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I'm a 26-year old English writer, formerly known on the CBlogs as Xandaça. I've been an avid gamer since I was a wee lad, gripping a NES controller in my hands and comprehensively failing to get past those infuriating Hammer Bros on Level 8-3 of Super Mario Bros. I've stuck with Nintendo since then (not for any animosity towards the other console makers of course - Nintendo just make games I enjoy and have grown up with), apart from a brief sojourn with a Sony PlayStation, several woeful attempts to play Half-Life 2 using a laptop touchpad and sporadically wrangling a turn on my sister's beloved Sega Saturn.

In addition to burping out the occasional novel, I'm a passionate critic, writing reviews and articles of films, book and games for my school magazine and university newspaper, for which I created and edited its film section. In addition to starting up my own blog, covering television, games and movies, I am also a writer for Destructoid's cine-geek sister Flixist. While primarily a film geek, the evolution of the games industry over the course of its short lifetime has fascinated me and provided vast quantities of content for some incendiary pieces of work - perhaps a few more might spring up on here?

My Favourite Games of All Time (because who doesn't love having a few Of All Time lists?) are GoldenEye 007 (which I still play through at least once a year to remind me of its glories), Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Gunstar Heroes, Super Mario Bros 3 (I don't know who told Shigsy Miyamoto-san that raccoons could fly, but I'll love them forever) and No More Heroes.

I hope you find great enjoyment in my many scribings, and please keep an eye out for upcoming news on my novel(s) and do pay a visit to my blog sometime. And yes, the Dtoid community's 'no copy and paste' rule will be fully respected!

Good gaming, everyone!
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9:00 PM on 08.25.2012

Promoted blog: GoldenEye 15th anniversary retrospective

[Dtoid Community Blogger Xander Markham takes an in-depth look back at one of the pinnacles of modern gaming. Want to see your own words appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] If you want to ...

Xander Markham

5:00 PM on 11.15.2011

Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Wii)

[Update: We originally said that you couldn't swap Ally/Friend Codes as in Black Ops. Turns out you can, so that line has been corrected.] Since Internet winner Jim Sterling has already published Destructoid's official review...

Xander Markham

1:45 PM on 06.08.2011

E3: Implications of Wii U's single-tablet support

[Editor’s note: We’re not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that they may not jibe with the opinions of Destructoid as ...

Xander Markham

11:53 AM on 06.07.2011

E3: Nintendo's new console is the Wii U (Updated)

[Update 2: See here for more details on the console and tablet hardware, including many more photos.] [Update: We now have a scant few additional details straight from Nintendo, as well as a few images in the gallery.In singl...

Xander Markham

11:16 AM on 06.07.2011

E3: Skyward Sword arriving this holiday with gold remote

Nintendo announced at their E3 presentation that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be soaring its way into shops and sweaty fanboy palms this holiday season. Shigeru Miyamoto also revealed that a gold Wii Remote will be...

Xander Markham

4:00 PM on 05.24.2011

Why Project Café will struggle with hardcore gamers

[Community member and fellow Flixist writer Xander Markham offers his view of the future of Nintendo's new console. Do you think Nintendo will bring over converts from other platforms? Let us know in the comments! Want t...

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