Negadeth

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    • What an utterly astonishing weekend

      7 years ago

      Negadeth

      So, went to Bloodstock over the weekend and had an ace time despite being poor.

      Highlights included Kreator, Devin Townsend, Skeletonwitch, Hell, Napalm Death, Exodus, At the Gates, Morbid Angel and Motorhead. Missed Lawnmower Deth as I just plum forgot they were playing the second stage, but still got a sweet LD shirt.

      But that wasn't the best thing that happened over the weekend. Let's rewind.

      So, for the last year and a bit I've been working at GAME.co.uk as a Content Assistant. Basically, I make sure the product pages look good, that our editorial is up to standard and published on time, and write the majority of our online marketing copy, including every newsletter, promotional emailer and a good proportion of the special on-site content. So, for all of that you'd think I was pulling in the big bucks, right? Wrong! I'm on a pretty miserly £17k.

      So, after missing out on a promotion to Web Editor because I wasn't "ready" for it (despite caretaking the role in question flawlessly for four months and essentially spedning four years at university studying and training to do precisely that role), I decided enough was enough and started looking for another role.

      Long story short, a really great agency put me forward for two roles. One was for an Assistant Catagory Manager at Waitrose (A super posh supermarket chain) at 23k, and the other was for a Digital Marketing Manager at the University of Creative Arts, at 27k.

      I interviewed for the Waitrose position first, and apparantly did well as they were very keen on inviting me back for a second interview. The job was good, working for a great company and offering me a really awesome next step in my career.

      The UCA job, on the other hand, I had a few doubts about. I would essentially be in charge of their website, and it was a full 10k more than I was on now. Possibly a bit too optimistic a career move after only one and a bit years of an entry-level role? Still, on paper I could do most of what they asked for, so I thought 'what the hell!' and threw my hat into the ring and was rewarded with an interview. At the interview I quickly learned that I know very little about how to run a marketing campaign and spent a lot of time saying "Nope, never done that. But I'd love to learn it!". So I bombed, basically.

      Or so I thought. You see, on the way to Bloodstock I got a phonecall offering me the UCA job. "Fuck me!" I thought. £27k?! Jesus, my money problems are basically over. Oh my god! But wait, what's this? Waitrose are making a counter offer? £27.5k?!?! HOLY GOD HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?! PINCH ME I AM DREAMING!

      And oh my god the benefits at Waitrose. Things like a percentage of my salary every year as a bonus, practically guaranteed as I become a part owner of the company? Last year that would have netted me a cool £5,000. £5,000 - boom! Just like that! A non-contributory final salary pension scheme? You better believe I'll be all over that! And that's just the start. They have an entire booklet dedicated just to staff benefits. That will make for some awesome bedtime reading!

      tl;dr: I'm now an Assistant Catagory Manager at Waitrose, and on over 10k more than I am now. Or, I will be when I start in September.

    • Booked flights to CHICAGOOOOOOO!!!!

      8 years ago

      Negadeth

      Anybody here (able to be) in the Chicago area between 26th March - 9th April 2011?

      Would love to hang out!
      :)

    • In case you give a shit...

      8 years ago

      Negadeth

      ... I'm on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/negadeth/

      Also, if some tenacious souls are actually still following me here, I've been writing again. A dark fantasy epic thing based on Midnight. Chapter 3 is finished (because I decided to start there for some reason), so if you want, let me know your email address and I'll maybe a start a mailing list to keep people updated on the progress if there's enough interest.

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    • Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock review

      8 years ago

      Negadeth

      Hey guys, check out my review of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock!!

      My first properly published review, on one of the UK's biggest videogame retailer's websites! Awesome!

    • Help with Windows Media Player?

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      Negadeth

      Wasn't sure where to put this, but figured with a forum full of music lovers I'd probably get a better response here.

      So, I downloaded the God of War: Blood and Metal EP (And before anyone says anything, yes I bought the Ultimate Trilogy Edition. I just didn't fancy downloading it through iTunes), and noticed something with it in WMP.

      It appears as one single album in the album tab:
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      But the individual songs appear in their respective artist's tab as well:
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      Which I thought was pretty awesome, so I tried to do the same with my albums tagged simply as 'Various Artists', starting with my Gigantour CD. After all, when I click to listen to Anthrax, I want those live versions included as well!

      The result was a success!
      wmp3-1.jpg

      ... or not.
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      My question is, how do I get this album to behave like the God of War album; it appears as a single album in the album tab, but the individual songs are also linked to their respective artists?

