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I am a Ph. D. chemist from the University of California, Berkeley. I have been playing videogames since as long as I can remember! My past favorite games include Secret of Mana, TMNT: Turtles in Time, the Resident Evil series (Jill is SUCH as master of unlocking), FFVII, Smash Bros Melee, and many others.

I've definitely gone through phases in my gaming "career". I used to LOVE fighting games in the time of Tekken Tag and Marvel vs Capcom II (my favorite fighting game), but now I find myself drawn to the more story driven games, and very recently, the music games....:)

But....fighting games are making a comeback! SFIV! MvC3! BlazBlue! Beware everyone, Tactix has put a quarter on the screen and is challenging you for battle!


It was mere chance that brought me to Destructoid back in early 2007, and through it all I've stayed because of the great writing staff, a community that cares, and lots of new internet and IRL friends. Destructoid has changed my life. True story.


If you live in the SF Bay Area, check out the DtoidSanFrancisco C-blog and join the Google Group!

DtoidSanFrancisco

Check out the past installments of my DTOID COMMUNITY DISCUSSES! Series:

Part 1: DLC
Part 2: Achievements
Part 3: Gaming Journalism
Part 4: Next Next-Gen Consoles
Part 5: Retro Renaissance
Part 6: Games That Suck
Part 7: Educational Games
Part 8: Evolution of Gaming Music
Part 9: Gaming Merchandise
Part 10: Iconic Games
Part 11: DESTRUCTOID!
Part 12: GDC
Part 13: Videogame Movies
Part 14: Competitive Gaming
Part 15: Level Design
Part 16: Emulation and Game Modding
E3 Edition: Microsoft
E3 Edition: Nintendo
E3 Edition: Sony
Part 17: Triple A Titles
Part 18: Fighting Games
Part 19: Digital Distribution



Card courtesy of TheGHost


Rock Band tag courtesy of CutieHoney

Thanks guys!


Last but not least, Chad Concelmo and I are the same person. Go ahead and ask him. :P

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7:00 PM on 03.15.2013

Dtoid Memories: Look ma, I'm a games journalist!

[Destructoid turns seven this Saturday, and all month long Dtoiders have been sharing their favorite memories from their time in the community over in our Cblogs. Here's a wonderful story from former Dtoid staffer Jesse "Tact...

Jesse Cortez

4:15 PM on 02.01.2012

Come duke it out at Capcom's Fight Club tomorrow

I've been fortunate enough to play Street Fighter X Tekken throughout its development, including defeating Seth Killian in a grudge match. So it's little surprise that I'm really excited for this game. If you live in the SF B...

Jesse Cortez

3:30 PM on 01.27.2012

David Jaffe invites YOU to a Twisted Metal Tournament!

Upon the news that a new Twisted Metal game was coming out, many gamers couldn't wait to sink their sweet teeth into it. Well, if you live in or near San Francisco, you will have the opportunity to check out this game next...

Jesse Cortez

6:30 PM on 12.06.2011

Umloud 2011: A Rock Band night for Child's Play

Gamers are a naturally creative bunch, and this can definitely be seen in the way that we come together to raise money for charity. This Thursday, December 8th, at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, Ümloud will be hosting...

Jesse Cortez

11:00 PM on 11.15.2011

Review: Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

When Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was released, fans jumped for joy at the long awaited return of the Marvel Vs. series. With the addition of brand new characters, a new mechanic called "X-factor," and the promise of even more charact...

Jesse Cortez

1:00 PM on 11.13.2011

Interview: I Got Next, a fighting game documentary

As someone who covered Evo this year, I became enchanted with the fighting game community. There is just something about the competitiveness, drama, and camaraderie of the fighting game scene that is infectious to those share...

Jesse Cortez

7:00 PM on 10.26.2011

Destructoid's Extra Life 2011 round-up

Back when we finished the Extra Life marathon last year, we swore that if we ever organized another charity marathon, it would be too soon. Well, after completing this year's gaming marathon we sort of feel the same way. But ...

Jesse Cortez

3:45 PM on 10.26.2011

Check out Anamanguchi on Oct 30 with 8bitSF

Do you want to spend some time this Halloween weekend rocking out to some great chiptune music in the Bay Area? This upcoming Sunday, on October 30, 8bitSF will present an awesome concert at Slim's in San Francisco. Not only ...

Jesse Cortez

10:05 PM on 10.15.2011

We raised over $6,000 for the childrens!

[Update: We raised $6,387.16 for the Extra Life children's hospital charity marathon. More details, highlights and a list off all the winners will be coming soon. For now, SLEEP! Thanks to everyone that donated, watched and h...

Jesse Cortez

2:00 AM on 10.15.2011

Win over $10,000 in prizes during our Extra Life marathon

Dtoid's Extra Life Charity Marathon is almost here!   We are really excited to present to you guys a grand list of all the prizes that we have to give away as part of our EPIC 24 hour gaming marathon. Read bel...

Jesse Cortez

6:00 PM on 10.09.2011

Destructoid's Extra Life 2011 24-hour gaming marathon

Extra Life is a charity event started by the fine guys at Sarcastic Gamer in 2008. With the help of over 100 websites and 12,000 donors, Extra Life has since gone on to raise over $300,000 dollars in charity money for Child...

Jesse Cortez

3:45 PM on 10.07.2011

This weekend on TwitchTV: Halo Reach

Destructoid's Twitch.tv channel is committed to bringing lots of great gaming-related entertainment even during the weekends. From playing games on the stream, to discussing them in a talk show format,...

Jesse Cortez

3:15 PM on 10.06.2011

Ultimate MvC3 Norcal vs Capcom event at Southtown in SF

[photo credits: fixelexif] On October 4th, our good friends over at iPlayWinner and Southtown Arcade teamed up with Capcom to stream an "invite-only" NorCal Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournament. Many of the top players fro...

Jesse Cortez

1:30 PM on 10.05.2011

Dtoid meetups for the month of October

Hey Destructoid! No Apparent Reason Parties -- NARPs for short -- are a long standing tradition here at Destructoid. NARPs are parties hosted by Dtoiders for Dtoiders and everyone is welcome to attend a party. It's abou...

Jesse Cortez

4:45 PM on 09.30.2011

This weekend on TwitchTV: Mash Tactics at Topware

Destructoid's Twitch.tv channel is committed to bringing lots of great gaming-related entertainment even during the weekends. From playing games on the stream, to discussing them in a talk show format,...

Jesse Cortez

7:15 PM on 09.23.2011

This weekend on TwitchTV: Gears of War 3!

Destructoid's Twitch.tv channel is committed to bringing lots of great gaming-related entertainment even during the weekends. From playing games on the stream, to discussing them in a talk show format, w...

Jesse Cortez