I Was a Teenage Gamer is the daily journal of an extremely competent young man pursuing his goal of becoming a staff member at his favorite independent gaming blog, Destructoid. Beginning on his 19th birthday, he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime while sharing his experiences and thoughts as a video-game addict and spilling blood, sweat, tears and a variety of other bodily fluids.
Earlier today, I got my board out and hit the hills for the first snowboard session of the season! Getting your snow legs back is not fun. I feel beaten, bruised and thoroughly worked over... I feel the urge to take a jab at a domestic violence joke but I think I'll resist. I wouldn't want to cause Jonathon Holmes to relive any painful memories.
As many incredible and documented contributions as I've made to the gaming world, I think the most awesome of them all is my newest project with my two friends-with-benefits, Azzerare and Takeshi. When Hamza declared a call to action for all community members to start working on bringing Destructoid to their hometown, we decided to answer. That's why we started doing our weekly/semi-weekly podcast known as Pixel Bros! We figured, "Hey, we have these long, in-depth conversations about video games literally every time we chill. We might as well record them. Just make sure to cut out the cries of agonizing children in the background..."
We're just three regular kidnappers/extortioners/dudes who wanted to do a little more and have some fun along the way. I've known both of these guys since childhood so we know never to take ourselves too seriously. Takeshi is both a very talented artist and musician. He's actually drawn and written a oneshot manga of his own. Azzerare is probably the most skilled video game player I know at his age and is generally equivalent or better than me and Takeshi in a lot of things we play. We fully expect him to surpass us at some point. Right now, we try our best to delay it as much as possible.
These are the two people that motivate my gaming habit above all else. I wouldn't want to go tell that to my teachers or in-laws, but I'm proud of it. I'm really fortunate to have grown up along side friends that share my excitement for this crazy thing called vidya games and between the three of us, we've been able to get our hands on nearly everything we've wanted to play!
If you have someone in your life that sponsors your addiction, thank them. Everyone needs a drug-dealer. And go ahead and thank those people who you play games with, as well. They're pretty cool. I guess.