      6 replies

  • Comments (399)

    • kws

      6 years ago

      I just have to compliment your username. Heavy Fucking Metal!

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      hey dude, i don't know how familiar you are with the rooster teeth groups, but i made you an admin on the TGV one.

      if i forget to do a wrap-up post, if you could do it, i would surely appreciate it.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

      that is something i did not know at all. such a weird, weird thing.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      SO ARCHAIC

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Nice work on that, it looks very pretty. But - and it's a big but - from an SEO point of view, the page is worthless.

      Because the majority of the text is embedded in the images, Google won't see it - and therefore won't index it properly. This would be alleviated slightly if you used ALT tags on the images (Google reads these to index your images), but you don't, so basically search engines won't view that page as particularly important or meaningful. All it will see is the lines of text between the images. Which means TGV won't rank very high on Google search.


      Yeah, I did consider that. I will put in that alt text.

      Stupid Google. :(

    • Frostitute

      8 years ago

      Words cannot express my jealousy

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Sounds interesting, although I don't get to play all that many games before release. Seriously, most of my actual job is just finding packshots, product descriptions, screens, vids etc for the product pages. Most of our actual reviews and previews are farmed out to Future Publishing or Eurogamer.


      Well, for example, you got a hands-on with Brotherhood. That's the kinda stuff that would make for an awesome write-up. I'm not saying you have to get your hands on new releases or anything. I just got Castlevania today and it came out two days ago. I haven't had the opportunity to get anything before actual release dates.

      But, I writer I am, and writing I do. I would be more than happy to write up reviews, previews, articles and features for TGV and RPGsite, but it does sound like you think I have a mythical set of keys to all the unreleased games. The majority of the time I get them when they're available to the general public. which here is usually after you guys anyway. And I would be hesitant to leverage my position at GAME to further TGV (as in, name dropping that I work there to get advanced copies, go to events, etc), as GAME pay me to provide content for them - not anyone else. Having said that, I don't see the harm in writing for TGV as a sideline, and writing things based on what I've seen through work. It'll certainly be more liberating - I have to follow quite a few guidelines when writing for a major retailer - and I can probably get around having to leverage the company I work for, by leveraging TGV itself.


      I don't think you have a "mythical set of keys" to unreleased stuff. Just saying you're in a good position to be able to play games, hear about industry stuff (you know, like the 85 GAME stores that closed last week; maybe you guys heard about that before anybody else did), and other such items.

      I'm not saying jeopardize your job or anything, but what I am saying is that a) you're a writer, and b) you're a gamer, and c) you work in a video game store. That gives you a great insight to several aspects of the industry.

      For example, that review you wrote for Warriors of Rock? If you wanted to rework that a little and put it up on TGV, that'd be great content. You know, if you'd be willing to do that. I don't know if it's somewhere in the agreement between you and your employer that you can't review games for other websites. It's not like we're a retailer or trying to take business away — if anything, we bring companies like GAME business. The more people that read your review and enjoy it, the more they're going to buy, right?

      Just something to think about!

      If you wanna get a go-ahead, e-mail Michael (michael@thegamingvault.com) and see what he has to say.

      RoadBlock, damnclem, appledude, NEZeni and NEZ's brother have already e-mailed him in that regard and I don't know how many will get a spot or not, but I think your expertise would be greatly appreciated by us all.

      Also, I was thinking, it'd probably look good on a resume that you do freelance writing work on the side.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      I might be! Why do you ask?


      Michael said we could use some new writers and since you work at GAME (iirc), you would be a go-to guy for industry-related stuff. Mind you, I know that there could be some things you couldn't talk about, but if it works anything like game stores stateside, you can probably check out and preview games before recommending them to customers, yeah?

      I was thinking that it'd be great to have another reviewer on the site. As far as reviews go, Michael, Jens, Herman and myself share the bulk of it and Alex (our PR/Head Director) mostly writes for RPGSite while throwing up reviews for accessories and infrequently a game.

      I have a few other people on here already and Michael said we could use "one or two" extra writers, but you were the first person I thought of that would be a great addition because of your job.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Chris, would you be interested in writing for TGV or RPGSite?

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Basically, I'm throwing my hands up in the air and saying, "Fuck being an early adopter!"

      Waiting has more benefits.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      This is more of a rant against DLC in general - not really specific to RPGs like the title suggests. Good article otherwise though, can tell you feel strongly about the subject and have done your homework.


