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Sorry, My Blog Lost Power

dangling power linesDear readers,

Last Sunday my apartment and my blog lost power. Tree branches collapsed under their own weight because of their thick coats of ice. Power lines dangled like deadly snakes in some areas.

I was volunteering, wrapping gifts and dealing with the power outage. There was no way I could post about – let alone play – video games. It wasn’t going to work.

I love writing. I love reading others’ work. I set out to publish a post every week, and I’ve done that for over a year now. So it hurt a little when I couldn’t do that last week.

But I got over the hurt fast. In my city, there were thousands of people during Christmas – and there are still some – without power. They’re the people who need help.

Also, I’ll publish two short blog posts today to make up for last Sunday. I spoil you. You know that, right?

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What crazy things have happened to you while publishing a post? Have you ever lost power when you were blogging? How did you cope?

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Thanks for Reading This

video game blog 100 hundred followsI have an urge to be creative. I get up in the morning, as the alarm buzzes in my ears, and want to do something great.

But I don’t sculpt statues and don’t lift heavy objects. Toolboxes, bricks, and easels aren’t necessary for me.

Instead, I use pens, keyboards and a mouse. Ok, for those keeping count, this is my metaphorical toolbox. This toolbox doesn’t matter too much; any pen will do. Perhaps I would care about these items if I was a keyboard designer or engineer, but I’m not. In truth, these tools are only important because they help me put words on my blog.

I chose to blog about video games for two reasons. First, I love playing them. And when I am close to them, roses fills my nostrils, all I see are hearts, and the music from Romeo and Juliet plays in the background. Sharing this love of games is the logical next step for me.

Well my goal with this blog was humble. I wanted at least one person to like and read it. I’m happy to say that my blog has long since achieved and surpassed that feat. A couple of days ago, I earned a total of 100 followers and 200 likes for good measure.

But I want more than these numbers: I want my words to captivate the eyes of non gamers. Maybe they’d learn something new about games, or maybe they’d realize gamers are like them. I’m proud to say some great writers from non game blogs have already liked my posts. Here’s to having more of them pop by!

I love words, video games, and I need to share my thoughts with you. I want to let the words flow like a river from my head, down my arms and on to the screen. From there, they trickle into the vast ocean we call the internet.

Thanks for reading.

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A Post for My Beloved

Liebster AwardDearly beloved,

We gather here today to celebrate my new award. I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award and I accept! Liebster is a German word and can translate to “beloved.”

This great news comes after the natural high I got from a previous award. That award recognized me as part of the WordPress family. Now, with Liebster, I know I’m a beloved member of that family. It’s a family I’ve never seen before, but I still feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I have to share the love and reciprocate. My digital beloved is the WordPress.com community. There are so many wonderful people on here with diverse voices. You can find great writers who cover video games and beyond. Thank you so much for all the excellent posts. Would there were time to read all these tomes of entertainment!

I feel great joy when I read your comments and know that you liked my work. It’s nice that you take the time out of your busy lives to appreciate someone else’s work. You can make a so-so day into a super week. That says a lot about you. I think that’s a form of selflessness, and it attracts me ever more to WordPress.com. Anyway, such is my beloved.

The Rules of the Liebster Award:

Thank you Drakulus for this award. I’ve quoted the rules from his post:

1. “Post eleven facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven people to give this award to and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.”

11 Facts About Myself:

1. My middle name’s Joseph.

2. I have a large and diverse library of books.

3. I love Scrabble.

4. My favourite comedian is Rodney Dangerfield.

5. I love classic British TV comedies like Fawlty Towers and Blackadder.

6. I can’t live without WordPress.

7. I have terrible vision without my glasses, so I never leave home without them.

8. I love to write and am working on some short stories.

9.  I can’t survive without Italian, Lebanese and Greek food.

10. I like ultimate frisbee.

11. As a kid, I played many hours of Goldeneye and Perfect Dark with friends.

My answers to Drakulus’s 11 questions:

1. What’s your favorite game to have come out in the last 3 years?

Mass Effect 2

2. On a stressful day how do you relax?

Watch a funny movie, go for a run and cook.

3. What’s your favorite book?

That’s tough and almost impossible to answer. For fiction, maybe the complete series of Sherlock Holmes.

4. What would you do if you were infected by a zombie?

Find a way to peacefully co-exist with humans.

5. Werewolves vs Vampires who would win? {I’m not talking about twilight}

Vampires because they still have their brains and could devise a strategy to outwit the wild werewolves.

6. What’s your favorite strategy game?

My favourite strategy video game is Civilization II. I’m not as familiar with strategy board games as I should be.

7. What’s your all time favorite movie?

The Big Lebowski

8. Who’s your favourite actor?

Jeff Bridges

9. What video game character affected you the most?

The main character from Journey has a moving story that I won’t forget.

10. Do you think games should be allowed to win best picture?

No, I’d rather see more people watch a serious award show dedicated to games.

11. If you could fly {like Superman} where what would you do? Where would you go?

I would fly to the North Pole and set up a huge ice fort there. Then I’d have snowball fights with my friends. Note: Donald Duck’s classic snowball fight with his nephews inspired this answer.

