I was a child of the 90's, which basically defines all of the games I grew up on. Stuff like Gauntlet, Duckhunt, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and OoT, Crash Bandicoot, Streets of Rage 2, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter 2, Goldeneye: 007, Banjo Kazooie, Secret of Mana, Starcraft, Diablo II, Pokemon Red & Blue, you get the idea.
As of the last few years though, with the downfall of how great G4 used to be, I've become extremely out of touch with video games, and that's where Destructoid comes into my life. It's not that I'm not interested in brand spanking new games, it's just that I haven't the money to invest in them. I mean, sure I've gotten a Wii, but now it's just a novelty at best, only useful for SMBB and Mario Kart (I even tried Wii Fit at one point).
However, Destructoid's thrown me back into the loop, and I plan on getting back into gaming like a young child with hours to burn and no cares in the world.
I love D-toid's community and their magnificent writers, mostly the cast of the Pod-toid podcast. That is what I enjoy most about the site though, the honesty that their reviewers and players possess while discussing the most interesting of topics (some of which I didn't even think existed) in games, and I truly value that.
Legend of Zelda: Windwaker
Shadow of the Colossus
Harvest Moon: Back To Nature
Banjo Kazooie + Tooie
Monster Rancher 2
Metal Gear Series (1-3)
Zombies Ate My Neighbors
Final Fantasty VIII
Resident Evil 4
Legend of Mana
To quickly put it out there, I'll let everyone know that this is my very first time I've ever had the opportunity to blog. I've looked around the community and grown rather fond of the unique tone of humor and intellect, so I figured that blogging couldn't be the worst thing in the world and that I'd give it a shot.
Feel more than free to critique, I'm sure I'll need it.
I've become familiar with the D-toid site over the last few months and I'm very glad I have. I find it to be an absolutely wonderful video game community with some of the most funny and insightful personalities I've ever known. I was first sucked in by Anthony Burch's Rev Rants followed by his and Ashley's HAWP series. I started to wander around the site a bit, found a few interesting articles, listened to a couple of Pod-toids, and have been hooked ever since.
The site's actually inspired me to get back into the hardcore gaming I once loved. Over the last few years, video games and I slowly started growing apart to the point of real life obligations actually getting in the way of playing, which is something that should never have to happen.
So I'm getting back in touch with my roots, gaming seems to always be the way to go, and I'm not quite sure why that had ever been a question in my past before, but it's rather clear now. I'm getting an Xbox 360 after Christmas and I plan on playing the hell out of every good title released over the last few years.
To video games though.
I don't honestly play enough of a specific type game to say I have a favourite genre, but generally, I guess RPGs could sum it up. What I look for mostly in a game is if it has a very apparent sense of granting a player choice. I'm an absolute whore for games of those kind. I love having to sit down and actually think about what direction would be best to go in next. The idea that a game revolves around my decisions simply makes me more excited than words can express. This is probably the reason I adore games like Monster Rancher and Indigo Prophecy.
I also tend to enjoy anything that might attract the attention of a 5 year old. I'm talking about titles like Wario Ware, Katamari Damacy, Pikmin, Animal Crossing or anything with cell shaded graphics.
I'll admit it, for a good while, I was a big fan of Nintendo. I can't say that anyone could blame me though, I grew up with them. I loved my SNES, and since those days, I've still been a kid at heart. The N64 was brilliant, hell, I'll even give the Gamecube a thumbs up because it had solid, unforgettable titles (though it ran dry after awhile and I had to buy a PS2). However, the Wii's been upsetting to say the least. I appreciate the innovation of it, it's extremely original and I'm not saying that I don't like Nintendo anymore, but I can't play much of anything on the Wii these days. Wii sports and Super Smash Brothers Brawl sort of lose their glimmer after awhile. I need a true gamer's console, and that's hopefully where that 360 will factor in.
To keep me at ease I'm fiddling around Chrono Trigger and Space Invaders Extreme 2 on my DS lite and revisiting old Playstation and PS2 games (perhaps play through the MGS series again?) until Christmas rolls around.
(And who could ever forget a line like this?)
Outside of gaming though, I'm into creating small artsy things every once in awhile, though never anything that I could ever consider true art. I'm basically into everything that isn't drawing, canvas painting (both of which I'm awful at) or sculpting. Stuff like coloring or modifying clothing, building and painting sets for theater shows, making a thing or two out of duct tape, making those neat time exposure pictures with flashlights, taking photos of peculiar things, you get the idea. I can't honestly think of myself as an artist, but I like to have as much fun with every possible medium of art as I can. If desired, I could post some pictures in separate blog post later on, but we'll see.
Aside from that, I'm greatly involved in the technical aspects my school's theater program. Creating scenery from the ground up with a bunch of oddballs is something I've grown to love. I've got a band thrown together with a couple of friends who I enjoy playing with and generally existing around. Just covers mostly, but it's still good fun. And I'm also a huge fan of cartoons generally, specifically Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, and Venture Brothers...
Yes, yes, alright, I understand that watching cartoons isn't something that's as involving as the previous two tidbits, but it's still just as important!
I loves me my cartoons.
Well, I suppose that sums it all up.
I hope that this provides a bit of insight into who I am as a Destructoid fan and gamer alike.
Hopefully I get to know a lot of you in the D-toid community, feel free to message me if you want to talk because I know I'll be sticking around for awhile.