Facebook Gaming vs SimmyDizzle


Well, you seen it here first folks, that is, if you haven’t followed my Facebook Gaming page yet that is. I have moved from Twitch over to Facebook Gaming. This was a hard decision to make made easy by Twitch changing its policies and literally sending out an email that said they will limit the freedom of expression on their platform.

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Am I Haunted?

So, my girlfriend told me that when I am not home, the sleep she has is amazing. However when I am home, there is a dark, foreboding feeling in the air. Surely I do not feel this, but she does. Apparently, there is an air of darkness around me. For those whom know me, know I am an easy going person, no issues with just about anything. I am kind, gentle, loving. But my girlfriend, well, she says I am clearly haunted; and well, I think she may be right.

Let us rewind a bit in my life, and I’ll tell you of all the really weird, outright otherworldly things that have transpired to draw the conclusion, that yes, I am indeed, haunted. Be prepared for a whirlwind ride here; I assure you, you won’t want to miss a single bit of it.


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1982-1986, The first haunting

The first home I lived in was a dark and brooding home of random, crazy events, but why haunted? Well, let me tell you. Lets go with this.

This world is a dark one, and I started off experiencing darkness. It is known that some children suffer from night terrors. Screaming, frantically at night, unable to settle down. Mine came with me every night, staring into the corner of my room, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It freaked my mother out, every night, I would wake screaming, staring at the corner. The same corner.

But that wasn’t my only experience of darkness in this home.

Some experiences were different, so lets lay it down for you. We kept having things go missing from our house. As this housing was a military house, many people had lived there before us, we figured someone still had a key, and was coming in and stealing from us.

One day, my parents bought fresh dishwasher detergent, and like always, it was placed on top of the dishwasher. We went out in the back yard, for maybe 20-30 minutes to play. When we returned into the house, it was gone. My dad being military police, figured someone still had a key and the housing agency hadn’t changed the locks. Someone had clearly used the key and came into the house and taken our stuff. Since this wasn’t the first time someone went missing, my dad decided to get the locks replaced.

Broken Lock Tumblers

The housing agency replaced the locks, we confirmed they were working, and within 2 hours, both the front doors locks, and the back doors locks, were broken. Housing came and restored the old locks, because simply, our locks were destroyed. But by what? Nobody was there, we were in the house, and the doors were unlocked. So how did they break? Nobody knows.

To make things a little more weird, my brother and I would often eat in the basement with our Pound Puppy TV Trays.

After we were done eating, we would place our trays under the couch. This was a normal routine for us. For my brother though, he would put his favourite book on top of his tray. The night before Christmas. It was always on his tray. One day, it was simply gone. Not there, my parents pulled the couch out, lifted it, moved it, the book was just, well, gone. Another stolen item? But who steals a childs book, from under a couch, between breakfast, and lunch, while a whole family is home? Certainly a question to be asked. But it was simply gone.

The weird things kept adding up, my night terrors, disappearing items, what else could possibly happen? Well, bringing up my dad again, he would fall backwards down the stairs, while going up the stairs. He would often say, it felt like he was pushed, but would come up with some excuse for why and how it happened. Much like the windows we had in the bathroom, that would open themselves. My dad would always say something about air pressure causing the window (the old slider style, that slides up to open), would simply open itself due to change in air pressure. As a child, I believed him, as an adult. I don’t know.

But yet, there is even more, one day, shortly after the locks were broken and replaced, we left the house to buy more detergent for the dishwasher. As ours was well, stolen, missing, gone. When we got home, we found our stereo turned on, blaring louder than you could imagine, and the detergent that was missing, was clearly, on top of the dishwasher. Exactly where it was before it was taken. The box, still unopened. Now, we had two.

One of the last thins to happen before we moved though is truly the weirdest. One day, my mother was cleaning the basement, and a glint caught her eye, she got down onto the floor, and picked up a ring. A black, opal, ring. She said until the day she died, that it was a gift from the ghost of the house. Weirdly enough, the same day the opal ring appeared, my brothers Christmas book also reappeared on his TV Tray.

