My first day here.....

 Me at the Playboy Mansion in 2005. Visiting for E3 while I was writing for Xbox AU, MyGEN and AussieXbox.
Well I thought I'd post about my first day here on Giant Bomb, Monday the 23rd of August 2010. I thought it was a good idea to record my first thoughts of the site and what I did this day in history. To start with here's a few things I did today on GiantBomb.com  

Todays efforts.

  • Signed up
  • Linked my Facebook and Twitter accounts to my profile.
  • Changed my Avatar and Profile Pic to my own picture (I used my trip photo to the Playboy mansion in 2005. I got invited on my E3 trip as a game journalist.)
  • Changed my wall background. I used the Penrith Panthers Basketball logo. I representative Basketball coach for Penrith (Level 2).
  • I followed a few people, 1 of my friends from Amnesia Razorfish here in Australia who made me signup after I started seeing all his updates on Facebook.
  • I discovered the Quests system, wow, how awesome is this. One of my old sites introduced these as site achievements, but nothing like this.
  • I decided to complete a few quests, the Broken Toys, Generation Gap (shows my age) and Vanity Smurf quest by hitting submit on this post.
  • I had a quick go at the Trivia, epic fail.
  • I sent a pm to my friend telling him how much I loved the place. Telling him how jealous I am for even trying to run a gaming website once and why would you bother when there's a place this good. ( I'm currently working on something new  however and dreaming that one day I may have it ran by the same software these guys use. Hep "Wonders if they would be interested......".

This is what I did while I wasn't on GiantBomb (Blocked at work  - why is that!). 
  • Drove to a customers site and did user acceptance testing.
  • Put together a project plan for a new customer.
  • Put IT specifications together for another project I'm working on for work.
  • Day dreamed about my website idea and how I could make it better, wondered what if it was powered by GiantBomb (Damm you!!!). Dreaming about leaving this dead end job I'm in now.
  • Ate KFC for lunch as the customer didn't supply lunch on site. (Gotta love that....no options but to get fat.)
 
So as you can see a pretty average day for my first day on GiantBomb, limited due to my works stupid internet polices that block any possible thing that might be half exciting on the web, even more reason to keep working for a boss. I also have a work Blackberry and guess what, that has the same internet policy so forget trying that. I'm also a cheap ass and couldn't be assed buying my own personal phone so I guess I have to live with it. 
 

A little bit about my gaming past working in the Australian Gaming Industry.

 Myself, Major Nelson and my buddy Roach at E3 2005.
So who am I. Well my gamertag is Hep and I've been gaming for a long time. Back somewhere in 2000 I was involved in some forums of a few gaming websites. At the time Xbox in Australia didn't have any forums so a few guys were running a site called AussieXbox.net. Dung Fungus (CinC) was the owner and a funny guy by the name of Fanger was running the site. I started getting involved and I had some web coding experience and started to offer to help around the place. I learnt php and asp at work so it made sense, these guys started a community for Aussie Xbox gamers but had no way of enhancing the place. Fanger got me on and the rest is history. I started added functionality to the site which helped the site reach 8000+ members and a heap of daily page views. Crap so to speak hit the fan when we went to E3 in 2005 with a few staff and the site had to be changed due to some conflicts with the guys running the place. Something I look back at now that I'm older and wondered why did I even get involved in all of that.  E3 was amazing and I got given the opportunity of a lifetime to meet some great people and even got the trip to the Playboy Mansion thanks to Ubisofts "The Playboy Mansion".
 
 The Xbox 4WD I drove to outback NSW for a charity event for Youth Suicide.
3 of us were leftover to run the site by ourselves and we decided to build something new and walk away from the AussieXbox brand. It was scarred and we were having issues trying to get people to the site. We went and created MyGEN, a very big database driven site with a heap of functionality and some great user features including an award system on the same line as the quest system here. The site was growing again and we hit about 10k members in a few months. The site went well for a few years and we ended up building our gamercard designer. This brought in millions of hits a month and the site started to make some money.  
 
So in 2008 my wife got pregnant and 3 months before my son was born I started to find it hard to get time to spend time on the site. The site started to lose it's edge and when my wife was having the baby the decision was made to close the site down. The cost to keep the site up and host the millions of gamercards etc was getting to much and the other guys were over it, it was all over. I was out on my own and have been ever since. I'm now trying to make a come back now that I have more time and with a few new ideas that I hope to get off the ground in the next 6 months, anyone interested in helping me financially or with their skills feel free to pm me. 
 Australia's Largest Xbox Tournament. Halo 2 Charity tournament for the Tsunami Victims.
 
