I think I need to stop drinking...

I live at college and I just turned 21. My friends and I drink every night.

I hate the person I turn into when I drink. I'm lousy to people and pretty obnoxious. I get pretty bitter and angry as well.

If anyone could give me advice on quitting I'd really appreciate it.


College Fatigue

My story is a fairly common one. I didn't try my best in high school, ended up going to community college for two and a half years before transferring to a state school. This is my second semester living on campus and I'm about forty credits away from graduating.

I'm beat...

At community college I thrived. It was my second chance. I had some amazing professors, I established meaningful friendships, and I learned a lot about myself. I don't feel like I'm getting much out of my experience here. My dorm room feels like a jail cell at times. I'm surrounded by acquaintances. I'm broke and lonely.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm contemplating dropping out, but I really don't know what I'd do with my life.


You'll be missed

This is devastating. Rest in peace Ryan.

When I was in middle school I used to refresh and refresh until a new episode of The Hotspot was posted on Tuesday nights. I had to download the episode and load it on to my iPod in the dark because my mom had usually sent me to bed by then, but I always found a way to not get caught. I'd clip my first generation iPod Nano to the neck of my t shirt and lay in bed listening, feeling nothing but pure joy until I fell asleep. Then I would listen to the episode again on the way to school in the morning (plus a few more times over the course of the week until the next episode came out). I know this sounds pathetic, but you, Jeff, Vinny, Brad, Rich, Carrie, Alex, (I could go on and on) were my best friends. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

I'm twenty now, and I don't listen to the Bombcast each and every week anymore, but I always made sure to check in occasionally, the way you do with friends from home that you haven't seen for a while. We were blessed to have you in our lives all of these years and I'm terribly heartbroken. I'll miss you Ryan.



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Did I handle this correctly?

I went to see Skyfall yesterday and there was a father and son behind me talking pretty loudly throughout the first twenty minutes of the movie. "What's MI6?" "MI6 is like the British version of the CIA." "Wow look at that gun." "Yeah, that's an S50 blah blah blah." "Oh no, is James Bond going to be okay!"

I had it, I couldn't enjoy the movie with these obnoxious people behind me. I had already turned around and gave them a look to shut up a couple times, but they continued talking away like they were in their god damn living room, crumbling their popcorn bag, just generally being shitty people.

"Are you going to talk throughout the entire movie" I asked. "Yeah we are, I guess you'll have to move your seat" he replied to me in his heavy Staten Island accent. "No, you better fucking stop talking. You better shut the fuck up." I was so flustered, you could hear it in my voice. I didn't even mean to curse. It just kind of came out. He replied with two words, "Jerk Off", in that fucking accent. I was infuriated. It scared me how angry I was. I wanted to wait until the film was over and hit him. I was boiling, practically shaking...but then I realized something. They both stopped talking. They didn't say one damn word the entire rest of the film.

So, now I'm trying to figure out, did I handle this the right way? I mean I cursed in front of a kid, so that's not optimal I guess. I'd like the hear what you have to say.


I'm a puss

I get nervous asking girls out, even if I think they may like me. I feel like such a pussy. (I'm 19 by the way.) Does anyone else have this problem? How do you deal with this? ps- I know this is a video game forum, please don't mock me for posting this.


I've lost interest

I'm a sophomore in college and although a good portion of my friends are games enthusiast, I just can't get excited about video games anymore. I really try to, but I just can't lose myself in a game like I could in high school. I always start to feel when I'm playing that my time could be better spent doing something else. This realization came to me when I decided to cancel my Skyrim pre-order on Amazon. Part of me really wants to get that game because of my fond memories of Oblivion, but another part of me knows that it will probably end up never getting played.

Maybe I feel this way because of how busy I currently am with school and work, but I think I might be generally losing interest. My real passion is tech, I'm a Computer Science major. I'm thinking I'll sell my consoles so I can buy an Android tablet. I probably wont be posting here very often once that happens, so I just want to say that it's been rad. I love this community and I've conversed with some awesome people over the years on this site. Farewell my friends.


Geeks, Nerds, Gamers, Labels

I find it so annoying when people refer to themselves as geeks or gamers. I probably fit under both of those categories, but I just think it's stupid to label yourself. The word gamer isn't used as much under the gaming enthusiast community as the word geek is used under the tech enthusiast community, but it's still used somewhat. How do you guys feel about people referring to themselves with these words?


3 Days, No Power

I live in New Jersey and although luckily none of my property was damaged during Hurricane Irene, I still have no electricity at my house. I'm writing this at the public library where I've been spending a lot of my time at. Living without power is pretty dreadful, especially at night. I've been doing a lot of reading with a flashlight when it gets dark to pass time. Luckily, I have a gas stove so I'm able to cook food and boil water.

I've come to the conclusion that the reason I don't have power is because a tree fell on the power line down the street from my house. The township has removed the tree, but the power company hasn't even started working on fixing the power line. I understand that they're overwhelmed, but it makes it even more frustrating knowing that the power company isn't even working on fixing the issue. I guess they have nothing to worry about though. It's not like they're going to lose customers or anything. Everyone needs electricity and it isn't like you can change your power company.

Anyway, I hope those who have experienced damage from the hurricane are okay. While what I'm experiencing is annoying, it is in no way devastating and in many ways I feel fortunate.