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Bearded Gent avatar 2:13 PM on 10.27.2012  (server time)
A Re-Introduction

Hello everyone. This particular post will be a re-introduction of sorts for me as I've been a long-time lurker around Destructoid and I have made a few posts in the past which I have now "hidden" in order to start anew. So if you'd like to know a bit more about me and more about what this blog will be about, read on.

This looks like a familiar image from my childhood only I had few buttons to press and no one beside me.

We'll get the about me stuff out of the way. My name is Dallas, I live in the Chattanooga area, I'm 35, and I'm a stay-at-home caregiver for my spouse. As far as my gaming background goes, I have been gaming from the wee age of three years old. I started with the Intellivision because we could not afford an Atari at the advice of my pediatrician in order to help control my hyperactivity and ADD. Of course, back then, it wasn't really called "ADD". But, whatever you want to call it, the doctor's advice worked as I learned to sit still and gaming improved my concentration considerably.

Over the years I have, at one point or another, owned every console and handheld to hit the market. Now, prior to 2010, I had all three current generation consoles and both handhelds. Due to my wife's sudden disability, I sold my consoles in order to get a little extra cash. Recently, I was gifted a new Xbox 360 which I am most grateful for as gaming has always been a big part of my life and it was sorely missed.

Now, onto what you can expect from this blog and from me.

I am not a games journalist. At one point in my life, I wanted to be. I love gaming, reading, and writing so it seemed like a good fit. But, given the state of games journalism today, I would much rather be a gamer that writes about games. That's it. That is all I am and all I have the desire to be. As such, you can expect me to be honest about any topic I post here. If I think something is crap, I will tell you that I think it's crap and why I feel that way. I won't try to persuade you to agree with my opinions, I will just present them. When I review a title, you can be sure that I've played the hell out of it. Perhaps I've "beaten" it, if not then I've at least logged a good amount of time on it. Also, regarding reviews, you will not find scores here. I will tell you about the game, give my impressions of it, and try to do so in a way that conveys my feelings about it. If I had fun with it or not, the problems it might have, or any outstanding features (good or bad) it might have. If you want a score, there are thousands of other places to see one. If you want to read someone's impression of a title you're curious about in hopes of learning if you'd like to experience it for yourself, you'll find that here. At the end of each review I do, I will tell you if I think it's worth a rental or a buy along with why I feel that way. Many of you rent games as they're expensive and not many people can afford to buy every title they want to play. I hope to help that sometimes difficult decision along.

She likes cuddling and murder.

So, this concludes my little re-introduction. I do hope I see a great many of you in the time to come. Currently, my 360's friend list is completely empty since I just received it and started up a new account (I could not recover my old account because I had a moment of jackassness. In which, I mean that I could not remember my old account information). If you would like to game with me, please feel free to send an invite and let me know you're from DToid. I will be more than pleased to game with any of you providing you're not the type to hack or cheat your way through. That said, I have been playing a lot of Borderlands 2 and I just started Pirate's Booty last night. I would welcome more people as I've been playing solo and it's becoming quite bland.

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