October 7, 2010

You’ve Got an Hour to Impress Me

Welcome. Thanks for dropping by. I hope I have your undivided attention. Well, at least for the next little while. Let me start by telling you a bit about myself.

I am a sci-fi fan, a tech geek, and a gamer and I have been most of my life. My love of computers started with the Commodore VIC20 in 1980 when I was 9 years old (yeah, I’m that old!). My everlasting love of video gaming followed suit in 1982 with the advent of the Colecovision and the Commodore 64 (where I taught myself how to code). Believe it or not, I still have my Commodore 64, but over the years, all my game disks have gone missing so it’s essentially useless now. Throughout the years, I have had nearly all the mainstream gaming systems since the NES as well as the handheld devices.

As I got older my love of gaming has never dwindled, but what has dwindled is my available time to play. I am the father of 3 beautiful girls, Eria (13), Ezri (11), and Sydney (10) and most of my gaming now comes after the family has retired for the night which only gives me an hour or so to play. To be honest, however, this is just enough for me to unwind at the end of the day. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can still play for hours on end when I’m given the chance but these chances are becoming rarer these days.

This brings us to my reason for this new blog. I have had an idea for a few years now for a different kind of gaming review. I am not here to give you a full-fledged review after playing and finishing an entire game. You can go to any number of great gaming sites, including my good friend Justin’s site found at, for such a review. What I aim to give you are my initial thoughts on a title after only one hour of solid gameplay. My lasting first impressions, if you will. With my limited available time to play, new games must be able to grab my attention within that limited hour of play in order to bring me back to it. If the game doesn’t give me a reason to come back the next day, why would I do so? I will simply move on to the next game in the list, or go back to a title that successfully proved its worth.

It is my hope that this kind of review will be of interest to those who share in my game-time-limited lifestyle. I will tell you what I liked about the game, what I didn’t like and whether I feel it would be worthy of spending many more hours of play in the world it portrays.

Feel free to leave comments on what you think of this idea and if you’re on Twitter you can follow me at

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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  1. Kyle Poole

    Great idea for a site! I’m also lucky if I get a few hours here and there for gaming, so reviews focused on these types of gamers will be very welcomed.

  2. holtcam

    What a great point you make. Yes, some people just don’t need to comment to feel they have participated to the fullest. That’s not their style. You’re right on the money with that. Thanks for remembering them.

  3. Stem cell

    You ought to seriously think about working on growing this blog into a serious voice in this market. You obviously have a good knowledge of the areas all of us are searching for on this website anyways and you could potentially even earn a dollar or three from some advertising. I would explore following recent news and raising the volume of blog posts you make and I bet you’d start earning some great traffic in the near future. Just an idea, good luck in whatever you do!

  4. World of Warcraft Cataclysm

    Awesome stuff man, Very useful. I like the way you write. Do you currently have an RSS feed?

    • Xiantayne

      Thank you very much! Yes there is an RSS feed available. Just select the RSS Feed icon on the top right corner of the site. That should give you the feed.

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