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But doctor, I am Pagliachi.

I'm 22 years old and studying Rock Climbing, while occasionally working toward a degree in economics. Probably the best way for me to describe my personality is like this.


(living the dream and letting it be)

I got into video games at around 9 years old when I got my first system, a Gameboy pocket...
/nostalgia

Moving on.

Systems that I currently own:
PS3(full backwards compatible, 500Gigs)PSN->Enkido-dono
PSP
Wii
Gameboy Advance SP
Gameboy Pocket(yes, I still have it and it works)


Things I like (other than video games):
Music, a lot
Books
Anime/Manga
Politics
Learning Guitar
Rock Climbing
Cooking

My Destructoid interview by LawofThermoDynamics who did a fine job of making my sorry ass presentable. (Psst, he has more in his interview index)

Front Pageness:
irock Review, based off of this by Beyamor(becasue I'm not witty enough to get Frontpage on my own yet)

Awesome Stuff:

The Decoder Ring, gifted to me by Occams Electric Toothbrush, with the blessings of the Shadow Council. Lurkers, behold and despair.


I present Enkirby, lovechild of Beyamor and boredom, though rumors of a scandal with awesomeness abound.


My next gaming system, custom made by Renegade Panda.


Law and I, bringing the heat.


A Space Marinenkido, again by Beyamor, who won't let me forget how much cooler he is than me.
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[Disclaimer: This blog does not represent the views or opinions of Enkido as he exists in a sane state and he cannot be held responsible for the content expressed in this article. For real, he has a nerd boner big enough to club an elephant to death right now. Also, scary title huh? Also also, cocks.]

What, you thought these were done? So yeah, E3 is a thing that happened recently, and more recently ended. It was great wasn't it? I wouldn't know, I missed it. All of it. While you were all reveling in the glory that is E3 I was working overtime trying to ship aerospace parts to a rather displeased group of Rolls Royce and Pratt & Whitney manufacturers, taking summer classes, cooking dinner, and trying to get enough sleep to rinse and repeat for four days strait. Long story short life is a heartless bitch sometimes and I have not been able to get any news coming out of E3 until Friday, when it was over. But times are good now. I just recently finished watching the press conferences for the big three and am now ready to spew my opinions so vehemently as to put an ignorant, drunken, sorority pledge to shame.

What does this mean for those of you reading this, other than the fact that the warning in my disclaimer is very real? It means that you get to relive the hype (and crushing disappointment) of E3 all over again, unabashedly and without that overrated temperance like reason, hindsight, or comprehension everyone seems to like. Onward to the hype!

Microsoft
Note: Doesn't include the Kinect Conference, my dvr fuffed up and I didn't get to see it.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

I am a little confused. For some reason this just looked ugly and unimpressive to me. That whole part where they were going through the tunnel just left me completely underwhelmed. The Hind was cool but ultimately this left me with less hype than I had before I saw it. Where is the hype I was expecting?

Call of Duty Map Pack Timed Release

So yeah, that happened. Something tells me this would be more important to me if Black Ops hadn't just failed to impress me and I didn't know that now Kotic has not only been vindicated, but he is wiping his ass with a large pile of exclusive money.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising

THAT WAS AWESOME!!! Very much looking forward to this now. So that's where the hype went.

All exclusive stuff now. Persuade me to get a 360 Microsoft.
Gears 3

That was cool. Gears hasn't been able to interest me since I lost my 360 and this didn't convince me to go and get a new one, but good show none the less. Also, four player co-op is cool, but I still want to know what happened to split screen, that is a blog for another time. Also, there's a thing called beast mode that I'm not important enough to see. I'm a bit burned out on Sci-fi shooters at the moment, so I'm not that excited for Gears, Reach, or Killzone 3 for that matter.

Peter Molyneux, I mean Fable 3

Fable is a game that never really interested me. Always a overblown in my opinion, I always thought there were better RPG alternatives out there, most of which are multiplatform.

Kingdoms?

Cool. Will get more excited when I see gameplay.

Halo: Reach

Woah. That was really impressive. Some of you may remember that I had fallen out of love with Halo, but this demo was amazing.

