I am the Everyday Legend, and I am a male, 30-year old, Florida native and videogame fan of the most epicurean order. I'm also the father of a very precocious two-year-old.
I got into gaming when I was 5, and my Aunt and Uncle had an NES that they had bought because they thought it was the coolest thing ever. As a matter of fact, they weren't too far off of the mark. I was introduced to Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt (naturally), and soon followed up with the very first Zelda. I remember the very first game I beat by myself - Megaman 2, in 1989. I was six at the time.
Shortly after that, I played Street Fighter II for the first time in a local skating rink and was hooked. Bad. Like, smack-habit bad.
I remember playing against the college kids that would come in there to hang out and chill - there was a lounge connected to the place that you had to be 18 to get in - and a lot of these guys used to come in and spend a ton of time and money on playing SFII. I learned how to play from these guys, and within a year, I had become just as good as they were. I was hanging out with people almost twice my age, and conversing with them on their level about a mutual passion - and that's where I've been ever since.
Videogames don't make up my entire life: I cook, I write, I sing, I have a full-time job and am still attending college for a degree in Computer Science. Nothing beats a good trip to a good bar where they serve good beer and have a good selection of good tunes. Also, chilled Junmai Ginjo (unfiltered) sake is the nectar of the gods, in case you weren't aware. Of course, those trips are very rare these days, because there is always another diaper to change, and leaving your kid at home in the crib is never an option if you want to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.
Oh, and I really, really love sushi. I can put away amounts of that stuff that some may label as borderline genocidal.
The Destructoid Forums - a nearly lawless place, where some of the most long-standing and venerable members of our community reside. These people tend to carve out a home there, and rarely do they speak to those on the glitzy overworld of the frontpage, although some may be found outside the dark underbelly of the site. I have decided to chronicle these tales, these legends of the forums, and bring them to you, the frontpagers and Cbloggers!
In reality, I felt that some of the best and most tight-knit portion of our community resided in this place, and perhaps needed some shine put on them. Everything seems to be so frontpage-focused these days that we seem to forget that there are three separate sections of this grand domain - the frontpage, the community blogs, and the forums. Cblogs get attention, but far less than they used to, and the forums seem to be left to themselves for the most part with little to no interaction from the outside save for wayward travelers who join up and disappear not much later.
I will therefore start a mission to remedy that. I may not succeed, but I will most definitely do what I can. I have started an interview series for the Forumites, to be published on the Cblogs, and hopefully given shine on the frontpage. I'd like to use this as a unification bridge of sorts, and I hope you'll tune in.
The first of this series will drop tomorrow, featuring our very own Sephzilla.
Please read and enjoy it.
If you're looking to be interviewed and you're not on the forums, OpiumHertz will be handling the frontpage / commenter version of this initiative. Contact him for details.