Do you really have to "know" somebody to cry for them?

I only met Ryan Davis once, it was a memorable experience, he was amazingly nice, and high energy, he also liked to say it as he saw it.

Today I found out about his death via a text from a friend, I was at work, I almost fell down, got weak in the knees, and basicly could not stop sniffling, then once I was done the job I was on I sat down in my truck and could not help but start crying. I can honestly say through all the Bombcasts, videos, and by brief meeting with him that I loved that man, his death with leave a hole in my heart weather or not I "knew" him. I know this is an odd thing to say, and I hope I'm not alone in this but Giantbomb will not be the same without his boisterously happy laugh.

I love Giantbomb, its staff, and its community, my heart goes out to all of you.

It's been said, but you will be missed Ryan. More than words can say :'(

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Do you really have to "know" somebody to cry for them?

I only met Ryan Davis once, it was a memorable experience, he was amazingly nice and high energy, he also liked to say it as he saw it.

Today I found out about his death via a text from a friend, I was at work, I almost fell down, and basicly could not stop sniffling, then once I was done the job I was on I sat down in my truck and could nor help but start to cry. I can honestly say through all the Bombcasts, videos, and by brief meeting with him that I loved that man, his death with leave a hole in my heart weather or not I "knew" him. I know this is an odd thing to say, and I hope I'm not alone in this but Giantbomb will not be the same without his boisterously happy laugh.

I love Giantbomb, its staff and its community, my heart goes out to all of you.

It's been said but you will be missed Ryan. :'(

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So, I went to a Rammstein concert. (Pictures inside!)

A few weeks ago I went to go see Rammstein in Vancouver.

Being on of my favourite bands, this was my first concert ever, it was pretty crazy. I was a bit nervous I guess to start, I went in the mosh-pit for like three minutes, someone shoved me pretty hard, so I shoved back even harder, he went down, and took three other guys with him, it was fun, my friend helped them up, we got pretty close a couple times, we moved around a lot. The show was crazy, tons of explosions, metal, bondage, and fire.

Amazing shot my friend grabbed
Trying on my new Rammstein shirt to see if it fits
Pre-party, night before.
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So I went to the gym today, also FEZ, and working at a game store

Some may have seen my post two weeks ago about me hurting my shoulder while doing over head dumbbell press, this really sucked for me as I love weightlifting, and it has become a large part of my life. Well after two weeks off I went in today to see how I was feeling, it went quite well, and fortunately I can still do outward pressing movements, and biceps till it heals fully, so that is what I did today, starting very light on bench and slowly moving up to 225, getting two sets of ten then a set of six, because I am not going to stupidly push too hard. I then did some cardio and hit Biceps pretty hard, which felt good.

On another note I have been playing Fez, that game it pretty cool, I like the music and 8 bit feel quite a bit but I can't help but dislike the map and how hard it is to find your way around. I will continue to play this game in small segments, for some reason that is the only way I can play it.

Today I also put in a resume at the local play and Trade, which is like a game stop. Now I know, I have my issues with these places too but this seems like a way to get into retail and it is about video games there, which I know lots about and I love, so I guess it might not be that bad? I am afriad this might be a way to suck the fun out of games, anyone have any advice on this who works at one of these places?

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Popped my shoulder at the gym, looks like more gaming. D:

As of late my life has basicly been video games and the gym, I am currently unemployed as it is hard to find work where I'm from, going to go to school so I think, any ways so like I said, my life, it is gym, and games.

On Friday I went into town to get a good workout at my favourite gym, it was going to be shoulders and back day, I was phyced, ready to go, after a bit of stretching, and a warm up set I picked grabbed my dumbbells to begin ever head pressing them, 85lbs, not too light, not too heavy, well on my twelvth rep my left arm was lagging a bit, it gave it a little push to finish my last rep when, crunch, ow. I dropped the dumbbells, thankfully no one was next to me, other wise their foot may have been crushed. I instantly was in some pain on my left shoulder, not too bad but I was feeling sick I was so worried about what i had just done, any ways, now I am taking time off till it heals, it seems to be going fast, but in the mean while I am gaming. I how been playing battlefield 3 as usual, but I am getting bored of it at rank 101, and so I am trying to get into other games I own. I tried Rez, got lost, World gone sour, got bored, Halo, got mad, Banjo-Kazooie, got bored of that too, so i guess I will try Rez again.

