Throwback Thursday: Metal Gear Rising Review. Which was Updated. Also, a Return to more Personal Blog Posts.

A Paladin Without A Crusade

I think its time that I return to personal blogging.

Outside of my monthly updates and occasional business updates, I haven’t done a lot of personal blogging in a while. Mostly I’ve been relegating that to Facebook or Google+ more notably. That’s changing today as I’m about to discuss below.

I can do #ThrowbackThursday right? Right, well, here it is: my review of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Ok, not exactly an old post but it’s still more than a year ago. That’s good enough, right? I’ve been in the process of doing minor updates to all of my reviews to make sure they include the new “lists” in front of them as well as properly disclose how I acquired the games. I’m down to 53 reviews to go and yesterday I realized that my review for MGS: Revengeance was sorely lacking. Especially considering the review wasn’t actually on my website but it was missing a lot of the usual details I think people expect now. But, now it does. I hadn’t intended to do that either.

A Paladin Without A Crusade is still technically a blog about some geek from Oregon who writes too much, is too opinionated for his own good, sits somewhere in the middle of the political landscape and takes too much time to do each post. He cares too much about this project. For a guy like myself with the audience I have, my business model is completely backwards, silly and not destined for success. Yet here I am after five+ years of ups and downs. Of trying new and different things to varying degrees of success. The only constant thing is that I’m the only one who keeps doing the work every day. It’s been a rough couple of years since I left University of Oregon. But 2015 has far and away been the best year I’ve ever had for this website regardless of how 2015 concludes. And it can only get better from here. I know that the majority of my posts have been videogame reviews and videos for my YouTube channel, with my personal posts all but disappeared. I decided that it was time to change that.

On Facebook, I wrote a fairly lengthy post about being fed up with the usual political memes. (No, I’m not going to link to it because its set to friends-only). I see them so often and so many times and what was frustrating is that I couldn’t do much about them. I couldn’t present counter arguments to the people posting them because they aren’t interested in hearing them. They just want to blast whatever message it is and make people agree with them. This is both sides of the fence by the way. Heck, it was all sides and in-between. I got called out on it and I reluctantly decided to agree with the general viewpoint. I can’t control what people want to say. See, where this frustration stems from is that I want to talk, converse and debate these subjects. I’ve resisted unfriending people for the longest time because I don’t want an echo chamber around me. I think that’s dangerous to have everyone simply agree with you. However, it became clear to me that it was just as dangerous to have something constantly eat away at myself for a long time. To have an uncontrolled feed blasting you with messages and things that people aren’t interested in debating. I’ve decided that it’s long overdue to cut down on it and simply friend the people I’m most interested in chatting with and being friends with. I have Facebook pages for A Paladin or TLW Tech or >insert whatever other project here< for those that aren’t necessarily friends. #FrackFacebook anyway, amiright?

In the meantime, I want to post more regularly on A Paladin and be more personal. Stuff that I would normally post on G+/FB will start showing up here instead. We’ll see how it works. This won’t be an official series nor have a regular schedule. I’ll just post them whenever I feel like having a chat. Hopefully that works for you guys. This won’t replace my reviews that I’ve been working on for the past week. You should have something up soon enough.

Also, Totalbiscuit posted this today on Twitter:

Well, I don’t know if there is really a right way to tell people this, so I guess here goes. The CT did not come back negative. The cancer in the bowel is gone, but spots have appeared in my liver. They’re not operable and there’s no cure. Average life expectancy is 2-3 years, though there are outliers that live much longer. I’ll be back on chemo in a few weeks, with the goal of pushing it back and keeping it there for as long as possible. I fully intend to be the outlier, the average is this way because most people that get this are old and not strong anymore. Who knows what they’ll come up with in the next decade? I intend to beat it for as long as possible. Gonna need some time to process all of this. I don’t really feel anything right now. Thanks.

I find myself at a loss for words. To beat back cancer and get it back so soon….I can’t imagine what that would feel like. I’m glad that he’s prepared to face it head on but that’s still, still gotta mess with you. Damnit. Damnit. Damnit. I’m not a fanboy or a friend of Totalbiscuit. I just consume his content and listen to what he has to say because he often makes a lot of interesting points. But still….still….damn.

Anyway, I think that’s enough of a personal and casual blog post from yours truly. We’ll see how this works out. I’m also hoping to do more technology posts soon but we’ll see. I’m already up in my ears of things to do as it is.


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