Archive for September, 2007


Friday, September 21st, 2007

I have an article over at Stage Select that walks you through the process of making your very own NES ringtone for your phone.

We all love our cell-phones. We love the ability to download a custom ringtone to show off our individuality. What we (and by ‘we’ I mean ‘I’) don’t like is paying $2.49 or more for a 10 second snippet of audio that’s been compressed so aggressively and then played back so loudly that is sounds like you’re trying to listen to a piece of some song through a blown speaker under a swimming pool. Or worse yet, $2.00 for a MIDI version of the song that only sounds kind of like the track you really wanted. And if you’re interested in video game songs? Forget it. You have the choice of exactly one song: a MIDI version of the Super Mario Bros. theme song. It’s recognizable, but only just.

It’s well worth a read. Check it out here (Stage Select).


Of Sites

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Over at Gamers With Jobs Sean “Elysium” Sands pens his 200th article since the site started in 2003. It is by no means a small feat, one that I also managed to accomplish. Twice. Now that I’m sneaking up on my 500th article on this site, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on some of the highs and lows of this site since I started it back in 2002. It’s almost embarrassing to see what the site looked like back then, but look if you must.

We can go back further, to back before I had a domain name, but that effort would look absolutely amateur.

I’ve changed the guts of this site no less than 3 times along the way, each time causing more headaches than I was prepared for. Fixing the self-referential links on this amount of articles is a bit of a pain anymore. I’d recommend avoidance.

In the years that I’ve been doing this site, there are of course some articles that I’m particularly proud of:

Of course, they’re not all gems. For a time I tried my hand at being a commodity blogger and realized that it was a whole lot of work to scour sites and post up the same news as the ‘big boys’ but with different snarky comments. Those articles were boring to write, boring to read, and devoid of almost all value.

So, my daily updates about what’s going on that particular day have waned, which is just as well. They were boring to read and boring to write. And though I’ll sometimes lament that this site has been around so long without making a significant impact, I’m pleased with the position it has and the direction it’s going.

Right, enough of the reflective navel-gazing. My neck’s getting sore.

Irregular updates ahoy!

National Video Games Day

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

It turns out that in addition to it being Ban Day, it’s also National Video Game Day.

Sounds like a pretty bogus holiday to me, since, for any self-respecting gamer, every day is Video Game Day.

Spotted at Kotaku.

Ban Day

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

If you’ve registered for this site and have never done anything, you’ve been banned. Plead your case if you like.

The Unfinished Pile

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Since it’s Labor Day again, I’ve decided to put forth my efforts and reduce the number of games that are sitting here in various stages of completion. I’ve decided to fire up my DS, GBA, Wii, and PC so I can simultaneously progress in Final Fantasy V, Luminous Arc, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Heroes of Might and Magic V respectively. That should make a reasonably-sized dent in it, only noticeable if you look at it just so.