3DS Movement

Friend codes are stupid. I think the only ones denying this are on the Nintendo payroll. That said, as an adult they have become more of an impedance than anything. I've played online, I've played with my cousins and nephews and we don't even bother to trade the codes because we want to use all the time we can to play, not enter long strings of numbers with a tiny stylus.

So I started using the personal greeting as a friend code sharing area. I know this only works one way but if we all start doing this and it becomes the normal thing to do...we can bypass that inane restriction. Then when you get home you can add them at your leisure. Hopefully the people you meet will add you too.

I know its not an ideal solution but its a workaround that needs everyone's support. A real movement.

Whatd'ya say? Are you in?

  • Enter the Mii Plaza
  • Select your Mii
  • Select Mii Settings
  • Select Edit Greeting
  • Change the greeting to display your friend code!
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No time like the right time.

I'm a father now, have been for 3 years. It has been a long dry run with my thirst for video games satiated exclusively by short bursts of portable and mobile games. Sure I've picked up a few of the bigger console blockbusters. Many of which I have yet to finish and more then two still sit sealed in cellophane...(Portal 2)

My kid is almost 3 now and he's not really a sit down and watch TV kind of kid. (He takes after his mother with all that running outside in the grass and exercising and crap.) Lately though he has shown interest in my iPhone games so I picked up a few simple slider puzzle games for him to enjoy. He likes them.

My question to all you parents out there, I know you're out there somewhere, is when is the right time to introduce a kid to video games? Serious dedication and skill games not mobile/flash toys. I realize that all children are different so I'm not asking for an age specifically but a maturity milestone sort of recommendation.

Oh and while we're at it, when do you suggest I introduce fighters and shooters....?

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So in case you hadn't noticed...

My last blog was about 3 years ago...holy crap has it been that long? :(

The website was blocked almost immediately after I posted that blog. Since then its been impossible to view the website. I had purchased the app hoping it would supply at least some of the features the website had which was really impossible I guess. I was hoping...

Being a mature full time employee sure is a pain in the ass.

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Copping a Feel

I don't think I have ever used that term before.  This seems as good a place as any.  I will start with an introduction about myself.  Then I will move on to how I came to Giant Bomb.

I've been playing video games since I was a little kid.  My brother and I received an Atari 2600.  We both quickly learned the dangers of false advertising and blatantly misguiding marketing.  Research became a key process of our gaming hobby.

My brother stopped playing but I was addicted.  To this day I own nearly every single major console (-Jaguar-Saturn) ever released here in the U.S. and have inadvertently become the go-to guy for all video game news and information for everyone I know.  I have been blogging about video games, and other topics, on many different websites and have developed a small, but loyal following of good-natured readers.

An ex-employer hired me on temporarily to help design a low budget portable console which never saw the light of day.  That DID get me access to the last E3 (IMHO) in 2006 though so it was time well spent.  That one event was the greatest video game related experience in my life.  A long time fan of GameSpot, since before it was GameSpot, I spent quite a bit of time roaming around their booth.  I snapped a couple of shots of Jeff Gerstmann and Carrie Gouskos and even spoke with Tim Surrette for a few minutes.  Just for kicks I spent some time in Kentia hall interviewing developers of smaller titles to get my feet wet.  I realized that I wanted into the industry.  I've been working in I.T. for over ten years but I would really enjoy a career in the video games industry.  Unfortunately so do millions of other people.

The closest I got was an interview for a position at GameSpot which I didn't get.  Damn you Chris!  It did give me a taste.  I haven't tried to break into the industry directly since then.  I learned the hard way that you can only get your foot in the door if someone opens it for you.  In other words, it is who you know, not what you can do.

I followed Jeff through MySpace to his Jeff Gerstmann is Still Alive blog and subsequently here, to GiantBomb.com.  I really enjoy his sense of humor and his casual repertoir.  I was very  glad when Brad, and to a lesser extent Ryan and Vinny, signed up.  Sorry guys, Brad has always been the voice of reason when it comes to witholding extreme opinions.

I look forward to participating heavily on this website.  Until the day it gets blocked from work.  Then I will be out of luck.

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Copping a Feel

I don't think I have ever used that term before.  This seems as good a place as any.  I will start with an introduction about myself.  Then I will move on to how I came to Giant Bomb.

I've been playing video games since I was a little kid.  My brother and I received an Atari 2600.  We both quickly learned the dangers of false advertising and blatantly misguiding marketing.  Research became a key process of our gaming hobby.

My brother stopped playing but I was addicted.  To this day I own nearly every single major console (-Jaguar-Saturn) ever released here in the U.S. and have inadvertently become the go-to guy for all video game news and information for everyone I know.  I have been blogging about video games, and other topics, on many different websites and have developed a small, but loyal following of good-natured readers.

An ex-employer hired me on temporarily to help design a low budget portable console which never saw the light of day.  That DID get me access to the last E3 (IMHO) in 2006 though so it was time well spent.  That one event was the greatest video game related experience in my life.  A long time fan of GameSpot, since before it was GameSpot, I spent quite a bit of time roaming around their booth.  I snapped a couple of shots of Jeff Gerstmann and Carrie Gouskos and even spoke with Tim Surrette for a few minutes.  Just for kicks I spent some time in Kentia hall interviewing developers of smaller titles to get my feet wet.  I realized that I wanted into the industry.  I've been working in I.T. for over ten years but I would really enjoy a career in the video games industry.  Unfortunately so do millions of other people.

The closest I got was an interview for a position at GameSpot which I didn't get.  Damn you Chris!  It did give me a taste.  I haven't tried to break into the industry directly since then.  I learned the hard way that you can only get your foot in the door if someone opens it for you.  In other words, it is who you know, not what you can do.

I followed Jeff through MySpace to his Jeff Gerstmann is Still Alive blog and subsequently here, to GiantBomb.com.  I really enjoy his sense of humor and his casual repertoir.  I was very  glad when Brad, and to a lesser extent Ryan and Vinny, signed up.  Sorry guys, Brad has always been the voice of reason when it comes to witholding extreme opinions.

I look forward to participating heavily on this website.  Until the day it gets blocked from work.  Then I will be out of luck.

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