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Started gaming on an Atari 2600, grew into the gamer I am now with Nintendo, playing on an NES and SNES. Became more aware of the wider scope of gaming through the Playstation and Xbox. Now I'm loving the PC gaming life.

My favorite games include A Link to the Past, Terranigma, Guilty Gear X2, Viewtiful Joe, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and DotA 2.

Huge comic book reader, and currently keeping up with Saga and Hawkeye.

My favorites are The Sandman Vol 4, Batman - Court of Owls, and V for Vendetta.

Lover of wrestling, although not so much of the infamous Attitude Era. Much of more a CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Dolph Ziggler kinda guy.

Life-long reader of books of the fictional and non-fictional variety. Love Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Wendig and Haruki Murakami.

My biggest dream is that one day Quintet returns and makes a current generation Terranigma.

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I love gaming challenges. Heck, I love any sort of challenge. Some might even say dealing with me is a challenge in itself, and trust me, that is not a reputation that is easy to build. A few years ago I decided to play through all the NES Castlevanias as part of the special Halloween gaming binge. I'd never really thought of Castlevania in regards to a Halloween type of games, mostly because they're not really horror games. Then again, I'm from the Netherlands, and the Netherlands does not celebrate Halloween. So I generally don't give Halloween much thought at all. Still, because someone came up with the idea of doing a Halloween-themed quest, and I am in no way completely stealing this idea from that person, I figured I'd do my own Halloween Quest this year.

This year, I wanted to move up a generation. Instead of going after the NES Castlevania titles, I've set my sights on bigger, better games. Starting with Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts.

A year ago, I decided I'd beat the NES iteration of the game, Ghosts 'n Goblins. Although I came much further than I ever had before, I didn't end up beating the game. Frustration took a hold of me the second time I died near the end. Not just the end, but the end end. Ghosts 'n Goblins has you play through the game twice in a row before allowing you to fight the final boss. That's right, after beating the final stage, you're sent back to the first stage and get to play a slightly harder version of the game. Only after reaching the end the second time do you get to actually beat it.

Remember those old games that used to make fun of you for beating the game on Easy Mode and told you to restart on a higher difficulty? Well, it's kind of slap in the face but worse because if you go game over you get to start back on Easy again. In the end I was pretty proud of my accomplishment of at least getting closer to the end than most people can say they got.

For whatever reason, I decided that this time I'd tackle the SNES version. I remember it having more power-ups, better controls, fantastic music, and generally having an awesome feel to it. A few memories of never beating the first stage as a kid would come up, but otherwise I had a feeling that maybe this time I'd actually make it.

Fuck you too, game.

There's one difference between me as a gamer now and me as a gamer when I was a kid. I've got a lot more patience now. I don't rush through games expecting victory to be handed to me anymore. My young self would imagine a whole variety of game rules that weren't there and would get frustrated when the actual game's logic didn't agree with my fantasy version of it. Whatever hardships the game could concoct, I'd be ready for them now.

Turns out I over-prepared for Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts though. It might not be much of a forgiving game, but it's a heck of a lot easier than the NES game. A lot more enjoyable too. Beat the entire game in one attempt!

So, what else have I got planned?

Well, first of all I want to finally beat Super Castlevania IV. That game has been a thorn in my side for far too long and now is the perfect time to fight my way through Dracula's castle. I've beaten all the NES Castlevania titles, vanquished almost all of the Metroidvania styled one, but I've never beaten a single SNES one. And yes, I'm following it up with Dracula X/Vampire's Kiss.

After that it's time to get out the old water pistols and 3D Glasses, because it's going to be time for Zombies Ate My Neighbors. Honestly, this is the game I'm looking forward to play the most in this challenge. I love that game.

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