Introduction: Why I made this Site

Okay, this site is basically a place for me to talk about stuff...that is random.  Seriously though, I intend to put information here about my various hobbies. That included game reviews, anime reviews, Star Trek fanboyism, and random rants about various topics. I also seem to have some sort of web log going on the main page...and I did it without even knowing what a web log is about. I'm not sure what the deal is with that, but oh well. I have also recently added a guest book, so feel free to post in that as well. My web design philosophy follows the  KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle. Hence, there are few graphics (and the ones that do exist are either scans or were made on MS Paint or some such), the layout is uncomplicated, and the appearance can charitably be called "Functional yet plain." I know that some people may be turned off by my lack of creative and web building skill, but I don't have a problem with this. I'm not forcing them to come and read this thing, after all.

Update Policy

Once upon a time, I had put it to mind that I should update this site as much as 3 times per week. However, I've been lucky to squeeze in one update per month it seems! Work schedules, other hobbies, and apathy have contributed to that trend, so now my policy is to just get an update in wherever I can. I don't really have much of a plan when it comes to updates; I pretty much just post an article whenever it strikes my fancy.

Review Policy

Well, I have this theory that most of the game and anime reviews being done online are getting too numbers based. What I mean is, every major site forces its reviewers to quantify a game or anime title on a scale of 1-10 or A-F or some such. While that can certainly be helpful at times, I don't intend on doing that on my site. Why? Well, for one thing, I am not so self-absorbed as to honestly think that I can tell whether a game should get an "A" or a 6 instead of 7 in the sound category, etc. Personally, I just don't think that I have a wide enough base of experience  to be able to make the minute differentiations required by a 10 or even 5 point scale. Honestly, I'm not sure that many do. Besides, most of you who are reading this probably go to such sites as where you can instantly get dozens of reviews that will gladly give you a quantified score for practically any game. At any rate, I am instead going to pursue an opposite direction. My reviews will be focused on my opinion of the game and my reactions to it, as opposed to a raw number score. This isn't to say that there will be no structure to my reviews. I will touch on the same basic areas of graphics, sound, control, and gameplay (although not necessarily in that order) in each review. And if you don't want to have to read all my incessant ramblings, I promise to always summarize my views on the game and offer a buy/rent/skip recommendation in the last few sentences.

About Me

Last but not least, here is a little info about yours truly.

My name is Andy, and I am a Lieutenant in the US Navy. I graduated from the US Naval Academy in May of 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in History. While at the academy, I was a member of the 18th Company of the Brigade of Midshipmen and was active in the Catholic Choir and the Halloween Concert. During my summer training, I took a cruise on the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Wyoming, SSBN 742 and helped to teach the Class of 2007 how to shoot the M-16A3 at the Academy's rifle range as part of the Weapons Detail. In the summer of 2004 I had the privilege of participating in the Academy's Language Study Abroad Program which allowed me  to spend almost 6 weeks in Japan, which was an incredible experience. Upon graduation I service selected Submarines and attended Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC.  Following completion of Nuclear Power Prototype, also located in Charleston, I was assigned to the USS San Francisco, SSN 711. The San Francisco is currently home ported in San Diego, CA.