BenALeonard yeh

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    • Branching out

      8 years ago


      About a week ago, I posted a journal featuring a list of several New Year's Resolutions. This week, I'm happy to be posting a journal talking about how I plan on knocking a couple of those resolutions off the list. I personally think it's a very good way to start off the new year.

      You may recall that two of the resolutions on my list were to 1) Do more as a member of the Achievement Hunter community and 2) Be a better gamer/film junkie. This past week, I figured out a way to work on doing both. I decided that because I lack the funds to purchase equipment necessary for making video guides for the site, I'll just stick to doing some writing instead. But, it seems that when it comes to writing, everyone is interested in doing reviews and walkthroughs. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, reviews and walkthroughs are great and can help a gamer tremendously. I just wanna do something different.

      So I looked into the the news side of gaming, instead. Fragger, Mike, and Tudor post news on the front page all of the time, so what could I do that would be different, but also attract an audience? That's when I realized what Achievement Hunter lacks: articles. I got more concise with that idea, thinking more along the lines of editorials, because you can consider all of the news posts "articles". I personally thought it was kind of a stroke of genius on my part, so I decided to run with it.

      The idea of doing editorials about gaming also lead me to this thought: why couldn't I do this for movies, too? I mean, I wanted to be a better film fan this year, maybe writing about movies could help me accomplish this. So, I now had my idea, the one I had been looking for.Then it just became a question of how to distribute these articles. I decided against posting the gaming stuff in the forums, simply because I think the pieces could get lost in a sea of "tl;dr" comments, or just generally ignored. I also had no clue where to put the film articles, either.

      After some contemplation of my options, I did what should of essentially been a no-brainer: I made an account on Blogger and started a blog. I would post the film articles on that space, as well as quick thoughts on news stories I read, or essentially anything that would usually ensue a Twitter rant by myself. But, instead of posting the gaming pieces on that space as well, I decided to reserve them for here, on my RT Journal. I mean, the real reason I'm writing them is for Achievement Hunter. Why would I post them anywhere else? I'll still post the occasional "regular" journal on here, but that'll also be posted on the blog, as well.

      Well, that's my plan. Things could change at some point, but at this time, this is what I'll be doing. I'm very happy with how things are set up, and hopefully I'll get the chance to share my opinions on stuff with many new people in the process. I'm gonna take the weekend to brainstorm some ideas on what I should write about first, but I would expect my first piece to show up here no later than Tuesday. Here's the link to the blog, which will most likely be updated a bit more frequently. Now I just need to think of a catchy send-off...

    • Should auld acquaintance be forgot...

      8 years ago


      So, after 12 whole months of waiting, 2011 is finally here, and it's looking to be a great year. For me, personally, this is one of the most important years of my life. In 9 months, I'll be a senior in high school, with my future directly in my sights. Graduation, decisions about college, life outside of this home that I've become so accustomed to, these are all real issues that I'll have to start coming to terms with in the next 365 days. And the best thing I can do is face them head-on.

      Of course, the one thing that people love to make a big deal out of around this time is New Year's resolutions, and I myself have a list of a few things that I need to do this year:

      -Shave my beard (can check this one off the list, I did that right after midnight)
      -Lose weight (this is a big one for me, I wanna drop 30 pounds before PAX East. I think I can do it)
      -Get a job (yeah, yeah, crappy economy, blah blah blah. I know there's work for me somewhere, I just need to find it)
      -Work on my procrastination problem (if I can just get my focus right, I'd be able to accomplish so much more)
      -Do more as a member of the Achievement Hunter community (a lot of people know me here, yet I do nothing. I wanna find a way to do a little more around here)
      -Be a better gamer/film junkie (i.e. play more games, challenge myself as a gamer, watch more movies more often)
      -Finish writing my script (in secret, I've been attempting to write a script for a short film. My goal is to have the final draft ready for a possible summer shoot, but this will take some doing)
      -Work harder as a student (yeah, I pass my classes, but not in a stellar fashion. I'm capable of more, so I should strive to be more)

      I think that's pretty much it. I hope that writing all of that out in a public forum will help me stick by it, but we'll see what happens. I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve, I know I did, and has themselves a very prosperous 2011. There's a lot to look forward to this year.

