0verhyped

Less than amusing ramblings from a jaded former gamer.

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No Plans For Future Updates

So, with one exception, I haven’t posted anything here in the last, going on like four or five months now. And to the possible disappointment of the people who read this blog (all four of you), I really don’t feel any overwhelming desire to post anymore. At least not about video games. When I started this nonsense last year, I said it was mostly a selfish endeavor to get closure on a period of my life. Or in layman terms, I just wanted to blather on about a lot of things I’d held back during my brief and ill-advised time posting on gaming forums.

Thing is, I’ve said pretty much everything I really wanted to say about this topic. Not quite everything, but close enough where I don’t have this pent up frustration spilling out and onto my keyboard anymore. The few years I spent trying to acclimate to what seemed like the norm in the gaming culture left me with this sort of deep-seated bile that I carried for some time. But at this point I feel I’ve gotten that out of my system and I’m ready to move on.

And it’s not burn out that’s stopping me this time. I’ve gone through that a couple of times before here. Whatever compelled me to write all this nonsense is simply gone now. That weird misguided passion is no more. I just do not care. Probably a good thing for me really, this probably wasn’t the healthiest form of expression and I really didn’t like the idea of spending another year doing this. I’m not gonna dramatically declare I’ll never post anything ever again, but I have no plans to update anytime in the future.

For anyone expecting more, I’m sorry. And for everyone who doesn’t like me, you’re welcome.

Øverhyped Fishing Resort Giveaway Results

Holy Mackerel, a King of Herrings!
(Which is actually a type of bony fish, not a herring in anyway.)

Well it’s time to announce a winner for my Fishing Resort giveaway, a contest where I challenged people to invent or retell a fishing story of their own. Choosing the winner has been made all the easier by the fact that only one person bothered to enter the contest (you know who you are). I guess a tiny blog almost no one reads isn’t the best place to hold contests.

As per my policy of protecting people’s private information, I may change certain details of this story to protect the winner’s identity, but I won’t be saying which. So good luck figuring out what if anything was changed as you read the winning and only entry in the 0verhyped Fishing Resort Giveaway.

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Fishing Resort Giveaway Reminder

Don’t miss your chance to snag a free copy of this little gem.

 

I’m just making this post to let anyone who stumbles onto this place in the next few days know that I’m currently running a contest for someone to win a free copy of Fishing Resort for the Wii. I’d also like to inform anyone reading this that literally no one has entered the contest at the time of writing this post. So yeah, odds are if you’re reading this, you can win by default by simply entering.

Rules on how to enter can be found on the Contests tab or here in the original announcement. If anyone is curious to why I like this game so much, you can read this post or my review on Amazon. And just in case anyone thinks I’m crazy (about liking this game, not necessarily about other crazy things I do), Nintendo themselves recently gave Namco Bandai a trophy, commemorating Fishing Resort’s relatively good first year sales in Japan (where it’s known as Family Fishing).

So to recap: Free game up for grabs, literally no one has tried to win it yet, and this game recently got a small nod from Nintendo. Good luck! (All though chances are, you don’t even need that to win at this point!)

Øverhyped Fishing Resort Giveaway

All this and more could be yours if the price is right!

(UPDATE: This contest ended on August 20th, 2012. Click here for the results. This post left for posterity.)

A.K.A. TESTING THE WATERS FOR A POSSIBLE COMEBACK

So I’m (somewhat) pleased to announce a new contest here at 0verhyped.com. I’ll be giving away a (mostly) new copy of the Wii game, Fishing Resort. My apologies to anyone who thought this was a contest for a trip to an actual fishing resort of some kind, because it is not, it’s for a video game named Fishing Resort.

Now if anyone thinks that a game like Fishing Resort sounds like a terrible prize, I recommend reading my N0t Hyped post on the subject, or any of the few dozen of happy customer reviews on Amazon.com, many of which were surprised that despite the name and cover art, this game was not shovelware in any way shape of form, it was awesome.

For those of you who are too lazy to do either, Fishing Resort is the kind of game where if you have ever liked any kind of fishing experience (virtual or real) for any reason, you would probably have a great time. My only fishing experience is once with my dad over a decade ago and two Legend of Zelda games and I loved this game so much I’ve got a spare copy to giveaway today.

So for everyone who wants the game (or just curious to win a free copy so they can find out why I like this game so much) here’s how to enter. Mail me a fishing story of your own creation or recollection to JadedXGamer@gmail.com with the words “Fishing Resort Giveaway” plus whatever the title to your story is in the headline.

