Hi everybody, I'm Destructoid user GoofierBrute. You may know me as that one unfunny guy on the front page. You know that one guy, with the hair? Yeah, that's me. Anyway, I've been trying to get into writing regularly on here, since that was what initially brought me to Dtoid (more on that later) way back in the late 2000s. Andy recently posted a post on the front page asking Dtoiders to tell the community 10 things about themselves, so killing two birds with one stone, here are 10 things you didn't know about me.
1. I'm currently working on a game. So yeah, I'm working on a game with some friends I first met on Dtoid's TF2 server (yeah we have one of those in case you didn't know). It's a 2D platformer about a fish that one day grows appendages. We don't have much other than some truly amazing art by our artist and bits of a level, but once we have something more solid, I'll post something here to promote (pinky promise). As for what my role is, I'm one of the two programmers on the project. Speaking of programming....
2. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Development. I mentioned this briefly in an earlier post about The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but to those who don't know, I currently hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Game Software Development. Which is just a fancy way of say I'm a programmer of video games. I always loved video games when I was a kid and knew I wanted to make them when I got older, but since I couldn't draw to save my life, the only other option was programming (which is funny since I sucked at Math when I was a kid, and Math is a necessity if you want to program). It's challenging at times, and isn't for those who are impatient, but I don't think there's anything else that I would rather do. Outside of working on that game (which I'm doing out of a labor of love), I'm currently unemployed at the moment, so if you have need of a programmer or web designer (I do both), hit me up.
3. I use to play water polo and do swimming in high school. In high school, I was a lot thinner than I am now, and that was due in part to the fact that for three years I played Water Polo and did swimming for my high school. For those of you who don't know what Water Polo is, it's like Rugby, but in a pool and a slightly more violent. At my high school, we were often consider the "gay" sport due to the fact that guys had to wear Speedos, but man were we tough as nails, both inside and outside the pool (seriously, most of teammates were what we call in the business "fucking metal"). While water polo did a lot to get me in shape and somewhat build my confidence, it was swimming that I loved more. I was clearly in the minority, but I just loved swimming because victory or defeat was based on how well I did individually (outside of relays obviously), and I even got most improved junior varsity player my first year, and a Letterman jacket my other two years. Granted, it wasn't perfect (the coaches were dicks, politics played a big role in who moved up to varsity, and most of the players were Prima Donnas), but outside of starting my freshman year instead of my sophomore year, I wouldn't change a thing about my time there.
4. I honestly don't remember when I first joined Destructoid. Okay that's not entirely true. I do remember joining sometime in the late 2000s, but other than that I'm drawing a blank. I do know that Nick Chester was Editor-In-Chief at the time, and that I commented on how ass Final Fantasy XII was, but other than I got nothing. But at the end of the day it doesn't matter, because in the four-fiveish years I've been here, Dtoid has become my second family. *cue generic 90s sitcom cheesy AW sound*
5. I used to frequently visit 4chan. Wait, put down your torches and pitchforks for a second and hear me out. Now, I know 4chan and its user tend to have a reputation for being....unsavory sorts, but that's mostly because everyone assumes the entire site is like /b/, which is 4chan's most popular board, which is entirely untrue, but I digress. During my time at 4chan, I'd mainly visit the /v/, otherwise known as the Video Game board. Thanks to that board (and /a/), I got involved in some pretty interesting discussions, had a few laughs at someone's expense, and got some pretty awesome pictures. Hell, /v/ was how I first heard of Destructoid, after someone there linked an interesting c-blog about Earthbound. I agree that 4chan kind of sucks, and rarely visit them, but it's thanks to them that I'm here typing this, so blame them.
6. My first non-Nintendo console was a Xbox 360. So I make no secret of the fact that I'm a huge Nintendo fan. Hell, three of my favorite games of all time are from the big N. And so when the Wii came out, I got it as soon as I could. What I quickly realized was that there were going to be a lot of games that my Wii wouldn't handle, and since my laptop and PC were both ass, I knew I needed something to play the games my Wii couldn't handle. In Christmas in 2007, my dad asked if I wanted a PS3 or 360; at the time, the 360 was killing it, so that's what I went with. While my 360 introduced me to some great games (including one of my favorite JRPGs of all time Tales of Vesperia), I ultimately regretted getting it. A lot of the games I got could be played on my better PC and laptop, the fact that I had to pay for online sucked, and I had one of the older white models, which meant red ringing(though to be fair, my only red ringed once, and that was three years after I got it). Overall, I liked my 360, but if I had a do over, I'd probably get the PS3 instead.
7. Many of my favorite games of all time I didn't play until I was older. Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past, Super Metroid, & Final Fantasy VI are some of the best games the SNES has to offer, and are some of my favorite games of all time. The problem is that I didn't play these games until they were at least a decade old. You see, even though I owned a SNES as a kid, I mostly played games like Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country(which are both excellent games, by the way). It wasn't until much later when I got a SNES emulator when I finally played these games and saw what the big deal was, and I loved them. Most people ask me if I reget playing these games sooner, and honestly I don't. As a kid, there was no way in hell I would have appreciated these games for what they were; hell the only reason I got Ocarina of Time was because my parents were tricked into thinking it was like Mario. Now that I'm older, I can appreciate these games subtle nuances in which the gameplay and the story complement each other. Plus if I get stuck, I can always use GameFaqs.
8. Queen is my favorite band of all time. I wish there was more that I could say, but yeah I love Queen. Their songs are amazing, and I always stop what I'm doing to listen them on the radio or when they show up on my music player. Hell, when my friends and I did karaoke, I would always look for the Queen songs and would rock out to them. So yeah, Queen is awesome. What more is there to say?
9. I used to work at Walmart. Well, technically I was a third party vendor working for Sony to get people to buy PS3s and Moves, but I was assigned to work in a Walmart. Where most of the people didn't speak English. And it was during Christmas. And at one point a guy in a yellow raincoat talked to me about the Most Interesting Man in The World getting anal probed. You ever have a job that you absolutely hate, but you only do it for the money? That was my Wal-Mart job. Never again.
10. I was diagnosed with ADD as a kid. Ending this on a somewhat serious note, when I was a kid, I was diagnosed as having ADD. As a kid, I was already ostracized for liking video games, so having to take pills everyday to make sure I could focus didn't help things. Still, I was able to overcome it, and while I still have trouble focusing sometimes, I feel that I'm ab-SQUIRREL!
So yeah, those are 10 things you didn't know about me. I probably should have done this sooner, but oh well. Better late than never right? If you made through all of this, you're awesome. I don't really have much else to say, so here's a picture of a gentleman cat:
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I'm just a dude in his mid-twenties who loves video games, movies, anime, and a bunch of other stuff. I don't write on a regular basis, so if you came here expecting that, you'll be disappointed. However, I do hope you enjoy the few things I do write here.
I'm a freelance programmer/web designer, so if you need someone to do a webpage or to make a game with, PM me.
My five favorite games of all time are:
1. Super Mario Galaxy
2. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
5. Metroid Prime