      It is and it isn't. It's mostly geared towards new RPGs because I see it happening most often with newer RPGs. The only other game I've really seen it with is Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition, but more often than not, it's RPGs and Action RPGs.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Cool, cool! Is this a route you're looking at for job purposes (ie; are you looking at game journlism seriously?) or is it just a bit of fun?


      Just fun for now, but not ruling out the option completely. Might even get some business cards printed up with the UFFNet logo.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Yeah, that's pretty much what I did, copied my boss Amanda's signature and dropped my gamercard in there.

      So is this like a proper job with a desk and stuff, paid freelance or voluntary?


      Nah, just writin' for two websites, trying to get in touch with contacts so I can get review copies of games.

      I'd be down for doing freelance stuff, though!

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Dude, you should add your gamertag to it!
      That's what I did!


      Dunno if I should do that. I think my writing credentials are more important than what I'm currently playing. I basically just used UFFNet's PR guy's signature and inserted all my own relevant information. He's been at this for a good six or seven years, so he knows his stuff and knows what PR people from other companies like to see.

      I just went that route.

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Ok, though I think you probably need to mention that in the article - had me confused until you explained it!


      I did! Way to glaze over it!

    • Rowen

      8 years ago

      Also, why is the article tagged as Xbox 360 and useful for 360 owners when it's about a PS3 program?


      Because PS3 Media Server is a PC program originally intended for the PS3, but as a network-oriented program, it's also compatible with the 360.

      Also, there's a link to TVersity in there, which can be used on the PS3, 360 and Wii. :T

      Thanks for the input. I tried to get the techie stuff out of the way first, which is why it's all jumbled in the first paragraph.

      My writing needs to improve, so your feedback is appreciated!

    • Tb0ne

      9 years ago

      Done and Done. Hoping to get my hands on a citadel litho since I totally missed out.

    • Spartan736

      9 years ago

      Ah, good for him then.

    • Spartan736

      9 years ago

      Gonna sound like a stupid question, but I've been wondering why your brother isn't in Xerath anymore for a couple of months now, just asking.

    • ElmarFudd

      9 years ago

      Cam had some of your brother musick on in the car today was pretty good smiley0.gif
      just thought id drop by and say kudos

    • SalsaShark56

      9 years ago

      New Megadeth album!

    • r0xx0rz

      10 years ago

      Are you going to bloodstock this year?

    • Blade54

      10 years ago

      whats up dude im a metal head too
      and im a fan of REAL metal, like Pantera, Slayer, Metallica etc
      oh and you lucky bastard for meeting Dave Mustaine

    • RaoulDuke

      10 years ago

      Nathan Barley, Benidorm, No Heroics...any of these worth watching?

    • Fireball DRUNK

      10 years ago

      For a second there I thought I'd been cut, but on closer inspection, the site didn't realise I was online. Go go RT!


      Never. I love ya too much. smiley0.gif

      Post edited 6/23/09 1:07PM

    • Rowen

      10 years ago

      How come you got rid of your cds?!


      Had to. They weren't being used, needed the money, and they can always be purchased again whenever I feel I'm doing better for myself. I didn't get rid of my cool limited edition stuff, so no real problem there.

    • Spartan736

      10 years ago

      Dude, I can't get over how friggin' awesome the album is, your brother and the band have done a really good job.
      Definitely exceeded my expectations. \m/ smiley0.gifsmiley13.gif

    • RaoulDuke

      10 years ago

      You bastard. I've been sitting in front of my computer for hours watching through The IT crowd. It's a beautiful day in Chicago! I should be outside. But nooooo......

      Uh...any other suggestions?

    • RaoulDuke

      10 years ago

      Just watched the first episode of The IT Crowd. GREAT show. Thanks for the rec.

    • RaoulDuke

      10 years ago

      Awesome. I'll check those out. I've already seen a few episodes of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, and it's pretty damn hilarious. I've heard that I'd like The Mighty Boosh as well. Awesome.

      Sue White from Green Wing might be the funniest character on television.

    • RaoulDuke

      10 years ago

      If you need anymore good British comedy suggestions, let me know.


      Yes please.

      Other than Spaced, Coupling, Little Britain and Black Books, I haven't seen much of the contemporary stuff.

    • SalsaShark56

      10 years ago

      Ass holes don't listen to them. I only know a few people who do. Of course Metal isn't the biggest most hapinin thing where i live. right now i can't get enough of them! ever seen them live?

    • SalsaShark56

      10 years ago

      hey whats hapnin? just curious if you listened to Mastodon.

