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Archive for April 16th, 2011

With the insignificant event called the Royal Wedding coming up which hasn’t really impacted my life other than the fact I get an extra paid bank holiday this year (thanks elitists) I thought i’d do a quick ramble about what I think about the whole scenario regarding the event. Firstly let’s get a few things out and in the open. I don’t support the royal family, I never have done and never will do. The only positive the royal family has ever brought to the UK is tourism and that for me is about it. The royal family will always have a place in my cerebelum though. Why? Well, it was attached to this very family that I had my first psychic experience. 24hrs before Diana Princess of Wales died, I dreamt about it happening - so you can imagine how much of a headfuck it was for me when it actually happened. What caused me to dream about that will forever remain a mystery. Now my mind is educated to think for itself and not be influenced by other entities - it’s my view that this country should belong to the people. Unfortunately the age old monetary policy has meant that people with money control the countries major assets and big mega corporations are buying UK land for pittence in the governments attempt to cut a deficit that was manufactured in the first place.

Why should the queen and royals get special treatment? Why should they be treated any differently from anyone else in the world. Yet these are the same people that apparently promote democracy throughout the world. Well Democracy has been tainted for decades if not centuries. So with all this in mind you maybe slightly perplexed as to why I am not interested in joining in the wedding protests - it really is a simple answer. In my personal opinion it is sheer stupidity. Now I know this sounds like strong words considering people close to me in the Truth Movement and Anarchist groups are attending the protests but in reality the whole day will prove to be nothing more than a futile exercise. It’ll be an exercise that’ll allow the mainstream media to plant the seeds of division between UK patriots and those fully awoken to the corrupt system. Already the EDL are waging war on anyone or anything planning to protest at the wedding, a group that have the combined intelligence of a half baked jizz sample. So, you have the potential for violence between faction groups to start with, then you have the police state lockdown. Surely to be affective you’ll want to organize a protest or public gathering on a day where police presence is thinner on the ground? That makes sense to me, the problem is currently protest groups main collaborative toolset are two social mediums already infiltrated by the MI5 and the CIA - Facebook and Twitter. So unless people actually get smart you’ll always find yourselves in a situation where the metropolitan police are one step ahead - they have the eyes in the sky, the people don’t.

It remains to be seen what will happen, but you can bet your bottom dollar that there will be one heck of a police cordon between the protests and the celebrations and you can also bet your bottom dollar that unless violence does erupt between different groups that the media will totally whitewash the event - with the exception of Russia Today or any countries in the BRIC collaboration. Anyway, that’ll do me for this subject.

Peace, Love & Unity x x

50 Questions TAG

April 16, 2023 featured, Fun, Life Comments

So, I haven’t done one of these in years, so thought it maybe fun just to answer one for people to get to know me a little better. Anyway, most of these questions are fucking retarded but here goes nothing I guess!

1. Where were you three hours ago?
At my computer desk

2. Who are you in love with?
Stephen Joell-Ireland

3. Have you ever eaten a crayon?
No, but I know someone who stuffed one in her snatch…yes Michelle, you know who u are - that’s one primary school memory i can’t rid myself of. CRAYOLA!!

4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?

5. When was the last time you went to the mall?
It’s called shopping centre and that’ll be this morning.

6. Are you wearing socks right now?

7. Do you have a car worth over $2000?
No, I don’t drive

8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
I said i don’t FUCKING DRIVE!

9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
Yes to see Source Code

10. Are you hot?
No, the temperature is ambient

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Dr Pepper Zero

12. What are you wearing right now?
Combat Jeans and a No Fear T-Shirt

13. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?
Do you suffer from short term memory loss?

14. Last food you ate?
Fish fingers & rice

15. Where were you last week at this time?
Down the pub getting hammered

16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?

17. When was the last time you ran?
4 days ago

18. What was the last sporting event you watched?
Can’t remember, must have been pretty uneventful as I can’t remember it.

19. Your favorite animal?
Pug Dog

20. Your dream vacation?
E3 followed by Vegas followed by another weeks vacation to recuperate from the 24 hour gambling and gaming.

21. Last person’s house you were in?
My parents.

22. Worst injury you ever had?
Cracked open head

23. Have you been in love?

24. Do you miss anyone right now?
At this moment in time whilst you mention this question - my mind is distracted so no.

25. Last play you saw?
We Will Rock You

26. What is your secret weapon to lure the opposite sex?

27. What are your plans for tonight?
Relaunch the website I am posting this on.

28. Who is the last person to send you a facebook message or comment?
Oliver Joell

29. Next trip you are going to take?
No idea at the moment, concreted is a two week cruise in the med.

30. Ever go to camp?

31. Were you an honor student in school?
I think that must be an American thing!

32. What do you want to know about the future?
Whether the human populace did break the shackles of slavery to debt and whether the criminal UK, French & USA governments and bankers were brought to justice

33. Are you wearing perfume or cologne?
Right now, cologne

34. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor’s visit?
Not unless I get sick.

