_Recon_

Male
from San Antonio, TX

    • _Recon_

      Summertime Fun

      1 year ago

      You know, as silly as it sounds, I never thought I would have to give up my weekend for work. Classes and work already rule my weekdays and work is creeping into the weekend, by this time next year we're going to be opening everyday (I'm not being negative, it's a matter of time since the business in which I work was bought out). And we only get 3 holidays a year.

      I'm just a little bummed though, I miss having time. It's like the older we get the less hours in a day there at, until we're too old to do the things we want to do.

      I'm going to be off on my birthday though, so I've got that going for me. Which is nice.

    • _Recon_

      I can't wait until the end of June

      1 year ago

      I've been so stressed lately I'm hoping not to go crazy (or at the very least be a productive kind of crazy)

      It'll be my time to relax for a moment.

    • _Recon_

      No More Wisdom Teeth!

      1 year ago

      Not gonna lie. It feels good. Mostly because I don't get those wisdom teeth pains anymore.

      The procedure itself was not painful at all, I couldn't feel a thing, but I'm going to guess it looked very painful. The dentist said, "Agh. . . Sorry about this." each time he stick the comically large needle that looked like something out of the Victorian era, with it's large needle, big container, and two large finger-holes at the top. THANKFULLY all I felt was something like that feeling when you bite the inside of your cheek, except on my gums.

      When the anesthetic started taking effect I absolutely could not feel my jaw. I wasn't even sure if I was biting my tongue or not.

      In case anyone is wondering, or afraid of going under with their wisdom teeth removal, I was conscious for the whole thing (but it WAS painless).

      After the procedure all I wanted was tea. but my driver took me home instead :( The recovery was pretty sucky.

      Day 1: Day after the removal my jaw was very swollen. Had to focus to form words that make the mouth close and open (those using B, F, P, ect) , could barley open my jaw, and could only eat beans. Can't eat chips because the crunching and chewing hurt. But the bleeding had already stopped, mostly. Rinse with saltwater 3 times a day. Thank goodness for painkillers.

      Day 2: Still swollen but not as much, still can only eat beans and other soft foods. Better at forming complex words but still hurts to open jaw. Rinse with saltwater 3 times a day. Thank goodness for painkillers.

      Day 3: Just laid in bed all day, felt pretty horrible. Yay for oatmeal! Can open my jaw a little more but it still hurts to chew. Rinse with saltwater 3 times a day. Thank goodness for painkillers.

      Day 5: Swelling is finally gone. Can eat more foods and some meat (barbacoa!), can open my jaw all the way but there's discomfort, still can't chew. Thank goodness for painkillers.

      Day 7: I can talk normally and my jaw isn't swollen anymore, I can eat most foods but not something that gives lots of resistance, check up says the stiches have dissolved but the tooth holes will take 2-5 months to completely close, but I can rinse with mouthwash instead of salt water. Weaning myself off painkillers (but thank goodness because they help so much).

      Day 14: Mostly back to normal, can eat chips with some resistance, and don't need any painkillers. I still find myself feeling where the teeth used to be.


      Notes: Had all 4 wisdom teeth removed at once. Still need to rinse everyday to prevent stuck foods from staying in the holes while they close (sort of afraid to eat spicy because I'm scared it will get stuck in there). Chips were the last thing I was able to eat but I hardly eat those anyways.

      Overall experience: 6/10 would not do for fun but it was worth it.

    • _Recon_

      I Need a Toothfairy

      1 year ago

      These wisdom teeth are coming in with a vengeance. I checked in the mirror and I CAN SEE THEMâ—â— All four are ripping their way out.

      I gotta reschedule an appointment.

      I'll update with a post-removal post when I can. If you still have your wisdom teeth, I recommend getting them taken out when the doc recommends instead of waiting or you'll be praying to the toothfairy too.

    • _Recon_

      Just Realized I Missed My 4th on the Site

      1 year ago

      By at least 2 months.

      I'm not very good at saying things, but I'd like to thank everyone I've met and interacted with on RT. You are all a beautiful people that keep me coming back, even if I'm not as active as I used to be.

      Don't ever change, because I think y'all are very interesting just the way y'all are.


      All The Best,

      _Recon_


      ps. And yes I am the only person with underscores as the first character of my username on the site.

    • _Recon_

      How Old Are You Mentally?

      1 year ago

      Recently I was thinking about a friend and thought, "Wow, this person is already 22. I can't even believe it." Then I realized Wait, I'M 22!!

