From Casual Reader to News Writer: How I Became an Internet Writer

02/21/2015

Origin

As an introverted teenager, I found solace in the corner stroking my iPod and listening to the voices of the Internet i.e. podcasts. They were the only ones that shared my passion for games, anime, and geeky culture in general so it was a dream of mine to become an Internet writer. Getting review copies, going to events, staying up late chatting about the themes and intricacies of some bizarre 16-bit japanese indie game sounded like the life of Riley’s nerdy brother.
There aren’t too many Internet origin stories documenting the rise of a common Internet writer but for those who want to join the ranks of bedroom journalists maybe interested in my beginnings.

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Quick Thoughts: Insert Coin Clothing

01/05/2015

Insert Coin Clothing Cover

As I progressed from an acne covered teen into a less acne covered adult one of the underlying choices I was making was how my wardrobe would be. I have been increasingly internet shopping as many stores have specialised merchandise, specifically apparel that feeds my nerdy desire. High Street stores can sell me a top with Mario or Sonic slapped across my chest but I think of those as childish garments. It’s a bit too on the nose for what I would like as a secret geek. This is where Insert Coin Clothing comes in.

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Quick Thoughts: The Walking Dead Season 2 (spoilers)

01/04/2015

The Walking Dead Season Two Cover

The Walking Dead has seriously put a downer on my whole holiday, to the point that I’m seriously debating my life skills in the very rare case of an apocalyptic survival scenario. Season Two was a roller coaster of emotions and tough decisions, and while I didn’t like the new group as much as the old one, their pilgrimage for safety will still resonate as strongly.

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Quick Thoughts: The Walking Dead Season 1 and 400 Days (Spoiler Edition)

12/28/2014

Walking Dead Cover

I’m mostly indifferent to the zombie genre that has had a sudden resurgence in the late nouties. Left 4 Dead is a blast, Zombieland is hilarious, but I dislike the amount of Zombie related media that is put out nowadays. It’s become a novelty or a fad. Thus I’ve never invested in The Walking Dead as a franchise. The stark black and white art style of the comics wasn’t appealing and without a TV licence, it’s difficult for me to watch the show. I’ve always heard really good things about the game for the last few years but have waited patiently for the game to come down to budget price.

This year I succumb to the annual steam winter sale picking up The Walking Dead Season 1+ DLC along with the second season. It both made my holiday but also made it a whole lot difficult.

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Quick Thoughts: Hanamonogatari

12/28/2014

Hanamonogatari Cover

The last time I checked in on Araragi and his harem of quick talking gag spewing oddity belles I stated that I wasn’t overly hyped for the new season. I’m still a big fan of the Monogatari series but after spending a whole summer catching up on the series it can cause fatigue. Allowing myself a good three month break from the series has refreshed my passion for head tilting, colourful backgrounds, and borderline incestual content. Last week I spent an evening binging the whole of Hanamonogatari and it’s good to be back to the world of oddities.

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Quick Thoughts: The Walking Dead Intermission (No Spoilers Edition)

12/26/2014

The Walking Dead Intermission Cover

At the time of writing I have just started The Walking Dead’s Season 1 episode 3: Long Road Ahead. Previously I had to play through Episode 1 three times before finding a work around due to a glitch causing my choices not to go through correctly. For those playing on a Mac with a similar problem, here was my solution (link has spoilers for episode one going into two).

Anyways I thought I’d give a few thoughts about what I think of the game so far before writing a final Quick Thoughts after I completed the season.

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Quick Thoughts: Amagi Brilliant Park

12/24/2014

Amagi Brilliant Park Cover

When I first look at the promotional pictures of Amagi Brilliant Park I thought I knew what it was about. Generic handsome looking protagonist, busty tsundere lead with some sort of weapon, frail blonde girl. Yep looks like another romantic comedy/harem anime. I can foresee the mascot characters being overtly pervy and getting away with it because it’s Ok by the girl being molested. These shows are a dime a dozen so I didn’t give it a second thought, unless my tumblr feed dumps a gif from the show.

Then some lonesome night on youtube, I stumbled upon a clip from the show and it turned my perception around.

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Quick Thoughts: The Wolf Among Us

12/23/2014

The Wolf Among Us Cover

I’m a complete stranger when it comes to Telltale’s new brand of story telling. I’ve dabbled in Back to the Future and Sam and Max’s wacky adventures along with frequenting the Inventory for a round of Poker but their newer works with The Walking Dead is completely alien to me. Last summer saw the release of The Wolf Among Us, the second of Telltale’s ventures in recreating franchised worlds namely the Fables series. I’ve never heard of this series until now but took an instant liking to it because of the recognisable fairy tales in a dark urban environment.

Steam’s Winter Sale finally got it’s hooks into me and I ended up buying the whole first season, completing it the same day. Yeah it’s pretty good.

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Quick Thoughts: Batgirl #36 and #37

12/22/2014

Batgirl 36- 37

I would never identify myself as a comic buff. I’ve dabbled in Ultimate Spiderman for a bit as a teenager and watched my fair share of 90’s comic book cartoons but my interest peaked with Mark Miller’s Kick Ass. I never had too much interest for DC’s line of masked crusaders, preferring Marvel’s line fantastical supers. Batgirl #36 and #37 doesn’t alter the status quo but I’m still invested in Babs’s adventures in Burnside.

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Quick Thoughts: LIMBO

12/19/2014

LIMBO cover

Thoughts of high quality Indie titles on XBLA will generate mainly images with a 2D perspective. They could be puzzle, action, platformers, or beat em ups but they were always 2D. Except they’ve never shared the same aesthetic, all of them were unique. Braid was a moving portrait, Castle Crashers was a playable cartoon, and Fez was my vision of pixelated heaven. All of these games have been checked off my hit list, except LIMBO. LIMBO has sat patiently on my steam account waiting to be played and only recently have I mustered the courage to beat the dark, depressing, puzzle platformer.

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