I'm in my 20s, I'm married, and I've been playing games since I was 4. I still remember buying my own NES system at Sears and going home and playing Mario/Duck Hunt. Fast forward to the present, my wife and I now own a PS3, 360, Wii, and Wii U.
As far as contemporary systems go, I also own an iPhone 4 (which I game on very heavily - check out HookChamp), a 3DS XL, the Kinect, the PS Move, a PSP-2000, and a Playstation Vita. If I had to choose a system I had the "best times" with, it would be a two way tie between the Sega Dreamcast and Sony Playstation 2. My favorite game series is Mega Man Classic, but I own every Metal Gear, Devil May Cry, Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Wario, Tony Hawk, main series Final Fantasy, and Resident Evil game ever released in the US (and a lot more), so it's a close call!
There are too many good games out to count now, but I'm always itching to play my backlog of old PS2 action titles. I'll play anything and everything action-adventure, so if you have a game in mind, drop me a line! I have strong opinions regarding the financial decisions of many publishers, but at the end of the day, I'm willing to give anything a chance; especially if it comes recommended by a community member.
Oh; and in 2012 I started contributing to Destructoid.
Resident Evil 5
Fallout: New Vegas
Dragon Age: Origins
Skies of Arcadia
Lunar 1 and 2
World of Warcraft: All Expansions
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Devil May Cry 3
Phantasy Star Online
Ape Escape 1
Rockman and Forte (Megaman and Bass)
Jet Set Radio Future
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Donkey Kong Country
Final Fantasy Tactics
Super Mario 3D World
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Dead Rising 3
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD
Pokemon X & Y
Super Mario 3D World
Grand Theft Auto V
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
Persona 4 Golden
Tomb Raider (2013)
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
Brave Fencer Musashi
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Far Cry 3
Assassin's Creed III
Retro City Rampage
Guild Wars 2
Binding of Isaac
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
Zone of the Enders 2
Kid Icarus: Uprising
Batman: Arkham City
Kingdom Hearts II
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Tomb Raider II
Metal Gear Solid 4
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Zombies At My Neighbors
Super Bomberman 2
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Underground 2
Assassin's Creed II
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Ninja Gaiden Black (Xbox)
Power Stone 2
No More Heroes 2
Secret of Mana
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy X
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario 64
Super Mario World
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario 3D Land
Mega Man 8
The Lost Vikings
Bujingai: The Forsaken City
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest
Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Half Minute Hero
Kirby Super Star
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony
Shantae: Risky's Revenge
Mighty Flip Champs
Child of Eden
Kirby's Dream Course
Shadows of the Damned
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR)
Because of my time on the cblogs, I met a ton of people that I’ve kept in contact with over the years, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Since everyone else is keen on “10ing” again, I figured I would join in on the fun, and try to update or mirror my previous list. Also, I like the above header so I’m reusing it - nyah.
10) I’m still loving life with the wife
My wife and I just bought our first house together a few months ago! We’re still working on updating a few rooms, but overall we’re very happy.
We still play games together, and thankfully we have a lot of the same interests. If I had one bit of relationship advice for people out there, it’s to make sure you spend lots of time with your significant other, and never stop talking (there’s such a thing as an unhealthy amount of time, so just balance it).
9) I love old cartoons
Last time around #9 was reserved for a completely random fact. So my fact for you today is that my favorite vintage cartoon is Scooby Doo.
Sickness update – three years ago I nearly lost my foot due to a crazy infection. Good news – I still have it! At this point I’ve been exercising fairly regularly, and things went pretty much back to normal after I had that fairly horrifying episode.
My advice to everyone is no matter how much you hate the doctor/hospital, think about going every once in a while if someone you care about is telling you to go, even if it’s just for their sake.
7) I have a modest gaming collection
It’s not ChillyBilly or Funk caliber, but it’s something! I mainly collect PS2 games, but I’ve recently begun collecting Xbox 360 games as well – my interests mainly lie in major game series (for instance every Zelda, Metal Gear, and Resident Evil game, among others), the action-adventure genre, and SRPGs.
