No, I don't love IGN


Okay, admit it! I use IGN. I use the site a fair amount actually. Probably more than most people I know. Not just for video games, but occasionally for TV and movies as well. (PROTIP: Don't read IGN's spoiler-filled TV reviews until after you've already watched the episode.) I also follow IGN's Twitter account, IGNcom.

But until a few days ago, I had never thought about my relationship in IGN. On August 6 IGN ran a contest through Twitter. The tweet in question read:

Want a Droplitz PSN code? Random RT of this post gets it! Closing at 12:01 PM PST. #iloveign

So by retweeting (reposting another user's message), you're entered to win a copy of Blitz Arcades' new puzzle game Droplitz. I did just that, and then watched as my friends did the same. Then I saw Jensonb, the rebel that he is, post this:

#ihateign (Yay for random acts of inconsequential defiance/rebellion)

For those of you not familiar with all of Twitter's weird conventions, #iloveign and #ihateign are hashtags, which help give context to tweets and facilitate searches for specific topics.

But what is the purpose of the #iloveign hashtag? It could make it easier to find all the contest entries among other replies and retweets, but why use #iloveign? Why not an alternate hashtag that's more contextually relevant? Are they testing what length IGN's readers will go to in order to promote the site? Trying to create a trending topic to gain even more visibility and even more popularity?

But I don't love IGN. I don't even have an account. IGN's just another site that I happen to use from time to time. Do I love IGN? No. And most of the people using the #iloveign hashtag probably don't either. It's hard to love IGN when things like #iloveign exist.


Reach Out to the Truth


My new site Reach Out to the Truth is now live.

Reach Out to the Truth is the site where I'll be publishing all my future blogs. Most people don't know, but I currently blog on seven different sites. Reach Out to the Truth makes it easier for me to keep track of all my blog posts, reminds me of the sites that I need to publish the blog on, and increases the visibility of my "exclusives" which may include content of interest to all my readers.

Reach Out to the Truth takes its name from one of the songs on the Persona 4 soundtrack. Truth and the desire to obtain the truth is a common theme in Persona 4. I'd like to think that has something to do with the site, but I really just chose it because I like Persona 4. And that's the truth.

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Is there really a problem with Giant Bomb?

Didn't even notice this until jlrm01 pointed it out to me. I need to read my friends' blogs more often.

Seems a bit melodramatic. Although I do agree that staff priorities seem to be misplaced, his method just seems wrong to me. What's the point if you're not going to be here any more?

I myself have had only minor difficulties contacting staff about issues, but even then there's so much stuff that can't be handled through PMs. I once messaged Jeff for clarification on something and never got a response. But when I messaged Jeff and Brad about other things, I got quick responses. It does work sometimes, but it's inconsistent. Even Gia has tried and failed to contact Jeff.

Snide does have a point about the small staff of course. But that's why the mods should be given additional powers. And instead of unimportant stuff like trivia, achievement tracking, the "improved" image editor, battles, and other crap, the staff should be working on more important stuff. A revision and rollback system for the wiki. The ability to move topics to forums outside the main ones. More powers for wiki moderators. Those are things that should be priorities. Yes, there are other things that are constantly being requested, but these are the things that would most benefit the community. Not just on Giant Bomb, but on Comic Vine and Anime Vice as well.

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Okami completion stats

Play Time: 46 hr 16 min 47 sec
Days Passed: 58
Saves: 105
Deaths: 2
Enemies Defeated: 330
Money Gained: 2818285 Yen
Demon Fangs Found: 80
Praise Earned: 2682

I'm surprised at the amount of stuff the game tracks. I didn't realize my deaths were being tracked, because the game doesn't show them off prominently on the save screen like Zelda games do. And I had no idea it would be tracking the amount of days that passed or the number of saves I created.

I thought I had earned a fair bit of praise, but apparently I only actually got a minimal amount of praise. There were still a lot of animals that I hadn't fed yet, and there's probably other stuff I missed too.

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Andrew's Top 30 greatest games ever made of all time - The Top 10

Andrew's Top 10 Favorite List of the Greatest Games Ever Made in the History of Ever

Game of the Year Edition

10. Gods and Generals
I've never played this game, but my friend who works for the developer says it's really good so I put it on the list.

Billy and his friends compete in a game of Quidditch.
9. Billy the Wizard: Rocket Broomstick Racing
This game used to be called Barry Hatter. This game is full of creativity.

8. NRA Gun Club
Shooting cans is much more fun than shooting people.

7. World War II Combat: Iwo Jima
Unless you're shooting people in World War II, which I understand is the time period in which this excellent game takes place.

