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Gen Eric Gui avatar 11:45 PM on 02.01.2009  (server time)
10 things about Gen Eric Gui that you couldn't care less about


10 - I'm a self-defeatist.

I hate everything I have ever done in my life. I am a perfectionist, and I have yet to come even remotely close to meeting my ludicrously high standards. Oh sure, I might feel proud about something just after I finish, but within a day I'm looking back and regretting I ever did it in the first place. Which will probably happen re: this post about five minutes after I make it public.

That said, I've never let my self-defeatism get me down, and I'm still one of the most jovial and happy people you'll ever meet.

9 - I actually -liked- Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.

In fact, it's one of the only Final Fantasy games I like, with the others being 1, 4, and 6. Something about it's lighthearted nature and unpretentious, simple story just cause me to feel unbridled joy every time I play it. Plus, the enemy graphics CHANGE and you can jump! Badass shit right there.

Plus, awesome music is awesome. The battle themes from this games are some of my favorite of all time.

The Bone Dungeon is the best dungeon idea ever. FACT.

8 - The worst injury I have ever sustained I got while baking cookies.

Seriously. My brother had haphazardly stacked clean dishes in a cabinet, and as I opened it up to get out a bowl to mix the cookie dough in, one fell on my hand and wedged a piece of white pyrex into my left ring finger knuckle almost all the way through my hand.

It's not impressive or manly, but it's a funny story anyway.

7 - I actually got started gaming because my parents didn't want me to go outside.

When I was old enough to finally start playing outside by myself, the house we were living in had no actual yard. To play outside meant to play in the street. My parents, bless their souls, decided that was just too dangerous, so they bought me an NES and some games to keep me firmly rooted in front of the TV where I wouldn't get hurt.

And then years later they wondered why I generally kept to myself, never got interested in sports, and didn't ever want to go outside to play in our large new yard.

6 - I was a project manager and editor for Doublejump Books for the better part of a year.

My name is in their guides for Persona 3, Soul Nomad, and Operation Darkness, check it out. I also edited the hell out of some articles for

The opening to this, where it talks about all the Japanese customs and what?
My idea. Not my writing, but my idea. Which is still pretty cool, imo.

This job was awesome while it lasted(They hired me because of a crunch, and when the crunch was over they let me go like a dried leaf on the wind~~~). I got to chat directly with Yu Namba at Atlus, and several of the people at NISA back when they were still cool. I also have copies of pre-release code for Soul Nomad, which I don't have the equipment to play but which is still pretty awesome. I also have hand-signed letters from NISA that I'm going to get framed at some point.

5 - I have a habit of picking up on the eccentricities of the people around me and mimicking them.

I have a friend who likes to flips quarters in his hand when he's idle. I never used to do it, but ever since I've known him I've started doing it too. Another friend raises his voice at odd points during sentences. I never did it before, but since knowing him, I now do something similar. It's not something I do intentionally, the action is totally unconscious on my part, and luckily I don't think anybody has ever noticed it.

It's kinda creepy, when I think about it for too long. So I try not to.

4 - I've written game fanfiction.

And I'm not afraid to admit it, or link to it!

I figure it was good practice for writing real fiction, which is something I'd like to do at some point in my life. Or if I ever get to do my dream job of producing videogames, it was really good practice for writing those too.

3 - Of all the books I've read in my lifetime, my favorite one was a children's book.


2 - Despite the fact that I identify myself as an old-school gamer and love older games, I still believe that newer games are generally better.

I mean, really now. SMT: Nocturne is -leagues- ahead of any oldschool RPG I can name. And I can name a lot of oldschool RPG's. I've had more fun with Guilty Gear XX and Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom than any fighter made before 2000. Games like Theresia make old text-adventures look like jokes.

That said, I still loves me some Megaman 3 and Kid Icarus. Yessir.

1 - When I go to the gym and run on a treadmill or elliptical runner, I -always- listen to Megaman theme songs and pretend I'm running the levels.

Yeah, I really do.

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