On Real and Fake

“I’d like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We’ve been constantly monitoring the feedback you’ve given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we’ve decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.” And just like that, Mike Morhaime, CEO & Cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment pulled the plug on Real ID’s mandatory implementation and anonymity remains king throughout the land. Yes, yes, I know I am trivializing this announcement a bit for the sake of an introductory paragraph. As indicated in his forum post, this decision came after serious internal discussion and gathering of feedback from the extensive — and apparently quite vocal — Blizzard community. On one hand, it’s great to see a company so in tune with its community, but I have a number of gripes with the vocal minority on this one, some more soapbox-y than others.

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On Potential and Possibilities

I’ve made it very clear that I am not on board for the motion revolution. Wii never grabbed me, Kinect (formerly Project Natal) does not compel me, and Move does not move me. As a consumer, it’s not for me. But I’m okay with that. I really am. As a gamer, as someone who is looked to for slightly grander opinions on the industry, I am extremely hopeful. On a recent podcast I stated that I believe this technology, as a whole, could lead to the true “next generation of gaming.” It is impossible to ignore the potential in each of these devices. And yet it is that word, potential, that catches a snag. Are we willing to be patient for theoretical potential to become realized? Are we willing to invest time, money, and space upfront for potential months or (potentially) years from now? Didn’t we already get caught up in this same song and dance when Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3 to the world four years ago?

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Axis of Awesome

Remember when I had that week off to take care of my condo? Can I have another week to just sleep? I am exhausted. All of my media is packed up, which is equal parts sad (considering how much there is) and exciting (because it’s one of the last steps). From what I can tell, a massive grocery run and moving my clothes are the last 2 items on my need-to-do list. I think this means I am still on target for moving out/in this weekend. Nothing to be afraid of. And this is about the extent of my writing capacity at the moment, but Dayle gave me the perfect video to take the place of my text. Eager readers, I give you the Axis of Awesome…

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I continue to cross off names of people that have made a big impact on my experiences in the Diabetes Online Community and this week is no different. Anyone who follows the community on twitter knows how awesome @Diabetic_Iz_Me is and what she means to our little family. From following her blog, I knew her husband was in the Army so I figured this was the best way I could show my appreciation to the military through my podcast. I had a great time talking with Cherise. You’re in for a good one.

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Three Day Weekend

My to-do list is still quite lengthy today so I’ll be brief. Lots of progress has been made on the home front: shelves, dressers, beds, appliances, cabinets, chairs and curtains. Oh my! Pictures will be coming later this week so you’ll have to settle for the stuff I’ve posted on Twitter. I can continue to confirm that home improvement is great for my blood glucose. With the exception of a few juice box breaks, this weekend has been spent mostly below 150 and spikes above 180 have been treated efficiently and effectively. Now to make this happen during the days that aren’t nearly as exciting.

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Tool Time – Bed, Bath, Not Beyond

I had originally planned to have my appliances and bed delivered during my week off. Home Depot failed to notify me that my washer and dryer were delayed until I actively sought information. Bummer. And now there’s a high chance that my bed will be delayed. From what the customer service person told and showed me, some people have been waiting almost two months for the same bed. I know I could be pounding sand right now since there’s still hope that everything could still arrive on Saturday. But I haven’t heard from Home Depot yet (27 March 2010, 11:30 pm) and with each passing minute I fear that I could be sleeping on the floor through most of the summer.

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The Next Chapter

Pick your metaphor. I’ve heard that life can be a marathon, a box of chocolates, I’ve even heard that life is a highway. Right now my life is like a really long book and pages are being written at a frantic pace. And somehow it feels like all of this couldn’t be possible without this blog. Finding the DOC when I did, in the emotional and mental state I was in put me down a path of betterment that I would have never dreamed possible. From the mindless post that started on the first day of 2009 to the thousand word ramblings of an avid gamer, from seeing my friends in one of the happiest moments of their lives to being willing to chronicle some of my lowest moments for the reading pleasure of complete strangers – this blog has done so much for me. Who knew that my words would be found and appreciated enough to be featured on a gaming website that I love? Who knew that that opportunity would evolve into participating in and hosting a video game podcast? Who would have ever thought that I would find the desire to start my own podcast? And through all of the people I’ve met and the opportunities I’ve been presented with there’s still plenty more to my life’s story. It’s time to start writing the next chapter.

Starting Monday, May 24, 2010, I am an employee of the American Diabetes Association.

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