Kinect stuff

Wait, didn't Microsoft already dedicate an entire show to this? Why is it here?



ESPN on 360

Sure why not.

More Kinect Stuff (Wii spo- Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, Kinect Adventures, etc.)

The picture pretty much nails it.

Wii Fi- I mean, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

This is why I have a gym membership. Pass

Dance Central

Cool looking, but I can Waltz and Tango, so I tend to stick to those.

Star Wars Game

Microsoft: PAY ATTENTION DAMN IT!
Me: Alright, I'm up, I'm up.

Forza With Kinect

I don't really like racing games that much. Adding Kinect doesn't help.

New 360

Wait, Microsoft let Sony develop a console for them? I have definitely seen this somewhere before. Still, it is a sexy machine, no doubt about it. It fixes a lot of problems I have seen with the 360, especially the built in Wi-Fi (it's about time). Didn't hear anything about removable hard drive, but hopefully this will cure the Red Ring stigma for them.

All in all I thought Microsoft's press briefing was a little underwhelming. In the end it didn't make me want to go out and replace my 360 again, even if it is sexy now. It started off cool with some good games, but got boring fast when they stared talking about Kinect, which I still haven't seen a price for. I've seen rumors of $150, but for that much for the games they showed me I have this to say.


Nintendo

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Feels like what they wanted Twilight Princess to really be. It was a little buggy, but the release isn't for a while so they have plenty of time to stomp those out. I probably would have started with a more tested title, but still good to see this.

Mario Sports Mix

Mario Sports game, sure.

Wii Party

More fodder for Kinect, a little nervous at this point. Please don't do what you did last year Nintendo.

Just Dance 2

Genuinely worried now.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn
Regie: "Golden Sun is a game we talked about last year at E3... You haven't heard or seen a lot since then."

Gee, you think. Try NOTHING, and I've been looking. For real when it was announced last year at E3 it was the one slightly redeeming moment from Nintendo's press conference. Then they just stopped talking about it. COMPLETELY.

Well, now that that little tyraid is over, it's all good, they have videos and gameplay that make me all kinds of happy.


End of fangirl rant.

Golden Eye 007

So thats where the splitscreen I was talking about with Gears might go.

Epic Micky

Really interested in this, not quite sold yet but really following it.

KIRBY'S EPIC YARN!!!

I AM CONFUSED AND AROUSED. This may very well be my game of the conference, and maybe even E3. I don't care how much it costs, I want it. This game makes me happy in ways I find hard to describe.

Metroid: Other M

I am looking forward to this with a little skepticism. Nintendo is trusting 3rd party developer to help them with one of their most beloved franchises. I am really curious about how it is going to turn out, but also just a tiny bit worried. Here's hoping they arn't riding the series to its doom.

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Love you Nintendo

3DS

I WANT THIS. That really sums it up. The color of the one they showed looked ugly to me but I am sure it will come in other colors. Also, GOOD GOD is that a lot of support. Only problem is I am going to have to stop myself from getting Golden Sun: Dark Dawn until after the launch of the 3DS.

Kid Icarus

Too... much... happy...

From there, they bring out a bunch of women chained to sexy technology in what will probably be one of the biggest mistakes E3 will ever see. Kidnapping and trade secret theft, awesome.

I loved this conference and I think Nintendo had the most impressive showing this E3 hands down.

After it was over they made me feel like this like this.


This calls for a photoshop.

And some music.


Sony

Before we begin, I would like to address the talking parts of Sony's conference. They did a lot of talking in between games and announcements but the generally managed to hold my attention for the most part. It was clear to me that they really knew how to speak and were well rehearsed. In regards to that, here is this.


On to the games
Killzone 3

It was very pretty and I have no doubt it is going to be a solid shooter, but as I said already I am getting a little burned out on sci-fi shooters. I enjoyed 2, and I think the way the matches changed objectives in the multiplayer was great, but there is only so much unfocused bad guy shooting I can take before I grow tired of it. Also, it was in 3D... which I couldn't see so I felt a little bit like I was missing something.