      Completely forgot how old I was, thinking I had just turned 20 when I'm approaching 22 ½.

      How old are you before you realize you aren't?

    • _Recon_

      PSA: Be Kind, Rewind

      1 year ago

      Remember everyone, just because you CAN do something illegal or dishonorable doesn't mean you should.

      I know you've been thinking about it, (yes, I do mean you,) and it's ok and normal to have these thoughts. What's important is that you continue to resist and work against them because they only have a hold on you and take up mental space for as long as you think about giving in.

      But I know you're better than that.


      And for everyone else, rewind your VHS tapes; I know you forgot to rewind them.

    • _Recon_

      I Had a Dentist that Told Jokes

      2 years ago

      While I was in and out of consciousness he made jokes about how many boyfriends his assistant Yolanda had, who giggled and blushed at every other joke.

      The dentist was an older man, gray mustache, and almost no hair on his head. He joked about how he couldn't let me take any of the nitrous oxide home and if I was rooting for the San Antonio Spurs to win the championship as he was, although that was mostly because he liked to watch the Silver Dancers at the halftime show.

      The last time I went to the dentist though the woman at the front desk said that he retired and I was sent to a new dentist. He wasn't nearly as old. He was maybe in his 30's and I think he was Danish.

      I'm pretty sure that guy's a sadist. He was not gentle as he poked and scraped at my gums, I jerked and tensed every time he took his instruments to me. I wouldn't be surprised if he was smiling under his mask.

      The worst part of all this? I have all my wisdom teeth and they're all coming in.

      All at once.

      :(

    • _Recon_

      I Want All You RTX Go'ers to Have a Funtastic (Responsible) Good Time

      2 years ago

      Hey everyone. First, I hope you 'Muricans had a great 4th of July celebrations.

      Now, I'd like everyone that's going to RTX to have a fantastic good time and then some (responsibly of course). I won't be able to make it this year but next year I've determined to make it.

      Most importantly, post your journals so that I can live vicariously hear about your good times! Make friends, drink responsibly, and have fun! Don't be afraid to chit-chat to anyone at the convention because remember, they're there for the same reasons you are.

      Have fun guys!

    • _Recon_

      Time is Weird

      2 years ago

      Life happens.

      I turned 22 today. I feel like I've changed and become more like myself (whatever that means) over this past year than others but at the same time I'm the same. Like when Cell becomes Perfect Cell in DBZ. Not that I'm perfect but I feel more like myself now than I did last year.

      I still don't know what I mean by that. hahaha!

      In other news, remember that job I interviews for last time? I got it! 😃.

      Came in 30 minutes late on my first day 😅. Don't worry I didn't get fired but can't be late anymore. Won't make that mistake again. Anyway, what is up with you guys? I want to hear from y'all.

  • Comments (330)

    • Wosky

      Wosky

      10 months ago

      Hey, it's been a while! How's life?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        9 months ago

        Oh. . . It's in the wonderful world of tech support. It's going well I think, I don't plan on being there for more than a year though, a foot in the door to a career I actually want.

        that's pretty cool, I have yet to go to a meet up with RT people. I have actually been out the the RT loop for a while :/ I'm looking to change that of course, I am seriously planning on going to RTX this coming year. Except for real.

      • Wosky

        Wosky

        9 months ago

        Wahoo! What's the job? Superhero receptionist? NASA button-pusher?

        We have several peeps! Small story... I just met more peeps at a rooster sheep meet-up with Gus and Jordan. It was awesome!

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        9 months ago

        That's good Wosky! I know how you feel. I think this year I did a good job socializing with peeps. It was sweet! Do they have Peeps in NZ?

        A story huh? I have a small story. . . I was working a paint store before. Up and decided I did not want to do that for the rest of my anything. Quit that job with no remorse and found a better job. Which was crazy to do, I got lucky finding that one quickly. And this one is actually in the field I want to career in. I'm confident it'll work out.

      • Wosky

        Wosky

        9 months ago

        Start with a story! Once upon a time in a land far far away (at least 12hours on a plane flight)....

        I've been good! I'm still busy being an estudiante, but the end is in sight! Otherwise life is going well, I've met some really great people this year, and am spending much more time doing the whole 'socialising' thing which is nice smiley1.gif

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        10 months ago

        Wosky! It had been a while! So far? Life has been interesting so far Wosky, where should I start? How have you been?

