My name is Adam and I reside in sunny Philadelphia with my wonderful fiancée, Maria. (Who I also got into gaming as well, she can kick my ass at Geometry Wars and pretty much any SHMUP)
Got into gaming the second I saw my cousins NES setup at age 5.
Played ever since.
Childhood obsessions included Mario, Zelda and the like.
Mario actually got me into drawing as I never could get enough of drawing battle scenes between the characters. (I could draw Mario in 10 seconds upside down...and was greatly made fun of for it)
Studied the instruction manuals. Memorized the stories and enemies.
(is it me or shouldn't more manuals have cartoons of the bad guys?)
SNES blew my mind
Expanded into the Genesis Era. Stupidly fell for the Sega CD (Snatcher was Great) and 32X hype...shudder but traded them in for my first computer 1 year later.
N64 around the corner...ehhhh. Loved Mario 64, Shadows of the Empire and Yoshi's Story. That's about it.
PSX was my last system for 7 years. Had a blast with Metal Gear, FFVII, RE2, OddWorld, N2O, Pa-Rappa. College took the helm and I had to take a break.
Went back to school 5 years later and got into it big time, Got 3 PS2s, Slim, Fat, Fat. (They just kept breaking!)
(During this time my apartment was tiny and my NES, 64, PSX and SNES were in basement storage I was out of town and the basement ((along with half the town I lived in)) flooded. Everything was destroyed along with a box of games. So now I'm gradually rebuilding my collection through proxy downloads. I know it isn't the same but what can you do?)
Then onto the 360 and finally, 3 months ago, The best system ever, Mr. Wii. Begged Mario's forgiveness for the 10 year moratorium and, along with the wifey, have discovered the joys of the virtual console. (I played PC through all of this but it never was my "it" system of choice)
All Time Favs:
Final Fantasy III (VI)
Shadow of the Colossus
Link to the Past
Mario Galaxy 2
No More Heroes
So, let's just get this out in the open. I love Machinima videos and most Half Life inspired fan services. (even the bad ones) Even the live action "Escape from City 17" made me instantly thirst for more and then take a deep sigh of depression seeing how great a feature film could be regarding the story of the Free Man, the Combine and the Resistance. Then the reality set in that not only a film such as this hasn't been made, but if it had, it would probably be a steaming pile of shit with the likes of Uwe Boll's stink all over it. That said, I have just seen a Machinima video entitled "First Person Project: The Jackknife Chronicles." My mind is blown and you must know that Kitty0706 is a master. I kneel before his awesomeness.
Until this is made, there is yet to be a truly great video game-to-film adaptation
If anyone hasn't seen this video, take a gander right now. It encompasses everything I would hope for in a game. It is loaded with wonderful sneaking, hiding, great fighting and amazing fluidity. This makes me think of something in the neighborhood of Half-Life meets Mirror's Edge meets amazing John Woo fight choreography. Remember when viewing this, this is all things that have been done technology wise and yet it is filled with originality and an amazing dynamic. The art direction and camera work is superb with a truly free flowing story telling mechanic that seems to not inhibit the game play and actually accompanies it perfectly in the same realm as Splinter Cell: Conviction or Portal.
It also contains an instantly likable and dynamic silent protagonist who tells us more in a few quick expressions than numerous pages of dialogue and hours of voice acting in most games. It made me think of the early Aeon Flux 8 minute shorts on MTV before they made it into a series and it died on the table from overcomplicated stories and none of the non-stop action that made the early minisodes so great. This is an epic win across the board. Look at the credits and look at all of the great games which are sampled together to make this superb compilation. This is the video game equivalent to the best Build Your Own Omelet ever.