The Press vs. Community (Part 1)

When I started doing this my goals were not to simply be just another writer/blogger that writes news just as every other person out there. Why should you come to this site vs anyone else? News is fine and all, but that is not what drives me to do what I do. When or if news breaks sure we’ll write about (not a much as of late and you’ll find out why), but nothing is more important “to me” than everything else that’s evolved with this job. As I said, news is not what drives me and it is most definitely a job of passion and immense work regardless.

If you’ve noticed what I’ve been doing here you should have noticed that I’ve been sprinkling in pieces like Rant Central and Beyond Xbox with many more other features to come. In a perfect “Will” world I’d never write about news unless the topic at hand directly correlates. News is news and you can get that pretty much anywhere. I’m not going to lie. If you want to get your news somewhere else have at it. That’s not why I’m here and it shouldn’t be the reason you might be reading this. After your done reading this you may think what does any of this mean to you? Well, what this means to you is everything.

We want this site to be the best site out there and that doesn’t mean we need ton’s of bells and whistles with dancing doggies and webcam girls flashing across your screen either. Content is what I’m in this for. Not ordinary content as I said above, but content that has an impact on you once your long done viewing it whether your sitting on this site waiting for that next update or not. The reason this site has been on the “down low” recently is to take the time to make this thing better for you, the reader, and our staff. ” Free Hats” are the start. We’re not making one red cent with this site at the moment and that’s not why I’m here now or why I’ve been here for the last two years now. Spinning my wit into a certain post isn’t what drives me either, even if it is fun.

Using the knowledge I have about this industry along with that “wit” is what drives me. That number up there could disappear and I wouldn’t notice. I haven’t cared about stats in well over a year and a half. I listen to and/or read other writers at other sites and quite often I’m left with a bewildering feeling, because I know I know just as much if not more and write just as well as any of them. Why aren’t people like us being picked up when clearly lots of us are obviously qualified. Then I look at someone like Leigh Alexander who is back at GameSetWatch now and I have no problem looking up at her knowing that’s what I want for myself. Am I in the league of the best? No, not yet, but that’s yet another thing that drives me. As far as the Xbox Domain, this may not mean anything to you still, but again it’s the route of the problem.

Speaking for myself only, I’d surely love to be in the same shoes as any of the guys and gals at any of the top sites. Unfortunately as the rest of the world works, everything is about “Mo money Mo money”, and there’s no escaping that. And to make matters worse, no one can do it by themselves (or two or three). Nearly every word I’ve written here has and will be for at least the foreseeable future be written in the time any “normal person” would be asleep no to mention my only time to sleep is during the day when all of the action is really happening. So, I hope you see the dilemma for myself. I’m no doubt hardly alone in this so when you persist to (I’m not accusing any of our readers) “let us have it for not updating more than it may be at any given time”, think before you question. Believe me every waking moment I have is trying to figure out how to stop living like a vampire in the time I currently do have to hopefully create content that’s unique. Would I like to see some of the best no matter who or how their labeled work together as one and not as a bunch of pea shooters trying to take down a giant beehive? Sure, if they’d accept a possible offer I’d demand it in less then a heartbeat, but yet again that probably won’t happen because of our good friend “Mo money Mo money”. Would you work for free when you know your not being treated the same as the competition?

As soon as I have a connection again part 2 is next. Are you pissed at me yet? If not, you might be after what’s next. The so-called “Press” are next.

-WIlliam “thewilleffect” Bell-

Platform Nation’s Playapalooza ’08 announced

The greater gaming community is what we are and should be about here at The Xbox Domain as Penny Arcade’s Child’s Play Charity has been going strong for several years now and its no better time than now to help the cause. Announced by Platform Nation is a 50 hour gaming marathon with all donated proceeds being giving to the Child’s play cause. The Live feed of the event can be viewed on can be found here on August 14th. It will also be featured on the front page of

Seattle, WA – August 5, 2008 – Platform Nation has announced a unique charity drive, dubbed Playapalooza ’08, to take place August 14th, 2008. Playapalooza—a 50-hour gaming marathon—will be conducted in support of nationally recognized children’s charity, Child’s Play, which provides video games to hospitalized children throughout the world.

Participants in Platform Nation’s Playapalooza ’08 will play a series of games in timed 30-minute increments, with the gameplay streamed live on Each segment will feature text overlays with information about the games and their donors. Games to be featured in the event have been donated from a number of prominent publishers throughout the industry. The event will last for 50 consecutive hours of play and feature as many as 100 games.

At the close of the event, all donated games will be collected and the proceeds given to Child’s Play during a public event at this year’s Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington.

Platform Nations announces charity gaming marathon [Platform Nation]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

Update released, nothing to see here

*Tumbleweed Rolls By*

*Tumbleweed Rolls By*

Released this morning was a brand spanking new update for our 360’s and it didn’t add any neat-o features. What did you expect? A summer dashboard update? Pish Posh.

Xbox 360 System update now available(no new features) [Major Nelson]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Summer of Arcade continues with Braid

So, who’s in the mood for a platformer/puzzler? Released today on the Xbox Live Arcade is the indie darling “Braid” which music simply lulls me to sleep. I haven’t tried it yet, but that music is so relaxing. The game is worth 1200 Microsoft Points so spend wisely young grasshopper.

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Alone In The Dark demo released

What? No Shaving Cream?

What? No Shaving Cream?

After receiving less than stellar reviews, Atari has released a demo for Alone in The Dark. The demo clocks in at 1.35 GB in size. Even though i’ve had friends tell me how sloppy A.I.T.D is, I still want to give it a spin.

[Via Major Nelson]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Conquest Mode comes to Battlefield:Bad Company on Aug 7th

About Damn Time!

About Damn Time!

Some good news for you Bad Company gamers. EA is rolling out the free “Conquest Mode” update this Thursday, August 7th for. Four of the current multiplayer maps will host the upcoming mode. This update comes just in time because I was getting pretty sick and tired of Gold Rush.

[Via 360 Rant Rave]

-Michael “Thrills -Not Dead Yet-Killa” Pacheco-

Rant Central #13: Avatars: Why so much hate?

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Over the course of the few hours that have pasted since the E3 2008: Microsoft Press Briefing and the introduction of the “New Xbox Experience”, there has been quite a bit of discussion all around the web as to what they think about “Avatars”. Over on the Xbox forums a poll has been put up by non other than TriXie360 (Gamerchix/Community Confidential/ and more) and what will you find in response to this poll? Of course, some rational thought and a whole lot of hate on the side to go with that. Now, of course when Denis Dyack said what he said on 1up Yours a few weeks ago many chose to take the easy way out and just call him crazy by dismissing any and all that he was talking about. Failing to actually listen to what he was really saying, the aforementioned forum thread clearly proves Denis’ point.

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