    • Tuuli

      Tuuli

      1 year ago

      Hey - are you going to RTX this year Sir! If so, we have to get a breakfast taco together XD

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Computer science! I want to learn to program and a paper that says so.
        How about you?
        And that sounds like a plan!

      • Tuuli

        Tuuli

        1 year ago

        ooh I know the feel about classes. I've struggled a lot this semester. Whats your major?
        I'll hold your to that sir, I'm thinking Torchies again, but we'll see.

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Hey, I'm seriously considering it! I want to but I'm not sure if I'll have the funds to play with. I'm trying though. If I do well in all my classes maybe I'll reward myself with a little something something lol.

        And tacos are absolutely definitely part of the plan if I get to go.

    • SilverMoose

      SilverMoose

      1 year ago

      _Recon_! Long time no see! How are you? Also, random: Do you still watch Invader Zim? If so, how often?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Tell me about it! Me too. I'm trying. Building credit ect. I'm wanting to put some money away so I can take some courses in the summer. I'm ready to be done Moose! I want it. I can almost taste it.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Glad no one was hurt, and yeah, car repairs suck. MTG is still a cool hobby, when you find time for it.

        2015. Couldn't afford this year, I want to save up a little for emergency funds efore I have any play money.

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Yeah it wasn't very fun, thankfully no one was hurt. The worst of it was me having to replace my fender. My hobby? Well it used to be playing Magic the Gathering buuuuut I haven't had time for that either. I have been wanting to get back into it though.

        Do you mean go to this years RTX? or 2015 RTX?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Yeah, just work lol. I've actually decided, I want to go to RTX next year, so I'm hoping to save up.

        Recon! What's your hobby? :D

        Oh no, sorry about your accident, hope you're okay. What happened?

        I've played Tomb Raider a little, mostly watched my dad play. I like it, though :D

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Just working huh? Moose. . . ! Start a hobby! Nothing's new with me.

        Classes and work have been taking up a lot of time. I was in an accident, that's about the newest thing. I haven't had time to play any games but I was able to beat Tomb Raider, which I really enjoyed. Have you played it? I remember you saying you were a fan.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Haha, Texas must be fun. How's the weather? It's freezing here.

        I've been alright, working, I sell insurance. It's not bad, I get paid hourly and then a complicated incentive package that basically means more sales = more money for me. It's alright. What's new in your life?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        My spider senses were tingling!

        I know what exactly what you mean. Move to Texas! Let's move in together! Haha jk

        How have you been! Haven't spoken to you in forever!

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Oh, that's cool. You can invent brand new colors! :D

        I haven't decided yet. I can't afford to move out on my own own, but I also don't like living with other people, so I'm at a crossroads, lol.

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        I have the extremely glamorous job of working for a paint company, think Sherwin Williams. And ah that's sounds good. On your own or with some people?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Cool! What do you do? I've been good, mostly working (selling insurance, booo), saving up to move out.

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        I've been good! I have a job now. In between semesters, enjoying the break. How are you? What's been up?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Haha, as are you! Super exciting! :D How
        ve you been?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        SilverMoose! You're alive! I was just thinking about you the other day. It has been a while since I've seen it, so not often.

    • badcarma

      badcarma

      2 years ago

      Don't listen to the potato.

    • SilverMoose

      SilverMoose

      2 years ago

      Recon! Sorry I haven't been on in a while. How's it going? And happy belated Birthday! I didn't want to miss it, I thought it was late July, but according to Neefertiti that is not the case :( Was it a good one for you?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Next semester I'm planning on being a little more active about my degree e.g. trying to become an intern somewhere (or anywhere I guess). I'm going to try and pick up my game and really shoot for a teacher recommendation. You know, just try and get my resume fluffed up.

        Ah idk, I guess it just feels like my classes have been taking a back seat so "we" can get other things done first. Times are stressful, you know? It's just discouraging. I'm going to do my best to stick through it though.The semester is almost half over.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Ugh. Yeah, I probably should, shouldn't I? I've been kind of testing the waters of where I am. It's alright, so wouldn't hurt to keep looking.

        Aww, hugs! What's been going on that's got you down?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Ah good good! I think? Don't forget to keep looking for job you'd prefer.

        The Finale! I enjoyed it. I'd watch it all again. Everything.

        Ah, lately nothing has been going the way I want it to. I feel like I'm in a sitcom as a character that only has bad luck. :\

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Recon! No worries, I understand you are a busy person. And take your time, it will come to you!

