Hello, you have reached the blog of Jay Petrequin, writer of Shattered Gemstones for The Pokemon Podcast and many things on Hey Poor Player, as well as actor in the youtube series The House that Built Itself. I am a writer who likes to analyze, snoop, and occasionally default to Wikipedia. This is a blog for updates about my writing, any other projects I might be involved with, and anything interesting that happens in my life.

 

On the topic of Pax’s “DIversity Lounge”

The following is a collection of tweets made last night by myself. I thought I may as well compile the entirety of my standpoint all in one place. Be warned, things got a bit heated. Everything is my opinion, and not indicative of Hey Poor Player or any other organizations I am or ever have been a part of. This is all me here.

You know what would be a much more inviting and legitimate safe place for equality in minorities? THE WHOLE CONVENTION. 

I just…fuck Penny Arcade. This time last year I was questioning them, but still enjoyed and respected them as an institution. No longer. I am just so completely done with the insensibility, closed-mindedness, and incompetence the entire group has shown in the last year.

And before I hear a single god-damned one of you tell me how “oh, they’re trying their best” no they’re not, go fuck yourself. They have made SO MANY MISTAKES in the last year between this, the revival of dickwolves, and the Gone Home fiasco. And you know what those things SHOULD HAVE BEEN? Learning opportunities. Do not tell me to give them a second chance. At this point, they have had more chances than they deserve, and they just keep making things worse. I don’t want to hear a god damn word.

My last word on this whole matter: 

You know what promotes diversity? Because I’m pretty sure making and continuously reviving rape jokes, and being insensitive to a large group of people to the point where it drives away DEVELOPERS? Yeah, That’s sure as fuck not gonna do that. And neither is setting up this “hub of diversity” which you KNOW none of the people who laughed at Dickwolves and the transjokes will be going ANYWHERE near. All you’re doing is offering people further isolation and detachment from the rest of the “community”. Do you know what WOULD promote equality and make Pax feel like a safe place for all? Not repeatedly shooting yourself in the foot with more and more comments and jokes that directly offend and disgust people! (by which I mean not just gay, bi, or trans individuals, but all sensible people) In other words, MAKING ALL PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME. If you insist on making the comments Gabe and Tycho have, it only proves that you are clinging to lowbrow humor with knuckles whiter than your shitty, fedora-clad fanbase! And I will admit I have been guilty of laughing at shit like this in the past, but I’ve grown up a bit and know when it’s pushed too far. 

tldr; equality is not achieved by singling out those who strive for it, it is achieved by making people welcome REGARDLESS of who they are. Guess what, dipshits? It is perfectly possible to write humor without offending an entire group of people.

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Superior Beasts- Pokemon X and Y Review - Hey Poor Player

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CALL OUT TO PROSPECTIVE GAME JOURNALISTS

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     Do you have a passion for critical writing, reporting, or reviewing? Do you love the shit out of video games? If so, Hey Poor Player may have an opportunity for you. 

     We’re looking for one or two writers to join our team. Everyone on the site does a fantastic job, but sadly we alone are no longer able to generate the amount of new, engaging day-to-day content that we would like to. That’s where you come in.

     We’re looking for writers potentially capable of handling both reviews and news pieces, but if you have a special area of interest that’s not a bad thing either. Hey Poor Player is very much the kind of website that likes to let each of its staff pick what they want to cover, and so we welcome you regardless of what area of gaming you are most interested in.

     So what actual criteria must you meet? We would prefer people with some prior experience, but exceptions can be made. Sometimes a person just has a really strong, albeit untapped, ability to write well. Even if you’ve never written for a website, though, we do need some kind of proof of what you’re capable of. Anything from previously published work to solo reviews written on your personal blog can work. It’s not so much about your history as it is your ability that matters to us. 

If interested, email us at deadpixels@heypoorplayer.com. This would not be paid work,a s we are not large enough of a website to make a substantial profit. We’re just enthusiast writers with lives, who love doing what we do. All applicants will be given the time of day, and your work will be looked over. We are only looking for one or two writers, but we welcome one and all to come to us. Best of luck and game on!

The Scholarly Update

I know, I know, I need to start using this blog more. I’ve been balancing the start of college with continuing to write for Hey Poor Player as much as possible, and things have been very busy. But busy is good.

A month in, College is pretty great. I’m taking an acting class I’m not a fan of, but that’s just one of my humanities. I probably won’t take anything with the teacher again, because she doesn’t exactly command respect in the classroom. All my other classes are good, though, and I’ve met some very cool people. Living away from home has been an absolute godsend as well. I’ve been able to focus on things a lot better.

On the Hey Poor Player front, I took a week or two off to settle in, but you can find some new stuff all the same, certainly since the last time I updated this blog. I reviewed Rayman Legends, as well as Mighty Switch Force 2 and Shin Megami Tensei IV a while back. The Kickstarter Watch series is back in full swing as well, most recently featuring Europa 2022. More to come, of course.

So yeah, keep an eye out here for more stuff about my writing and whatnot. Woo!

Turning Over a New Leaf- Animal Crossing: New Leaf Review | Hey Poor Player

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The ever expansive world of Animal Crossing New Leaf, where you, the mayor and pride of [Subject Hometown Here] has so much to do in it. You can spend hours hunting down each bug, spend days digging up each prehistoric fossil, or even weeks created your own designs to use as roads.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a whole new experience for both old and new players to the series. This newest installment in the series let’s you do everything mentioned above, and so much more. It’s anything you want it to be, and that’s the beauty of it. There are no other games out there like Animal Crossing. It’s an amazing town simulator filled to the top with hours of content, a entire year’s worth of things to do, and you can do as much of it or as little of it as you please.

Andrew’s first full review for the site. Check it out!

Incomplete Science: Remember Me Review | Hey Poor Player

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What is your earliest memory? Oddly enough, mine is the speaking of my very first word. I remember being very small, laying on my parents bed and looking up at the ceiling. The casing around the light in that room was an antique from an old barber shop, its logo painted across the face of it. I thought it was pretty cool, and so I managed to push my limited mental faculties to point up at it and identify it as “light”.

But what if this early childhood memory was not true? What if my real first memory had been something entirely different, like of some scarring abuse that, as far as I know now, never took place? Or what if my memory was of my first word, but it was something completely different? Something that, in some seemingly imperceptible way, would change the path of my life. What if somebody changed my memory to change my future decisions? My entire history would have been altered, with myself none the wiser. This is the way the world works in Remember Me.

A new review for y’all. This was very frustrating to slap a numbered score on, so please read the actual content and let that guide your judgement.

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Stuff I got at Albany Comic Con! The Pokemon figures are amazing, they’re all rejects. (some partially mispainted, and Kyogre with the one colossal fin) But at 50 cents each, I’ll take a few mutants and be on my way. ^^
The con was very small but pretty cool! I went to a very interesting panel about writers in the comics industry, and what it’s like working with artists as one half of a team, all of which is very relevant to me as I want to write graphic novels one day.

extremesalsaing:

Stuff I got at Albany Comic Con! The Pokemon figures are amazing, they’re all rejects. (some partially mispainted, and Kyogre with the one colossal fin) But at 50 cents each, I’ll take a few mutants and be on my way. ^^

The con was very small but pretty cool! I went to a very interesting panel about writers in the comics industry, and what it’s like working with artists as one half of a team, all of which is very relevant to me as I want to write graphic novels one day.