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4:17 AM on 04.18.2009

More Information Than You Require

First off, thanks for the warm welcome, here's hoping I wont suck! I thought I'd take the time to answer a few generic questions that SilverDragon had to set the blog off before I figure out what exactly I'll write about. I'm considering playing through some classics/obscurities and writing about them as I go, but with exams being this and next week, I'll have to wait until I'm done and work begins again.

For the most part, I was console-free until 1999-ish, when our family picked up an N64, which I promptly fell in love with. Banjo Tooie, DK64, Mario64, and Super Smash Bros will always be perfect for nostalgic playing.

I miss this...but certainly not Canary Mary. I can't forget the fingernail bashing, button mashing pain of her cruelty

I remember some of the best times were hanging out at a friend's place, who owned a NES and Super Mario Bros. 1 through 3, which I played on occasion until I borrowed a NES off one of my sister's friend a few years later. Since then, I'd have to say SMB3 is probably my favourite game, close runner up being Tetris, which apparently I'd been playing age 3-ish. Took me about 12-years of on-and-off play to actually finally beat SMB3 on the Wii's Virtual Console, which I was quite proud of - going through worlds 1-8 without whistles made the tanks/boats/airships in world 8 a whole lots easier with 50+ lives to spare. Then I moved on up to a Gamecube. And that period of my gaming life was fittingly bland and nondescript, save for Pikmin. Come to think of it, I can barely remember what games I owned for the Cube. Then I picked up a Wii, played all the necessary first party games, and then moved back into dorms with only my trusty, dirt encrusted DS and loved laptop. I must say that I'm having a huge Myst other adventure games have captured the inventory-less wonderful environmental puzzles like it.

Due to my not-owning-a-NES-or-SNES, I've been periodically playing through the classics over the years, Megaman 1, 2 (almost beat 9), Earthbound (Which was too fantastic for words), Chrono Trigger (Admittedly on the DS, I'm working on getting all 15 endings, 4 found so far), and recently fell in love the the Dragon Quest series. So now I'm powering through Dragon Quest 6, Secret of Mana, and a bit 'o Punch Out!! whenever I have some spare time. This is the part where you can moan about how old you feel. Deal with it. :)

Itoi, you're great and all, but what the crap were you thinking when you made this guy?

Modern game related, I'm working on Dragon Quest 4, Etrian Odyssey 2 (it's a love/hate relationship), and Rhythm Heaven for the DS. I was loving DQ5 to death, but my save file corrupted somehow. For Wii, which is at my parents place so I can only mess around with it every few weeks, I finished up Okami (breathtaking), and I'm slowly working through Fire Emblem and the incredibly mediocre Tales of Symphonia 2. PC-wise, I'm working on Guild Wars, L4D, and TF2; with so much work to do, I can't play anything really involving with a clean conscience.

And for the future! When I find an apartment of my own, you can bet I'll pick up an old PS2 for cheap, and play all of the amazingness that I missed; Shadows of the Colossus, Ico, Tales of [whatever] games, Disgaea, etc. I do have a sneaking suspicion that real life may get in the way at that point. Until then, I'll keep working towards my B.Sc in Biochemistry.

Oh, and Mother 3 was pretty amazing too. Anyway, I look forward to doing some quality bloggage when I've got time.

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4:50 PM on 04.17.2009

Inevitable First Post

Hello, Destructoid world, new guy here!

Every blog's gotta start somewhere, I suppose, so why not now. Basically, I'm a lover of all things game-related, and have a serious retro-gaming obsession. I think I've gotten around through most of the classics, but I'm always looking for fresh--err old meat, since there's always more of it. I look forward to chatting with you all about anything and everything!

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