Said story can be an actual fishing story you experienced, completely fictitious or somewhere in between (i.e. It was THIS big). Your story can be a Hemmingway like ordeal, an absurd fantasy about fighting robot ninjas for fish or just an account of an actual fishing trip you had. Go crazy, or exercise careful restraint in your story telling method.

Whatever you want, as long as it’s tangibly related to fishing in some way I’ll consider it a valid entry. And as long as it’s well written, you should have a good chance at winning (Actually just entering at all would give you a good chance to win considering how few people visit this blog). You can send in multiple entries as well if you come up with better ideas at a later date.

Just note that It’ll be my favorite entry that wins, not whoever sent me the most. And spamming me is a good way to wind up on my blocked list, which would kill your chance of winning anything. Also, if I discover you plagiarized someone else’s story, you’ll be disqualified.

First and only prize is a new North American copy of Fishing Resort for the Wii. Winner also can elect to claim a bonus prize, a (slightly) used Fishing Resort Rod and Reel add-on for the Wii-remote and Nunchuck (pictured above). Personally I find this hunk of plastic just makes the game less fun, but if you win you can choose to take it as well so you may judge for yourself.

All though I only have a North American copy of the game, I will entertain entries from other continents. But do note, Wii’s are region locked, so this game won’t play on Wii’s not made for North America by default. If you have an imported Wii or a modded Wii that plays NA games, then go ahead and enter, and we’ll figure out the international shipping at a later date. But don’t blame me if the game doesn’t work, it wasn’t meant to be played on a Wii from another region.

Contest ends August 19th at midnight, Central Standard Time. The winning entry will be posted here at 0verhyped for everyone to see, so don’t e-mail me anything you don’t want reprinted on the web (all though I’m happy to omit personal information such as names, addresses, etc). I reserve the right to cancel this contest for any reason, the most likely of which would probably be a lack of interest.

Good luck. If you have any questions you can e-mail me at JadedXGamer@gmail.com or just leave a comment on this post. For anyone (i.e. John Weeren) interested on why I’m suddenly announcing a contest after a month of silence (minus one colossal bitch fest on a movie I didn’t like), do read on. Just know, it won’t help you win the contest.

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This Post Left For Posterity

Or not, remembering why usually just leads to more drinking.

If you’re reading this and it’s at the top of the page. It means I’m not currently updating 0verhyped at the moment. However I’m not shutting it down or anything drastic and I can still be reached at JadedXGamer@gmail.com. Also feel free to click at the tabs at the top of the page to find all my old posts neatly organized into categories for easy browsing. For everyone interested in why I’ve stopped updating this blog, do read on.

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Øverhyped Rock Band Giveaway Winner!

Hooray for stock photos!

For my 20th post on 0verhyped I decided to start a contest. Now on my 40th post I’ve realized that trying to bribe people to visit your site doesn’t work if no one knows about the bribe in the first place. Oops. But one person did actually enter my contest, and apparently I’m a man of my word or something, so that one person wins.

Since I don’t like giving away people’s personal information on the internet, certain details in the winning post may have been changed to protect the winner’s identity. Also typos have been kept intact because I find them amusing. Here’s the winning (and only) entry in the 0verhyped Rock Band Giveaway.

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Time For Me To Pump The Brakes

Okay, I’ve been having fun posting entire essays on subjects no one cares about onto a blog that only one guy reads, but I can’t really keep doing that every day anymore. I started 0verhyped both to off-load a lot of pent up aggression carried over from my gaming days and to help get some closure on a period of my life I feel was largely a mistake.

Writing a big post about something I want to move on from every single day is kinda hurting the healing process. It’s also just really time consuming, probably because I don’t know when enough is enough and just keep writing and writing until I get to ridiculously long posts.

But it’s getting where I’m really struggling to finish a post every day and I think my writing is also suffering for it as well. The first couple of weeks I had so much I wanted to say that I had held back for so long that it just kinda poured out of me. Like a ruptured damn that had been building up pressure for years. Now the pressure is easing up, so I’m not bursting with things to rant on about.

I still have plenty left to say, but I don’t have nearly as many entire novellas pre-written in my head to draw from, so I’m going to slow down and aim to update only three times a week, specifically Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which is what xkcd does, so I guess it’d work for me as well. This will also give me the opportunity to make better posts because I’ll have more time. I likely will not use that opportunity and just slack off on days I don’t update, but it’s nice to know it’s there.