My 11 Questions for Nominees:

1. What is your favourite meal?

2. Where do you want to go on your next vacation?

3. Who is your favourite comedian?

4. What is your favourite album?

5. What is your favorite video game development studio?

6. Why should people play video games?

7.  Are you excited for the next generation of consoles or bored with all the hype?

8. What’s your favourite TV show?

9. At what age did you play your first video game?

10.  How do you prepare to write a good blog post?

11. Who inspires you?

My  11 nominees (in no particular order):

I suggest you check out all the blogs below

Gamemoir

ArcadeMint

Hollow Knowledge

The PewPew Diaries

The Martian Oddity

The Button Masher

System Wars Magazine

Pixel Hearts

Counter Attack

Musings of Mischief and Mayhem

My Brain on Games

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Say Hello to My Online Family

wordpress-family awardI don’t mean The Sims.

WordPress.com is now my online family. It is a great family that manages to unite millions of people, celebrate their work, and stay classy. Let me explain this some more.

WordPress.com is a home for millions of diverse people. We may live on opposite ends of the Earth, and we may have different interests. Yet, we can still find someone with a similar blog or shared hobby.

It’s also great fun to find people with unique views and talk to them. The comments I’ve shared have always been polite. Others leave me polite comments, even when they may disagree.

We’re not a mafia family, but we take care of our own. We “like” posts and give awards to celebrate others’ good work and talent. We get along.

If millions of people can get along on WordPress.com, then perhaps the world can too. Or maybe we can act as a model of decent online behaviour.

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WordPress Family Award

PewPew Diaries, thank you for the “WordPress Family Award” nomination. I accept.

The Rules for the WordPress Family Award

1. Publish the award photo in a blog post. In the same post include these things:

2. A link to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 blogs “you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.”

4. Tell your 10 Family Members about their award.

My 10 Nominees for the WordPress Family Award (not in any order)

I recommend you check out all 10 of these blogs.

 

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Boredom Is A Blessing

boredom is a blessingBoredom, for me, is the feeling that one has nothing worthwhile to do. Too often people complain that “this is boring.” We can borrow a pithy rebuttal from the internet for this complaint: “You’re doing it wrong.” In fact, boredom can be a good thing.

Bored people can ponder life’s big questions. At least, that’s what my philosophy professor once said in my first year class.

I think he was correct: you could do a lot of good and interesting things when you’re bored. You could help others, gain insight into a mysterious topic, write a book or blog post, and paint. During a typical week, we may not have time to do these things because we are so busy. Boredom offers us time to retreat from the world and reflect on life.

But you cannot do these activities without a break. Perhaps your philosophical and charitable binges have left your body and mind exhausted. The engine that powers both overheats and needs to cool down. What do you do when you need a break from the big questions? You need to relax.

Boredom provides great opportunities to relax. I take advantage of it to play stacks of video games. If I didn’t have time to play, my list of back logged games would rival the page count of War and Peace.

When I play these games, all problems melt away and it feels like I am on a roller coaster with my hands in the air. The game is a thrill ride you do not want to end. Play too long, though, and you might look pale enough to throw up your lunch.

Boredom is great! It gives you time to serve others, engage in profound thought, and enjoy hobbies. When life gives you boredom, squeeze out of every last drop and savor it.

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I Like My Awards Sunny Side Up, Please!

sunshine awardIt’s been cloudy, dreary and wet for two days now. There was little time for sunshine or dry clothes outside.

But I got an email yesterday that brightened my day and made me feel better, despite the wet weather. No, it wasn’t a Vitamin D pill; it was a nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

Here are the rules that I got from Little Sister Gaming:

• Use the award logo in this post.

• Link to the person who nominated you. Thank you Little Sister Gaming and thanks for your glowing comments!

• Write ten “pieces of information about myself.”

• Nominate ten fellow bloggers ‘who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.’

• Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them about the award.

10 Things About Me

Looks like these are ten random facts:

1. I try not to take myself too seriously. That should shine through on this blog and these facts.

2. Favourite color: blue

3. I love to both cook and cook up weekly blog posts.

4. I plan to play Guacameele! while I eat guacamole.

5. Favourite number: 4

6. My passion: writing, editing, volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and squeezing in game time somewhere

7. Favourite animal: Cheetah

8. I’m in my 20’s, but some have said I look like a twelve-year-old boy. I guess I’ll never rapidly age like the bad guy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. That’s a bonus.

9. I’m from Canada and they think I’m slow, eh?

10. Favourite day of the week: everyday

Ten Blog Nominees

Read them to find out more.

1. A Most Agreeable Pastime

2. The (Re)Emergent Gamer

3. Stay-At-Home Gaming

4. Planet Zombo

5. United We Game

6. Geeky’n Girly

7. Jack Flacco

8. Trista DiGiuseppi

9. Oracle of film

10. Super Important Reviews

I highly recommend checking out these blogs. They’re worth your time.

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Video Game Blogs Just Got Better

Video Game Blogs Just Got BetterOf course you like video games.

But do you like to read the same thing over and over from the same people?

Of course you don’t. Take a risk for once and try something different.

Video Game Commentary from Space

No, I’m not really an astronaut, but I do play one on TV. Kidding!

I’m a super dude who loves videos games. Hey, guess what? I also like stringing words together and using WordPress.

Read my blog to learn what games I’m playing, and, most importantly, why I like them. Then chime in with your own comments. Plus, I’ll have lots of easy-to-read, web friendly lists of cool stuff.

Writing these blog posts will also be fun for me. I mean, I’ll get to improve my writing and talk to the WordPress community about games. Thanks in advance.

Another Video Game Critic?

Looking for game reviews and the latest news? Sorry, I’m not going to compete with the big boys who dominate those areas.

Sit back, relax… And then get ready to blast off to a new nebula!

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