Some games coming out in 3D

Hooray I guess. Don't have a 3D T.V. but will almost definitely end up getting one somewhere down the line. Right now I'm quite happy with my 46' Bravia.

Sorcery & Move

As a game it really isn't my cup of tea, but it shows the potential of use in a game as something other than a novelty.

Tiger Woods 11

Every time I play golf, I feel like I'd be better at boxing. Every time I drive I have a really strong right hook. Also, the miss on the first swing was kind of humorous.

Heroes on the Move

Character Whoring. A motion game staple.

Kevin Butler speech

Got a little chuckle out of it.

Move pricing
Not too terrible. I'm not sold on it so I plan on sitting on it for now. Patching it into older titles was a good move.

Marcus PSP commercials

Looks like Sony's marketing team finally got their mess together. Should get back to the games though, I'm starting to lose focus.

More PSP Games

Feels good man.

More talking, this time about home and replicating the Sony booth, see above impression. I didn't make it to Home but it was a cool thing to do.

LITTLE BIG PLANET 2!!!!!!!!!!!

I am ridiculously excited for this game. I loved the first one more than any other game this gen. This takes everything that was amazing and multiplies it exponentially. This competes with Kirby's Epic Yarn for game of the conference for me. I could talk so much more, but I plan on writing a separate blog all together for it so there's that. As if to spite my years studying writing, this game refuses to allow words to accurately describe my love for it or how excited I am.

Play Station Plus

It seems like they added some cool features with more to come, I need to see more though. I think it was a really smart move to offer three months free, that will make the decision easier.

Medal of Honor

"Unlockable Beards" SOLD. Seriously, with multiplayer by dice it seems like there are plenty of alternatives to Call of Duty nowadays. This is a good thing.

Dead Space 2

Yeah, that is sweet. This is one of my favorite game franchises EA has and this one looks great. Dead Space Extraction special edition is something that makes me more curious about move.

As a side note, so that's where Sony exclusive money was going. I was starting to get curious. It also explains the whole Dante's Inferno speical edition. Money well spent in my opinion.

Portal 2

Well this is a pleasant surprise, though not unexpected in my opinion, Sony has been doing really well lately. More teleporting goodness, hooray. Steamworks is also a huge announcement as well, but I haven't been able to think about just how much yet. Also VP of Sharpening Things, ha.

Final Fantasy XIV

I am about to fail several upcoming semesters. Seriously, it is me and Final Fantasy, you judge.

Mafia II

Cool, but I'm not too excited about this.

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Sweet. Also, yet more exclusives.

Jeez, they still aren't done?

Gran Turismo 5

That is a very pretty game. Still, not really into racing, so really a moot point for me. It's about time it got a solid release though.

Infamous 2

Not really a surprise, but I'm still excited and the trailer was good. A little confused on the character redesign though. Same cat as above, and still appropriate.

Twisted Metal

Wait but you said... Oh well, still looks fun.

That does it for Sony's conference. All in all, a really good show. Started off a little slowly, but once they got to the games they reminded me why I like them so much. Got a bunch of cool exclusives to look forward to in addition to 3D, Move, and Play Station Plus. We'll see how it all plays out.

What? You want a video now too? Alright, only because I love you.


FIN.
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Okay, so here is the story. As you may be able to infer by the title, this originally started as a comment on Kinjiro's blog about why gamers are depicted the way they are and what can be done about it. It is very well written and offers very good analysis. If you missed it I recommend reading it first. What is below is the comment I was writing, slightly altered and edited, when I realized it was about to be blog length, so with little further ado.



I have no doubt that the depiction of gamers does not match the actual accepted definition. The definition makes no reference to any of the negative stereotypes that the mainstream media or non-gamers associate with our group, just as Kinjiro points out. He gives one of the most apt descriptions of gamers as a group I have heard, describing a fairly tight knit group from every corner from the spectrum, with a variety of other interests, and varying levels of intelligence. Now if your saying that that is really vague, well yes, there is a reason for that. This describes just about any group with a shared passion. Just as you have foodies, or movie buffs, or sports fans, groups are rarely defined in such specific terms. The exception to this may be the group as a whole identifying a special subset within itself, such as cosplayers or tabletop gamers for gaming. The fact remains that if you look at the group on a macro rather than micro level, gamers are no more distinct or definable than the definition we are given in the dictionary or any other group of enthusiasts.


