Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Cataclysm

  I know I sort of mentioned it in my introductory column... but it bears repetition. So here goes, confession time: "I am a World of Warcraft player." Go ahead, get it out of your system: call me names, point and laugh, giggle like a schoolgirl, pull my proverbial underwear, etc. The matter of fact is... I was a huge RPG player back in my console days (fighting games too) and I remember dreaming of an RPG that would never end and could play with my friends. RPGs back in their heyday were solo affairs and I hated that my friends had to sit and watch me for hours and take turns instead of being my party members. So while I missed the boat on Everquest (and I'm glad I did) and Ultima Online (DAMMIT!) I joined the MMORPG bandwagon with Final Fantasy XI Online sometime in 2003. After MANY many party grinding sessions I found that MMOs maybe weren't for me... since I wanted to be able to play by myself and then, when my friends were online, get together and slay some dragons and what not. Enter December 2004...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Great Age of Pirates

  Welcome back to the beach house! I stated in my introductory column that I was going to be reviewing weekly One Piece anime episodes (not the manga since the good people of the Unofficial One Piece Podcast have that covered rather well). And while I will be reviewing/talking about other things as well, I figured I should explain what exactly IS One Piece and why is it my anchor for this weekly blog. To say it's the most fun/dramatic/action-packed/emotional piece of animated entertainment is really underselling it; of all the animated (and live action) series I've ever seen, One Piece is easily on the top of the list (Lost would be its live action counterpart if I had to choose one).

Friday, December 24, 2010

The House by the Beach

I tried not to get involved in the whole bloggin' business. Honest, I tried my damnedest not to get caught up in it. But after much consideration, and seeing as how I have dreams that eventually involve journalism, I figured "Why not?" But if this is going to be the first of many, I think an introduction, to who I am and why am I doing this, is in order.

Hey look... we got a State coin too!