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A lazy post for a lazy weekend

Because this weekend has been nothing but relaxation for me, I’ll give you a post that fits the laziness of the past three days. So, dear readers, what have I been up to?

When it comes to gaming, I’ve been hopping around from one game to another. I’ve been busy gearing my boosted Dwarf Shaman in World of Warcraft, surviving hordes of demons on my hardcore Crusader in Diablo 3, and I decided to join the building and exploring fun in Everquest Next: Landmark. The latter one has been a real ad-hoc purchase, and I’m not disappointed so far! It feels like a 3D version of Minecraft with fine music, giving it an almost meditative vibe. I’ll make sure to give Landmark some time in between my Blizzard games.

Far away from the MMO games, I finished Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition just a few hours ago. Despite my still remaining opinion about naming this action-packed epic game Tomb Raider, I have to admit that I enjoyed every single minute of the game. The story is enjoyable, the gameplay more than fun and the whole thing looks so freaking beautiful. Really, if you haven’t given this game a try yet, put it on your to-do list!

For the coming week, I’m planning on spending some time with Lorellis again, so you will see a new Faffing to 90-post. Also, I’ll be building and gathering in Landmark, so there will probably be a post about that as well. Finally, since Game of Thrones is about to head into its fourth season, I won’t hold back with my opinion about the first episode.

All in all, look forward to an interesting week here on The Chindividual!

Newbie Blogger Initiative 2014

This will be a lazy post, but also a very important one! Doone is banging his digital drums to gather support and possible participants for this year’s Newbie Blogger Initiative. Though the previous installment is hardly half a year ago, we feel like spring is the best time to give a signal boost to new gaming bloggers, while the “veterans” get their chance to share knowledge and tips from “the front” with the greenhorns.

If you want to either help out or participate, get your pretty butt over to the forums and see how you can become part of this year’s Initiative!

I’m a fictional racist and that’s okay

Americans, you have way too many holidays. To us Europeans, it feels like you just love to take every occassion to celebrate something, which I can really understand. One of your more respectable holidays occured two days ago: Martin Luther King Day. Reserving a day each year in remembrance of this great person is the least you can do, considering what he has contributed to the fight for racial equality. Martin Luther King turned the tide in an ideological battle, and paved the way for a better, less racist future. However, no matter how much this grand person has struggled, he will never take the only kind of racism that’s dear to me away: fictional racism.

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More Willow, less Tauriel

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Netflix is the devil. I bet many of you have already jumped to that conclusion after wasting a weekend watching season after season of your favorite show, but I have come to this realization myself just know. How? By making the mistake to, once again, watch Buffy. After one episode, I was reminded of how much I love this show and before I knew, halfway through the first season.

You don’t even have to know much about the show in order to know that it features some strong female characters. After all, it’s named Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In fact, Buffy is filled with damsels who are not often in distress, and that is surely one of the reasons why it was such a big hit in the nineties and early 2000’s. My favorite of all these strong, independent women who don’t need saving every damn minute? Willow. Why? Because she’s the best example of how to do believable, yet strong female characters.

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No resolutions from me

“2011: For New Year’s Eve” by crybringer

This is it then, gals and guys: the end of another year. In just a few hours, we’ll be waving goodbye to that unlucky number and will realize that the invention of the hoverboard is only just a year away (at least according to Back to the Future 2). We will drink, eat and dance our way through the night, as fireworks light up the sky and optimistic resolutions leave our mouths.

It’s funny, isn’t it? We humans decided that a year is an amount of time worthy to be celebrated, and our ancestors were convinced that loud noises would drive away any bad spirits. Once we’ve counted to 365. we decide to get ourselves a nice hangover and start all over again. It’s like we have this need for a fresh once in a while, as millions of people set their goals for 2014.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating New Year’s, and it will be the exact thing I’ll do tonight. But before I’m off to get buzzed and filled with all kinds of unhealthy stuff, I just wanted to let you guys know I’m not a man of New Year’s resolutions. You won’t see me writing here about what I want to do in 2014, just because we changed a three into a four in our calendars. What I’m here for then, is to tell you that I’ll keep doing what I’m doing even next year, and I’m happy to have you there with me.

Expect new posts, expect gaming criticsm, expect opinions about nerdy things, expect articles about health for us geeks, expect randomness, expect my permanent ambition to improve, expect maybe a visual change or two…but most of all: expect the Chindividual in 2014. Trust me, I’ll expect each and everyone of you, too.

With that being said, be off and make the sky sparkle tonight!

Happy 2014!