This is from the Forbes website by the way, and it was titled gamer_1. That seems like a better depiction to me.

Despite this, there are always going to be outliers and those that take it too far, and without fail, that is what the media will recognize, as it sensationalizes an otherwise perfectly normal, perhaps even above average, group. What most non-gamers imagine gamers to be stems from these outliers simply because they are the exceptions to the rule, or the most visible. Everyone else is a perfectly reasonable human being, which makes them less visible. This raises a question though. These outliers exist in other groups just as much as they do in the gaming community, so why are we the ones depicted negatively? While Kinjiro examines the roots of gaming as a way to analyze this stigma, I am inclined to take a different approach. Gaming is essentially an addition to the foundations of media as much as books, movies, and music are. We are also the newest and have yet to establish ourselves. We also tend to be a fairly vocal group, at times to our own detriment. As such the media is going to examine gaming as it evolves and follow it until it's full mainstream acceptance. When the media does this, it is the most vocal group, the outliers, that will make themselves recognized. Also, people as a general rule tend to debase anything that goes against previously established norms.

As for presence in the mainstream, I agree with Kinjiro that what is out there is no where near enough to cover how large a group gamers are nor how fast it is growing. I do, however, believe that they are getting better about it. The Penny Arcade Expo is perhaps the most visible event in the video game industry outside of E3. It accurately depicts what gamers are as a group and a culture. It has also banned booth babes that are ignorant of what they are advertising and show too much skin. The fact that this was instituted by the vote of the gaming culture as a whole speaks well for us as a group as well. It has not however banned cosplay, which is a part of the culture and deserves it's place, and in my opinion deserves to be seen as such by the rest of society. There is no reason to censure what we are in order to be more appealing to the mainstream, and in fact I am very much against the idea. As for other chances to expose ourselves unabashedly, E3 has also begun to implement such rules but to a lesser extent.


Not related but you deserve a bread and this is awesome.

I have to say that I have to agree with Kinjiro's views on magazines when it comes to educating the uniformed about gaming. Magazines are generally filled with technical and focused articles, the kind that people that are not already knowledgeable will not understand. This is because magazines by nature are specialized. The bigger issue with magazines is that people subscribe to their interests, and if gaming is not an interest they won't subscribe, simple as that. I do want to give more credit to the internet though, mostly because of sites like Destructoid. Here you can find what the gaming community really is. Sure some of it may be technical but at least here it allows the gamers tho show that they have other interests than just gaming and are able to have intelligent and reasonable debate. If your have read this far down, you likely already know what I mean so I will spare you further analysis and move on.

It is true that gaming as a hobby and a culture is still very much in it's early stages. I would argue that this is the best part about being a part of it right now. Right now we are seeing the greatest expansion of gaming there has ever been and it had advanced as a medium at a rate far outpacing any other medium in history except perhaps the spoken word. Games are constantly pushing boundaries, while still remaining accessible to those who are curious about it, and more so now than ever.

So what is it that we can do? The best answer I can come up with is exactly what you are doing on this site, participating. Be a part of it, show those who don't understand what being a gamer really is. Keep playing, enjoying, and talking about games and don't stop no matter how anyone else views or depicts you. In time the truth will come out and the people who don't know will learn. And what is the best thing we as a group can do when that happens? Greet them with open arms.
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Gather round children, Enkido is going to share with you a moment of anonymous random stupidity he came across online the other day.



Now, when I say I found ignorance and stupidity in an online multiplayer game I can already feel many of you rolling your eyes and congratulating me on finding a grain of sand in a desert but bear with me. My online game of choice lately has been MAG, an FPS that stresses teamwork and leadership. Now normally I have very few problems with this game, when I am not in a leadership role I follow orders well and if someone who is new to a position is in command I can usually convince them that I know what I am doing and point them in the right direction. When I am in command I like to think I am competent, despite what my peanut gallery says, and I can generally make a battle go in a direction I want.

