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Tuesday
Mar182008

Interesting Revelation

I know that the internet and what not was born overnight, and so getting people to come to sites doesn't happen overnight either. I think I just want to make this happen so bad that I'm not focusing on what could make this really happen. It is a tall task to go around trying to spread the word, and it truly sucks that no search engine can find this thing, but I think with friends' help, and content that will keep people coming back this might just work.

I'm going to try to get a scanner today, thanks to my loving mom. So hopefully I can start to actually create some stuff. I'm going to be hosting all my pictures and comics on photobucket.com so if you are interested in seeing what other pictures and stuff I have you can check it out by just clicking on the picture of my office from a previous post.

I've been following the GiantBomb.com construction and I have to say that once they really get this thing started I think that it will definitely be a site for gamers to check out. I am interested in exactly what their format will be, but I'm sure that it will rival for support with GameSpot, hell it might take a chunk out of those who still venture over to that site. I have to admit that I'm one of them, but since I am paying for it until the end of the year, I better get my money's worth.

Speaking of getting my money's worth, I think that's why I have such a hard time playing MMOs. Sure they look sweet, and the promise of updated content, and game tweaks makes me hunger to play, but the monthly price tag kind of kills any desire. I have nothing against paying a fee to play, I know that's how they make their money, and being in the game industry I think that I'd go down the same route if given the chance. The problem is that I always get screwed for play time. There is no set in stone schedule that I can devise that puts me in front of a computer or console on a regular basis that would make me feel like I got or exceeded my money's worth.
And just so people don't think that I'm just bitching about something I don't know about I'd like to put out there that I have tried the following MMOs, it isn't many but I think these give me the right to form my opinion.

FFXI ( Final Fantasy XI )
WOW ( World of Warcraft )
LotRO( Lord of the Rings Online )

I'd also say Guild Wars, but one that's not a subscription based game, and two it is really hard to make a solid argument that it is indeed an MMO, well maybe it is an MMO, but it is hard to say its a MMORPG.

Hopefully with my day today I'll have some breaks in work and get some preliminary sketches done for my comic, but we will see. I think a huge factor is if I can get the scanner, thanks to my mom I will be going to Costco today on her tab, so I'll be buying basically enough food and drinks to survive a nuclear winter.

Thursday
Mar132008

Facing the Dream

I'm a programmer with dreams of creating games mostly RPGs. I have the desire to do something with my passions videogames, movies, anime, and sports. I want to make a web comic, I know that I'm not the best artist in the world, but I'm willing to work at it. I want to write reviews about my passions, I know I'm not the best person with grammar, but I feel that it is the content not the sentence fragments that people would like to think about.

I'm so serious about this that I'm looking into creating my own company. It might not be my main job, but I'm willing to make it work. I want to write reviews, probably for video games seeing as that's what I'm in the industry for, and also create a weekly web comic. I want to establish what I can do and then maybe branching into game creation, game production, and maybe some other stuff.

I've got three main sets of role models right now, Penny Arcade, Ctrl+Alt+Del, and GiantBomb.com. These guys have in some shape or fashion done what I want to do, and I hope that I can get close to what they have accomplished if not surpass some of them in certain aspects.

The one thing that I'm really going to have to work at is web creation, that is something that I've lightly dabbled into, and I feel that I'm going to have to get a bit better to really put out a site that people are going to find appeasing.

Right now I'm watching the GA Tech/Virginia game on ESPN2, I'm cheering for the Jackets, not only because it would be the thing to not get my disowned from my girlfriend's family, but also because it is the right team to cheer for when it comes to cheering for the state you live in.

I've been watching the ESPN bracketology like a hawk, and I have to say that I'm still not sold on Lunardi's view of things, to be honest I'm never really sold on his view. I think that he gives too much credit to the perennials, and not enough to those teams that can surprise those teams. I know that the committee who picks what the seeds are are going to see his point of view over mine, but that's cool. I know what to look for.

I think the hardest thing about trying to actually think about forming a business is forming a business plan, finding who I can get to invest, and also who I can hire on to get things working at a better clip. I think I'm going to have to start solo and once I get a head of steam branch out with the help of others.

My sister has been, and hopefully will continue to be my legal council as I try to do this. She a brilliant person, and once she takes and then passes her bar exam I hope that she'll give me her time for cheap. She's really helped get some of the legal stuff dumbed down to my level so that I can have a better idea of what it is going to take and what I can and cannot do.

Well I'm going to go back to watching the game and give it the attention that it deserves. I am however going to start trying to get my stuff together, and we'll see what happens. *Cross Fingers*

Monday
Feb252008

The Parking Lot Experience

I keep forgetting to post about this, so since I'm kind of stuck on my coding for the moment I figured that I'd take this chance to write a quick story, its true, and it involves a co-worker and I...

So this past week we have been on a 10 hour a day schedule, well most of us, there are those who already worked 10 a day so they got bumped up to 13, but we're not going to get into that because it is not my place to talk about it.

At every lunch we got to eat on the company money, so we chose from a variety of places, it was on Thursday when this story takes place. I had recommended the local deli which is just up the road if you go straight through the college campus. So me and my co-worker went to get the order, not knowing how large the order would be to carry we decided to park and go in together. So we pulled into the parking lot while it was raining to discover there were only 4 available spots left in the lot, and of course they were in the opposite corner of where we wanted to be. We braved the walk through the parking lot and got into the deli, and got our order. THE END...

Well not really because the story doesn't begin until we get back to the car. We have all the food packed away and start the engine heading for the exit of the lot knowing full well that we have to pay a dollar to get out of the lot. There are two machines that will take the ticket and then ask for money so we go to the left most one. It sluggishly took the ticket and then gave it back to me. At this moment I was concerned so I decided, before the car behind me could take the other machine, I backed out and went to the other machine. This machine took the ticket faster but just to fuck with me threw it back at me at the speed it took it. So after another 6 or 7 attempts my co-worker gets out of the car and talks to the parking person who is just sitting in her car chatting it up on her cell phone. Remember it is raining, and so he and the parking person start talking, he is told that we need to use the call box because she can't do anything to help.

So I try to use the call box, and all we get is the voicemail. At this time there are quite a few cars starting to want to get out and they are beeping their horn, but after a while they see that no one is moving. My co-worker decides to see if he can't just manually open the gate so that we can get the food back to the office because at this point its been 10 minutes. I of course am still trying to use the call box. Soon a student from the university declares that he is stuck in his spot and has a test in 5 minutes so he helps try to open the gate, so they both go at it and get the car in the left side out. Sadly though driving an SUV I can't fit under the gate so I just have to keep pressing the button. Finally I get someone on the line but because it isn't clear that you have to press an additional button to talk to the person they hang up as they have no response to their greeting. I call again and get the man again, I tell him we are stuck in the parking lot all 12 cars that are trying to leave right now. The man informs me that I have to put my ticket into the machine in order to leave. I then informed the man that I had been doing that all along as well as trying to get him to pick up the phone. It was then that he decided that he would send someone.

Thankfully the ticket started to work a couple of minutes later and we were out of there, with the now slightly cooler or warmer food depending on the state they were in when we started this adventure, with a story to tell the company and now the internet.

The moral of the story is don't ever expect shit to go smoothly there is always something that is going to fuck up your day ever so slightly.

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