accountofjoe
28 Manchester, United States
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My self-summary
I see so many people adamant in how they "don't play games" and it's disappointing. I wish I had more time to play games. I would play more games if my lifestyle was conducive to it, but I like working a lot so that takes up a large amount of my time which is a lot of fun as well.

I don't like Battlefield, Black Ops, or FPS games in general. Pretty much any other genre is cool though. I've just decided something that's probably controversial: I haven't really enjoyed any post 2007 Bioware game. They're all so bogged down in pointless choices and cutscenes. Not to imply that there's something wrong with story driven games, Obsidian has great writing, Bioware is just boring.

I like narrative driven games much more than systemic games. I'm not opposed to good systemic games, but they're definitely not what keeps me so interested in the medium.

I discovered that I like reading really specific details, people with lots of broad answers are boring. I tried to match that with concise, but incredibly specific unique things about me that you can extrapolate on. If you don't like a brief synopsis, it's not like padding it out will suddenly make you change your mind.
"Man, I totally didn't care about civil rights before, but after reading you go on and on about them they're my new favorite topic"
- Nobody ever

Also, I have always owned dogs and plan to continue to.

I feel like I need to highlight this because it seems to be such a common and important thing for so many people around New England that they just skip over it or think I'm kidding.
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I'm morally opposed to malls and other brick and mortar shopping centers. Just buy stuff from Amazon. I don't even know how this is a big deal in 2015 but I've been meeting so many people who make a really big deal about going to physical stores instead of buying stuff online. Yeah, if you have to get something right now it's fine to go to a store, but just going to stores to hang out is weird.
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I'm temporarily blind in one eye as doctors figure out the best way to restore vision to it. If it's a big deal to you, now you know.
What I’m doing with my life
Mostly electrical engineering work.

Recently I've been moving into a lot more investing and rolling money into further investments. Once you get enough money to get started it's easy to keep investments rolling along. I might end up doing that for the rest of my life.
I’m really good at
I've built some competitive race cars, maybe you have a car you're interested in entering races with, I'd like an excuse to build another. I've built everything from Spec Miata to ASP. I've also built a high mileage per gallon reliable daily driver. Let me know if you're into racing, maybe we could collaborate next season.

This is the most important thing to keep in mind: Complete a budget for your project first. Then double it. If you don't have that much cash on hand you don't have enough to even start. I don't care if you have a turbo, a head, a set of shocks or whatever and you want to use them as a work in progress, if you can't afford to complete a project correctly, you can't afford to start it. I don't want to talk about your hacked together car. Also, if you changed the exhaust or intake before any engine internals work, sorry about your terrible life choices.
The first things people usually notice about me
I type sort of fast.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Freakonomics, TV Carnage, QI, and the Hotline Miami soundtrack.

I'm a fan of pop music.

Pretty much all I read are non fiction technical books because I like learning stuff. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is probably the only fiction book I've enjoyed.

I'm a fan of UCB, Mr. Show, and most of the projects that people involved in those shows have gone on to do later. QI is the best show on TV right now.

In general I don't like old media. I'm much more interested in hearing people talk about games and their experiences in interacting with them than an account of how someone looked at any other form of media. Old media is just so boring.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
How in an odd way Saints Row 4 is the most wonderfully progressive game ever produced.

I spend a lot of time thinking about intellectual property rights, civil liberties and where there might be appropriate balance between the two. People should be able to make money off of their work, but people also should be able to do anything for themselves. It's a complicated line.

Man, New England sure has bad weather.

What's up with all of these people who say they like games and then claim they don't have Steam accounts? Is piracy that big of a thing in New England or is everyone in around here just super paranoid about account hacking?
On a typical Friday night I am
Building or designing something, maybe driving somewhere.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've played Dark Souls, but I'm not obsessed with it.

I'm really not interested in making an account with and figuring out how to use Kik or Snapchat or any of those other unsafe messaging services. I already have enough older more thoroughly vetted messaging services available to me that work well enough. If that's your plan, sorry. i'm not opposed to cool new ones though, if you're way into Discord or Slack I'd be up for that, just not dangerous stuff like Kik or whatever.
You should message me if
You're regularly up late. I work crazy hours.

If you want to talk about games. Really, like thousands of words about all aspects of games, from mechanics to storytelling to the development side. I'm not kidding. A bunch of people have contacted me and then been surprised by the volume of words I can give them just about a single verb in a single game. Sure, Activision has technically acceptable games, but there's nothing really interesting there. How about LA Noire? Or Deus Ex? Or even Robotron 2084?

If you want to play games, I like watching games much more than watching television or movies.

Also if you hate everything Seth Macfarlane or Judd Apatow have ever done. I can't stand anything either of them has done and it's fairly rare to find someone who agrees with me so if you do there's a good chance we have other things in common as well.

Maybe if you want to tell me how do you feel about GMOs, the corn lobby, and vaccines? Seems like that could be an exciting set of things to talk about. See if you can defend isolationism? So many people have been supportive of that recently and it's very scary.
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