Its intention is to be the family hauler, wife daily, and future adventure vehicle.
Growing up as a kid my dad always mentioned we owned or had a claim to a castle in Europe. By own or had a claim to, I knew he always meant we owned a piece of it with everyone with our last name.
My last name is Korecki. Apparently, I am a descendant of the princely family which owned the Korets Castle located in Korets, Ukraine.
This is the current state of my castle, clearly not liveable, and saying I own it is like saying I own stock in a Fortune 500 company, but who cares - castle:
Given the time period and current population growth I would just ballpark I am 1/100th owner of this castle.
This is all Google-able, Wikipedia-able information.
Facts I could find:
Weird history that just doesn't really make sense is Wikipedia (let's face it college professors are right it isn't a source of information) says my family line died out in 1651 but here I am with the last name from someone and clearly my dad has some knowledge of it passed to him through the family.
Story time. Once upon a time I got out of college and was very fortunate according to every interview I have ever had since then that I worked for Bethesda Softworks basically getting paid to test video games (obviously more than that, but basically what it was). I was only there for about 5 months (it is contract work, you sign a contract to work then contracts end, then you can come back after a period of time) then I found a job with a fortune 500 company and there I have been since then.
When I was with Bethesda I worked on a bunch of DLC including all of the Skyrim DLC and all the patches at the time as well as some DLC for the game Rage. DLC and patches 90% of the time don't get their own credits roll, so the only chance to see my name in a credits roll was from the full game releases I worked on at the time. I worked on Dishonored and Doom 3 BFG Edition to which point my name is in the credits. At the time, Bethesda and iD Software were also re-releasing an OG Doom digital package for PC and PS3 called Doom Classic Complete.
On PC through Steam it would just be a package of separate games no credits roll. For PS3, it was a full game digital release with its own credits roll. I of course saw my name in the credits roll while testing the game, but I could not take pictures of preproduction things and I did not own a PS3 at the time of release. I assumed like everyone does on YouTube, someone would record the credits roll to get their YouTube pennies. No one did and still has not.
The PS3 is old enough and cheap enough I thought about just buying one and looking up my name on my own at this point, but I learned that Doom Classic Complete was de-listed from the PS marketplace. Often done for license issues on music, but for this release seems to have been de-listed to avoid confusion as half of the Doom series is simply named Doom and a new customer you want to buy your newest Doom release named Doom might not know which to buy.
The saving grace to this story is MobyGames. MobyGames is like the IMDB for video games. If someone's name appears in a video game (and they logged it) it will combine them and treat it like a resume or IMDB page. For year 10 years it just said I worked on Dishonored and Doom 3 BFG (no DLC remember) until recently I see someone uploaded the credits for Doom Classic Complete PS3 and it tagged to my name. Personal nostalgia level 10 achieved.
Fun fact - my name "should be" in another Doom release, but wasn't. The 2016 game release titled Doom. I was part of a select few to test multiplayer components (I think that is about all an NDA will allow me to say). I waited 4 years to see if my name was in the credits and it wasn't. Real bummer. I read this Kotaku article from 2020 and didn't feel as bad as it seems to happen all the time. https://kotaku.com/how-game-companies-use-credits-to-reward-or-punish-de-1840905129
The credits weren't held against me or anything nefarious like that, but there are official accreditations in the movie industry like if you don't credit a person for even an hour or two of work, you can get fined, sued, etc. There is no such thing in the video game industry, so if you aren't there when the game is released you are likely to not get credited in a game. In my Doom 2016 case, I assume A. I was a no one, someone low on the totem pole simply forgotten about and never reported I touched the game. B. they could have scratched the whole game 4x times before it got released.
And if you actually read all that, feel free to ask me anything about my time there and I will answer as long as it doesn't infringe against any NDAs I would have signed 10-ish years ago.
Apparently in the we hours of the morning I crossed the threshold of 2 million views!
Oppo has always been a nice niche pocket of my views so I thought I would share and thank those who watch a video here or there. THANK YOU.
EDIT - Check my signature link if you want to look at my channel, I tried putting just a link to my channel in this post but Oppo tries to turn it into a YT embed.
Posting this here, because OG Oppo used to be a significant chunk of healthy YouTube views. So I wanted to thank you OGs for that. The Hyphen is still a nice dose of views and I appreciate the input you all have given on some of the mic tests I have run. So THANK YOU!
And if you have never watched anything of mine and are wondering WTF I am talking about, check out my page, see something you like check it out: https://www.youtube.com/user/dannykorecki/featured
A few years ago I backed The Last Blockbuster on Kickstarter. I was a big fan of Blockbuster, it was my childhood growing up much like many. So I had to kick them a few bucks.
That got me a copy of the film and my name in the credits of the documentary. I have owned a digital copy of the film for over a year I believe, but I finally had a moment to click on it on Netflix. I watched the film and my name roll across the screen: https://www.instagram.com/p/CO1uqf1pUEP/
My vote goes to a Defender or a Discovery.
I realize cheap/quality ever goes hand and hand, but are there any Oppo recommendations for a cheap/quality adult e-scooter?
Any I see are brands I have never heard of.
Use will be for track days and mail box runs.
@Danny-Korecki Thanks, I’d love to go and work for a car magazine (I don’t like the idea of digital even though that’s the future) as there’s something brilliant about print journalism.
I know it’s not the most lucrative of industries but I’m not that bothered. The idea of going freelance also scares me, just being passed around places who might not actually want you for long and not having a stable job doesn’t sound that appealing (but I’m sure it works for some).
oh I agree. I enjoy being able to go into a Books a Million or Barnes and Noble and physically see my work.