Also I’ve taken some time to organize the stuff I’ve already written into some new subsections you’ll find at the top of the page. The way WordPress organizes my posts is awful, so I just made my own pages where you can more easily find previous articles and posts. There’s also a new F.A.Q. where you can learn more about the hack who writes all this crazy and grammatically incorrect nonsense.

Short version, I’m going to kick back today. To my regular readers (a.k.a. John Weeran), I’ll see you Monday.

Rock Band 3 Giveaway Update

Picture on loan from Zentastic.com until such time they realize I took it.

Over a week ago I started a contest for anyone living in North America to try and win a new copy of Rock Band 3 off me. Since then literally no one has entered. Normally I’d just chalk that up to the fact that almost no one reads my crappy blog and the one person who does lives in the Netherlands and the game I’m giving away isn’t PAL compatible. (Hi John Weeren. Thanks for commenting. Sorry I don’t have any PAL region games to give away at the moment.)

But I noticed yesterday that even if someone wanted to enter the contest they probably can’t. In my original post I told people to get my e-mail address from my profile, which I assumed anyone could see by clicking my name that appears at the top of every post I write. Only yesterday I realized that clicking a person’s name on WordPress apparently just shows you everything they wrote, instead of the author’s profile.

Which seems pretty dumb to me, but whatever. Point is, if you want to enter the contest you can E-mail me at JadedXGamer@gmail.com. Sorry to the one or two people who actually did want to enter but couldn’t. If you haven’t heard about my giveaway, you can find out all about it by reading this post where I’m offering an XBOX 360 copy of Rock Band 3 to the first person who manages to talk me into it. Remember, literally no one has entered yet, so your odds might actually be pretty good to win. But you still have to impress me first.

Øverhyped Rock Band Giveaway

Hope you have a big enough T.V. to read all this crap.

A.K.A. A CHEAP ATTEMPT AT PETTY BRIBERY TO GET SOME HITS

CONTEST ENDED ON MAY 6TH, 2012. READ THE RESULTS HERE. THE REST OF THIS POST LEFT FOR POSTERITY.

It’s my 20th post according to WordPress, and I’m inclined to believe them, seeing as they track pretty everything in every way possible. Even which countries anyone who clicks on this site are from. Bet they know where in that country too, but I think I have to pay for WordPress pro to get that horribly invasive feature.

I’m surprised I’ve actually gone an entire twenty posts without killing myself, killing someone else, or deleting my whole website in some petty temper tantrum. But I haven’t done those things (yet), and I did all this without ever once having an audience. Hooray for celebrating arbitrary milestones!

Now if my experiences with Bing have taught me anything, it’s people will respond to free crap, even if what you produce is otherwise horrible. So in a thinly veiled attempt to con people into coming to this crappy blog on the ass end of the internet, I’ve decided to host my own poorly thought out reader’s (not a typo, I’m pretty sure I only have one) contest. Remember how highly I spoke of The Beatles: Rock Band? Well I happen to have an extra XBOX 360 copy I’m willing to part with, just one little catch…

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So it’s come to this…

I never thought I’d be the type to start a blog. They always just seem like outlets for narcissistic or depressed people to preach their dogma or vent their frustrations. So I guess when I said I’d never start a blog, I meant I’d never actually be quite narcissistic or depressed enough to go through with it.

But here I am, a medicated old man on the internet griping about how he wasted a massive chunk of his life playing video games. Largely because loudly talking to yourself in public about that invites strange stares and occasional police confrontations.

I’d like to say that this will serve as a cautionary tale and that I’m doing this so people can learn from my mistakes. But it’s not, and you probably won’t. I just want somewhere to complain. In fact I’m pretty sure no one will even read any of this. I could probably just start writing horrible racial slurs without a care in the world (sorta like how Mel Gibson acts when he’s drunk). But I won’t, mostly because anything you post on the internet typically never goes away.

Anyways, this is 0verhyped. My own personal outlet to ramble on about how my OCD tendencies and a lack of self control led to a massive amount of my time, money and effort being poured down the drain in pursuit of make believe goals and points worth nothing.

I’m not writing any of this to make a point about anything. It’s just a selfish endeavor to get a little catharsis out of all the hours I wasted and a reminder to invest my remaining time on things that are more productive. Like learning an instrument, or building something I can be proud of, or experimenting with drugs. (Seriously, don’t listen to those ads, drugs are awesome!)

Bottom line, I’m not going to let video games dominate my life anymore. That’s why I started this wordy and time consuming blog where all I talk about is how video games dominated my… Fuck.

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