In summary here are some of the things I was involved in during my time. 
  • Australia's first and largest ever Xbox Halo tournament. (See pic to the left.)
  • Running Auto Salon Game1 2006 and 2007, Sydney and Melbourne.  (600 gamers battled it out in our MyGEN tournaments, 80,000 visitors over two days)
  • Conker Tournament held at the Galleries Shopping Centre.
  • Road trip to Cowra to run a Cowra Xbox Charity Tournament for Youth Suicide. (Outback NSW)
  • World Cyber Games Assistance
  • FIFA Interactive World Cup

 
So as you can see I use to love what I was doing, writing about games, reviews and large scale gaming events and tournaments. Working along the publishers in Australia and especially with Xbox Australia. The charity related stuff was also very special to me. I hope to one day make it online and turn it into my job once again. Once heavily involved, now looking for a new place to call home. For now this place will do.  
 
G'day from the gaming land downunder.

16 Comments
17 Comments
Posted by Hep
 Me at the Playboy Mansion in 2005. Visiting for E3 while I was writing for Xbox AU, MyGEN and AussieXbox.
Well I thought I'd post about my first day here on Giant Bomb, Monday the 23rd of August 2010. I thought it was a good idea to record my first thoughts of the site and what I did this day in history. To start with here's a few things I did today on GiantBomb.com  

Todays efforts.

  • Signed up
  • Linked my Facebook and Twitter accounts to my profile.
  • Changed my Avatar and Profile Pic to my own picture (I used my trip photo to the Playboy mansion in 2005. I got invited on my E3 trip as a game journalist.)
  • Changed my wall background. I used the Penrith Panthers Basketball logo. I representative Basketball coach for Penrith (Level 2).
  • I followed a few people, 1 of my friends from Amnesia Razorfish here in Australia who made me signup after I started seeing all his updates on Facebook.
  • I discovered the Quests system, wow, how awesome is this. One of my old sites introduced these as site achievements, but nothing like this.
  • I decided to complete a few quests, the Broken Toys, Generation Gap (shows my age) and Vanity Smurf quest by hitting submit on this post.
  • I had a quick go at the Trivia, epic fail.
  • I sent a pm to my friend telling him how much I loved the place. Telling him how jealous I am for even trying to run a gaming website once and why would you bother when there's a place this good. ( I'm currently working on something new  however and dreaming that one day I may have it ran by the same software these guys use. Hep "Wonders if they would be interested......".

This is what I did while I wasn't on GiantBomb (Blocked at work  - why is that!). 
  • Drove to a customers site and did user acceptance testing.
  • Put together a project plan for a new customer.
  • Put IT specifications together for another project I'm working on for work.
  • Day dreamed about my website idea and how I could make it better, wondered what if it was powered by GiantBomb (Damm you!!!). Dreaming about leaving this dead end job I'm in now.
  • Ate KFC for lunch as the customer didn't supply lunch on site. (Gotta love that....no options but to get fat.)
 
So as you can see a pretty average day for my first day on GiantBomb, limited due to my works stupid internet polices that block any possible thing that might be half exciting on the web, even more reason to keep working for a boss. I also have a work Blackberry and guess what, that has the same internet policy so forget trying that. I'm also a cheap ass and couldn't be assed buying my own personal phone so I guess I have to live with it. 
 

A little bit about my gaming past working in the Australian Gaming Industry.

 Myself, Major Nelson and my buddy Roach at E3 2005.
So who am I. Well my gamertag is Hep and I've been gaming for a long time. Back somewhere in 2000 I was involved in some forums of a few gaming websites. At the time Xbox in Australia didn't have any forums so a few guys were running a site called AussieXbox.net. Dung Fungus (CinC) was the owner and a funny guy by the name of Fanger was running the site. I started getting involved and I had some web coding experience and started to offer to help around the place. I learnt php and asp at work so it made sense, these guys started a community for Aussie Xbox gamers but had no way of enhancing the place. Fanger got me on and the rest is history. I started added functionality to the site which helped the site reach 8000+ members and a heap of daily page views. Crap so to speak hit the fan when we went to E3 in 2005 with a few staff and the site had to be changed due to some conflicts with the guys running the place. Something I look back at now that I'm older and wondered why did I even get involved in all of that.  E3 was amazing and I got given the opportunity of a lifetime to meet some great people and even got the trip to the Playboy Mansion thanks to Ubisofts "The Playboy Mansion".
 
