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Almost a Year Later..

July 1, 2012 2 comments

Tumblr fails. Just sayin’.

It’s been almost a year since I have been at Vagary.tv. I tried to open a Tumblr to mindlessly ramble about things I work on. Reading a review is a good way to gauge a game, but there’s always other things to be talked about that just don’t fit into the restraints of a review. 

The past year has been a crazy rollercoaster ride. Luckily, my wife has fully supported every step I have made with Vagary and I am very thankful for that. She also has this way of picking me up when I’m down, and keeps me motivated to make that next step.

So what has happened over the past year, you ask? Well, last time I posted here it was about the opportunity ahead. I took that opportunity and ran with it. I was basically given free reign to do my own PR work. After some grooming from one Mr. Greg Hutto, the site owner Ryan Kenward and our current Editor in Chief Kyle Baron, I found great success with my communications with PR firms and publishers. I may not be the most eloquent writer who uses big words to dazzle people, but I am quite savvy at the keyboard and I know how to butter people up. 

The VERY first game I got was Disgaea 4 for PS3. Over the course of the following four months, I received dozens of games and gained a good reputation for myself by handling multiple games at once and still having the reviews done before most people could handle a single review. 

Being overworked is exhausting, I will fully admit that. I also can’t complain much because I do it to myself. Not sure what will actually come in (I get about 80% of what I request), I sometimes book multiple reviews just so I am guaranteed some work. People warned me about burning myself out, some insisting it was bound to happen; a year later, and I beg to differ. 🙂

Back on point though, I was making quite a name for myself both internally and to my contacts (more on the latter later). I suggested to Ryan that I do everyone’s PR work, as I didn’t mind doing it and to be honest, it was my favorite part of the job. He agreed and I started getting our writers material to work with. It’s a rewarding feeling when someone gets excited because I got them a review copy to work with. Of course, excitement varies from person to person. Generally though, everyone is appreciative of what I do and show it in different ways.

I started doing a release list, which went through a few revisions before I settled on what I have now. You can see an example here with last week’s list. I started doing a regular editorial that publishers seem to love, detailing the progression systems in newly released online shooters. I organized a “Release Radar” that is a HUGE hit. The current one for Q3 has only been up for three days, and is already the third most-read article in the past 30 days.

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to touch on E3. I met some great people, including people I had been emailing for the past eight months. The coolest part was when they recognized me by name, hell, one of them actually recognized me before my brain registered who it was. That was easily my highlight of the show.

Stay tuned, and I’ll do my best to throw together some half-assed pieces on things I am working on. I love Vagary a lot, but am very hopeful and happy to resurrect Gameciety for any length of time I can. This pet-project was what got me where I am today, mind you.

