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Hey! I'm a really cool guy. Get to know me. Usually you can find me hanging out with my friends, pretending to freestyle good, making up designs, creating movies or just sitting around. I have a thing for 8bit so I makeup sprite characters on occasion.

So yeah! Enjoy.


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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.



You caught me. I missed a couple of days. And I feel like garbage about it! Okay!? JUST LEAVE ME ALONE.

Nah, it was bound to happen at some point. I'm only human, of course! *Desperately trying to convince myself I'm still worthy of existing*

Sorry about that. Its been a hectic last few days. Guess its the least I could do to fill you all in:

- Thursday: Worked all day... than ran out and got an iPhone 4. Beautiful device. I always thought that when people said it was hard to go back to the old generation screen, they were just tooting their own horn. I thought wrong. After using the new screen, every single imperfection and pixel you see on the last-gen iPhone/iPod touch stands out. This is a double-edge sword because some apps have not been upscaled to the new resolution and the flaws stand out quite a bit.

The camera on it is surprisingly good and the HD camcorder takes videos that come out very crisp and smooth. I won't lie. In terms of pure speed I don't see too much of a change between it and my old 3GS. As far as WiFi goes, it accepts Wireless N now which does seem to give it a boost loaded pages and videos.

Its been hard to put it down. Especially now that I've picked up Angry Birds, Game Dev Story, Plants vs Zombies, Infinity Blade and a few other great titles... I can't lie. When it comes to portable gaming, I get the feeling that the iPhone occupies the spot of ideal platform for me. Great, inexpensive, unique titles that I can whip out and play with for a few minutes and.. Never mind. Lets stop that sentence there.

- Friday: Stayed at Takeshi's and helped setup for Pixel Bash. I guess we have some 'splaining to do in that department. At first, we were just having slight technical difficulties in regards to camera positioning. But our real problem was that a lot of guests who had for over a month planned on showing up, had to bail at the last second. That was fine, of course. However, the whole event went from being a tournament to just a NARP, which is okay but not quite what we had planned.

So the streaming thing kind of died alongside the whole tournament plans but don't feel like you missed out on too too much. We'll make it up to you another way if you catch my drift. In other news, we're planning on getting back into our podcast recording routine now that things are cooling off a little.

- Saturday:

Some of our friends from the Pixel Bash NARP decided to stick around and hang out with us for the morning. We dined on candied bacon - which is delicious, by the way - and played Smash Bros Brawl until separate family-engagements pried us all apart. This is our lives on holiday.

So, as I said, you haven't missed out on a whole lot. But I did feel bad for going MIA on you all for the last while! Time to get back on track!

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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.



New header image FTW! Smexy, right? Just got it in the mail and I can't wait till Pixel Bash this Friday to tear people apart while wearing it. Getting all fired up, Destructoid style!

First off, I wanted to thank everyone for supporting my series through its first week! I know I'm not the most skilled writer on Earth and everything I know about video games can be summed up in 15 years, which seems like a lot but compared to some of you is probably a very short span of time. I want to thank Jhonny and the rest of the gang at Chill Bros for commenting and fapping, Pico and Jesse for supporting me and giving me guidance and the community for giving half a crap about my opinions and thoughts.

I wanted to do a super long post about iPod/iPhone gaming and how I feel that its on track to control the handheld market but I feel like you guys would be comatose by the end of that entry. I don't want to put any more people into a coma with my poor blogging skills so I'll just talk to you about something cool that falls under that general topic. Kinda. Not really. GAMES. I PLAY THEM.



Today, Jim Sterling alerted us all to the fact that another nifty little iPhone app title has been tossed with reckless abandon into the 99 cent bargain bin. For a limited time, to be sure, but I was skeptical no less. Than I made the most horrible mistake of my life: I turned it on.

My iPhone was glued to my hand for the next 2 hours. Game Dev Story is dangerously addictive, guys. I could barely eat and get changed for work without looking at my phone. I started a company called Destructoid which surely did not help my case. As my first outing I'm producing an epic Ninja adventure title. Thought I would play it safe. I hired a few people including a fine young man who is heading up the audio department with his electric guitar. I'm feeling pretty confident that it will be a success but I'll keep you guys posted!

If you haven't already figured it out, I fully endorse this game. Go purchase it right meow if you haven't yet. If you have, let me know and give me all the tips you've got! I think I'm going to need them!

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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.



