New Reviews, plus: My luck continues unabated?

So with Screened.com going up, I registered over there. If you want to follow me, be my guest. I'm really glad Screened opened, incidentally. I've tried editing IMDB in the past, but their editing guidelines are a little too strict; despite perfectly following their obtuse submission rules, a vast majority of the content I tried to add to IMDB was never approved. Meanwhile, Screened lets me go nuts - so far I have taken the articles for Monster Squad and Killer Klowns from Outer Space under my wing and filled them out to the best of my ability. Given that I wrote the Killer Klowns article while watching the movie on Hulu, I should probably put together a review. I already posted other (very short) reviews for X-Files: I Want To Believe and Trick 'R Treat, which are revised versions of reviews I posted on IMDB a while ago. Might go through some of my older IMDB reviews and do the same, but really, I don't review movies like I review games.
 
Speaking of game reviews, if you haven't seen it, I wrote up a brief review for Sonic Classic Collection here at Giantbomb. Somebody at TSSZnews.com (where I work) already reviewed it - with a very glowing review, no less - but since I recently started fooling around with it, I decided to write my own take. Obviously, I was a little less than impressed. I don't think it'll be going up at TSSZ, though to be honest, I haven't asked Tristan if I should or not. If you missed it the first time. my Sands of Destruction review is here, now, too. 
 
In other recent news, I had something ironic happen recently. You may or may not recall my blog from a couple months ago about Xbox Live Gold, and how I had managed to score one free year. Well, yesterday, I received a package in the mail - if you've been on Xbox Live enough you have no doubt stumbled upon these "Download & Win" sweepstakes things, where you have to download some sort of Gamer picture (usually an advertisement) and in doing so you're entered to win? Well, according to this package I received, I am the grand prize winner of 30 years of Xbox Live Gold and 32,000 Microsoft Points (about $400 worth). All I have to do is fill out the 9 or so pages of release forms, notarize them, and send'em back. So, basically, I won't need to renew my XBL Gold subscription until the year 2040 - I'll be 56 years old. That's assuming Xbox Live Gold will even still exist in 2040. Also, 32,000 points might sound like a lot - but I've already made a list of the XBLA games I might want to buy and it totals up to about 22,000 points. It kind of sucks that I apparently can't buy any "Games on Demand" with points - I'd probably get Crackdown or Saints Row 2 or something.
 
The side benefit is winning the Sweepstakes has finally pushed me to go get a new State ID - I lost my wallet years and years ago, and I never went back to the DMV to get a new ID or any of that stuff (I never was in a situation where I needed it). What this means that I can finally request a payment from Survey Savvy. For whatever reason, Survey Savvy won't just deposit the money in to my Paypal account - I have to request they send me a check, something I've never been able to cash until now. I think I've spoken about Survey Savvy in blogs way, way, way in the past; essentially, once every week or two they send you surveys about your buying habits and other stuff. For every one you complete, you get about $1 to $3 or so (though on a few rare occasions, you'll hit an extremely high-profile survey for $10, $15, sometimes even $20+). I've even gotten surveys about upcoming videogames - around the time Dead Space 1 was officially announced, I completed a survey from EA about how I felt about the game's "tone" (if I preferred bloody horror or something that was more cheesy and campy, stuff like that). It can obviously take a while for money to accumulate, but I've got about $30 sitting there waiting to be paid out, and as far as I know, it's legit. It's not going to pay the bills, but if you want a little extra money on the side, it's nice. Plus, if I refer you, I get a bonus. ;) 
 
I think that's about it, for now. I have other things I need to do (like finish this paperwork). I leave you with a Work-In-Progress piece of sprite art I've been fooling around with the last couple days:
 

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Posted by BlazeHedgehog

So with Screened.com going up, I registered over there. If you want to follow me, be my guest. I'm really glad Screened opened, incidentally. I've tried editing IMDB in the past, but their editing guidelines are a little too strict; despite perfectly following their obtuse submission rules, a vast majority of the content I tried to add to IMDB was never approved. Meanwhile, Screened lets me go nuts - so far I have taken the articles for Monster Squad and Killer Klowns from Outer Space under my wing and filled them out to the best of my ability. Given that I wrote the Killer Klowns article while watching the movie on Hulu, I should probably put together a review. I already posted other (very short) reviews for X-Files: I Want To Believe and Trick 'R Treat, which are revised versions of reviews I posted on IMDB a while ago. Might go through some of my older IMDB reviews and do the same, but really, I don't review movies like I review games.
 
Speaking of game reviews, if you haven't seen it, I wrote up a brief review for Sonic Classic Collection here at Giantbomb. Somebody at TSSZnews.com (where I work) already reviewed it - with a very glowing review, no less - but since I recently started fooling around with it, I decided to write my own take. Obviously, I was a little less than impressed. I don't think it'll be going up at TSSZ, though to be honest, I haven't asked Tristan if I should or not. If you missed it the first time. my Sands of Destruction review is here, now, too. 
 
In other recent news, I had something ironic happen recently. You may or may not recall my blog from a couple months ago about Xbox Live Gold, and how I had managed to score one free year. Well, yesterday, I received a package in the mail - if you've been on Xbox Live enough you have no doubt stumbled upon these "Download & Win" sweepstakes things, where you have to download some sort of Gamer picture (usually an advertisement) and in doing so you're entered to win? Well, according to this package I received, I am the grand prize winner of 30 years of Xbox Live Gold and 32,000 Microsoft Points (about $400 worth). All I have to do is fill out the 9 or so pages of release forms, notarize them, and send'em back. So, basically, I won't need to renew my XBL Gold subscription until the year 2040 - I'll be 56 years old. That's assuming Xbox Live Gold will even still exist in 2040. Also, 32,000 points might sound like a lot - but I've already made a list of the XBLA games I might want to buy and it totals up to about 22,000 points. It kind of sucks that I apparently can't buy any "Games on Demand" with points - I'd probably get Crackdown or Saints Row 2 or something.
 
The side benefit is winning the Sweepstakes has finally pushed me to go get a new State ID - I lost my wallet years and years ago, and I never went back to the DMV to get a new ID or any of that stuff (I never was in a situation where I needed it). What this means that I can finally request a payment from Survey Savvy. For whatever reason, Survey Savvy won't just deposit the money in to my Paypal account - I have to request they send me a check, something I've never been able to cash until now. I think I've spoken about Survey Savvy in blogs way, way, way in the past; essentially, once every week or two they send you surveys about your buying habits and other stuff. For every one you complete, you get about $1 to $3 or so (though on a few rare occasions, you'll hit an extremely high-profile survey for $10, $15, sometimes even $20+). I've even gotten surveys about upcoming videogames - around the time Dead Space 1 was officially announced, I completed a survey from EA about how I felt about the game's "tone" (if I preferred bloody horror or something that was more cheesy and campy, stuff like that). It can obviously take a while for money to accumulate, but I've got about $30 sitting there waiting to be paid out, and as far as I know, it's legit. It's not going to pay the bills, but if you want a little extra money on the side, it's nice. Plus, if I refer you, I get a bonus. ;) 
 
I think that's about it, for now. I have other things I need to do (like finish this paperwork). I leave you with a Work-In-Progress piece of sprite art I've been fooling around with the last couple days:
 

Posted by Halberdierv2

that's some good luck... share some with me! and that's some well done sprite art.

Posted by Rlan

You can buy Games On Demand with Microsoft Points, you just need to press a button (Y?) in order to go from the "regular money" price to MSP price.

Posted by BlazeHedgehog
@Rlan: Oho! Thanks for the heads up. Might get Saint's Row 2, then...