|Getting Review Copies||March 28, 2015, 3:46 am|
I've been reviewing games as a sort of closure for a long time. Over the years, I've got 500 reviews in a document. Some are lazy, others have bolstered 1,350 words.
Out of boredom I thought well I'm going to write game developers and get free games. It worked! Within an hour, I had 4 review copies granted out of 5 attempts. 2 of the 4 are awful games, but whatever. If anything its just someone to tell them where they're going wrong.
I'm just really shocked how easy it is to get a review copy. Even a game with a publisher gave me a review copy. I'm a nobody, unpaid, but my reviews are pretty damn detailed and even if I don't like a game I still give it a fair shake, which confuses a lot of people.
So wow this is easy, all I had to do was ask and cite 10 reviews, 6 good and 4 bad to show I'm capable of negative reviews. Maybe I can get $60 AAA titles for free.
|I've been starving myself unintentionally||January 31, 2015, 12:39 pm|
I eat a lot. Constantly. So much that I gain weight every so often and before I grow out of my pants, I treadmill and work out. Over the past few years, I've been counting my calories. Most days its 800 - 1,000. Because I only drink water, there are no calories from that.
Yesterday my doctor laughed and said that 1,000 calories is starvation level. I'm gaining weight because my body just locks it all away. Well that's interesting. To lose weight I need to double my food intake when I already eat constantly all day.
I'm not trying to starve, it boggles my mind. I just don't eat big meals. Looking at serving sizes, usually a dinner is like 400 calories. Those are portion sizes on labels. I eat the portion sizes.
The doctor also tells me that I need about 2,500 calories, so I need to more than double my diet. Holy fuck its mind boggling how people even manage to eat 2,500 calories a day.
I'm not even sickly. I can't seem to get sick even taking care of sick kids. My cousin's sick daughters, being around a few hundred people over the winter. Nothing, but I guess not having disease doesn't make me healthy.
So now like a pregnant woman I'm eating for two. This will be an interesting experiment to see if by eating double I'll lose weight when I'm already at my maximum weight.
Doing some calculations, I need to hit 650 calories in 3 meals and let's say break up 4 snacks of 150 to hit the recommendation. Wow that's pretty staggering and doing it all healthy too. I could easily hit the 2,500 by eating entire pizzas like I did in college.
I've probably been "starving" like this for decades and maybe that's why I'm stuck looking like a teenager.
|My New Year's Resolution is to not spend money on gaming in 2015||January 5, 2015, 1:16 pm|
I have read idiots on other sites wondering what's your gaming resolution? Well gaming is entertainment, they shouldn't be goals. I have 1,100 games on Steam. I even bought 30 games on the last Steam sale. I don't need more games. Nor do I need to spend money on them.
So as tough as it may be, I have decided to declare that I won't buy any new games or spend money on gaming in 2015. Even if I miss a sale, what's the worst that will happen that game won't be on sale at the same time next year? If I get bored of the 250 games on Steam that I have played, I haven't played the other 850 that I own.
Let's see how long I last.
|Why she never called back||November 8, 2014, 11:12 am|
Someone else's ditched after 4 dates story reminded me of my own story from 8 years ago. Rather than derail his thread, I'm posting my own.
8 years ago, I dated a woman for 10 days and I think we had 8 dates. Maybe it was 6 dates over 8 days. I met her friends, she met mine, really quick. We went to movies, bowling, mini golfing, dinners, a night cruise to see fireworks, and so on. I took her to parties, she took me to foggy beaches at midnight. She panicked in the darkness of walking through the woods. I panicked when she took me on a giant Ferris wheel and I had an issue with heights back then. I calmed her, she calmed me. I met her daughter.
Then before the ninth date, she randomly she said she was sick. I was directly outside of her house in the driveway to pick her up. She didn't care. Usually sick = I've lost interest. I tried talking to her the next four days.
She never talked to me ever again. I was really shocked. To help me get over it and not harass her, I deleted her number off my phone.
2 years later, I had a date with someone that said she felt like she knew me or had met me someplace else. It was a one date sort of thing. It was a dull date. Two guys tried hitting on her. She was a stripper. Two weeks later, she sent me a text, she knew why I felt so familiar. Its because her cousin dated me for a week.
Once she told me who the cousin was, I asked why the cousin never talked to me again. She explained that the cousin liked me way too much and it made her ex / baby daddy angry. Why does that matter? He's a loan shark that threatened to start fucking with my life, so she opted to not have me in her life to spare me the drama.
The date told me the cousin only dated me for a week but still talked about me up to 2 years later. She said that the cousin said I was a vacation from life's drama. I guess at the time of dating her, she did mention how rich her ex was and she got caught up in the money and didn't realize what a horrible person he was. A lot of people emphasize how awful exes were. I assume it was one of those things.
