Achievement Unlocked: Gold Medal!

October 27th, 2013

During our gaming marathon, we officially raised over $1,000, meeting our goal and unlocking the Extra Life Gold Medal! Thanks everyone for your help and support!

Since the official Extra Life marathon is not happening until November 2nd and the official make-up day is not until November 9th, donations are still open! To make an online donation, go here: http://www.extra-life.org/participant/nhathy
and click the “Support This Participant” button on the page. Anyone can donate, so feel free to share this link with whoever you’d like.

I made Extra Life achievement badges that you can download in a .ZIP file here (includes silver and gold images). Feel free to use and share them with your friends.

Achivement Unlocked! Raised $500 for kids through Extra Life!

Achievement Unlocked: Silver Medal!

October 8th, 2013

Yay! Thanks everyone for your help and support! We’ve officially raised over $500 and have unlocked the Extra Life Silver Medal!

We’ve still got only 18 days until I do the marathon on Saturday, October 26th, 2013 to meet my goal of $700 (and hopefully surpass it to unlock the Extra Life Gold Medal)!

To make an online donation, go here: http://www.extra-life.org/participant/nhathy
and click the “Support This Participant” button on the page. Anyone can donate, so feel free to share this link with whoever you’d like.

I made Extra Life achievement badges that you can download in a .ZIP file here (includes silver and gold images). Feel free to use and share them with your friends.

Achivement Unlocked! Raised $500 for kids through Extra Life!

Extra Life 2013

August 24th, 2013

I’m participating in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon that helps raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

Join me and sign up to play for 24-hrs straight on November 2, 2013 or help me reach my goal by donating! I’m starting off by trying to beat my last year’s fundraising goal of $700.

For more information or to donate, visit my donation page here.

Please help me out by donating or sharing this link with your friends and family.

Thanks for your time, support and participation!

Extra Life

San Diego Comic Con 2013

July 10th, 2013

Super excited to be going to San Diego Comic Con 2013! This is would be my second year going.

Hope to see you there!

sdcc_logo

My Idea for an Xbox One Lending System

May 29th, 2013

One of the many concerns gamers are having over Xbox One is the lack of ability to bring a game to a friend’s house to play on their own account. After a backlash from gamers, Microsoft has softened its stance and has dismissed used-game fees as a ‘potential scenario’.

Technology is already leaning towards digital distribution. Amazon already has a system for their Kindle that allows users to lend books to their friends. Why not take this system and modify it for Xbox? Microsoft could implement a system where gamers can lend games to friends over Xbox Live and only allow one version of the game to be activated at a time. It would simulate lending a physical copy of a game to a friend, without having to physically meet up with them. This way, you can even lend games to friends across the world! The only downside to this system would be having to wait for the game to download.

By having a digital lending system, you (or your friend) could never lose your game collection or have to replace games because an angry ex decided to smash all of them. As the game’s owner, you should have the ability to take back your game at any time, also something you can’t really do in real life if someone decided to disappear off the face of the planet (no, I’m not talking from personal experience at all…). This system would still allow for companies such as GameFly to continue to rent games, either by having several accounts under their control or seeing if Microsoft would create a special type of account for them (having the ability to lend games to people who they aren’t friends with or not having a cap on their friends list). With digital distribution, it would cut down on postage and lost/never-returned games, allowing them to possibly decrease their subscription amount (but I seriously doubt they would).

At the same time, Microsoft could implement a digital trading/trade-in system. Gamers could barter with one another or trade-in their game for credits toward a different game or even something else altogether (like software, apps, anything you could buy in the Microsoft Store). People complaining about Microsoft implementing a fee for activating used games should remind themselves how GameStop works. As long as the fee isn’t unreasonable, it can be seen as a transaction fee. At least the money could possibly be used for better server support, maintenance, or to offset the inevitable losses they will gain from selling the Xbox One.

Another awesome side effect to this system would be the ability to gift games to your friends. It would be really easy to modify the lending system, to allow for gamers to gift games (or even credits) to one another, something that is currently lacking from Xbox Live. Unlike Steam, you should also be allowed to gift games you don’t play anymore to friends or donate them to hospitals.

This system I’m suggesting is certainly not perfect and I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting or overlooking something important, but it’s better than whatever Microsoft is (or isn’t) saying right now.

XBOX ONE