MOAAG Coming To A Close

Well, I’m not going to beat around the bush or sugarcoat it; I won’t be uploading any new articles to My Opinion As A Gamer anymore. This might come as a surprise to you; it’s a surprise to me as well, really. But after some thought, I’ve decided to focus my time an energy someplace else; at a site where more people will read what I write. You see, as much as I love MOAAG, I’m really not getting that many readers here. The past several weeks have seen stagnation, and of my all time views on the site, my 5 most popular articles make up about half my views. That means that people stumble across an article that is about a highly searched topic, but they never stick around to see what else I write. In a nutshell, my writing is better published someplace else with a larger reader base.

The truth is, I want to get noticed. I want to write about games or for games for the rest of my life. I want to make a career out of it. To do so, I need to start getting noticed. That’s exactly what’s happening over at It’s a site I’ve started to write for, and its growth has been phenomenal; explosive, really. I can’t really go into the details, but let it suffice to say that there are many, many more readers there than here. For that reason, I’ll be writing all my articles on GS.

It’s been tough for me to try to split my time between writing articles for my stagnant site, while only writing one a week for GS. I was trying to hold on to MOAAG and make something more of it… but now I realize that it’s futile, and my blog has served its purpose. I have a hefty log of posts to refer to as experience, and now I’m getting noticed on a larger website; what more could I want?

But with GS growing daily, the opportunity looks more and more lucrative. I’m really glad that I have the opportunity to write with those guys and girls; it amazes me what we can do. Sure, I would have liked it if my personal blog was so successful, but I have to know when to call it quits. After 6 months, enough is enough. I’m moving on to better opportunities.

With that said, you can still follow my activity over on GS. I’ll probably be writing game reviews and first impressions on weekdays, maybe Tuesdays and Thursdays. Then an editorial will come on Sundays. I’ve got a big stack of games to play through at the moment, including Dead Nation: Apocalypse Edition, Need For Speed: Rivals, Pokemon Blue, Half-Life 2, Assassin’s Creed 4, and The Last of Us. By cutting articles for MOAAG from my schedule, I can have more time to focus on gaming without having to worry about posting every other day. This way, I’ll be writing more articles for John Heatz over at, and I’ll be writing fewer articles total, which means less stress for me! It’ll keep me from getting burned out, too; I’ve been feeling burnt out on topics lately.

So, this is a sort of goodbye. I’m not great with goodbyes. I’d like to thank all of you who have been reading my blog; some of you write for GS with me now, others not. Some of you stumbled upon my blog, so I followed yours. For others, it was the other way around. In any case, thanks so much for reading my opinionated nonsense. We don’t always agree, but it keeps things lively. I’m immensely appreciative of your time; thanks for reading this blog.

I’ll still check in to WordPress every day or two to catch up on everyone else’s posts; I’m not disappearing. Remember, you can always read what I’ve got to say over at GS; I’d be really glad if you did. In fact, we’ve got a couple surprises for you coming up soon, so you might want to keep an eye out.

Thanks For Following Me On This Journey

Signing Off For Good

Pokemon Red/Blue First Impressions

As you know from some of my recent posts, I was enthralled by the Twitch Plays Pokemon Red/Blue Stream. Now, they’ve moved on to Crystal, which holds a ton of sentimental value to me since Pokemon crystal was probably the earliest video game I can remember of my childhood. I had never held an interest in seeing where the series began, however, before I saw the TPP stream of the first generation. Since I have an emulator app of my phone, I decided to download Pokemon Blue and give it a chance. (Don’t hate on me for emulating; I may share my reasons in a later post, but that’s for another day.) So far, Pokemon Blue is a decent inaugural entry to the series, but it’s not without its fair share of issues which were remedied in the second generation.

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Review of Portal (360): Score of 8.5

Portal is a pretty mindbending game, to say the least. This review will echo a lot of the same sentiments that appeared in my Portal First Impressions, which you can find here. As it turned out, what I thought was the first chapter or level in the game turned out to be about the entire first half of Portal. Short length aside, Portal is a magnificent puzzler that provides challenging yet entirely beatable puzzles. Upon completion of the game, advanced versions of some of the later puzzles are unlocked, so you can spend a couple extra hours trying to wrap your mind around even tougher challenges. When all is said and done, Portal is definitely a puzzler worthy of praise, but a weak storyline is really what drags it down.

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Review of Outlast (PS4): Score of 9

**This review originally appeard on Gamers Sphere, another site I write for**

Outlast is outstanding, and this is coming from a player who had never finished a true horror game before attempting Outlast. In fact, the only two other “horror” games I have ever played were Resident Evil 5, on which I think we can all agree was not scary at all, and Slender: The Eight Pages, which I never finished. Outlast, despite the fact that it scared me more times that I would like to admit, still managed to keep me coming back for more even though most of me never wanted to see the inside of Mount Massive Asylum ever again. In a nutshell, Outlast is the most suspenseful, intense game I have ever played. Its realism astounded me because I felt like I was truly on the run from a real enemy who could kill me at any moment; I was always fully immersed in the action. Outlast is one of my favorite games of all time, despite its few, very minor flaws. I’m insanely glad that I overcame my fear of the unknown to finish this masterpiece, and I cannot wait for an Outlast 2, if it is ever announced.

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The Twitch Plays Pokemon Phenomenon (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about Twitch Plays Pokemon, and if you haven’t read it yet, you should probably do so by clicking this link. Basically, I talked about the facts about what TPP is in a nutshell. I explained what the purpose of the stream is, I detailed the Democracy vs. Anarchy system, and so on. Part 2 of this article is a bit more… fun, shall we say. This will explore and explain more of the pop culture impact this stream is having on the gaming community, not to mention the intricate lore I can’t accurately describe. To be honest, I’m amazed with what’s happening, and I kind of adore the stream for being able to create so much lore and so much media based on this nonsense. We surely have an interesting community here, and this post will explain just how kooky the TPP’ers really are.

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