ShaggE's forum posts

#1 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

Played a few matches, kinda liked it.

Watched Brad play a couple times, found it semi-amusing.

I don't watch or play Dota anymore.

Sooooo... yes-ish? Kinda?

#2 Edited by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

This is just what I did, and it worked for me until I realized that I didn't much care for the field:

Start with small, independent sites and build a portfolio. Gamejournalismjobs.com is a good resource for that kind of thing. You'll see mostly sites with a readerbase of, like, five or six people and no chance of expanding, but that's fine. It's all about that portfolio. Besides, with sites like those, you can grow into your style without feeling like the entire internet is waiting for you to stumble.

When you've gotten that built up, start sniffing around for some interview opportunities. That's the easiest way I know of to make industry contacts.

Edit: Alternatively, put on a Jeff Gerstmann mask and run around yelling "VIDEO GAMES! HOT GARBAGE! WRESTLING! I LOVE YOSHI!" until James Industry himself accepts you into his loving folds and you find yourself running Giant Bomb. (never remove the mask, of course)

#3 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

I'm not a fan of the Pokey Mans, but I just want to say that "Pokken" is the best possible title.

#4 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

Right now, Diablo 3, Binding of Isaac, and a collection o' Doom WADs are my go-tos for podcasts. XCOM is also fantastic for that.

#5 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

Nah. Don't get me wrong, I love watching Jeff play games he hates, but it would just be him trashing horror and horror fans for an hour, and I'm a little too into the genre to not take that a bit personally. Not in the "sonic_hedgehog" way of taking it personally (I miss that lovable lunatic), just that it wouldn't be very entertaining to me.

Now, I *would* love to hear Patrick and Jeff butt heads on the subject in a bombcast. That could potentially be hilarious and amazing.

#6 Edited by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

Not video games, but everything I've listened to on the Maximum Fun network has been funny, informative, or both. Especially the stuff with Jesse Thorn.

And general podcast recommendations that don't necessarily fit your search, but I suggest to anyone anyway:

Comedy Bang Bang (hard to describe... kind of improv sketch comedy, but not always in character... it's consistently hilarious, though, as is the TV show)

My Brother, My Brother, And Me (perhaps the funniest podcast of all time. A pseudo-advice show that gets half of its questions from Yahoo Answers.)

Sawbones (Medical history podcast. Very comedic, yet informative)

We Hate Movies (maybe the funniest "bad movie" podcast. Check out any of the episodes involving Jim Belushi impersonations)

The Flophouse (like a more condensed We Hate Movies)

Welcome to Night Vale (a comedic and sometimes vaguely unnerving fictional radio show about a Twilight Zone-esque town called Night Vale. A must-try. There's nothing else quite like it)

... I listen to too many podcasts. I haven't even mentioned Comedy Button, Retronauts, and so on.

#7 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

@shagge said:

Oh for fuck's sake. The two things I planned to do tonight: get a bunch of Watch Dogs' online hacking done before sending it back to Gamefly tomorrow (sweet mother of crap, that mode is addictive. Finding the perfect hiding place, and having the hackee actually bump right into you unknowingly while searching... so much fun. The ensuing chase if/when you get caught is a blast, too) and play Diablo 3 while listening to some podcasts.

They are both back up now.

Oh, awesome! Cheers.

#8 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

Oh for fuck's sake. The two things I planned to do tonight: get a bunch of Watch Dogs' online hacking done before sending it back to Gamefly tomorrow (sweet mother of crap, that mode is addictive. Finding the perfect hiding place, and having the hackee actually bump right into you unknowingly while searching... so much fun. The ensuing chase if/when you get caught is a blast, too) and play Diablo 3 while listening to some podcasts.

#9 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

@gearsol said:

Anyways, I'm also gonna say that I've always thought Jenny was pretty cute, but would it be odd to say that she's also always reminded me of a female John Drake?

If this sentence ends up ruining my nerd-crush on Clara, you, sir, will receive a stern yet polite admonishment!

#10 Posted by ShaggE (6415 posts) -

I wasn't in love with this one, but Capaldi's great, and the steampunk look was extremely enjoyable. And yeah, that new intro... absolutely awesome.

What was with the cartoon sound effect as a punchline to the "hit you like a piano" gag, though? I'm all for the silly side of the show, but... really? That and the electronic lock sound on the carriage both felt extremely out of place.