    • Have a holly jolly Christmas journal

      8 years ago


      So, we are a mere 2 hours away from one of the most celebrated holidays worldwide. I'm not here to talk and/or bitch about any negative stigma behind Christmas, because it's all a bunch of bull. Christmas is a day to cherish and be with your love ones, and to cooperate and enjoy yourself no matter what else is going on in your life. If you can't find that meaning in the day, I'm sorry for your soul.

      But, another great thing about Christmas are the gifts. While we all love receiving awesome gifts from people, I personally enjoy the look on other people's faces when they get a good gift. There's a reason why this is the season of GIVING. No matter how selfish we may be about what we want for Christmas, making sure that other people get what they want is just as great. Don't worry, I'm going to get to the point in the next two paragraphs.

      This year, Christmas is a little different at my house. My mother has been working as a police dispatcher for about 5 or 6 years now, and Christmas has always been a little wonky around the house ever since due to her schedule. Example: last year she had to work from 7 AM to 3 PM Christmas Day, so we had to open gifts pretty early, which we usually did anyways. This year is particularly shitty, though. My mom has to work a 12 hour shift on Christmas, from 3 AM to 3 PM. So, basically, most of my Christmas will have gone by before I actually open any gifts on the day. This has given me some perspective.

      I think I've done a little growing up here, and I've finally come to the conclusions I mentioned above. Sure, I always knew that that was the "true" meaning of Christmas, but I never embraced it. I won't be spending the majority of tomorrow to my neck in gifts. I'll be enjoying that time with the rest of my family until my mom gets home. And even after I get those gifts, I'll be going out shortly after to go to the movies with my friends (we'll be going to see True Grit, by the way. SO pumped). I'm sure I'll love everything I get, but that's not what this Christmas is about to me anymore.

      So, here's my Christmas message to you all: Enjoy and be thankful for your wonderful gifts. But, more importantly, be grateful for the amazing friends and families you have, and all the other great things in your life. Essentially, the gifts are just a physical embodiment of how much people care for one another. Make things a little more clear with your loved ones this year.

      And with that, I hope you all have a safe, fun, and very merry Christmas. It comes but once a year.

    • The deal with HHHMM

      8 years ago


      Yay two journal day!

      In case you weren't aware, this entire month I've been running something called the Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon, in which I watch a different holiday movie or special every day up until, and including, Christmas. Up until this past week, things have been going pretty well. Except for one day, I was managing to stick to the schedule, and every day with a Netflix Party was successful. But today, I've realized that I really don't know what i'm doing. Sure, it's easy enough to assemble a list of 25 days worth of movies and TV show episodes, but it's hard to stick to that schedule everyday. Basically, this journal is a way for me to air my grievances against my own marathon, and here they are:

      I like having a social life quite a bit
      Since the beginning of the HHHMM, my days have pretty much been ruled by the marathon. I pretty much have to base everything I do in a day around the movie or special I need to watch, which isn't ok when what you're doing is supposed to be fun. It's even at the point where I haven't even attempted to make weekend plans, because I'm afraid to miss a day. Even still, I missed the past two Saturdays' movies due to personal life stuff. I did this to have fun and get in the holiday spirit, it shouldn't govern the things I do like it is.

      Some movies on the list are filler, and I'd rather not watch them
      The point of a movie marathon is to get together a bunch of movies you actually want to watch. That's not what I did with the HHHMM in some cases. Examples of this are White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Rifftrax Live. I didn't necessarily want to watch those films, but I put them on because I needed to fill out the list, and that's a bad way to plan things out. Today, Day 12, was Rudolph's day, A Christmas Carol was the night before, and White Christmas already long passed us by, yet I haven't watched those films, and probably won't do so. And Rifftrax Live isn't even happening anymore, leaving a gap in the list. I should have looked harder for things I really wanted to see, rather than attempt to fill out the list.

      I left most of the really great stuff to the end
      The list post-Rudolph is amazing, though, and filled to the brim with things I actually want to watch, especially the last 9 days. This was a terrible choice by me, because I should be wanting to look forward to the entire list, not just the end. I should have spaced the powerhouses out more, plain and simple.

      25 days is a long-ass time
      Self-explanatory, the list should have been shorter, would've worked much better.

