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Left Behind by Sabrewulf1880ChaosF
Left Behind

Inspired by: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkARMn…

“Left Behind” – Gustavo Santaolalla, ending theme to The Last of Us: Left Behind

Raising money to take my game review site further: sabrewulf1880chaosf.deviantart…
Available on RedBubble as prints & cases: www.redbubble.com/people/snipe…

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  • Listening to: Dearly Beloved
  • Reading: N/A
  • Watching: N/A
  • Playing: Fallout 3: Game of the Year
  • Eating: N/A
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper

Long post is looooooooooooooong.
---

So, about 3 years ago - give or take a few months - I decided to get back into reviewing video games. Back in 2007 or so, I had a small blog that I ran where I did just that, called ReviewHaven. The reviews weren't that great - I used scores, they weren't that in-depth, and I had no idea what I was really doing at the time.

Shortly after starting this blog, things went a little bad. Internet was lost, and I was unable to keep it going. Fast forward to 2012, and the drive to start that site back up hits me. I think it was the combination of realizing that VENOMGRAPHICS wasn't doing great, and that, honestly, graphic design just wasn't interesting me as much.

Seemed fitting - Metal Gear Solid 4 had just received a patch that added some new stuff to the game, so I decided to revisit an old review that I wrote for it. That was the first review posted on the new ReviewHaven.

After that, I pretty much hit it full force - dedicated Twitter account, Facebook page, and a Youtube channel, just in case.

Reviewed games fairly regularly - though they were only titles that I currently owned. Come 2013, I decide to take it more seriously. I start putting in requests to different developers/PR people for copies of newer titles.

Most of them end in rejection, or nothing at all. That is, until a request to Konami for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is responded to in a favorable light. It was at this moment, when I'm holding the envelope that contains a game that very few people currently had in my hands, and I'm reading the NDA, that I realize "Yeah, I think I can actually do this."

Later in the year, I decided to take to streaming on Twitch. Nothing fancy, just me, playing some games - mostly retro stuff on emulators. I also started posting videos to Youtube of my playthroughs.

More game requests. More rejection. And then, one day, an unexpected surprise. With no warning what-so-ever, one of the biggest games of the year - maybe even the generation - just shows up on my doorstep.

Now, I remembered that I sent a request in to Rockstar for GTA5 - but I never heard anything back from them confirming or denying that I'd be receiving anything.

It was then, opening that box and seeing all the neat stuff they threw in with it - stuff like stickers and a keychain - that I decided this was, officially, what I wanted to do. What I *really* wanted to do.

2014 rolls along - and I feel like I'm doing pretty well. I haven't gotten many more early titles since South Park, but I haven't given up. This is also around the time that I received my elgato, and started creating more content for my Youtube channel(s).

In the time since getting the capture device, I've gained 10 subscribers, and earned roughly 5,000 views on the channel. Sure, that's a small amount compared to a lot of people - but it's well over the amount I ever expected to receive. I've even got 2 videos that cracked the 1,000 views milestone. One of which is, somehow, approaching 2K.

Hell, I've even made a couple bucks from monetization - nowhere near enough for a payout or anything (Barely even cracked $4), but it's something. It's progress.

But I'm still not where I want to be. I'm closer than I ever was - but not quite there yet. Last year, I started up a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise money to advance all of this further.

I want to be able to stream and record at a better quality. I want to be able to have a dedicated host that won't shut my site down if I don't sign into the control panel for a month. I need to get a dedicated domain name, and advertising for the site.

Most importantly, I want to be able to continue to review new games. Pretty soon, I won't be able to.

That's where the campaign comes in. I need to raise about $2,500 to cover everything I need - a new PC, new consoles, PC monitor(s), hosting, domain name, advertising, etc. Thanks to receiving a couple of the items I wanted to get recently (The elgato and Vita) the total is dropped from $3,500.

Link to the campaign: www.gofundme.com/reviewhavenst…
Article written last year about this, on ReviewHaven:reviewhaven.x10.mx/reviewhaven…

Just to note - I'll consider all proceeds from other shops, such as myRedbubble store, to be going towards this goal. Any graphic design work that I get counts as well.

RedBubble shop: www.redbubble.com/people/snipe…
VenomGraphics services: venomgraphics.x10.mx/services/
Society6 Shop: society6.com/venomgraphics

Any and all help is appreciated. Even if you can't donate, can't afford any of the stuff I sell, or don't need any design work done - just spreading this around can help immensely.

Thanks, guys.

  • Listening to: Dearly Beloved
  • Reading: N/A
  • Watching: N/A
  • Playing: Fallout 3: Game of the Year
  • Eating: N/A
  • Drinking: Dr Pepper

Long post is looooooooooooooong.
---

So, about 3 years ago - give or take a few months - I decided to get back into reviewing video games. Back in 2007 or so, I had a small blog that I ran where I did just that, called ReviewHaven. The reviews weren't that great - I used scores, they weren't that in-depth, and I had no idea what I was really doing at the time.

Shortly after starting this blog, things went a little bad. Internet was lost, and I was unable to keep it going. Fast forward to 2012, and the drive to start that site back up hits me. I think it was the combination of realizing that VENOMGRAPHICS wasn't doing great, and that, honestly, graphic design just wasn't interesting me as much.

Seemed fitting - Metal Gear Solid 4 had just received a patch that added some new stuff to the game, so I decided to revisit an old review that I wrote for it. That was the first review posted on the new ReviewHaven.

After that, I pretty much hit it full force - dedicated Twitter account, Facebook page, and a Youtube channel, just in case.

