I haven’t updated in over a year due to some unexpected popularity. This site began attracting attention from the wrong kind of people. Over 33,000 comments full of unintelligible nonsense. Sounds like a typical day on GameFAQs, but I’m talking about spammers. Enough spam to break the comment system. Thanks.
Bad writing, but not quite “Zelda is an RPG” bad.
Along came WordPress 4.0. The comment system functioned again. Check the awesome photo of me manually deleting those 33,000 spams – 85 at a time. The fun was short lived. The comment system broke again after I deleted a couple thousand. I finally went into the database, typed an SQL query, pressed Enter, and closed my eyes. Problem solved. Should have done that a year ago.
Apologies to anybody who left a comment during the popularity spike; it is gone forever. Apologies to anybody who tried to reply after comments were shut off; I wanted to hear from you. In the near future, I’ll install a spam-blocking plugin and re-enable comments. We’ll see what happens.
I wanted to explain what this blog will be about. In general terms, Red Grenade is about video games. Beyond discussing specific games, topics such as game design, strategy, culture, and development will also be explored.
My friend Laurie visited in December to bake cookies, and it became my duty to entertain her six-year-old daughter. I like children, believe they are the future, and want some of my own, but I have little recent experience interacting with them. I took the easy route. I went to my wall-of-video-games-that-looked-interesting-but-I-never-had-time-to-play, and tore the plastic off Super Paper Mario; henceforth SPM.
Unsurprising: June credit card statement has $9.99 charge for Xbox Live. They were using the same trick as everybody who offers a free membership. Auto renewal. It’s only $10, but I can’t let people think it’s okay to start taking my money. Continue reading
What’s going on in my life? Very little is new. I have a Nintendo DS now, so more of my potential can be sucked away by video games. As much as I love video games, I hate how addicting they can be.
I have three days left in my WoW trial, but I have seen enough to write about it now.
The game is very addictive. The world is large and fun to explore. There are tons of skills, professions, and talents to learn. I was compelled to continue playing because I was always on the verge of completing some objective.
Haven’t updated in a while. Haven’t read my friends page in a while. I’m starting to catch up.
What took me away for so long? Nothing. Literally. I was laid off for the last two weeks of January. I was happy to have some time off. I figured I’d write a short story, put some programming samples on the web, begin work on a computer game I want to write, or do something to improve my place in the world.
Tomorrow is the family Christmas gathering. Usually, I show up early and my brother and I watch movies and play games all day. This year, I said I had a movie we could watch. His reply, “You can bring it, but I’m going to play World of WarCraft all day.”