I'm not going to lie to you guys. I am a gaming enthusiast and consider myself a hardcore gamer. However, a gaming collector I am not. I have a hard time holding sentimental attachment to objects after their use has expired. To that end, I have owned many consoles over the years but if you were to scour my household you would not be able to locate any of them. Most have gone the way of garage sales and local classifieds. Some have been adopted by friends and family members. However, I consider this a good thing. Because I've never really carried over a preference from generation to generation, I have experienced every side of the gaming industry for myself.

Now, I'm not saying that just because you bought an SNES you were going to be inclined to buy an N64. But, yes that is exactly what I'm saying. At current, I feel most closely associated to the Playstation fanbase. But thats because the PS3 is my console of choice this generation. But thats not because I'm closed off to Nintendo and Microsoft's offerings. I've had my time thoroughly enjoying both the Wii and 360. They both offer different things that I love. The Wii provides reminiscing, classic characters I love, and the most hassle-free/no-strings-attached experience of this generation. The Xbox 360 was a great way to connect with my friends, truly experience current-generation technology and appealed overall to my more mature gaming sensibility.

The PS3 was the console I was initially most cautious about. I thought it was overpriced and its games were looking pretty lackluster at a point. From a purely gaming perspective, it held little value to me. But than, something funny happened. My friends who were once Wii and 360 owners started switching over. They talked about Metal Gear Solid 4 and Uncharted and Modnation and Little Big Planet and I? I was the kid who nodded in silence while slowly eating my ham-and-swiss sandwich.

Not looking to be an outcast, I started surveying the PS3 landscape. "Hmm... Little Big Planet looks good... so does Ratchet and Clank... and there are some series that are multiplatform that I haven't got to try yet.." At that point, I was tired of paying $70 a year after tax on Xbox Live, out of my movie theatre Concession Stand salary (long before I started making these big bucks over here at Old Navy). It was not so long prior that we had purchased an HD TV and I had never experienced blu-ray before. Everything started adding up.

So I took the plunge.



I can with full confidence say that my time with the PS3 has been my most enjoyed time with any non-handheld console, my entire life. I love having free online, playing high-def content so easily, streaming media from my PC via Vuze, checking up on what my friends are playing... And when it comes to games, I'm in heaven. Every thing I want is here. I have a thing for random, Korean/Japanese games and this is satisfied to the full thanks to PSN. I also love the controller, the ease of the XMB and the way everything just works. I know whenever I turn on my PS3 I am going to have some fun.

To that end, Sony has made a success. Because to me, thats what gaming is about: That feeling you get when you just know that every last penny you spent was worth it. And I know many people who feel the same about other consoles and not necessarily from this generation, either! Thats the true spirit of gaming.

What are you still doing reading this? As Mr. Destructoid would say "GTFOAJPG."

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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.




You're probably wondering why I've called you here today.

Or, not.

I'm finding it hard to feed my gaming diet, lately. I've been so since the holidays began with getting my courses setup for next semester and work and spending time with my friends and family. It feels like everyday there is something on the schedule that needs to be done.

It's unfortunate because if I had it my way, theres a lot of newly reduced price stickers on games that I've been dying to trying and I would be hold up in my room playing them all with a bowl of cheetos, Fruit Punch Rockstar and a Captain America snuggie. Dreams. I have them.

Not possible, though. This is going to be a crazy next few days, especially. On the datebook I've got Two shifts, planning a visit to the city to purchase items for Pixel Bash, Tron Imax, a gaming tournament, a family reunion party and a podcast to host. All by Saturday's end. Will I complete my mission or will my head explode? I'm going for the latter.

This is just a reminder for EVERYONE to tune into Pixel Bash this FRIDAY AT 2PM ON JUSTIN.TV/PIXELBROS . Huge tournament going to be streamed live for you guys, hosted by Destructoid Toronto. Gonna be good times!

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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.



Hey, everyone! Unfortunately, I don't have much time to talk. About to head out for the first family outing of the holidays.

I just got back from Takeshi's house where I slept over. He's got a new Sony Bravia with that super high refresh rate, Flow Motion thing. Needless to say, we didn't manage to get much recording done but hopefully we can get the ball rolling at some point this week.

That Flow Motion stuff... I tell you. It works. Really well. In store displays it freaked me out but in an actual living room environment it's actually very fluid and appealing. We started drinking fruit punch energy drinks around 3am with some friends and were pretty out of it. That's when the Flow Motion turned on us...

Lets just say at one point the words were uttered, "Its like they're in the room with us!" and than when the Matrix Reloaded was loaded up... thats when all hell broke loose.

Sounds like we were on something more than Rockstar, right? My lawyer is about to cease control of my keyboard so I'll leave it at that. I'll be back with a post that is actually semi-intelligent soon! :) Have an awesome day, chill bros. <3

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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.

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