35. Where is your best friend?
In bed

36. How is your best friend?
He’s alright

37. Do you have a tan?

38. What are you listening to right now?
No Doubt - Only Sixteen

39. Do you collect anything?
Video Games and I started collecting Wrestling DVD’s

40. Who is the biggest gossiper you know?
My husband

41. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over?
I think I was 15 for underage drinking.

42. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw?
Yes in the cinema, but I still prefer drinking from the bottle

43. What does your last text message say?
Can you buy bread, something for dinner tomorrow and two jacketed potatoes (NOTW won’t be hacking me anytime soon)

44. Do you like hot sauce?
I fucking love hot sauce, especially the one they serve with pizza at Fire & Stone

45. Last time you took a shower?
This morning.

46. Do you need to do laundry?

47. What is your heritage?
I don’t align myself with a heritage.

48. Are you someone’s best friend?
No idea

49. Are you rich?
Not in the slightest

50. What were you doing at 12 AM last night?
Watching the best of Wrestlemania DVD.

As I face my own battle to become an established voice in video game critique I face a crossroad, one personal and one in the professional stance. As ‘bloggers’ get treated as second class citizens by video game publishers and PR groups (with the exception of the few) our role is every bit as important as it is for mainstream media. Whether it be the case example of a former editor of Gamespot getting fired for poor scores on Kane & Lynch or Sony’s blackballing of Kotaku, there is no denying that there is a seedy underbelly to the world of videogames journalism. It is something that the average reader may not notice but for myself it is something I notice with extreme regularity throughout my time trying to run and rise the relevance of my own video game review site that I am editor of.

The case of Gerstmann and the blackballing of the Gawker Network before it rose to popularity are just two well known examples of how both publishers and PR companies put pressure on websites to lick the boot or be dropped. On a personal level I’ve already experienced issues ascertaining relationships with both Sony and Capcom both on a level of viewer readership and a nervousness that my ‘anything goes’ attitude to reviewing video games may come across on their product. Surely giving free license to talk exactly what you think about a product is something that should be embraced as a whole? A lesson I learned was to ensure that you give certain games to certain staff members that have an interest in the genre - to do otherwise can be reputation suicide and I’ll be honest I’ve had a couple of skims myself, but such is the risks of hiring new blood without nothing more than a fresh piece of gaming code as bait to hire them. There will always be an element of risk when you cannot pay your writers.

Is alternative media starting to make grounds on the mainstream folk that toe the line? I’d like to think so, but there are many alternative outlets that are too happy to toe the line in fear they’ll lose support should they totally pan a release. This partiallly explains why there are so many game scores floating between 70-80% when looking at them with a clear mind they probably deserve a lower score. Scoring a release between 70-80% is often a safety barrier to ensure no potential conflict. I now try and ensure that I tailor review code to those that are interested in the genre but sometimes you get PR companies kicking a stink over the most trivial things. Since David McMurdo moved on to write independently I’ve never had a member of staff on board that really have sunk their teeth into the rather unique and specialist strategy genre that Paradox Interactive cater for - so when we gave Victoria II a mediocre score the PR team handling the release spat their toys out of the pram almost finding it utterly audacious that we’d let a member of staff who’s never experienced Paradox’s work before review a title. I found this quite laughable really because you are basically catering the review towards fans of the developer as opposed to those that may pick the game up from the shops on an inpulse buy.

Now to address those publishers and PR companies that refuse to deal with websites that garner a smaller audience. Are you completely bat shit crazy? There is a percentage of gamers that have totally lost faith in the mainstream press - these people seldom rely on print publications and big corps to tilt them over the edge to purchase. These consumers tend to listen to gamers in their purest form, those untainted by advertising deals and unchained by overly aggresive editorial control. Whilst the last two years Konami haven’t supported us with their annual PES release, I can guarantee you a dime a dozen that our reviews have influenced many to buy this years release. I constantly see comments on both our social media extentions and website stating that they’ve bought said release because of our opinions and down to earth footage. So if you’ve stumbled across this and wondered why coverage for Capcom inparticular is extremely weak it’s because they see any website that garners less than 250,000 hits a month as worthless dealing with - unless of course they are trying to captivate a niche market.

I think we’ll see in the future a bigger influence of alternative media when approaching video games journalism - the more and more people I personally speak to are phased by dubious review scores and corporate ass licking that not only becomes so blatent to see on the road at events but also on the social media streams of both corporate entities and the toe-the-line blogs out there. Mainstream media is dying when it comes to geo-political news, maybe the same thing will happen in the entertainment industry, who knows. Oh just for the record - I spend upwards of £500.00 a year on running WDG whether it be travelling to events, sending review code or paying for hosting. Granted there are some nice perks for running the website, but nothing to outweigh the money I pay each year, so I really keep running the site for the love of it. Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say on this right now. I’m sure there are many points I haven’t brushed upon but I am feeling particularly tired.

Peace, Love & Happiness x