My favorite songs of 2013

“Music” by an-izzle

You pretty guys and gals know about the things I love: pretending I’m a troll in a fictional world, pretending I’m a vampire in another fictional world and pretending I’m good at martial arts in the real world. What you might not know is that I also love music. Not making it, mind you, since I’m as rhythmic as a stiff corpse. Listening it, however, is one of the things I enjoy every day. When I’m on my bike on my way to work, my earbuds fill my mind with sounds. When I’m busy writing for this blog, music creates an inspiring backdrop. Also, I think there’s a song for every major event in my life. Needless to say, 2013 has brought me a truckload of new songs, and since Listmas has begun in my time zone, let me present you my five favorite songs of 2013 in no particular order.

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The Chindividual celebrates…with presents!

"Baby Chin" by KrazeeLadee

“Baby Chin” by KrazeeLadee

Well, today’s the day: The Chindividual is officially one year young! I’ve looked back on the first 365 days of the blog’s existence in previous posts, so there’s not much left to say. However, I want to use the chance to thank each and everyone of you for visiting over and over again. I want to thank you for every tweet heading my way, for every comment left and for the simple fact that you deem this place worthy of your time. I hope that I can keep you interested in the coming years and that your numbers will grow and grow.

With that being said…I promised you a giveaway, didn’t I? Well, though people usually get presents on their birthdays, I decided to give you guys and gals the chance to win something! What is that something? Two freaking Steam keys for the awesome game Starbound! Two people can win each one of these keys, and here’s how:

  • Make sure to follow me on Twitter
  • Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to see in the coming year on this blog. Be honest, and don’t forget to include your Twitter handle!
  • Pray and hope you win one of those keys.

The contest runs until Wednesday, 18 December 2013 23:00 GMT+1. I will announce the (randomly chosen) winners shortly after. If you want more information about Starbound, check out the official page and / or my short review of the game.

Again, thanks for making this an awesome first year. Grab some imaginary pie, enter the contest and make sure to come back. I really, really appreciate it!

Signed,

Chin

The Chindividual celebrates: my favorite posts of 2013

Tomorrow, this blog turns one. I’ve already started the celebrations for that in two previous posts, but before we kick off the festivities with a little giveaway come tomorrow, I’d like to take one last chance to look back on my favorite posts from the past year. Since the launch of this blog, I’ve publicized almost 200 posts of varying quality. Of course, I’m not the person to judge how good my own creations are, but I do have the right to have favorites. These favorites are the articles I’ve enjoyed writing because of their topic or content. I narrowed the list down to three, so here are my top three favorite posts of The Chindividual’s first year!

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The Chindividual celebrates: a few numbers

Gosh, it’s been a rough week at work so far, but one of the things that keeps me running is the fact that this blog will be one year old come Sunday! Since I can’t share cake, beer and pizza with you through the Internet, I’ll be sharing some cool prizes with you instead. What are those prizes? Well, I won’t tell you just yet, but you’ll be bound to enjoy them!

This post, however, will be about numbers. Ever since starting this blog, I’ve always asked myself how you can measure the success of your posts through numbers. Eventually, I learned that paying too much attention to those numbers only gets you worried about nothing. I’m not trying to feed me and my loved ones with this site, so why worry about how many people drop by? Still, I find the numbers interesting to look at, and I would like to share a few of them with you. Maybe you can compare them to your own, maybe you get scared by them because algebra traumatized you, or maybe you just see them as a veiled bragging attempt. You decide.

  • In the past year, The Chindividual has been viewed 9.101 times. That’s no unique hits. I know there are sites out there that get those views within hours, but I’m still proud to attract so many hits.
  • The vast majority of those hits come from the USA (4.232), followed by the United Kingdom (805), Canada (497) and my home country the Netherlands (462). Even combined, the hits from European countries can’t beat the Americans. Thanks for all the love, visitors from the other side of the Great Pond!
  • Most visitors dropped by in October (1.149), probably due to the awesome powers of the Newbie Blogger Initiative.
  • The most read posts of the first year are “How Jaime Lannister got on my good side” (763), “Why Dungeon World fascinates me” (267) and “Geek Jitsu – how I roll” (252). However, most hits still go to the homepage in general.
  • Finally, I was able to garner 168 followers on WordPress and 100 on Twitter.

These might be small numbers for some, but they are really big ones for me. Thanks for supporting me, and let’s hope these numbers are even bigger next year!

 

My therapists

I’m a mess of a person. Really, I am. I’m chaotic, unorganized, emotional, nervous, obsessive-compulsive, talk to myself, get headaches by thinking about the most idiotic things et cetera et cetera. Some of my even crazier friends ask me how I can handle putting up with them, but I guess that’s just because behind the wall of normality I’ve put up over the years, I’m just as insane and psychologically unstable as them. Trust me, it’s good that I got this wall of mine.

Luckily, I know when to get help. I don’t think that showing weakness is a sign of weakness, but rather one of responsibility. Considering that, I’ve made sure to put my mental health into the hands of not just one, but four very capable therapists. Alone, these experts are already formidable doctors, but combined, they create the foundation of my mental health. Seeing how it’s almost the first birthday of this blog, I think it’s time to introduce you to my four specialists.

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