        Also: BREAKING BAD IS AWESOME!!!!! Let's talk more about it after the finale! :D

        Licensing went well, passed on first try! :D But now I have to go on the phones :(

        How's your life been?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Silvermoose! I'm a horrible person! Sorry for the wait. My story is still unfortunately not written. It makes me feel silly since I can't think of anything. It's still in my mind though I haven't forgotten.

        Lately, I've been watching Breaking Bad (actually the podcast got me into it) and the next episode is Sunday with an entire Series re-airing starting Wednesday to lead up to series finale on sunday.

        How did the license exam go? Well I hope.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        And/or sentence? ;)

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        1 year ago

        Hey!

        Training's alright. Going to take the licensing exam not this week, but next week.

        Any progress on your story?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        1 year ago

        Go brownie points! How goes the training?

        Idk. Now that I think about it I'm not sure I have the imagination to do one! D: I'll try anyway. I think I'm just going to start with a sentence and then go from there. Just see where the words take me.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Oh, that's frustrating. Were you able to work it out?

        Yep. I interviewed and got the job; now they're teaching me to do the jb. If I pass, I stay, if not, I leave. Then I can start working for real. LOL. In theory I have labour day off, but I volunteered to come in for learning also brownie points and money

        Office Space is pretty good. And cool! What kind of short story will you write?

        I grilled with my family on Sat; nothing really Fri or Sun. Then work on Mon. Yay! :( lol. How about you?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Ah. . . There was a thing that happened and I accidentally signed up for a class at another campus so I had to drop it and through some Councilor magic I was able to sign up for another course.

        Interview for a job to take a class top take a test to start working. Does that mean you have labor day off?

        In other news, I finally saw Office Space in it's entirety yesterday. I feel like I need to watch it again to watch everything fall together. The first time I watch a movie it's a story and I watch it unfurl, the next time I watch a movie it's more like a puzzle and I watch the pieces fall into place. Other than that I think I'm gonna try my hand a short-story and a half. That is to say, one short-story to see if I would read my own work then the half to realize I have no idea what I'm doing. Excuse me, I'm rambling.

        What are your plans for this three day weekend?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Yay! :D

        Work's been okay. I've actually been in a class, learning how to work (have to take a test), so meh :/

        What about you? How's class been :D?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Yep yep. In other news I'm being a little more social! I've been getting out of the house to meet 1 WHOLE friend (whom I don't normally hang out with that is). Times change.

        How was the work?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Haha, I start my new job tomorrow too! We're both going to have our first day! :D

        Networking is a good idea. It might be hard, depending on how you commute (I remember bussing was a pain in the ass), but you're right, it's a good thing to start doing. A friend of mine found her job through a former teacher.

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Monday! :D

        Well, it's ok. It'll be back to business starting Monday. I'm gonna try and be a little more "networky" this time around, after listening and reading on forums it looks like a lot of people really regret not networking with people enough. So that's what I'm gonna try and do, I commute so after classes I just leave lol

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Haha, nothing ACTION PACKED like in law and order?

        And that's okay, but from what I heard, they had a panel this year too, so I assumed it all worked out in the end.

        When d you return to school, Recon?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        It was interesting. I didn't get picked for a jury thankfully but it was ok. I'm gonna tale a book next time.

        I can't say that I do unfortunately. I believe there were live streams for each panel you may find it on YouTube or on rtxevent.com

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Also, random question, since you tend to be well-informed on many RT things: I just heard that apparently at last RTX there was a My Little Pony Panel, and I guess it didn't go over well? Do you know what happened by any chance?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Haha, if I had a pet squirrel, we could make that into a show...

        Oh! How was jury duty? What did you jury?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Her. . . boyfriend's. . . father's. . . ex-girlfriend (who happens to be famous). . . Spoke at your graduation? It sounds like a tv sitcom! Are you sure that you aren't on a part-time sitcom? You pet a squirrel! lol I've never shaken the hand of a famous person.

        I had jury duty for the first time today. It was interesting.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Hmm. What type of tale shall I tell you?

        Oh, here's one! Ariana Huffington of the Huffington post was the one who spoke at our graduation. I was sitting next to a girl named Annie; she said that her boyfriend's father used to date Ariana, which I thought was cool. So after the speech and everything, the ceremony ends and the process walks down the aisle, and Annie and I have aisle seats. So Annie sticks out her hand and Ariana shakes it, and says "congratulations"

        So I think "I want a handshake too!" And stick out my hand. Ariana shakes it, but doesn't say anything and keeps walking. I turn to Annie and say "I can't believe I was just snubbed by Ariana Huffington!" and she said

        "Well, I do know her by proxy, so maybe that's why she said hi to me.," lol.

