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I'm Zach and I'm a 22 year old English major from Dayton, Ohio. I was born in Sacramento and through some ungodly circumstances ended up in Ohio (it's not that bad). I like moonlit dinners and long walks on the beach but not really cuz fish freak me out. I've been a gamer for as long as I can remember. I played Commander Keen on the PC when I was younger and in third grade my parents gave me Pokemon and told me to play it on other kids' Gameboys. After that I got a Playstation and that has been my console of choice ever since. My top three games in to particular order are MGS3, Shadow of the Colossus and Ratchet and Clank 2: Going Commando.

I haven't been coming to Destructoid for long but I had to make an account when I heard the Metal Arms theme song in the beginning of the podcast.
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