She wanted to give me her cousin's number saying 'you two should give it another shot, her ex is in prison now, because she testified against him for having someone murdered.' Nah, two years had gone by. I'd rather have a fantastic memory of 10 days than risk anything going wrong. Plus she could have just been fucking with me, but she knew a lot of details.
Now that its 8 years later, I saw her in line with her now adult kid waiting for a haunted house. It looked as if she had gained 100 lbs. If not more. It was like her face and hair were exactly the same, just with a really overweight body. Her accent really sticks out from the typical Chicago accent to really confirm its her without asking. Her kid looked the same, even now as an adult. Another way to confirm its her without asking.
|I think that I have a cracked tooth||October 11, 2014, 3:23 pm|
Time to go to the dentist. Last time I was at the dentist, they told me they were scaling back his hours and I should call back after 2 months to make a new appointment for the checkup. Since he's closed for the weekend like other dentists, I thought I'd post here.
After having random pain maybe 5x a day in that region, I did some investigation and I think that I have a cracked tooth. An oddly cracked tooth.
The injured tooth is a 2nd bicuspid. Let me draw a picture. top of teeth looking down:
Notice how the cracks don't go completely through the tooth. One of the cracks isn't even on the end.
These lines are black and none of my teeth have black lines that look like cracks. From looking at google images of cracked teeth, they're all split or subtle and not black lines. Maybe this means the white enamel has cracked and broken and the teeth are black underneath?
I can't think of what could have caused the crack recently other than last week was the first time in 20 years I ate ice. That could do it, but I probably would have noticed a week ago and not now.
|Someone broke and entered my neighbor's house||September 1, 2014, 6:18 am|
My neighbor had their house broken into. This is the same neighbor that shot a snowmobiler 6 years ago who later died 2 years later (http://www.doomworld.com/vb/showthr...&threadid=42386).
I find it very difficult to believe that anyone would break into their house for a few reasons. First of all, 2 of the 4 sides of the property are covered by river. The third side is the main road. The last side is their only neighbor with a much nicer and easier house to break into and probably easier too. They have 8 garages, each filled with fancy cars (the previous owner operated a business out of the home).
The house has plenty of motion detector lights installed by the previous owner, but there is one thing the house has a lot of and that's guns and owners willing to use them.
Not to mention, one of them is a judge.
Its just so odd. So I was thinking maybe its a deer that broke in and left. The cops won't tell me anything, just that they were broken into. My neighbors won't won't answer calls. Now their front yard is lit up like daytime on the sun. Its almost comical how many lights they have on now.
My girlfriend suspects their landscapers.
Its a very unpopulated area that is getting more populated in the past 10 years. The town next to ours has the population and the crime.
|Walmart and how much we all hate it||August 3, 2014, 6:01 am|
Not sure if this should go in the Everything Else forum or this blog forum.
After someone posted his CEO was fired, I derailed things by mentioning Walmart, so rather than posting more Walmart stuff there, I'll post here:
I was sent to Walmart recently... same 2 lines open. The 20 items or less and the lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnng line. Person in front of me was getting chips and 2 other things. Gave a coupon. Wrong bag of chips for the coupon. So she wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwalked and found the chips then came back fucking 5 minutes later. I asked the clerk, can I check out? No the girl also had more than chips and its already processed. So I told the clerk, the fuck I can't, other clerks have done that for me. Oh but this clerk says she's new, so she called for help.
Help comes. Then the girl comes back WITH MORE THAN CHIPS. Tries using her coupon. Oh its expired. She complains, then a manager is called. Manager comes and says look you do this all the time these expired coupons. You've done it so much I know your name. We're not taking this expired coupon.
She turns to me and asks me for money to make up the difference. wtf?
The guy behind me was angry and say you better get out of here lady, no one is buying you chips. The manager just shook his head and walked away.
Chips were not bought.
Oddly enough this isn't the first time I've seen someone's expired coupon get rejected at this Walmart.
|Beta Testing Games||July 17, 2014, 7:35 am|
I've been beta testing a game. I put a lot of time in. I write the dev team a lot of notes. This is all unprofessional, unpaid. I'm starting to question the developer's talent. The game is pretty awful and its been in development for 2 years. There are glaring errors that I feel like they don't even play the game when they give it to me to beta test. Several game breaking things that just kind of waste my chance to play it since they feed me a new test every day. If there's something right at the beginning that fails to work. I just can't test it for a day. If they forget to put the ammo in the level, its another day until I get a new build.
The whole questioning the team's talents have lead me to start C++ programming again just so I can tell them how to fix what's wrong. Yet they don't. I question how long I can endure testing this awful game.
I would spill the beans and tell you the game, but it would come back to me. Not that I'm being paid, but a friend works there and the heat would come back to him. Plus, I don't want the game to get derailed as being shit when they could fix things and maybe the game won't be shit. I'm really leaning toward this thing will be shit no matter what happens.