Reviewed games fairly regularly - though they were only titles that I currently owned. Come 2013, I decide to take it more seriously. I start putting in requests to different developers/PR people for copies of newer titles.

Most of them end in rejection, or nothing at all. That is, until a request to Konami for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is responded to in a favorable light. It was at this moment, when I'm holding the envelope that contains a game that very few people currently had in my hands, and I'm reading the NDA, that I realize "Yeah, I think I can actually do this."

Later in the year, I decided to take to streaming on Twitch. Nothing fancy, just me, playing some games - mostly retro stuff on emulators. I also started posting videos to Youtube of my playthroughs.

More game requests. More rejection. And then, one day, an unexpected surprise. With no warning what-so-ever, one of the biggest games of the year - maybe even the generation - just shows up on my doorstep.

Now, I remembered that I sent a request in to Rockstar for GTA5 - but I never heard anything back from them confirming or denying that I'd be receiving anything.

It was then, opening that box and seeing all the neat stuff they threw in with it - stuff like stickers and a keychain - that I decided this was, officially, what I wanted to do. What I *really* wanted to do.

2014 rolls along - and I feel like I'm doing pretty well. I haven't gotten many more early titles since South Park, but I haven't given up. This is also around the time that I received my elgato, and started creating more content for my Youtube channel(s).

In the time since getting the capture device, I've gained 10 subscribers, and earned roughly 5,000 views on the channel. Sure, that's a small amount compared to a lot of people - but it's well over the amount I ever expected to receive. I've even got 2 videos that cracked the 1,000 views milestone. One of which is, somehow, approaching 2K.

Hell, I've even made a couple bucks from monetization - nowhere near enough for a payout or anything (Barely even cracked $4), but it's something. It's progress.

But I'm still not where I want to be. I'm closer than I ever was - but not quite there yet. Last year, I started up a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise money to advance all of this further.

I want to be able to stream and record at a better quality. I want to be able to have a dedicated host that won't shut my site down if I don't sign into the control panel for a month. I need to get a dedicated domain name, and advertising for the site.

Most importantly, I want to be able to continue to review new games. Pretty soon, I won't be able to.

That's where the campaign comes in. I need to raise about $2,500 to cover everything I need - a new PC, new consoles, PC monitor(s), hosting, domain name, advertising, etc. Thanks to receiving a couple of the items I wanted to get recently (The elgato and Vita) the total is dropped from $3,500.

Link to the campaign: www.gofundme.com/reviewhavenst…
Article written last year about this, on ReviewHaven:reviewhaven.x10.mx/reviewhaven…

Just to note - I'll consider all proceeds from other shops, such as myRedbubble store, to be going towards this goal. Any graphic design work that I get counts as well.

RedBubble shop: www.redbubble.com/people/snipe…
VenomGraphics services: venomgraphics.x10.mx/services/
Society6 Shop: society6.com/venomgraphics

Any and all help is appreciated. Even if you can't donate, can't afford any of the stuff I sell, or don't need any design work done - just spreading this around can help immensely.

Thanks, guys.

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James D. Headrick
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
My name is James, I’m a freelance graphic designer currently based in the Tampa Bay area in Florida. I got my start in 2005. Like many, I started out with just simple editing – adding text, retouching. I then moved up to signature design and then finally on to actual graphic design.

I primarily do logo and web design, with some print work – business cards, flyers, etc. I also do abstract art such as fractals, and abstract 3D renders. I’ve also recently gotten into motion graphics – though I doubt I’m going to do that professionally – it’s more of a hobby.

You can see some of what I consider to be my best work right here on my portfolio. You can also find me on Behance.

When I’m not diving head first into Photoshop, or Apophysis, I’m usually gaming. I’m an avid gamer – primarily on the Playstation 3, though I do some light gaming on my PC as well.

In my spare time, I like to write game reviews spanning multiple consoles – from retro [NES/Genesis] to present day [Playstation 3/360]
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:iconlukebyfield:
lukebyfield Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm digging the Illustrator work man, I've been using it a fair bit recently

You sold many tees?
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NecromancerGFX Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have some epic work.
Keep it up its amazing
+Watched
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday man. Have a nice one.
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HeyItsTudes Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey man, long time no talk lol. u never responded on ps3 :(

btw, is psnp more active than ps3t?
on ps3t, besides the forum games, its pretty dead when it comes to gaming section.
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Scarry Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Thanks for the donation! Really appreciate it! :D
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understick Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, finally found you around here :D
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The35thChamber Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those tagwalls of yours are brilliant man!!

I'm definitely watching out for more work :D
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code2 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks alot for the :+devwatch: appreciated! :squee:
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:iconrenegdr:
Renegdr Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Yeah you better favourite that wp :p
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Hypnotizin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hey its DeadSilence45, just dropping by saying "hey" :D
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DareCity701 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey pal, Wassup? :)
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HeyItsTudes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, long time no see buddy lol
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KyleChadwick Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, hey Fox :wave:
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RhymeToTheReason Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey SniperFox! :D It's JackAttack. ^_^

Hoping you can get your computer to stop being n00bish so you can start creating some more sigs for me to drool over. :P
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HeyItsTudes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Guess who :)
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MxARCHiExH Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Have you ever had a problem on deviantART before where the work you upload vanishes? I have uploaded a picture 3 times and it will not appear on my account and the only way people can view it is by clicking the download tab. Any help is appreciated.
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Tortuegfx Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
thanks for the fav!
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Onimar Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks for the watch! :D
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djunglistGFX Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   Digital Artist
i donated 2 points...but it showed up Anonymous Deviant
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Ishamz Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the watch!
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TrueLovePrevails Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks for the fav!
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