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Ah, sorry for the wait.I hope everything went well. I love the warm weather, humid weather on the other hand I hate with a burning passion of a thousand burning suns.

        Now that you're graduated and have your degree there must be some kind of stories you have. Tell me a Tale SilverMoose! You already know so much about me.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Ugh, I hate warm weather.

        Interview went well, hearing back from then end of next week..

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        It's been ok too.It has been really really hot this whole month though. Upper 90s to 100 almost everyday.

        How did the interview go?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Yeah, I totally get that. That's why I'm willing to take a job I'm not in love with, so I get closer to being independent.

        Week's been okay. I have an interview for an insurance company tomorrow (eww). How's yours?

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Idk, I can't wait then be own my own though. One step at a time I think. Just one at a time.

        Anyway, how has the week for you? Mine was ok, I did a lot of contemplation on life and myself. It was all very meta. I decided it was time to shave so that's what I'm going to do tomorrow.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Haha, knitting/crocheting, some art, the internet. Vidja games.

        Haha, I know what you mean. My biggest money management skill is that I don't have any bills to pay, but I don't think that counts ;)

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        I wasn't close at all lol What are you doing in this time after school. Like, tell me your hobbies again.

        Yeah. It was kind of nice having money though. I'm looking for a new job now. I do think I have to learn better money management though. I'm ok with leaving that place overall.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Haha, it's okay! I majored in Government, but you're close ;)

        I'm sorry it's not working out; I left a job at camp last summer because it wasn't right for me. It's hard, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

        Haha, yes! Definitely another story time with Recon! :D

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        :O

        Dude congrats! What is your degree in? I know you've mentioned it before and I want to say Communication but I'm not sure that's right. And yeah I get what you mean, I have a friend in a similar position as you.

        Started a summer job working for the city. It's working with kids but, between you and me (and the internet), I don't think it's going to work out. I didn't think I'd ever become a teacher and after this I know I don't want to become a teacher. I can't believe you remember that! hahaha that was like from an August journal. It has been a while since a Storytime w/ _Recon_. . . I'll see if I can think of something. There are stories but some I'd rather keep off the internet, most of them actually hahaha but if we ever meet in person we'll have a drink and I'll tell one.

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Wait, remind me what you do. I forgot D:

        No summer classes, I'm all graduated :O So right now I'm looking to build a little bit of a nest egg. Living at home with the parents, so once I get real, steady, consistent work I can start paying for my own phone, car insurance, stuff like that.

        Nothing going on with me other than graduating and job hunting/interviewing. What about you? Any summer classes? Any cool we-stopped-the-house-from-almost-accidentally-being-set-on-fire stories? Any mildly interesting stories? Any boring stories, but I know they'll be AWESOME because you told them, and story time with Recon is always fun :D

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Dude that is awesome! I totally suck at my job! Dude, kids are rough to work with. Never again.

        Summer jobs offer great experience. I hope everything works out in your favor. What have you been up to over these past few weeks? Are you taking summer classes?

      • SilverMoose

        SilverMoose

        2 years ago

        Aww, that's a good birthday sounding. Get anything fun? :D

        I'm doing well. I kinda landed a job; temp job, so only guaranteed work for about two months before I have to start from the beginning. BUT I also have an interview lined up for Friday for a paralegal job. So worst case scenario, I only get to work for two months, best case scenario I get, like, a real job :O

      • _Recon_

        _Recon_

        2 years ago

        Silvermoose! It gas been too long! It's good to hear from you again. Thanks so much! It was very uneventful and relaxing. It was good. I think by saying that it means I'm getting old. I did get some gifts though so that was really cool.

        Good times. How are you?

    • Neefertiti

      Neefertiti Wraith

      2 years ago

      Happy belated Birthday! With the age 22 comes jokes about repeating numbers (or so I'm told). Hope it was a good one.

    • RaveSolid

      RaveSolid

      2 years ago

      hey there it's been awhile

    • Neefertiti

      Neefertiti Wraith

      3 years ago

      Have a safe drive back home. Wouldn't want one of the awesome people.I met here to not make it back safely.

    • craZboy87

      craZboy87 Guardian Hat

      3 years ago

      A spot opened up in my room for TO if you're still interested.