These random events happened continually between 1982 and 1986. We moved when I was 4, in 1986. After we moved, we learned that the person who lived in the house before us, had hung himself in the basement and the house had been empty for 5 years before we moved in.

But, does that mean the house is haunted, and not me? Lets continue down this road.


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1986-1992, What the hell?

During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, there were significantly less ‘hauntings’ and random things. My father stopped falling down stairs backwards, windows stopped opening, items stopped going missing, my night terrors, for the most part, stopped, for the most part that is. But I will touch on that shortly.

Whenever I would go to my grandparents house during this timeframe, my night terrors would return. Significantly different than in our first house as a family. But what had changed in this timeframe? What could possibly of been different? Well, the answer is, after we moved, my mom filled out house with angels, statues, prayer


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1992-1995, The cold frontier

During this time, another military posting, we moved to a place called Goose Bay, Labrador. It was a cold and unforgiving atmosphere. And most of our possessions remained in storage. Including a large quantity of angels. My night terrors persisted, without the screaming of a young child. Just dark dreams. And in the dark, I would see faces, you heard me, faces, I thought it was my fears as a child playing tricks on me. And it very well could of been. They would appear far more often in the basement.

Further to that, nothing bad appeared to be happening to my family any more, only me. The demons of my sleep were all consuming. Sleep, well, wasn’t an option. I’d close my eyes and the terrors would begin.

These continued for well, my entire life, so I won’t bare to talk of them further. I believe I nailed that home.


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1996-Present (2021)

Weird things continue to happen around me, from missing items, to night terrors. But, they simple hadn’t effected other people in my life after my first house. However; a recent event has made us wonder if I am haunted.

One night, about 6 months ago, my girlfriend was sleeping, I was gone to work for a midnight shift, she woke up, being choked as she describes it. The room was dark, cold, nobody else was there, but she describes the feeling as if two hands were wrapped around her neck, choking her out.

It would seem, the demon that haunts me, couldn’t find me and accosted her instead. Many times throughout my life I awoke unable to breath. As if being choked. But until this was told to me by her, I had never thought anything of it. I just figured I had sleep apnea or something. But the description she gave was all too familiar. All too scary. My demon, effecting those around me.

The dark, cold, feeling, the empty feeling, but yet, not alone, the words she used to describe it, put fear into me. What if, I am in fact, haunted. What if, the corner I stared into as a child, was me looking at the demon, looking at me? What if, it follows me in every walk of life?

Surely you must be wondering if I am off my rocker by this. I assure you, I am not.

The other day, she poised the idea that I was haunted, because she knows I cannot sleep, night terrors still plague my nights, she told me that I am clearly haunted. And I am starting to believe I am.

You decide if you think I am haunted, I feel as if I am. Evil, dark things are ever present in my life. Only one things is consistent in my life, that a dark entity has latched itself to my spirit, or perhaps, it is my very spirit. But the darkness plagues my life, and others, others are starting to see it.

I Watched 8 “Nightmare on Elm Street Movies” in 7 Days

Just as blogging is a dead art form, DVDs (like most physical media) are a dying/dead media. Well, I am combining both by writing a blog entry about how I watched some movies on DVD! Soon I will be in a coffin because I am old and will also be dead.

It just so happens that the DVDs I have watched are part of an 8-DVD collection of films from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, which, if you didn’t know, is a series of movies that feature the delightful hijinx of a loveable trickster named Frederick Krueger who entertains children in their very dreams! If you are totally unfamiliar with the series, I strongly suggest watching it.

I will be giving each individual movie a rating and then I will present my ordered list of preferences, which, due to my position as a respected film critic, will be revered as paradigm-shifting and will establish an entirely new era of film critique and film series preference ordering. You may wonder about the 2010 remake, but I have never seen it, and there is a good chance I will never; as far as I am concerned, it has no place on this list.

Anyway, here are the movies in release order with my ratings:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A classic film!

A Nightmare on Elm Street, in addition to being a classic of horror cinema, was also the debut of Johnny Depp as an actor. This film also introduced entire concept of the main antagonist (for me, I really consider him the protagonist) Freddy Krueger and did so in an extremely smooth fashion. This film didn’t have the budget of its following entries in the series, but the (practical) effects were excellent and the acting was coherent, even if it suffered by having actors in their 30’s play high school students.