6. Hooters Road Trip
Combining the best aspect of Hooters and road trips, this is one hard cross-country drivin' game.

5. George of the Jungle and the Search for the Secret
Will George ever find the secret? I won't tell you. This is a taut thriller that you'll have to experience for yourself.

4. Drake of the 99 Dragons
Drake of the 99 Dragons proves you don't need good graphics, controls, or a working camera to make a great game. I can't recommend this game enough.

3. Anubis II
This is the exact same game as Ninjabread Man, yet at the same time is so much better. Such brilliant game design could only come from the masterminds at Data Design Interactive.

This changed my life
2. Charlie's Angels
This developer would go on to make the Cocoto games. Unfortunately they were never able to top Charlie's Angels.

1. Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
This game changed the way I looked at life. Developer Stellar Stone took a simple concept and managed to wrap an amazing story around it. Big Rigs proves that no matter what the world throws at you, no obstacle is insurmountable. Just plow on through. Nothing can stop you from the ultimate goal of becoming winner.

Do you know about Shin Megami Tensei games?

I picked up a package today. I wonder what's inside...

[cool video of me opening my mail]

Oh, look. It's Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.
[cool picture of the game]

I payed out the ass for shipping and customs, but I think I still got it for a pretty good price.

I hope to start playing it after I finish with Persona 4. And I hope to play it for a few days before I get frustrated, toss the game on my shelf, and never look at it again. I'm that good at playing games. :P


Still Alive

It's been quite a while since my last real blog, so I think it's about time for another one. You know, just to prove that I am still alive and playing games. :)

I'll start by listing the games I've bought since my last update. I'm only listing games I bought at retail. I also purchased a bunch of games from Steam, but those are not listed here.

  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica (PS2 / new)
  • Dinotopia: The Sunstone Odyssey (GameCube / used)
  • Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard (DS / new)
  • Eternal Poison (PS2 / new)
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (DS / new)
  • Izuna 2: The Unemployed Ninja Returns (DS / new)
  • Lost Kingdoms (GameCube / used)
  • Master of the Monster Lair (DS / new)
  • The Orange Box (PC / new)
  • Princess Debut (DS / new)
  • Retro Game Challenge (DS / new)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 (PS2 / new / includes Amazon-exclusive goodies)

I think that covers all my retail purchases. I hope I'm not missing any.

Since I had bought the Rockstar Collection off Steam, I played through and beat both of the Max Payne games. This means my PS2 copy of Max Payne will probably never be played. I've also found myself playing Grand Theft Auto III quite a bit, but I've only beaten a few missions.

At some point I also opened up The Orange Box and installed Portal. It was fun, it was funny, and yeah, it was short. But that just gives me more motivation to replay it, and that's fine with me.

I'm currently at the Secret Lab in Persona 4, with three Social Links maxed. It's really fun so far and has been taking up most of my gaming time.

But another game that's been taking up time recently was Retro Game Challenge, which I recently beat. It's quite enjoyable, but the challenge structure can be a bit annoying at times. Still a really good game though. The Haggle Man games are more fun than they ought to be, and I plan on playing through Guadia Quest soon.

Now there's another game that I've played that I think is worth a mention. Yes, you all know what I'm talking about. The greatest game ever made:

Princess Debut!

This all started on the Giant Bomb forums. Axersia made a page for this game I had never heard of, but the concept sounded incredible. So I created a topic pointing out the awesomeness of this game that none of us actually knew anything about. The game soon became popular, even appearing on the front page as the most popular game of the month. Someone created a topic suggesting we send a copy to the Giant Bomb guys to review. So Axersia actually called up Natsume's Vice President of Operations, and Natsume sent off a copy to the Giant Bomb offices.

Although they didn't end up Princess Debut Luchadeer soon took a liking to the game, and it can now be seen in most videos where Luchadeer makes an appearence. It even appeared in Giant Bomb's Game of the Year awards, where it garnered 16 votes. Truly that is a testament to the GB community's influence on the site and our ability to ruin awards shows.

But seriously, it's actually a pretty good game. It's like Ouendan/EBA, but with princes and an anthropomorphic rabbit.


New feature: Recommendation spam

A new feature was rolled out to today. Now whenever you vote a post up in the forums, an entry appears in your feed indicating that you've done so and the other user will receive a PM as well. Unfortunately, it's not very useful. You can't even tell which post was recommended.

If you go into your privacy settings, you can prevent it from appearing in your feed. And from the looks of it, that will also prevent the system from PMing the other user when you do it. There does not seem to be a way to prevent these PMs from being received though, so I might have to stop posting on the forums until such an option becomes available.


Make me a banner

So we've had the new site design for almost a day now, and I still don't have a banner. I think that could be a fun little activity for you guys. Make me a banner. :)
You can find a Photoshop template here, so grab the template and go nuts.

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