Any ways, this is my story of woe this week, I am bored, and a bit sad, I miss working out, but at least I have the GB forums, and games to keep me company!

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Finally, I can benchpress 300lbs!

A long time goal of mine has been to be able to bench press 315 pounds. Some of you may have seen my thread about this, well today I reached a milestone into stonghood. As you can see I am pretty happy about this, just wanted to share some success toward a goal.

This has been many months of non-stop work, I can't wait too finally push three plates!

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Emotion and drama in video games. (Spoilers) Warning

Spoilers include Gears of war 2 and 3, Mass effect 3 the demo, Halo:Reach, COD 4, Braid, Half-life EP 2, and the Darkness.

Over the years video games have been one of my most loved things, being it for realese from the outside world, my imagination, or just loving the feel, and just plain fun of them, they have been a large part of my life.

I started out with a Snes in 1996 I believe the year was, playing donkey Kong country, and Super Mario World. Plesent games with little to no story but fun, simple, and enjoyable gameplay, and visuals. Super metroid was the first game I think that I felt an emotinal response toward, at the end when the Baby Metroid saved you, and sacrifices its self for Samus. I was a straight Nintendo fan unti the Xbox, then I fell in love with Halo, a game which at the time had a very well crafted story in my eyes, I remember the end, and thinking how sad it was that the Chief and Cortana were the only survivers, I thought that it was pretty cool that the game was able to make me feel that way though, and I wanted more of that feeling. If movies could do drama and emotion, why could'nt video games?

The next game i found that brought the feeling back to me was, suprise, Halo 2. I found that my love for the Elites made that games story carry weight, as they were replaced and thier way of life and belief's completely destroyed.

Fast forward to today, I feel that Video games havecome a long way in terms of emotoinal story telling, it is something that I love, and it is something that I know will only continue to improve.

Through music, charcter development, better voice acting, animatoin, and in some cases non of that, games have achieved some pretty dramatic, and amazing moments.

I have desided to do a list of my favorite dramatic moments in games, well because I wanted to.

  1. Gears of War 2 Maria's death.

Though the follow through in the game was not necessarily handed well, the cutscene was hard to watch, me and my friend were both trying not to sob when we played this the first time. Watching a man off his wife is sad, and the eyes of the Characters, music, and voice asking sold it for me here.

2. Halo: Reach Kats death

Though many would disagree, I thought that this scene carried a huge amount of weight, how suddenly this happend really helped reinforce the games sombre tone in that we are fucked, and we are becoming more, and more lonely.

3. Call of Duty 4 the nuke

4.Braid, the ending

5. Mass effect 3 the little boy

6. Gears of war 3 Dom's fate

7. Halo 3 Wake me when you need me.

8. Halo: Reach Spartans never die

9.The Darkness Jenny's death

10. Half-life 2 episode two Eli's death

And now for a lifter upper!!!!

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My passing of 40,000 gamer score and S ranking Halo CEA.

I have finally passed 40,000 gamerscore, I have also at this point only one more achievement to get in Halo CEA, "Speed reader" beet the Library in under 30 minutes, I'm not too worried about it though.

I have this thing with having to get every achievement in every Halo game, now that Reach has more achievements and some of them being very hard it is killing me. I got an email from Microsoft saying that I am in the top 2% of people on Xbox live in terms of Halo achievements with 7340 total Halo gamerscore, that was pretty cool to me.

My list of S ranks and soon to be S ranks.

Halo CEA (975) 1 more achievement to go I will have it done by tonight.

Halo Reach (1465) 9 multiplayer ones to polish off, should be soon enough.

Halo 2 (1000)

Halo 3 ODST (1000)

Halo 3 (1750)

Halo Wars (1150) running the show achievement, to be honest, I will never take the time to get this, too much of a grind.

Mass Effect 2 (1305) two very easy DLC achievements I need to polish off.

Duke Nukem 3D (200)

Ilomilo (200)

Banjo-Kazooie (200)

Banjo-Tooie (200)

Dead Space (1000)

Dead Space 2 (1250)

Battlefield: BadCompany 2 (1430)

Battlefield 1943 (200)

Costume Quest (250)

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