Dear Brian – Whats your proudest gaming accomplishment?
Hmmm…this is a tough question, partially because I smoke so much weed I can barely remember any of them.
I was pretty proud of when I was able to purchase a Sega Genesis with the money I earned from my newspaper route at 11 years old. Owning my own video game console was like a dream to the youngest of the family.
I got second place in the Blockbuster Video Game Championship in Arizona back in the early 90s when I was around 12 – I was pretty proud of that. Of course back then nobody imagined competitive gaming getting as big as it is now. Being raised on military bases, my guidance counselor recommended a military career instead.
Beyond that, there have been a few – defeating all the Weapons (Emerald, Ruby, and Ultima, if I remember correctly) in Final Fantasy 7, mastering Halo 2’s physics to the point I had dozens of PVP matches where I want over 10 and 0, beating Street Fighter 2 on one quarter, etc.
I guess if I had to write a top 10 I’d also include being approved for media credentials for E3 for the last 3 years, having played Killer Queen Arcade, and attending PAX Prime.
Dear Brian – What initial link building do you always do for a new site?
It’s 2016 and you’re launching a new site; where and what types of sites do you get your first 50 or so links from?
I get most of my site links by simply contributing articles to outside publications. I’ve been published in over a dozen major media sites, and that’s how I built the links for my site.
If you’re looking for advice on what you should do to get inbound links, I’d recommend searching for websites, blogs, and YouTube channels that cover whatever it is you’re covering or selling on your blog.
Whatever you do, don’t break Google’s rules with black-hat SEO tactics, or you’ll likely lose it when Google updates to Penguin 4.0 this month.
Dear Brian – What makes a good gaming PC?
Memory and a great graphics card are the most important factors in a gaming PC. This is because today’s 3D video games are very graphic intensive. The video card and memory allow you to play on higher settings without experiencing lag.
The CPU is also important, but multi-core processors are pretty easy to find.
A good gaming PC these days should have at least 16 GB RAM and a video card capable of at least 4K resolution. You may not have a 4K monitor, but you’ll eventually buy a VR headset and wish you had that graphics card once you do.
Your PC should also be capable of running video streaming programs like Twitch or even recording programs like Fraps and Handbrake.
You should also have a decent internet connection, as many of the best games are online.
Dear Brian – I recently gave up drinking, video games, and netflix. What should I do on a Friday night?
You should probably find a girlfriend/boyfriend and start dating and having sex. This is a great way to kill some time on a Friday night.
Beyond that, I don’t understand why you’d give up drinking, video games, and Netflix all at once. Were you doing them simultaneous to the point that it was getting unhealthy?
I usually spend my Friday nights and weekends working because it’s an easy way to get ahead of everyone else, but that’s just me. If you hate your job, or don’t have one, you could always go outside and enjoy nature.
There are literally millions of things you could do – this is a really dumb question.
Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work appears in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, The Street, and Hardcore Droid.