed to really talk about myself in any meaningful way. This is mostly do to a lot of mental and emotional hangups I have that cause me to assume that no one really cares about what I have to say, and thus I kind of stop trying to say anything at all. If you fallow me on twitter, this is why most of my tweets are just retweets of other people. In fact, every review I write is hard for me as I have to get over the idea that no one wants to read what I have to say and just tell myself “this is for me, not them. I want to write this so I’m going to”.
But today I’m making an attempt to get over this and try to become a more personally engaging critic or whatever it is you can call me. So here goes nothing…..Today is my 24th birthday….
And I feel like a failure. In fact, just knowing this day was coming has had me in a state of depression as it always does, but this time it’s been so much worse than normal. Part of that is due to feeling like I haven’t accomplished anything in my life so far. I mean for Christ sake, I’m 24 and I’ve just started to get an understanding of what I want to do with my life, I’m effectively in my second quarter of college and I’m still living with my family. It’s hard for me not too look at my surroundings and the situation I’m in and not think “i should just give up”. It would be so much easier to just quit school, get some shitty job and live out the rest of my life like a goddamn hermit.
Fortunately for me I’m either too goddamn stupid or too goddamn masochistic to do that. I’m staying where I’m at as long as it takes, and I’m getting where I want to go. So now I’m going to look at where I want to be heading this year, where I hope to be next year and what my over all plan is.
In terms of my personal life, I’m doing really well this quarter and I plan on keeping that up. I’m hoping to transfer after two years and majoring in Journalism and minoring in Film (in case the “game journalist” dream doesn’t pan out) but for right now I’m looking at things one quarter at a time. I am also hoping to move into my own place some time this year. I’m thinking something small, I’m not buying a house, but a two bedroom apartment and split the rent with someone. That’s the dream as of right now. Sometime this year I’m also planning on moving away from this blog to a more cohesive one. I want to take the lessons I’ve learned working on wordpress so far and use that to make the web page nicer looking and more cohesive. I also plan on doing a lot more editing, which my early work was sorely lacking (looking back at all the typos I’m kind of shocked anyone bothered to read my stuff in the first place).
As far as blog or professional stuff goes: I want to post something every day. Be it trailer impressions, reviews or editorials, I want to post something every day for the rest of the year. I was told I should aim to post 1000 words a day, but with school that’s going to be hard too do. Lets call that a “stretch goal”. I also want to go from 211 followers to 500. That means I want to more than double my current follower count, but I think I can do it if I really try. I would also like to do more video work, but i’ll need a much better computer for that. Hell, I tried to record some footage of Downwell to play over this and make this a video feature, but once I hit record the frame rate dropped to around 8FPS so, yeah, I’m going to need to upgrade my shitty laptop before I can work on that, and I have no idea when that’s going to be doable. Whatever, I like writing more anyways.
Also on the “professional” side of things, I want to get a piece of my writing liked or reblogged by either Laura Kate, Bob Chipman or Jim Sterling. I don’t care if that’s on facebook, twitter, tumblr whatever. But those three have been a major source of inspiration for me, so that would be a huge “i’m going in the right direction” moment for me.
And now the big one: I’d like to get some work published or become a contributor for Indie Haven. Long term goal is to get to work over at Destructoid, but I think Indie Haven would be a great start.
So, to recap my goals for this year are:
Make one new blog post everyday
get up too 500 followers
make a new, more focused blog/webpage.
Do more in depth/personal posts
Upgrade to PS4 or better PC
Get writing like/shared by one of my personal heroes.
Move out
get work published by a major (well, major to me) site.
Keep killing it at school

Hopefully by this time next year i’ll be on my way to not feeling like I’m wasting my life. And to those who read this, who’ve liked and commented on my work, thank you. It means more to me than you will ever realize. I know it may sound silly but to me that is validation that I’m not just wasting my time doing this.

Personal Update: Finished Fall Quarter

You may or may not remember a few months ago i made this post about how i was heading back to college after having to take about a year off. Well today (12/4/2015) i am finally finished with Fall Quarter. I still have to due finals, but they’re both online so I’m not really counting that. So until next quarter starts this January I’m officially on break. Thank you all for sticking with me while i’ve been off, it’s really appreciated.

Thank You: 200 Followers!!!!!

If the title didn’t give it away, i just reached 200 followers. This was something of a mile stone i was hoping to reach this year, and I’d just like to give each and every one of you a big “Thank You”. I have a lot of issues when it comes to self doubt and the like, so it really does mean a lot to me that so many of you enjoy my work at lest enough to have it on your dash board. Again, thank you guys so much. I hope to content bringing you that you enjoy.

Personal Update: Going back to College

After having to take about a year off, tomorrow i am finally going back to school. This is something i’ve been looking forward too for awhile now, and it’s super important i do well, so this blog is going to take a bit of a back seat. I’m going to try and keep it going, but i may not be able to post many reviews for the next few months (aside from the Scorsese Month and Horror Month stuff i’ve already got queued for October and November).

Another Dark Souls Up Date: I Just Beat The Game

A Little while back I made a post boasting about finally beating Ornstein and Smough for the first time. Well, now I’m back to say that I’ve joined the “I’ve Beaten Dark Souls” club. What a journey that was. Pretty much every boss between Seath the Scaleless and Bed of Chaos. Seath took me a few tries due to me not knowing what was causing me to get cursed and Bed of Chaos….nothing made me feel dumber than learning how to defeat that boss. I must have went at the damn thing 100 times thinking I had to find a way to climb up it. Gwen though, Gwen pissed me right the hell off. It seemed like no matter what I did he could just blow right through both my stamina and health, forcing me to attack with the last of my stamina and hoping he’d jump away long enough for it too recharge, which he never did. But i’ll be damned if I don’t feel like I could take on the entire world right now. I promise I wont flood you guys with this non-scenes now that I started NG+, but I feel good and thought I’d share.