My Rating: 10/10

I find it incredibly difficult to not rate this movie a solid 10, and I mean, that is the rating I am giving it. This has every good aspect of a horror movie: building tension, creepiness, horror moments, gore, and even a little bit of nudity. Obviously there are things that I would prefer changed or done slightly differently, but this is a film I could watch multiple times (I have) and still enjoy every aspect.

Kim Myers and Mark Patton in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985)
A great sequel!

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, is the first sequel in the series. A lot of people seem to think that no sequel can ever match the original, but I don’t always agree. The success of the first film ensured that the sequel had a larger budget (about double) and that money was well-spent on practical effects that really started to ratchet up the dream-like insanity of Freddy’s imagination and bloodlust. It is possible to enjoy this movie without having seen the first, but this movie is made better by having a little background knowledge.

My Rating: 9/10

I know I just got finished writing how a sequel can’t match the original and how I disagreed, but I mean, let me get this clear, this is a really great flick, but it just misses a little bit of the tension of the original and I really would have liked a little nudity (sorry not sorry). Although, on that topic, if you read the “parent’s guide” on IMDB, this one sounds like a hardcore homosexual porno, but I don’t really agree with that assessment. Whatever. Highly recommended and if not “as good” as the original, it is still an excellent experience.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Starting to drift from the main concept a bit…

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, the second sequel, and is a mixed bag for many reasons. This film, like the first sequel, also had the benefit of a larger budget and that budget was spent on effects, notably this was the first of the series to feature computer animation, although in very small sequences. The (practical) effects are truly excellent and fairly over-the-top which is welcome, but the story starts to suffer as this film really starts to expand on the “dream world” elements of the film universe, which is not what I want in a horror movie, I want people getting mangled, not weird dream interactions between children.

My rating: 8/10

I want to be clear here: most of the story involving the eponymous “Dream Warriors” is kind of a real drag; this movie relies on another excellent portrayal of Freddy and some truly imaginative sequences with effects to match. There is a lot of “cringe” in this flick, but there are a lot of good scenes as well. Overall, I really enjoyed it and I think any fan of series should also, and for the general film-watching public, it should be pretty good; give it a try.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Starting to lose it a bit.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, like the previous entry this movie really starts to fall apart in the coherency department due to the further exploration of the dream world. For me; however, I really liked how everything was just kind of shoe-horned in and somewhat forced – the feeling is almost nostalgic and for me, gives the movie a feeling of mystery. The film also represents another positive step in the effects department and I feel that with a few small exceptions, the effects not only stand up to current efforts, but often surpass them. The big knock that I have for this movie is the lack of gore, this is the first entry in the series where gore really takes a backseat, every kill being almost entirely bloodless, and this, for me, for many horror/gore fans, is inexcusable.

My Rating: 7/10

Yeah, another high rating, but I mean, I am a fan of the series. I will note that the direction on this one and the lack of gore were what really harmed this one. The director and/r writer clearly had a hard-on for 1950’s America and it had a negative impact on the aesthetic… …yet, the director also had really amazing camerawork and scene composition, so, wow, hard decisions here. If this had been made by the same team as 2 or 3 but with the technological advancements and improvements in effects, this would have been a 10.

A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (1989)
Basically a continuation of 4.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, is for me, basically a continuation of the previous film – it has most of the same characters, deals with the same story arc, and largely features the same plot. This movie does have one of my favourite depictions of Freddy, so I can’t consider it to be total trash.

My rating: 7/10

The rating may seem strange since this is basically a copy of the previous. I deduct points for lack of originality, but add points due to increase in quality, so it evens out.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)
A new outlook.

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, well, I guess this sequel dropped around the time when it became unpopular to have numbers in the title for sequels. This one abandons the story arc of the last two films and settle on a new one that brings more characterization to Freddy and shows a bit of his life before he was an undead dream master. There is a lot of creativity in this one and it has a lot of film-parody elements.

My rating: 8/10

For me, this is more of a “return to form” and definitely fits a bit closer to the first sequel. I really would have liked to see a bit more gore, not to note that the film shies away from it, but simply would benefit with some more.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
A film so meta it will gaslight you.