Now a couple of days ago I get back from work and fire up the PS3 and start MAG up. I log in and go to deploy selecting directives, which places me in domination, the largest game type. Upon getting into the lobby, I found that I was to be the designated squad leader for my group. I also, found that we would be defending against S.V.E.R., which is a bit of a downer in domination as they generally, well, dominate. Anyway, three of the people apart from myself have mics, but none of them really talk, fine by me as long as they can tell me when I need to know something. Then the battle begins.

It starts normally, I call in mortar strikes and sensor shells to devastating effect and everyone is happily going about our business in the area our platoon is defending. We are able to keep our bunker up and hold the cooling tower, until our bunker is hit with a precision air strike, something I have no control over. Eventually we are pushed back until it is time to hold the main objectives. Every other squad has already had their defenses down for about five minutes by the time ours fall and we begin the final defense of the primary objectives. A couple of minutes pass when out of no where one of my squad members speaks up, asking a question. "Is our squad leader American?" What a peculiar question, I think to myself. I have been giving orders throughout the entire game through the mic in English, and I don't believe I have any kind of accent. What could possess him to ask such an out of place question? Regardless, I figured he was awaiting an answer and so I obliged him, informing him that indeed I was an American.

All of the sudden I receive a vote to kick from the squad. For those of you who don't know, MAG has a system in which a squad can vote to kick a squad member by majority vote. This can be done to remove team killers or incompetent leaders. One person initiates the vote and if after a certain amount of time the necessary number of votes are amassed the member is kicked. If the votes can not be gathered the player is not kicked and the vote can be resubmitted at a later time. So now we are in a game, with me as squad leader, with a vote to kick after informing a squad member that I am American.

Needless to say I was confused. I asked "why are you trying to kick me?" to which he responded, "come on guys kick him, he's a stupid American redneck." Wait, what?


As an aside, I need to learn the banjo.

Now, I am not going to say that Americans are the smartest bunch of people out there, but that fact is far from all inclusive, nor do I, as far as I know, sound like I would imagine a redneck to sound like. As for the conditions when he made the statement, we are twenty minutes into a domination game, and granted we are losing, but not by the fault of our squad. He garners no votes in his first round as everyone else happily follows my direction to great effect. He, however, will have none of it, again voting to kick me and reasserting my national and inbread background. I ignore him as he is getting none of the support of the rest of the squad. His persistence remains unshaken, and he spends the rest of the game slandering myself and vainly attempting to kick me.

In the end, though we were defeated, our squad was able to hold the final objectives for the entirety of the match, save one moment after which the enemy was immediately rebuffed. It was a minor defeat, and in checking the final stats I finished as company MVP, with 5 ribbons, and a huge amount of Exp. My little foreign friend did not do so hot, finishing second to last in our squad, yet still making off with a fair sum of Exp for himself. Still it was strange seeing how even though our squad was doing well, someone could say something so strange and out of place. I wasn't really angry so much as confused, especially seeing how well our squad and platoon was doing relative to the others. Anyway, I figured you guy might get a kick out that story and knowing that I am a stupid American redneck.

Bonus question:
Aside from gaming one of my interests is World Politics. I was thinking of maybe doing a blog like once a month or maybe every two weeks talking about the big events that are happening in our world. This stems from the fact that none of my friends have any idea about what is happening in the word. I was wondering where I could find intelligent people with whom I might be able to share my interest with. I have tried news sites, but honestly some of them contain more ignorance, bigotry, and general stupidity than some youtube video comments. Then I though, wait Destructoid has more than a few intelligent people, perhaps some of them might be able to entertain a spirited political discussion. What do you guys think? Is it more suited to the forums?
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When it comes to gaming, my family essentially covers every conceivable part of the spectrum. From none whatsoever, gaming is blasphemy, to hardcore gamer, games can be art, and everything in between, my family has it all covered. The best way to show how true this really is is to show you guys exactly what goes into my family, and explain where they all stand on the scale. So without further ado:

Pops

I was gonna put Jecht, but I'm not a failure.

