So, been here a couple days. It's nice. For those who have the means, I highly recommend Sarasota/Siesta Key. Amazing sand (it isn't ever hot) and nice water temperatures. Now, this isn't my first time here, but at the same time there's a lot I didn't get to do last time we were here.
I've only got so much time here, so for now I'll just leave it at I'll try to check in again before my two week visit is up, but don't expect me to do much editing until I get back just because I've only got limited time on (so no writing a bazillion page articles).
Don't go stealin' all the edits before I get back.
Yup, Leone's out for two weeks as he goes off to Sarasota, FL for a vacation. Hopefully when I get back the point-goblins will have given me back my some-400 missing points.
I'll try to check in every now and then, so feel free to bombard my inbox and, if I can find interwebs, I'll head over to the IRC to harass godhand.
<Lies> godhand, who is god?
<godhand> leone_ god?
<Lies> godhand, what is the meaning of life
<godhand> it has been meaning of life, and your face is neon blue
The meaning of life includes neon blue faces, and in a more breaking report: I am God.
<PureRok> GODHAND STUPID MONKEY!
<godhand> ugh stupid poland
<Leone_> godhand dy/dx (x^2)=
<godhand> godhand: dy/dx (x^2)=2x
For the uninitiated, Godhand is our IRC bot.. and while generally completely incoherent, he manages to surprise every now and then.
That is all.
I've got to write this up before I completely forget about it.
I know that some of my reviews are going to get some hate because the fact of the matter, we don't all see eye to eye. Now, I'm one of those people who things assigning a numerical score to a game is rather arbitrary, and I do appreciate the GiantBomb Crew's attempt to list their scale as a scale of recommendation. I mean how silly would it look for someone to be standing the Louvre, declaring the Mona Lisa a 10/10, but then going to St. Peter's Basilica and saying the Pietà is a mere 5/10 because Michelangelo was a prick.
The numerical score I will assign in my reviews will be following that kind of mantra- I'm showing how likely I am to recommend this game to someone else. Also, I try to think on a 10/100 point scale, rather than out of 5 with half points (it just feels like beating around the bush) so if I give a game a 3.5, that's between a 65 and a 75, and so on up and down the scale. 100 would be a game I would run out and buy for someone just so they had a chance to experience it, while a 70 is a game I liked, or enjoyed something about it and may recommend or aid in a decision over. But, being raised in the standard US school systems, to me 70 is merely "average" while 60 is "below average" and 50 or less is bad and that's probably not a good thing, but what can you do? I know the vast majority of any readers I'll get will look at that rating and immediately pass judgement on my review without ever reading it. That's a fact of the internet, we're all entitled to our damned opinions, so screw you all.
My reviews are more about the text and less about the score and that's where things might get dicey. Take my Assassin's Creed review, anyone who reads that out of the blue will feel like I was tearing the game apart and hated it, but I still said I'd probably help someone decide as to whether or not to buy it, and at the very least tell them to try renting it. Assassin's Creed isn't in my top 10, nor is it a game I will rave over, it was alright, I beat it and that was that. It had problems, but like I said in my review, with some polish, Assassin's Creed 2 will be amazing and I am excited for what is to come. If anything, I hope other developers look at Assassin's Creed and try to do better. AC had some amazing qualities that I'd love to see other games copy. Just imagine a Grand Theft Auto with the sheer number of people in the cities of Assassin's Creed? Liberty City would really feel like New York, not just look like it.
Likewise with Ratchet and Clank, the proportional weight of my Pros/Cons is a little skewed. If I could, I might reorganize my review, but I stand by what I said. I've already commented to the feedback I've gotten on that review, and you can read it for yourself, but the point I'm trying to make out of all of this is I'm trying to write about my experiences with the game in question and perhaps give my reader a little more insight into the game. I can't change your mind, but I can at least tell you what happened to me. It's your choice to listen, and it is your choice to make up your mind.
Shoot, chances are that most people that get infuriated by my reviews won't even take the time to come and read this blog post, so until I get some more friends on this site, this is more for me than anybody else.
Now if you'll excuse me, it's almost 3 AM and I'm worn out. I'll see you all in the morning.