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My name is Grant. I go by many other aliases, such as Dirtster, and Raggak being my most popular ones, but decided it was time for a change, and came up with Awesomeist. Why? Because I generally wanted a name that was awesome.

I live in the UK, currently 20, and I'm a student at the University of Bolton, learning how to program videogames. It's pretty fun.

I'm currently with my amazing girlfriend Shauni, and we've been together since September 24th 2006, and I've never looked back on my life since that day, making the moment I'm writing this 4 years and 6 months together. She completes my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

I've been amazed by videogames since I was a young child. My first gaming experiences were various games on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, such as Rocket Knight Adventures, Sonic 1~3 & Knuckles, and Streets of Rage. I then grew through video games, getting a PSX (illegally chipped, haha), and borrowing an N64 on occasions to keep my pallete wide. So, whilst I have not been around since gaming started, I've definitely seen a lot go past.

I also have a great love of Japan, and I have done ever since I watched my first episode of Pokémon as a child. I became obsessed and hungry to learn more about the country and its ways, and I have recently done so by learning the Japanese language at a GCSE level, and visiting Japan for a total of 10 days, seeing Tokyo, Owakudani, and Kyoto. I would definitely go again, and recommend that anyone who hasn't gone, does. I shall be returning again one day, but when will depend on how my life goes from now on. You'll most likely see my love of Japan seep through in my blog entries.

Now, as for where I am at the moment in gaming? I own the following consoles (including ones I share with my Girlfriend): Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Playstation Portable, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS Lite, and XBox 360. I have owned other consoles before hand, such as: Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Gameboy Original, Gameboy Advance, DS Original, and Playstation 1.

Whilst I do play a huge variety of genres, the type that I typically focus on are as follows; Japanese RPG, Strategy, Shooter, Action, Music, and Racing. I play most other genres as well, but the only genre I tend to avoid is Sports, purely because it doesn't interest me.

And finally, what games am I currently playing? I can't be bothered to write this out because it changes too often. I do have a lot more games, but I focus on these right now.

If you want to contact me at all, leave me a message on this blog, or contact me by my XBox Gamertag: Raggak, my Steam: Awesomeist or my PSN: Awesomeist. Whilst I do have a Wii, I'm currently not using it.
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So guys, after a few weeks of planning with my friends; myself and my housemates will be doing a live streaming 24 hour gaming session to raise money for Red Nose Day, and for Japanese Relief! We'll be streaming from 10AM Saturday 19th March (GMT), until 10AM the following day. We'll be playing a few games on rotation (Rock Band, Soul Calibur, Scott Pilgrim Game, Mario Kart, Little Big Planet, whatever!), and you'll be able to watch us the entire time through my Livestream channel (www.livestream.com/awesomeist). We will have 1 webcam pointing at ourselves, and another webcam pointing at whatever game we're playing! (We will be alternating between a few monitors and consoles, so using a capture device was not only expensive, but also pretty inefficient.)

If anyone wants to donate at all, I can supply my paypal account, or you could make a donation to either charities in the name of our group!

Hope that plenty of you tune in tomorrow, and spread the word!









above image shamelessly stolen from the Destructoid LP2 review

So, those of you who know me well will know that I have made a few projects within Steamtoid. My most popular one being the (now officially dead) Steamtoid Minecraft Server. Sorry guys, 64bit windows doesn't like Bukkit!

But moving on, I've now decided on what my next project shall be! Due to encouragement from a few people after sharing the idea around, I shall be doing a few live streaming Let's Plays of games! With my lovely co-host, Shauni! (aka Misstawnii).

My first game that I'll be going through is Lost Planet 2 (PC). Right now what I'm looking for is input, which is why I'm playing a fairly mediocre game for my first live stream. My first stream of the game will feature myself and Shauni speaking over the game, also playing the games audio too. If demand is popular enough, I could set up some sort of picture-in-picture and plug in a webcam for a reaction shot as well? Who knows.

So yeah! If anyone's interested at all, I shall be looking to do about an hour a day at least playing games (I'll put up a schedule at a later date, so don't worry about that). The site for my stream is here, and leave any suggestions here in the comment box, or just drop me a message otherwise.
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So, you've got Skate 3, and you feel like there's still some gigantic, un-fillable void in your life? Fear not! I've opened the Destructoid Online team for any people who want to play to join! Hell, even if you just want the achievement, join us. There's already (AN AMAZING TOTAL OF) 3 members in the team, myself being the admin. I play the game quite frequently, and have XBox Gold, so if you wanna team up and play, join us, and show your pride!

And yes, the logo is something I made in about 5 minutes. WEAR IT WITH PRIDE!

And as a leaving note, here, have a picture I grabbed from the Team Roster board.

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Awesomeist
11:46 AM on 03.12.2010



Eevee is just better.

I mean, you get like 50 pokémon in one. What's not to love?

You know it's true. Don't disagree with me.

Also, Eevee definitely needs more animé appearances, as well as it's own pokémon branded game.

Yep.
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So, a small few of you may have heard of the Steamtoid, the Destructoid Community that exists on the Online Game Distribution Network Steam. Now, this may have previously seemed completely dead, and just a pointless group to join in the first place as a result, but over the last few weeks, it's started to become slowly more active, especially the chatroom, which you were lucky enough to find even one other person in at most times. It seems now times have changed.

Why exactly am I making a blog post about this? Because I feel it's a great way to get more involved with the community as a whole, and a great way to find some new gaming friends, or just generally, new friends. You get to know people a lot more personally in the Steam Community than looking at their blogs. The chatroom is active at most times, A variety of European, Asian, and American steam users are constantly in the chat, looking to play games of all sorts together, so it is rarely quiet as of recent.

Becoming a part of the Steamtoid community is incredibly easy. First off, either buy a game, download a demo, or register a steam-appliable game (Anything made by Valve) using your own Steam account (all availible at http://store.steampowered.com ), and then just search groups for "Destructoid". Join, and congrats, you're a member! And there's a lot more to do than just chat if you're a member of Steamtoid. You'll find that the chatroom is usually most active on a friday, due to the events hosted every week, "Friday Night Fights".

Most people will probably have already heard of FNF, but just incase you haven't, it's a weekly event where Destructoid users can play arranged matches on any game. On Steamtoid, we're usually open to discussion about what games our FNF will be based on, with regular choices of Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, and many other games. Though, if enough requests are made, they'll list another game for FNF.

Just recently in the Steamtoid Community, members (Such as myself, and a few others), have begun to adopt DTOID tags, playing in games together as teams. This is a great experience overall, a community playing together rather than just playing online games off of your own back, and has already resulted in some great experiences (Mostly in Garry's Mod, as you can see at the top of this page, though it was an amazing hour, and the video is on it's way to a blog near you soon). What could result from Steamtoid members playing together? Chaos? Fun? Hilarity? Probably all of them. Probably worth finding out yourself.


So in closing, take a look at Steam if you already haven't. The Destructoid community is alive and kicking on it, and is willing to accept more people at any time. Even if you don't have an amazing computer, there will be something on there that you can play with other people, there's always a way. On a final note, if you must blame anyone for Steamtoid community coming to life, blame Doomsday Forte. He did it.
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