    • jimpage0684

      jimpage0684

      3 years ago

      Yes, it jumped around quite a bit. Sorry. It was 7am and I hadn't gone to bed yet. Also, I rewrote it three times, but not completely, so there's a lot of stuff in there that led into other stuff that isn't there anymore.

      Also, I feel like (for maybe the same reasons) I didn't explain myself well enough. So here we go!

      I am a hardcore gamer, and I also enjoy pick-up-and-play. To me, the distinction between hardcore and casual has nothing to do with casual games. I see a casual player as someone who doesn't play "hardcore" games, and a hardcore player as someone who does, not necessarily exclusively. While I didn't say this, I also feel like I should point out that I don't think the distinction has any relevance except in terms of the discussion. The person I think of when I use the term "hardcore gamer" is the person I would have just called "gamer" ten years ago, before web and mobile games became ubiquitous, and those people are a distinct market.

      I'm not suggesting that consoles becoming media machines is a problem in and of itself. I've never complained about all the stuff my XBOX can do. It's only a problem in that as the line blurs between computers and consoles (which are functionally just computers with a special proprietary operating system), the consoles lose the edge.

      The advantage that PCs now have, which deals with maybe half the rest of your comment, is that people need a computer. As you said, you (and many, many others) bought a computer for some legitimate non-gaming purpose and now happen to play games on it. You also play on a console, but at some point people are going to notice they're buying a PC for work or school that has the same or more power as the console, and it doesn't have to be the latest and greatest. The last time I put any money into my computer was a year and a half ago, maybe two years now. And yet I can play Skyrim and it looks and plays better than on the 360. I also play with the 360 controller, so the play experience is virtually identical. Unfortunately, I don't have a PS3 to compare, but based on what I've heard, my experience is roughly analagous, and the PC still has the advantage in between-area load times. I haven't run into a game that I had to turn settings down on yet.

      As for innovation and stuff, I agree partially. Of course setting limits necessitates innovation, but there are plenty of developers who are eager to innovate for the sake of innovation, which is why I mention BioWare and like companies. They don't do anything unexpected in terms of pushing the hardware. They do some REALLY unexpected stuff with gameplay, though. Ditto Bulletstorm, which is average at best, but does some really cool gameplay stuff.

      There's another kind of innovation, though, that is directly related to hardware. I'm talking about Halo, and what it did for console FPS. They got a new system and said "What can we do with this?". The same thing happened with Halo 2 and internet multiplayer. I'm talking about Quake, pushing the envelope with 3D technology in DOS with a software renderer, and then being (arguably) responsible for 3D video cards becoming commonplace in PCs. Those are just the instances that come to mind because I was standing there watching and enjoying as it all unfolded. I'm talking about any time a developer looked at hardware and said "This is better than ever before, so let's do something we could never do before."

      My whole point is that we're getting to a place now where what CAN be done on a console is pretty well explored. You can get right up against the walls, or maybe approach it differently, but there's no real room for growth on consoles. I think that's part of the motivation behind some of the crazy retro-style stuff that's happening right now. Incredible experiences like Bastion and Braid and Limbo and the Scott Pilgrim vs the World game. This is the kind of innovation you're talking about, but that's possible on any system. The kind of innovation I was talking about is rapidly becoming possible solely on the PC.

      As for the money issue, I'm not complaining about it. The point there was: with all those costs, why can't the developers set the price of their arcade games? Sorry, that bit was unclear in that it was built on a subclause in a sentence at the end of the previous paragraph, which wasn't particularly obvious. Restated, assuming that innovation is at least as easy on a PC as a console, and assuming that costs are lower when developing for the PC, and assuming that you can increase your *gross* revenue per unit on the PC, and assuming that everyone already has a PC, why wouldn't you go that route?

      Finally, re: Highlander, I thought I was pretty clear when I said there would always be both. The question is focus. For the first time in years, console players are getting stuck with inferior ports of PC games instead of the other way around.

      The point of the whole journal was that the guy who was complaining that he uses his Kinect all the time is NOT the guy Jonathan Blow is developing for, but he IS the guy Microsoft is developing for. That's where I see the schism happening. I see more and more (sorry) "hardcore gamers" getting frustrated with the things that aren't important to them, like rear touch screens and motion control, and the UI designs that cater to them. And they're moving to a platform that doesn't piss them off.

      One final note, I'm not saying I like it, or even that I agree with it. I wasn't trying to make the case for PCs, and I apologize if that's how it came off. I just read an article and a comment, and then had a bunch of thoughts that I felt like sharing.