      I tried to promote it, when I really should have let it be
      I tried to run the HHHMM like Fragger runs ShOcktober, which was a bad idea, seeing how I'm not producing content for the HHHMM. It's simply something fun I wanted to do, that I decided to promote for absolutely no good reason. Promotion leads to commitment, which was hard for me to keep.

      So, yeah, that's how I feel about the HHHMM right now. This is the last journal I'll be making about the marathon, but I'll still tweet about it here and there. I can't say that I'll watch EVERY film on EVERY day at this point, but I'll try to. I'll also still run the last three Netflix Parties on their corresponding days. If I do this again next year, though, there will be some major changes made, I can assure you.

    • 2011 ... my wallet hurts

      8 years ago


      So, the VGA's were last night, and I've got three things to say about the show: 1) It sucked, 2) Mass Effect 2 got fucking robbed, and 3) Way to spoil two of the biggest games of the year during your show (Red Dead Redemption and Halo: Reach). Anyway, the best part of the VGA's has always been the trailers. Last year saw announcements for Batman: Arkham City and The Force Unleashed II, as well as our first good look at Halo: Reach. Now you may ask, "How the hell do you top that?", and I'll give you three words:

      Mass. Effect. 3. That's how.

      To finally get to my point, last night officially got me excited for the next year in games. So, I decided to finalize my list of games that I want to get next year at this juncture. Let me say, the list is a whole lot longer than I expected. If you want to do the same, Wikipedia's got a damn good compilation of next year's releases that you can use. But here's my list, in no particular order:

      Marvel vs Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
      Dragon Age II
      Portal 2
      Batman: Arkham City
      Forza Motorsport 4
      Gears of War 3
      L.A. Noire
      Star Wars: The Old Republic
      Ms. Splosion Man

      Not to mention other games that I may end up getting (Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Duke Nukem Forever) and games that have yet to be announced (another Assassin's Creed game?).

      I need a job.

    • HHHMM Reminder: Day 11

      8 years ago


      What's up, guys? Now I know the Netflix Party for Day 10 of the Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon hasn't even happened yet, but I'm already thinking ahead to tomorrow. Day 11's film, if you didn't know, is A Christmas Carol. This particular version of A Christmas Carol stars George C. Scott, who I heard makes an awesome Scrooge. And, if you all desire, we'll be able to watch said awesome performance together, because A Christmas Carol is on Netflix Instant.

      Like yesterday's HHHMM Reminder, this one is also to give you guys a heads-up on a Netflix Party, this one being for Day 11. The Netflix Party for Day 11 will start at some point after 5 PM, Eastern Standard Time, with a 9 PM start time at the latest. If you intend on attending this Party, make sure to contact me via Twitter or Xbox Live. I'll be helping my father sell Christmas trees for the majority of tomorrow, so I can't really set a hard start time. The time I'm let out of work will depend on how busy things are, but I don't expect to be home later than 9.

      This week's been pretty crazy with Netflix Parties, and next week will also have a couple for you guys to look forward to. After Day 15, things will quiet down for a bit, but we'll talk about that more during tomorrow's rundown of Days 11-15. If you haven't seen the rest of the list, or you want to see what else is coming up, you can check it out here. You can also check me out on Twitter for updates on all things Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon (@CmdrBenBen).

      Until next time, happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

    • HHHMM Reminder: Day 10

      8 years ago


      Hey kiddos, let's cut right to the chase. We're about two-fifths of the way through the Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon, and to celebrate, Day 10 is pretty damn awesome. If you weren't aware, Day 10 happens to be an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Santa Claus. Santa Claus happens to be one of several MST3K episodes on Neftlix Instant. Hm, I wonder where this could lead...

      Yes, there definitely will be a Netflix Party for MST3K: Santa Claus, and it's happening tomorrow night. The Netflix Party for Day 10 will start at about 9 PM, Eastern Standard Time, with the possibility of some pre- and post-show viewings. If you intend on attending this Party, make sure to contact me via Twitter or Xbox Live. There are a few people who I already know will be there, so make sure to let me know fast and early.

      Also, there will be a Netflix Party for Day 11, which I'll talk about more in-depth tomorrow. I don't think many, if any, people will show up for it, but it'll happen regardless. If you haven't seen the rest of the list, or you want to see what else is coming up, you can check it out here. You can also check me out on Twitter for updates on all things Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon (@CmdrBenBen).