As you may have guessed my dad is at the end of the spectrum that I described above as gaming is blasphemy. He believes that anything else a person could be doing other than playing games is time better spent. I have no fond memories of playing games with my dad in my early formative years as others do, but somehow gaming became a part of my families activities, somewhat to my dads chagrin. The extent of the influence he had on our gaming was caving in to my mom after my younger siblings and I had bothered her enough to buy a game. We would get systems for Christmas/Birthdays (fun fact: my siblings and I were all born in December), but the consoles were for us and never would my dad play with us. When I was in middle and high school, games were nothing but an unnecessary distraction and something that could be used as ransom for when I was grounded, a fairly frequent occurrence, for me anyway. My financial liberation from my parents has seen the purchase of both my PS3 and Wii as well as a healthy games collection, and while my dad never approved of my purchasing decisions, he does appreciate the the PS3 plays blu-ray, and as long as I am making headway in my classes he could care less how much I game while I'm away at college.

Momerator

If you don't get the joke, forum more.

Ah yes, Meine Mutter, where to begin. She was the voice of reason to my dad and the one possessed of the political will that could bring my dad to support the children's gaming habit. She would be the one to go to during my early years to fulfill my gaming needs. Like my father, she was never into games herself, but stopped short of being critical of my gaming habits. During the early years she would never play with me but I never minded, as long as she was willing to facilitate my hobby she was cool with me. In recent years however she has become the stereotypical Wii mom. I'm sure a majority of you know what I am talking about, but for those who don't let us just say that she bought Wii fit, with the balance board and never used it. Fortunately, I was the one who bought the Wii and it is still appreciated, where I fear that my mom very well may have purchased a Wii to allow it to collect dust. Other than that she is happy that the PS3 can play blu-ray, music, and that she can get movies and shows off the PSN. Unfortunately, at the moment her only involvement in the gaming world is keeping me from playing after work while she watches Oprah and Criminal Minds.

Sis

The needle is for my Pulp Fiction style overdoses.

My sister is six years my junior and is the epitome of a casual gamer. Last I heard she was playing some kind of parking flash game online (/shudder). I have nothing against casual gamers, but just her taste in general perturbs me. She has so much to choose from but will not even entertain my suggestions. I am sure that if she tried Mario Galaxy she could be made into a respectable gamer yet, if only she were not so stubborn. For a recent example, recall that many people have decried the Sonic games for quite a while now. For a bit of retrospect, she holds Sonic Adventure Battle 2 to be the high water mark of gaming. I understand the sentiment "to each their own," but there are much better games in the Sonic series, as well as other games that have much better mechanics. Unfortunately she will hear none of it. I feel that if I could perhaps get a DS with some good games, it would be a nudge in the right direction that could finally make her see the light.

BROTHER!

Only because if this is him, I get to be Snake, a condition that comes with an awesome mustache.

My brother is a bit of a mystery. I have a hard time placing him. For a very good example of our early gaming years see this from about the third paragraph down. Honestly, this really sums up my brother and I when gaming is involved. Well, I can't in good conscious leave it like that so I guess the rest lies in the details. Like I said, my brother is a bit of a gaming enigma. We used to play together a lot, but ever since I moved to college he kind of stopped playing, as far as I know completely. Since the second Xbox is where we drew the line on replacing them, and I own both the PS3 and Wii, there is no gaming system in our house until I descend to find work in my hometown during the summer. You would think that this makes my brother a non-gamer, as he never, as far as I know, plays except during the times when I am in town for any extended period of time.