Thankfully my friend isn't the level designer or the programmer, or we probably wouldn't be friends anymore :-)
|Food poisoning myself||June 27, 2014, 3:05 am|
Over the past 2.5 years I've cooked a lot. Randomly I get ambitious and cook things that I've literally never eaten before, but I think will be a good idea. I've cooked rosoto without ever tasting it. Last night or rather 7 hours ago was scallops. I cooked a test scallop that turned out fine. Then I cooked the other 3 scallops. Those other 3 I feel turned out burnt.
Now here's a flashback for you, when I was at the super market, the employee working there I felt was trying to tell me not to buy them. They're $18 per pound. I was iffy. I felt he was taking the long way to hint that I shouldn't buy them. He bluntly asked who likes them, your wife or your girlfriend? We laughed, because men apparently don't buy them. He asked if I liked them, I said, never had them, either had he. But I was going to cook them. He pointed out he doesn't want to sell me something I probably won't like. The whole conversation was a painful 5 minutes. He constantly asked, do you get what I'm saying? I thought it was code for don't buy these!
After picking them up I went to the front checkout where one person was in line, this little old lady in her wheelchair was buying a box of wine. Not just a box with wine in it, but a big box with 8 bottles of wine in it. She argued about the price and haggled to get the price down. First another clerk was called in for the sale of the booze since the underage clerk working there can't sell booze. Then a manager was called in for the haggling.
When it was my turn, the clerk had to change the receipt ream of paper, to which he had it backward and my info printed on the wrong side. Why am I bringing this all up? They were signs. I laughed and knew they were signs.
Oddly enough, during the meal, it was the burnt ones that tasted fine. It was the non burnt one that was rubbery. So I blame the test subject. My girlfriend has yet to come down with food poisoning, but who knows. I ate the undercooked one.
I peed out my ass, downed some ginger aile that has been sitting in the fridge for 2 years. Then I thought.... the only way out of this is to throw up.
When I started throwing up, some long tentacle of a thing came out. It belonged to the scallop. Then I thought oh fuck that's not what I need to throw up. So I kept going like the trooper I am. It took a while, but now I'm feeling better. Thank you vomit process, you make everything better in a hurry.
For those curious, the actual meal is lobster ravioli.
|My gf pulled over by a cop||May 23, 2014, 7:02 am|
My gf was driving us home after seeing Godzilla. We were on the main road before her street. There's a place that its always a stoplight. Blank and blank. So I pointed out, she'll get a stoplight. Then she said look at that guy, he knows he'll get a ticket. He went speeding by us. I checked her speed and it was 35. There's a digital display that says 35 in big blue numbers. She said doesn't he know that cops watch this road all the time?
Well a cop started following us. Really close. I had a feeling we were getting pulled over. Sure enough, yep pulled over.
My girlfriend starts spazing out and on a 4 lane road with a center turn lane, my spaz of a girlfriend decides to pull over... in the turn lane at the middle of the road. Hilarious. Inside I was laughing. She throws a fit as most people would.
After a few minutes, the cop comes to her car and angrily explains that when she got her license that's an agreement with any emergency vehicle you pull over to the side of the road. The cop asked if she knew why she's being pulled over. Nope. For speeding, 48 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Ha that's a fucking joke. Then the cop pointed out we were the only car on the road, which I know is a lie, because its an extremely busy road even at 9 pm at night. Normally its backed up in rush hour, but 9 at night there are always cars since its coming off a major tollway. The cop takes the license and insurance, but not registration. What? Eh oh well.
When the cop comes back, the cop explained that she will let us go. My girlfriend asked what road, where? Remember how I mentioned blank and blank? That's where it was. The cop continued that the radar gun zooms in on the fastest car and takes a picture of their license plate. We were the only car on the road. The cop also mentioned they radar guns are tested before each shift. Then the officer added pulling over in the center of the road is another ticketable offense.
I knew the cop didn't have shit. Plus the whole zooms in and takes a picture of the plate is flawed. A photo isn't proof. It could have malfunctioned. I'd want to see a video of the crime and then see it zoom in. The burden of proof is on them. The dash cam is better proof, but the dash cam might not be pointed where the radar is aimed.
In Chicago there have been red light cams that take pics of parked cars and mail them tickets when a speeding car blows a red light.
The cop's name tag read 'J. Morton' and my girlfriend mentioned that 'J. Morton' is her aunt.
Anyway, the cop said since my girlfriend has no priors, we were allowed to go. The cop knew she didn't have a case. The officer was polite, and nice, but rightfully stern when explaining why we should have pulled over to the side of the road. Its just unsafe in the middle, plus as she pointed out, we become a hazard.