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, is an evolution, not only of the entire film series, but also of writer/director Wes Craven. After being away from the series for a decade, the original creator comes back with an entirely different type of horror movie. Whereas previous incarnations were focused on strict horror, this film includes an incredible psychological aspect and blurs, even more, the border between dream/film/and reality.

My rating: 9/10

Everything here is amazing; it is difficult to choose between quality writing and excellent special effects. This film relies on having a knowledge of who and what the film series are about; but, it is easily digestible for someone who only really knows about Freddy Krueger, but hasn’t necessarily seen any of the films. This one is definitely the most “thinking man’s” horror film of the series, but has enough of the traditional stuff for the fans of the earlier films.

Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger in Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
The crossover that existed in fan’s minds for years before it was made.

Freddy Vs. Jason is my favourite in the series (funny enough, it is my favourite in the Friday the 13th series as well). This movie, is as far as I’m concerned, one of the greatest films ever made. Even by traditional metrics of judgement, this flick has it all, character development, a triumph in spite of a hopeless situation, and all of the atmosphere and coherency you could ever want. This flick also combines CGI and practical effects in the best possible manner and all CGI elements are in the background. This is even approachable for newcomers to either series, but is especially great for fans of either/both.

My rating: 10/10

This film is golden, liquid platinum, diamonds, whatever you value, this film is that. Of course I am biased, but everyone has a bias, but anyone that does not enjoy this film is trying to not enjoy it. There is not a scene in this film that is lazily composed and everything about this entire production is overwhelmingly professional. I recommend.

That’s that! Now, that I’ve review each individual film, here is my ordered list of the 8 films, from my favourite to least favourite. Make sure you let me know how bad my list is in the comments, and don’t forget to vote in the poll below my list as well!

  1. Freddy Vs. Jason
  2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  3. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  5. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
  6. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  7. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  8. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

All film poster from IMDB

WARZONE Hackers

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an outstanding game by Activision and Infinity Ward. This game defied all odds when it launched to the criticial success it did being a re-imaging of the classic game. It was beautifully done, and they have continued to add more, and more features as time has gone on. Bringing forth the amazing successful battle royale feature that everyone had wanted. This has been called WARZONE. It contains multiple modes, Blood Money and Battle Royale. Both are amazing, and both, are riddled with hackers.

Parachuting in by the Dam

This game has crossplay enabled by default for most people, PC and XBox users. And that is where the title of this article comes from. PC players are experiencing massive issues with hackers in the game, wallhacks, aim-bots, the works. This is a crazy bad problem for us console gamers, as we are now being exposed to hacks and it is ruining the game.

For everyone who spouts PC Master Race, I would like to remind you, that these problems don’t exist on console, and if they do, I never seen them before crossplay was added. And so goes for all my friends who are also console gamers.

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Call of Duty deserves better than this; and I have a solution that benefits everyone! Give console players the ability to only be crossplay with other consoles, or with everyone, or out ride disabled crossplay. As an XBox Gamer, I’d have loads of fun teaming up against Playstation gamers. While I do have friends on Playstation, and I have the game itself on the Playstation as well, I would like to point out there really is no hate for the other console from me. I love gaming, no matter where I find it. PC, Xbox, Playstation, it doesn’t matter. But what does matter is that gaming experience being ruined by game hackers.

Just some Pew Pew from the back of a quad.

With some simple steps the Console players can eliminate the hacker issue while the developers of the game focus on dealing with the Hackers properly. As they should. These hackers are ruining a great game, and a great opportunity for Activision to make seriously good money. If these hacks continue, they will lose their fanbase, playerbase, and alienate the people who want to give them money, by not dealing with the hackers. Hackers of games like this take pleasure in ruining the experience for other gamers. And are in no way, shape, or form, good at the game, no matter how much they want to tell themselves that they are. They are simply losers and are pathetic. That is right, I am calling them out. Get good and come back without your hacks and chall me bro. In the meantime, I’m going to get back to gaming, disabled crossplay, losing out on playing with lots of friends, simply because losers like this exist. Pathetic, limp dick, baby penis losers.