 The Xbox 4WD I drove to outback NSW for a charity event for Youth Suicide.
3 of us were leftover to run the site by ourselves and we decided to build something new and walk away from the AussieXbox brand. It was scarred and we were having issues trying to get people to the site. We went and created MyGEN, a very big database driven site with a heap of functionality and some great user features including an award system on the same line as the quest system here. The site was growing again and we hit about 10k members in a few months. The site went well for a few years and we ended up building our gamercard designer. This brought in millions of hits a month and the site started to make some money.  
 
So in 2008 my wife got pregnant and 3 months before my son was born I started to find it hard to get time to spend time on the site. The site started to lose it's edge and when my wife was having the baby the decision was made to close the site down. The cost to keep the site up and host the millions of gamercards etc was getting to much and the other guys were over it, it was all over. I was out on my own and have been ever since. I'm now trying to make a come back now that I have more time and with a few new ideas that I hope to get off the ground in the next 6 months, anyone interested in helping me financially or with their skills feel free to pm me. 
 Australia's Largest Xbox Tournament. Halo 2 Charity tournament for the Tsunami Victims.
 
In summary here are some of the things I was involved in during my time. 
  • Australia's first and largest ever Xbox Halo tournament. (See pic to the left.)
  • Running Auto Salon Game1 2006 and 2007, Sydney and Melbourne.  (600 gamers battled it out in our MyGEN tournaments, 80,000 visitors over two days)
  • Conker Tournament held at the Galleries Shopping Centre.
  • Road trip to Cowra to run a Cowra Xbox Charity Tournament for Youth Suicide. (Outback NSW)
  • World Cyber Games Assistance
  • FIFA Interactive World Cup

 
So as you can see I use to love what I was doing, writing about games, reviews and large scale gaming events and tournaments. Working along the publishers in Australia and especially with Xbox Australia. The charity related stuff was also very special to me. I hope to one day make it online and turn it into my job once again. Once heavily involved, now looking for a new place to call home. For now this place will do.  
 
G'day from the gaming land downunder.

Posted by Ninjaduck88

Welcome to Giantbomb

Posted by Hep
@Ninjaduck88: Thanks, looking forward to spending some time here. Lots of it. Looks like a great community also.
Posted by Ninjaduck88

If you have time to kill you should watch the enndurance runs. The Persona 4 endurance run is one of the greatest things on the site

Posted by Hep

Which one - there's a few. Can you link me?

Edited by Ninjaduck88

just start at the first episode 

Posted by avantegardener

 Welcome Mate, I believe that's the correct vernacular for your region :)

Posted by mylifeforAiur

Another Australian is never bad ;)

Edited by Hep

It's G'Day mate, geez.....lol 
 
Throw another shrimp on the barbie. Ok ...... that's enough, time to take another crap on the dunny, better take the thongs off though. :0p

Posted by Grissefar

Hello and welcome to the Giant Bomb.

Posted by dankempster

I won't lie, I clicked on this thread expecting another one of the myriad "o hai im nu kthxbai" posts that seem to keep filling the forums of late. 
 
And I eat my hat, good sir. I was proven well and truly wrong. This is a brilliant introductory post that has more than earned you a Follow from myself, as well as many others, I hope. Welcome to Giant Bomb, Hep. May your stay be long and comfortable :)

Posted by yakov456

Welcome to the virtual heroin of the internet known as Giantbomb. It's hard to get off this stuff. Have fun mate, kick back and stay awhile.

Posted by Hep

Thanks dank, I know the frustration from people who do this type of thing. I thought I'd post something meaningful that perhaps one day I'll look back on. To be honest I didn't really structure it to well as I was entertaining my 16 month old son while typing and it jumped around a bit (now that I've read it). I thought if anything I'll give anyone that decided to read the thread an insight into who I am and my history in the gaming industry. I honestly didn't think anyone would even bother reading it. 
 
Thanks for the follow, I'd be happy to do the same to someone who has been most welcoming.

Posted by h0lgr

You should try checking out the Bombcast, as well as the Quick Looks. Makes you look at gaming journalism in a different way.
Oh, and welcome

Posted by natetodamax

Welcome to Giant Bomb, duder!

Posted by JJWeatherman

From what I can tell by this blog, you're fuckin' awesome. 
 
Good luck; have Batman.

Posted by thomasriis1987

Hey dude! welcome!! - always nice to see a guy writing a decent blog! - I will follow you, so you better keep posting stuff ;) 
 
@JJWeatherman said:

" From what I can tell by this blog, you're fuckin' awesome.  Good luck; have Batman. "
I totally agree!