With love and stuff,

~~~ Don Parsons

Moving Forward

August 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Vagary.TV

It’s been official for over a week now. I had been seeking out a “job” at another site, a much bigger site mind you, for a little over a month, and I finally approached them a week ago. The owner was impressed (to what level, I have no idea), and set me up with accounts at his site. What does that mean for Gameciety?

Gameciety goes on indefinite hold. Vagary.tv is the next step for me, as a writer and journalist, and while I don’t have the free-reign I love and adore about working my own blog, I still have enough to designate my own workload. I take my position there very serious, and value the opportunity Ryan has given me.

I have my first review up; Mortal Kombat for the PS3. I have some in line to be getting review copies from as well; Bodycount by Codemasters sounds promising at the end of this month, and I am on the review list for both Resistance 3 and Dead Island.

I was also offered to do news pieces today, my first one being on the new 3DS color. I am very excited to be a part of this team. They have some excellent writers there, and I am going to have to step my game up to play on the same level.

You can also follow my MyIGN account here. My Twitter account is the same, @Sobaer, as it was.

I would like to first thank Chris for bringing the site to my attention. And all the people I have worked with since I started taking the industry much more serious; Chris & Colin from Retrocore (previously Gamingcore with me), my wife who has supported my nerdiness from Gamingcore to Gameciety and now supports me 100% at Vagary.TV, and Connor who helped me manage podcasting duties at Gameciety. Special thanks to Michelle for her editing expertise on an article, and her bugging me for that Mortal Kombat review. 🙂 And of course, thanks to Ryan for the opportunity at Vagary.TV, I hope I don’t let you down, and the rest of the staff I have been bugging the past week for advice. Thank you all. 🙂

And with that, this chapter in my games journalism “career” is over. Cheers to the next chapter.

[Editors note: No, I did not proofread this. 😉 ]

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Monthly Polls Are Back

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I did this a few times, and you can see there is a page for polls. Figured I would bring it back. So here it is!

Not much is coming out, thankfully as I have a lot to catch up on, but a few big games with buzz and a new Dragon Quest Monsters game I am slightly interested in are coming out. So what’s your pick?

Coming in April

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Some changes are around the corner. The biggest change is a surprise, so I am not going to spoil that.

Additions to the blog are going to be coming full swing. Like a New Releases post (I did these ages ago and stopped, adding my thoughts after each game), and quick recap on the week, what we’ve been playing, and a few more surprises.

Reviews in April, that I know of, are Need for Speed Shift 2 and SOCOM 4. Possible reviews coming are Stacking, Mortal Kombat, Dungeon Raid, Comet Crash, and You Don’t Know Jack.

And last, but not least by any means, I may be making an appearance on a slightly popular podcast at some point, so stay tuned for that. Keep the blog bookmarked, check back, Like us on Facebook for updates on posts and to just show your support.

-Sobær

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March 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Listen.. your retroself demands of it...

Are you a retrogamer? Do you know and love your roots? Do you feel the need to get in touch with your 8 year old self again (not touch, no pedophiles allowed, plz.)? Then look no further..

With the return of Retrocore, I thought I’d post a post with a link to our old-school brethren. For those not in the know, we three started together, took different directions (they went a more retro route, obviously, while I took the new front), and they have made quite a name for themselves. So I proudly present..

Retrocore..

In the future, you can always find a widget featuring Retrocore and their current episode to the right of the site.

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The 2011 PS3 Gaming Gauntlet

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

2010 is coming to a close. In a few days, we begin a new “New Years Gaming Resolutions”, which has been renamed “The 2011 PS3 Gaming Gauntlet.”

We hit all of our goals for the year, oddly enough. Em got down to business the past few months to knock out a good portion of her “25 games played”, and we both got our final platinum trophy in Borderlands one night back in November. We are going going into the new year with more trophies than we anticipated, which is always good.

So what are we shooting for in 2011?

My goals are..
..to have 2,250 trophies by the end of the year (712 to get, with an avg. of 59 per month)
..to get 20 Gold trophies.
..to beat 15 games.
..to get 1 platinum.
..to play 5 online games.
..to play 2 RPGSs.
..to play 2 sports games.
..to play 2 kids games.
..to play 2 movie games.
..to play 2 sequels.

Em’s goals are..
..to have 1,000 trophies by the end of the year (which leaves her 534 to get, and avg. 45 per month)
..to beat 3 games.
..to platinum/100% 2 games.
..to play 25 games.

Now, why did I add a bunch of silly stuff to my goals? To get me to do more, that’s why. Also, to keep me playing new stuff, MY goals all have to be done with games released in 2010/2011. Minus the total trophy count.

I can’t wait till the new year kicks off. So what are your goals? Are you going to step in and join us? Feel free to let me know, it’s more fun the more people are involved. ^_^

– Sobær

A Look Back: Quarter 1 (Jan. 2010 – Mar. 2010)

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

Before you freak out and look away, this isn’t an in depth review of EVERY game I played this year. It’s more along the lines of a collection of thoughts, so to speak, of some of the good and bad games I played, and if said-game met my expectations or not. And not all of these games are 2010 releases, either. So let’s have a look at January, shall we?
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