As far as current systems go -- iOS, Android, PSN, XBLA, WiiWare, eShop, VitaPSN, Steam, Mac App Store – you name it, I have it. I have this OCD-ness about me where I can’t miss anything. Despite the fact that I obviously prefer some platforms and consoles/portables over others, I think every system has its fair share of titles.
I wish I could go back and tell my seven year old self that being a fanboy was idiotic, but obviously I grew and learned things because of the experience. The above picture isn’t my collection, but if you take out a few SEGA systems, it’s accurate.
6) I think Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Ebla are awesome
Just like Tim Roth in my other list, I think Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch are unsung heroes. They've done a lot of low key work as far as Americans are concerned (some BBC miniseries and films), but Cumberbatch and Elba really made themselves household names with the shows Sherlock, and The Wire, respectively.
This winter, you’ll see Cumberbatch as both Smaug and Sauron in The Hobbit Part 1 – as far as villain roles go in film, that’s pretty awesome stuff!
5) My taste in music is varied
Like my gaming tastes, I’ll pretty much listen to anything except *new* country. In the realm of country, I’ll listen to bluegrass, southern rock, and even 90s country like Garth Brooks – just not newer junk like Carrie Underwood.
Here’s a good array of my tastes:
4) I think Daniel Day Lewis is the best actor of all time
As I said previously, Tom Cruise is my favorite actor. I’m able to diffuse "Tom Cruise the Actor" from "Tom Cruise the Real Life Guy With Issues". He entertains me – you’ve probably heard of the term “popcorn flick” before.
However, I’m real big on art-house/surrealistic film, and I know good acting when I see it. Throughout all of my years watching movies, I think that Daniel Day Lewis is the best actor of all time. Some people would say Brando, some would say Newman, I say good ol’ Bill the Butcher.
Lewis is probably as “method” as you get, and I really respect that. I think acting transcends what you can do on-screen, and he brings an unparalleled energy to the entire set – that should count for something.
3) I watch LOTS of TV
I watch a lot of TV. By a lot, I mean I watch around 10-15 shows on a weekly basis. I’ll watch anything from [good] sitcoms, to dramas, to wacky stuff like Penn and Teller’s Bullsh!t. One of my recent favorites is Sons of Anarchy. I totally judged Sons of Anarchy for three years as “some dumb biker show with Ron Perlman in it”, but it’s actually Hamlet on Wheels with an amazing supporting cast. Pretty awesome stuff.
It would be impossible to list non-current shows that I enjoy, so just holler at me if you like any of the following: Mad Men; Breaking Bad; Grimm; Sons of Anarchy; Justified; Southland; Game of Thrones; House of Lies; Modern Family; Community; Shark Tank; Dragon's Den; Parks and Recreation; Dexter; South Park; New Beavis and Butthead; "Louie"; Alcatraz; Sherlock; Workaholics; Archer; or The League.
I watch a lot more than this -- these are just what I'd consider "good TV".
2) I like just about everything, games wise
In my other “10 blog”, I wrote about how I like the wackiest, strangest games Japan has to offer – but that’s not everything I like. I’m also a huge Call of Duty fan, and I own two copies of Modern Warfare 2 and two Elite subscriptions (for my wife and I).
My wife and I love playing through the Gears of War series. Mass Effect is one of my favorite franchises of all time. One day I’ll be playing Shadows of the Damned, the next, I’ll be hamming it up online in Call of Duty – I’m pretty happy with this arrangement!
1) I still love Dtoid
Over three years ago I joined Dtoid and started writing blogs. Around a year later I was at E3 under my own media outlet – then I came back the following year. I was able to sit in “the big three” conferences and feel the excitement of new product launches. When Nintendo announced Donkey Kong Country Returns, I shouted a fairly loud obscenity and I didn’t care – it was just too exciting!
I owe that experience to Dtoid and its community, among many other life lessons that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else. There’s no way around being cheesy here – I’d love to get a beer with any of you sometime.[youtube]