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I was born back in the days of yore, when 3-D graphics were only a dream.

I like games.

Super Nintendo had to be one of the best consoles. Mario, Metroid, Link, Kirby, Donkey Kong and everyone else came to the party. Good times.

I own a Super Nintendo, N64, Gamecube, Wii, PS1, PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, and a DS.

I regret missing some of the good old days, back in the early 90's, because I was too young to appreciate a good game when it smacked me in the face. Such is the folly of youth.

Somedays I wish I could have lived through such tumultuous times, what with the advent of Spandex tights and Rap, but then I think that it is much better to live longer and be younger than all of you people who did enjoy Super Metroid and Mario Kart in it's heyday and just be content with an emulator and a Xbox 360 controller.


Favorite Games: Mario series, Donkey Kong Country/64, Metroid series, Legend of Zelda series, Fable, Halo series, Shadow of the Colossus, GTA series, God of War 1 and 2, Morrowind, Oblivion, Tales of Symphonia, Final Fantasy X, Banjo Kazooie/Tooie and more that I can't recall.


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Update: One year later

New games I would add to my favorites are Gears of Wars series, Fallout 3, Mass Effect, Bioshock (hey, I was playing it when I joined!), and other games I cannot recall. Some games I have loved for a long time but forgot to list over a year ago are Rome: Total War, the top Mario games, and the main Pokemon GB games. The rest escape me at this time.



So these days God no longer compels you to blog, Atlas is Fontaine, and generally speaking I am pretty well known around these parts. (I hope) I regret not joining Destructoid sooner, when I first had the chance with a link from Chad Concelmo's IGN blog. Even he was born in the primordial soup IGN was, or so it would seem. I no longer frequent there or other gaming sites except from time to time because Destructoid is hopefully my internet home from here on out. A great place to be, cheers to another year at Destructoid!

Update: Another year later

Okay, so year three isn't going that great. I haven't blogged for six months and have barely visited the site. In fact, it is nearly November and my 2 years happened almost 2 months ago in early September. Damn life, going outside into the real world is time consuming! I haven't even turned on a videogame since April... (until just recently!) But of course I haven't forgotten about Dtoid; THE GREATEST SITE ON THE WEB! Sorry Dtoid, I will try to live less and Dtoid more.

Update: Another few years later

So life hit me... I still visit this site when I can... to think I started visiting this site when I was 15, and made an account two weeks after I turned 16... I'm 20 now, Destructoid is practically part of my life story at this point, even if I disappear for years at a time. Still, I remember the good old days, the days when Dtoid was like the Wild West, when I was at my most active, and when we would open the gates of Hell in our mischief, always walking on the edge of the banhammer. Now I'm just an ancient, obscure memory to the last surviving cowboys, a group even to this day I feel I'm a part of. Still, I raise my glass to you. Good times Destructoid, good times!

Oh, and to a few of us oldsters, Atlas is Fontaine.

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With the extreme similarities between Skyrim and Zelda, we are forced to compare them. They are nearly identical competitors, with nearly identical gameplay... Very easy to directly compare to each other! Kind of like Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3, but even closer alike. So, having seen trailers for both Skyrim and Zelda, and having noticed how the titles both have "Sky" in them, I am forced to conclude they are both about the same thing: the sky.

Graphics: The Xbox 360 being a graphical powerhouse, Skyrim wins hands down. Everything has such intricate detail. Zelda is crude in comparison. It has many flaws, namely low resolution and a directionless art style. This is partly because of the Wii, because it is not next-gen like the X360 is. Especially with graphics.

Sound/Music: You know, I'm not really sure if Zelda has voice actors yet, but they would probably be underwhelming and the dialogue would be poorly localized at best.This is a Japanese game made with third-world flaws inherent to the asian countries. Skyrim, on the other hand, has over 100,000 lines of expertly delivered dialogue by a multitude of voice actors.


Fun Fact: Did you know Nintendo was founded in 1898? They initially produced fabric.

Controls: The Wii falls short yet again with its gimmicky motion control scheme, underdeveloped and underutilized. I mean, its basically two controllers broken in half and cobbled together by a handful of 100 year old POWs from WW2 that were never released. But the X360 controller... such a wonder of invention... built to fit the hand perfectly, amazing ergonomics, and a tight D-pad for superior controls. Skyrim is easy on the hands, which will be important since it has over 1000 hours of gameplay content.

Gameplay: When I spoke with Skyrims' project manager Todd McFarlane, he told me to be amazed. And amazed I was. Hundreds of unique dungeons scattered across the land, fluid combat, virtually no load times.. It was so immersive I felt like I was in the game. In contrast, Zelda just feels clunky, boring, and old. Outdated dungeon designs feel like it is 1986 again. Customization is almost nil. I am left disappointed.

Overall: Skyrim looks to be the game of the year, hands down. It will grab you like no other game. But Zelda, well, I think we will all walk away just feeling groped. I hope the inevitable low Zelda sales will show Nintendo it needs to change to survive, but don't count on that. As the leading console of our generation the X360 will continue to show why it is the best-selling, highest-rated console of all time.



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