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850 Days Later
Posted March 21, 2008, 12:03 am by Steve
Categories: Video Games, Life

850 days or 2 years, 3 months and 28 days since the launch of Xbox 360 I’ve reached a key milestone. On this day I exceeded the 20,000 point in my Gamerscore! I would like to thank all those who made this possible. This includes, but is not limited to, the countless fools I’ve fragged in Halo 3, the opposing team who’s walked into my exploding proximity mines I’ve tactically hid in their path, the horrific drivers who’ve let road rage get the best of them resulting in disastrous attempts of running me off the road, the enemies who’ve been sliced in half with my chainsaw bayonet, and last but certainly not least, the immeasurable victims who’ve suffered from my stickie grenades. I would also like to express gratitude to my clan, Death Method. Without these guys trying to one-up me with their Gamerscore I wouldn’t push myself so hard to keep mine exceedingly high and significantly beyond their reach. I cannot forget my wonderful kids, without them forcing me to play endless hours of Lego Star Wars and Viva Piñata Party Animals with them I’d be hundreds of Gamerpoints shy of the magically 20,000 mark. Finally, my lovely wife deserves the biggest thanks for allowing my video game obsession to continue throughout the years without planning a major protest to ban the Xbox 360 from our household.

See you low Gamerscore suckers online!

My Saturday Morning
Posted March 8, 2008, 2:26 pm by Steve
Categories: Life, Action Figures

I woke up this morning and decided to unbox some toys. Of course I documented the play session with photos.

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Achievements Reflect Intelligence, More
Posted January 28, 2008, 11:24 am by Steve
Categories: Video Games, Life
The JEC Research and Marketing Firm (based in Santa Clarita, Calif.) conducted a 10 month study on the link between Microsoft’s Xbox 360 achievement system and an Xbox Live user’s intelligence. Achievement points are awarded for the completion of game-specific challenges, such as beating a level or amassing a specified number of wins against other players in Xbox Live matches. These points are accumulated by a user and totaled in their Gamerscore (denoted as ‘G’). Studies were conducted in 2007 spanning a 10 month period, using a range of 200 gamers, 70% male, aging between 14 and 40 all with various education levels. The results matrix clearly indicates the highest percentage of achievements accumulated belong to participants with extremely high IQs, while the average scores going towards mid-to-lower IQs. Additionally, results displayed in the top 5% of highest Gamerscores were all male, with not only ultra high IQ scores, but also superior philosophic and artistic talents. These individuals have an intense ability to use their knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance. Plus, highly impressive dexterity or coordination skills especially in deployment of learned physical and mental tasks. The other 95% were very less impressive with lower IQs, weak executions of most, if not all motor skills and high risks of dependencies on video game “cheating” to help elevate their own self worth. These “cheating” tactics were often demonstrated in poor attempts to win various events, such as illegally running a friendly opponent’s car off a race track during a multi-lap race or positioning their in-game character in front of a team mate allowing them to shoot an opponent while the team mate is block from firing off final rounds from their weapon that would have scored them points by eliminating their opponent resulting in an easy score for the “cheating” gamer.
Raise Your Hand...
Posted December 22, 2007, 12:53 pm by Steve
Categories: Music, Life
My youngest son, Jacob, just turned 5. Lately, he's been parading around the house with his tiny arm proudly lifted high in the air asking everyone to "raise your hand if you like heavy metal". Others include action figures, video games and time outs (in which case he quickly lowers his hand).
Another Fett Will Be Mine!
Can you really put a price on snagging quality Action Figures? As always, I recommend hooking ASAP whenever a new dude is found. This course of action however can prove to be...a bit unsettling on the homefront from time to time :)
Posted July 9, 2007, 2:30 pm by Chad