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I'm Freefall, a 20 year old gamer from the UK.
Currently at University and balancing my time.
I'm an avid Video Gamer, I'm into every kind of game there is, games are a part of my life.
Destuctoid is the Best and Most Random Community there is, that's why I'm here.

It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and I'm out on a journey to save the world... Man, I love video games.

I might just drop in a few Opinions here and there, So
Don't mind me.

May your life be like toilet paper... Long, and useful



Some of my stuff:

Why we don't get any good Star Wars Sequels

Top 10 Things in Games which make me feel good

My Gaming Confessions

You've seen me before?

Who Am I?
I once went to the cinema and watched a 3D movie. As I was walking out, a guy with his 3D glasses still on yelled, "Woah, everything is 3D!" I was one of the 10 people that put their glasses back on to check.

I was looking at my to-do list on my laptop. Near the bottom of the list, already crossed out, was written "time travel" I have no recollection of writing that.

Once, there were only two brownies left. I decided I should eat them both so that they wouldn't be lonely. I am completely satisfied with my decision.

That's who I am.



Most Games Completed In a Year= 2009:

January:
Tomb Raider Legend
Crackdown
Gears of war 2
Professor Layton
Knights of the Old Republic

February:
Oddworld: Strangers Wrath
Knights of the Old Republic II
Fahrenheit
Left 4 Dead
Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force

March:
Prince of Persia
Drawn To Life
World of Goo
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines
Jet Set Radio Future

April:
Dead Space
Resident Evil 5
TimeShift
Homeworld
Braid
Homeworld 2

May:
Star Trek: Elite Force II
Tomb Raider: Underworld
Jade Empire
Plants vs Zombies
Pokemon Platinum
Dead Rising

June:
Perfect Dark Zero
Second Sight
Halo
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Prototype
Secret Files: Tunguska

June:
Grim Fandango
Rainbow Six Vegas 2
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Freespace 2
The Secret of Monkey Island: SE
Half-Life 2
Ninja Gaiden 2

July:
No One Lives Forever
Earth Defense Force 2017
Splosion Man
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Gears of War
Fable II

August:
No One Lives Forever 2
Beyond Good & Evil
Star Trek: Shattered Universe
Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis
Castle Crashers
Left 4 Dead
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey

September:
Pokemon Yellow
Timesplitters 2
Max Payne 2
Mirror's Edge
Timesplitters: Future Perfect
Star Wars: Republic Commando
Starcraft

October:
Brute Force
Halo 3
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Starcraft: Brood War
Valkyria Chronicles

November:
System Shock 2
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
Shadow of Destiny
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Crysis

December:
Burnout Paradise
Assassin's Creed 2
Amped 3
Psychonauts
Batman: Arkham Asylum




Quotes:
"Skills for kills agent, skills for kills"

"Try to get your combat multiplier even higher!"

"Ah...THERE YOU ARE!"



MY TOP FIVE GAMES:
No One Lives Forever 2
The Longest Journey
Grim Fandango
Valkyria Chronicles
Halo. Yes you heard me.



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From Halo to Homeworld.

"Were you on Halo last Night?"
No, I was gripped on Homeworld.

This is a story of my journey through Video Game history. How I got from Gears of War to Grim Fandango.

My first console was an Xbox, the 5th game I played on said Xbox was Halo. Now I was too poor to get a N64 or even a Playstation, or anything that preceded it. I made do with my dad's computer, playing snake, battle zone and asteroids. Soon I was owning my own games, such as Age of empires and Rogue Squadron. But after that it was just playing demo's.

Years and years later, I got an Xbox for a present, recommended by a friend. Let me tell you, an Xbox is not a bad first console to have. Gradually, I grew apart from the old PC and went into shooters for the Xbox.


From Fable to Freespace.

This trend continued into the next generation, when I got an Xbox 360. A year and a half into that, I began to experiment, playing with genres which I would have never of dreamed of trying out; I did this because, my funds for games had quickly depleted and I grew bored of what I had, me! Growing bored of games! Who could have ever imagined... They just all seemed the same somehow, I yearned for something different, but I wasn't quite sure what, so I started trying out Platformers, Survival Horror, Racing, pretty much everything but sports games (It's a long story/ rant for another time). I began looking at previous generation games again. This was the turning point.


From Gears of War to Grim Fandango.

While dreadful at some of these genres, I kept at it and began to improve, then I started going back. Completing old games I never gave a second look. I completed Jet Set Radio Future after a 6 year Hiatus. I started buying old, old games for my laptop, this was when I realized what I had missed. I got seriously into adventure games, I'm still not very good at them, but I'm so in love with them I don't care, I got into Tomb Raider, a series I avoided like the plague due to some bad experiences of nausea and getting lost a long time ago. I kept going back, it was like a guilty pleasure. Everything was a new experience a new adventure.
There are so many gems that I have discovered, namely:
Grim Fandango, Homeworld ,The Longest Journey, System Shock 2, No One lives forever, American Mcgee's Alice, Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, Beyond Good & Evil, Psychonauts, Starcraft...

I'd better stop there, The list could go on and on and on. Now just think, I never would have played any of these if it weren't for me getting past my prejudice of old games and 'Bad Graphics'.

Some things I have noticed is that games are no longer made by gamers for gamers, by geeks for geeks; no, they are now made by companies for the consumer. Yes, graphics and gameplay have improved, but for the most part, things have become massively simple and less... I'm not quite sure how to say, it's like some magic spark is gone.


From BioShock to Broken sword.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, never write off a genre or game. Hate Halo? why not go back and try it again? Scared shitless of strategy games? Take another stab at one (With cheats enabled). Now I'm not a pro gamer, a lot of the games I have mentioned, I used cheats or a walkthrough for, but they all opened my mind up. Gaming isn't just whatever you play, gaming is much more vast. When you are unable to go forward (Due to funds or boredom or anything) then go back, keep looking back. Heck, have a stroll on Wikipedia for a few minutes, pick a title or blurb which peaks your interest. If only I could see my younger self's naive attitude towards gaming, I'd most likely point and laugh, then get the hell out of there before I fuck up the space/time continuum or something.


From Assassin's Creed to American Mcgee's Alice.

I could have gone the other way, but I'm glad my curiosity made me into the Video Gamer I am today. I guess I have a unique perspective, by going backwards instead of forwards, I can see the technological progression, but I'm not wowed or jaded by it. So, are these old games better than today's? Actually, yes, a lot of them hold up to today's standards easily. Now has never been a better time to look at older classics.

So do me a favor. For every new game you get, acquire an old one, just one. You never know, you may surprise yourself. Games have grown from a hobby, to a part of my life.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a fairly new PS3, time to see what PS1 games I've missed.


From Mass Effect to Fear Effect?
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