He is by no means a non gamer though. When I do come home, it is like I never left. We go right to playing like we used to, most recently finishing all the co-op missions in Modern Warfare 2 on veteran together, a task we agreed to finish after starting it during my past visit. I can honestly say that since I have been back this summer he has played more than I have, his game of choice being my Fallout 3 GOTY edition. He gets out of school early every day and while I work full time and take classes, he plays. Some of you on my friends list may have noticed that I am on a lot playing Fallout. Well the truth is I have not played Fallout 3 once on my PS3 (not that it is a bad game, but I got it so one of my friends could play and I would just watch him). I know that it has caused confusion in the SSFIV ranbat that I am currently participating in as my opponents see that I am logged in and try to invite me to a match, only to be ignored by my brother. He can play for hours at a time and I have no doubt he will have earned me a platinum trophy for the game by the time the summer is over. Because of this I have no doubt that he is still very much a gamer.

Now for the sad part. My brother and I are walking very different paths. I am going to college to get a degree in Engineering and he is set on joining the military, more specifically the Marines. While I have nothing against the Marines or our armed forces, he has this romanticized idea of being a soldier and so he wants to be an infantryman. He has all the resources to be a great officer, but he is set on being a grunt. To be blunt, this scares the shit out of me. Also, it means that this may be the last time I get to see him for any great length of time for a very long time. With me in college and getting ready to move out permanently into my own place, even when I come back to visit he may not be there. Even the hobby we used to share may not be able to keep us together despite being able to play online as he doesn't have a PS3. Really all I can do is spend as much time as I can with him on some of the few commonalities that we still share and that is gaming.

Iself

Oh, that's what it is.

Well, if you read this far, you may have guessed from the spectrum that aside from the fact that I have gone nuclear, I am the hardcore gamer of my family. While I haven't been playing all my life, it became a large part of my life and continues to be my go to hobby. I know all about the upcoming games, get giddy when E3 comes around, and keep up with gaming news, as well as arguing and writing, on a certain game site (ha!). When it comes to gaming and my family I am the obsessed to my father, the supported by my mother, the messenger to my sister, and the partner to my brother. One thing is for sure though is that if I were ever to have a family, god forbid, gaming would be without a doubt be a part of it. Also, my kid is so going to put your kid in his place when Pokemon Lanthanum comes out (/futuretroll).

Bonus fun fact: Were you to average the dates of my sibling's as well as my own birthdays and subtract nine months it curiously puts you a mere day after St.Patrics Day. Make of that what you will.
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12:36 PM on 05.22.2010

[Disclaimer: This blog does not represent the views or opinions of Enkido as he exists in a sane state and he cannot be held responsible for the content expressed in this article. For real, the insanity has subsided and a champion has been chosen. Also, cocks.]

For the last week I have been running a little contest on this site that gave the Destructoid community the opportunity to win my copy of Valkyria Chronicles. Well the contest has been completed and the weak (or less lucky) have been weeded out and only one has been left standing. Let it be known that the competition was fierce due to my selection system, which is completely objective and involves boxing kangaroos. So now I guess you really want to know who won, huh? Who was able to brave the internet on their quest for the answers. Well without further ado, the winner is...


[big letters][eye catching color]Lazerpig[/eye catching color][/big letters]

Congratulations sir, on your new game, PM me and upon first opportunity, I shall expedite your spoils you you.

For those of you who entered but were not fortunate enough to win I would like to offer this consolation prize.


Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Also, as evidenced by the kangaroos, I still have those marsupials.
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[Disclaimer: This blog does not represent the views or opinions of Enkido as he exists in a sane state and he cannot be held responsible for the content expressed in this article. For real, you have like two days left. Also, cocks.]

I am sure that you all know by now that I am having a little contest which will allow you, fine member of the Destructoid community that you are, the opportunity to win my copy of Valkyria Chronicles for PS3. All you have to do is PM me the answer to three little questions and you too could be on your way to a free game. Details and questions can be found here.



Now you may be wondering how heated this contest may be. Well as you can imagine it has been extremely popular. I'll just say that all current entrant have a 100% chance of victory as it stands now. If you care to split that up a bit more, who knows, you may just be able to wrangle away 50% of that chance, but to do that you have to enter. Look at him, mocking you, so sure of his victory. You have until whenever the hell I wake up Saturday morning and check my inbox to enter, and I live on the east coast so don't procrastinate. So what are you waiting for, do you not enjoy free games?

Also, Destructoid still needs a contest tag, unless I am really missing something.
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