    • Frostitute

      10 years ago

      The /tg/ board on 4chan. It's the traditional games board so they talk about shit like D&D and Warhammer, mostly 40k. I save just about every Eldar/awesome image I see. There's a few awesome ones that get posted, like so;
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    • Frostitute

      10 years ago

      Not interested in Brettonians, Dwarves, Greenskins, Lizardmen and High Elves :P

      Best thing about Fantasy is that there's no army that are like Space Marines. Usually which ever army is more popular is the one with the newest book. Though some constants remain. Wood Elves and Brettonians have been consistently good/somewhat popular because they both fit into really strong niches. Wood Elves don't even need to get into close combat to win, it is very possible to shoot everything to death without a single close combat attack, and Brettonians have lots of strong cavalry/flying options and it's easy for them to flank and overrun.

      Dark Elves are a solid army, just don't be expecting things to live for too long, Dark Elf units don't have particularly strong armour saves on anything but Heroes and Lords, except for Cold One Knights, who actually have a 2+. But EVERY Dark Elf has the Eternal Hatred rule, which lets them re-roll any misses in the first round of close combat. Black Guard have the Warrior Elite rule which let them do that again. Lots of rolling. They have very strong potential for lists, and they're considered High Tier this edition, along with Daemons and Vampire Counts.

    • Frostitute

      10 years ago

      Usually if I get into something I tend to explore shitloads of it. For 40k I'm lookin' at doing Nids and Eldar, while with Fantasy I want to do shitloads. I currently have a Dark Elves force and am expanding my Daemons force into something fieldable, but I also want to do Wood Elves, Skaven (when their new book comes out in a few months), Beasts of Chaos (when their new book comes out at the end of the year), Empire, Vampire Counts, Tomb Kings, Warriors of Chaos and Chaos Dwarves if they ever bring them back.

    • Frostitute

      10 years ago

      Wraithlords can be pretty fun. Have a Farseer follow one around that has Twin Linked Scatter lasers and have the farseer use Guide on the Wraithlord and Doom on whatever it shoots at. Though I'm only building up a 40k Eldar Army that has the Avatar and an Autarch as the HQ, so I can't has that.

    • Frostitute

      10 years ago

      There should be a guide to using the Avatar of Khaine

      See something
      Kill something
      You won't die.

    • Frostitute

      10 years ago

      Khaine is already good enough in smaller WH40k battles, 4 of them is just wow.
      Painting him is a bitch though.

    • Frostitute

      10 years ago

      You can field more than 1 in a game of Apocalypse?
      That's overkill. Not as overkill as that 4000 point Emperor-class Titan though, that's just fucked up.

    • Tb0ne

      10 years ago

      This was the first run, so if we get repeatable data we'd likely publish in a scholarly journal, and depending on how fucking awesome it is, potentially a patent.

    • Spartan736

      10 years ago

      I'll remember to do that the next time it snows.

    • Baraxis

      10 years ago

      Yeah dude, it can be scary stuff. There's some really bad types, and some good kids that get hit hard with it.

      Mine isn't that severe, I guess. I mean, I'm not strong by any means, and I've lost a lot of flexibility over many years of not exercising. But it could certainly still be way worse.

      I can still walk, which is something that most people with MD can't do. I'm really well off when it comes to the disease, as most people don't even realize. I look very much like a normal healthy person, rather than unfortunately crippled.

    • Tb0ne

      10 years ago

      I did hear that they did some filming for the Black Freighter stuff to be released at a later time. I'm hoping for a DVD release with the Black Freighter stuff added in to the theatrical release. That'd totally make up for some of the films short comings.

    • LorD_BaZ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Yeah, it's kinda sad... hey, get him to support Xerath on tour, maybe a good solid series getting booed off stage will get the point across.... maybe.

    • Rowen

      10 years ago

      it means you are super awesome

    • r0xx0rz

      10 years ago

      I'll definitely check it out. That's a damn good price for such good bands

    • r0xx0rz

      10 years ago

      Sorry man, I've just been having a bit of a crisis with a friend.

      Unfortunately I'm working on the 30th 5-10pm so I won't be able to party with you :(

      my overtime hours are:

      30/01: 5-10pm
      02/02: 1-6pm
      03/02: 2-7pm
      04/02: 2-7pm
      06/02: 5-10pm

      this, coupled with working 5-10pm every thursday and saturday means I'm a leeeeeetle busy for the next 2 or 3 weeks :(

    • kitcorpse

      10 years ago

      Yeah, I did that because you're knowledgeable in the thrash metal arts.

    • Rowen

      10 years ago

      What the fuck is wrong with that girl?


      she's the joker

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