      Until next time, happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

    • And so, the Marathon continues...

      8 years ago


      The Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon is five days in, and we're showing no sign of slowing down. The first three days of the Marathon went off without a hitch, but Day 4 was... complicated. Personal life stuff happened, and I couldn't watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation yesterday. Don't fret, though, it'll be watched later on, along with Day 5's Bad Santa.

      Anyway, here's the next five days of the Marathon:

      6. Invader Zim's The Most Horrible Christmas Ever/Futurama Christmas Episodes
      7. White Christmas
      8. Joyeux Noel
      9. Gremlins
      10. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus

      An odd collection of movies and specials, but it's definitely a promising bunch. The next five days also brings us our first two Netflix Parties, on Days 6 and 10. The Netflix Party for Day 6 will start between 8 and 9 PM, Eastern Standard Time. If you intend on attending this Party, make sure to contact me via Twitter or Xbox Live. Details regarding the Netflix Party on Day 10 will come later this week

      While I wanted to voice my thoughts on each movie via Twitter, I found that I pretty much always ended up ranting. Instead, I think I'll just wait until the end of the Marathon, and then write a journal about both the good and bad movies and specials. If you haven't seen the rest of the list, or you want to see what else is coming up, you can check it out here. You can also check me out on Twitter for updates on all things Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon (@CmdrBenBen)

      Until next time, happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

    • And so, the Marathon begins...

      8 years ago


      Just three days after the full list was finalized, the Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon begins today! I'm really excited about it, as you might be able to tell, and I'm glad I was able to pull everything together in the past few days to make this thing happen.

      While I won't be making any videos covering each of the days or anything like that, I will be posting a journal every five days reminding you what the next five days of the Marathon will be. Hopefully this will encourage some of you to play along at home when possible. This will also help remind people when the Netflix Parties will be, as I will be hosting one for each Partyable film on the list.

      Without further ado, here's Days 1-5:

      1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original and Jim Carrey Versions)
      2. Jack Frost
      3. Scrooged
      4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
      5. Bad Santa

      A pretty decent start to things, I'd say. While all of these entries are comedies, things will get a bit more interesting after the first 5 days. If you haven't seen the rest of the list, or you want to see what else is coming up, you can read it here. If you want to read my quick thoughts on the films/specials, you can check them out on Twitter (@CmdrBenBen).

      Until next time, happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

    • The Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Marathon, Pt. 2

      8 years ago


      Alright, I said I would post the finalized list of movies in a week, and I am...sort of. I still need four more movies for Days 6, 8, 9, and 10, but other than that, the list is final. Here are the movies:

      1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original and Jim Carrey Versions)
      2. Jack Frost
      3. Scrooged
      4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
      5. Bad Santa
      6. Invader Zim's The Most Horrible Christmas Ever/Futurama Christmas Episodes*
      7. White Christmas
      8. Joyeux Noel
      9. Gremlins
      10. Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus*
      11. A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott Version)*
      12. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
      13. Christmas Time in South Park*
      14. The Polar Express
      15. 30 Rock Christmas Episodes*
      16. Rifftrax Live Online Christmas Show
      17. Eight Crazy Nights
      18. Home Alone
      19. The Santa Clause
      20. Die Hard*
      21. A Charlie Brown Christmas
      22. Elf
      23. It's A Wonderful Life
      24. The Nightmare Before Christmas
      25. A Christmas Story
      *This movie is on Netflix Instant, and can be played in a Netflix Party

      So, now you know where the list stands. If you have a suggestion for a film to go in one of the four open slots, please post a comment or send me a tweet.

      EDIT 1: A Woodland Critter Christmas is changed to Christmas Time in South Park, Invader Zim's The Most Horrible Christmas Ever is added.
      EDIT 2: Gremlins is added.
      EDIT 3: Both versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas have been doubled up onto one day, Futurama Christmas Episodes have been added and doubled up with Invader Zim, Rifftrax Live Online Christmas Show is added.
      EDIT 4: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus is added.
      EDIT 5: Joyeux Noel is added. The list above is FINAL, no other changes will be made.

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