My name is Eric and I am a 31 year old video game collector. I have been playing games since I was 4 years old starting with Atari and have gotten all of the main stream systems from then until now throughout the years. I currently have over 2600+ games in my collection spanning over 20+ systems from Atari to Wii U. I am a big collector of video game related things in general such as t-shirts, some figures, posters and other such stuff.
I was a former Game Crazy (former video game store; attached to Hollywood video) employee for 5 years before the company went bankrupt in June of 2010.
I enjoy video game music, be it original scores, symphony, chiptune, remixes, or whatever else. I also listen to metal/hard rock. I am currently listening to bands like Poets of the Fall, Skillet, and Mudvayne. My all time favorite band is Soundgarden, and my all time favorite artist is Chris Cornell.
I am also a wicked sci-fi nerd, primarily Star Trek. I also love Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1, Sliders, etc..etc..
So as we know everyone loves a good bandwagon with which to jump on and so here's my super sexy list of stuff about me that some know, some don't, and now all shall know.
1.) I have been playing video games for just over 27 years.
Myself (around age 8) and a few friends playing Wrestlefest at Chuck E. Cheese's. My mom wanted me to smile but I was in the middle of a game.
I just recently turned 31 in April and I have been playing games since age 4. I started with my Dad's Atari which he gave to me and it just continued on from there. I received, and still have every mainstream system since Atari. I also have random stuff like a Turbo Grafx 16 and a Sega Master system which I've only had for about 3 years on both.
2.) I am a huge wrestling fan.
My autograph of the Rock when he was IC champ.
I have been watching wrestling, primarily WWE (then WWF), since I was just shy of 7 years old. The first time I saw it was Wrestlemania 6. I have been hooked since. My all time favorites are the Ultimate Warrior (RIP) and Hulk Hogan, but along the way I have also been fans of guys like The Undertaker, Gangrel, but more recently Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro. I look forward to the future of the WWE. While it's not nearly as amazing as it was when I was younger, it's still fun and I love seeing the children of my favorite legends as current superstars. Also it helped that my dad was friends with former WWE Referee Tim White so I have lots of cool autographs that he got for me.
3.) I have a video game collection consisting of 3,026 games.
This is what 2,450+ of my games look like (500+ not shown).
Yes, you read correctly, Three THOUSAND games. I have been playing games for years and this is the most awe inspiring thing about myself. I have kept almost every game I ever bought/received and while I have played a lot of them, I doubt I've played more than 50%. I buy way more games than I play which sucks. But now that I've hit this milestone I am slowing down on my collecting process and going to focus more on PLAYING them. I truly do understand those memes that say "There's nothing to play!" and it's an image of a huge stack of games. First world problems I guess.
4.) I used to collect action figures before video games.
U.S. Agent in a Punisher Package? Yep!
Collect is a loose term when it comes to me and figures. Do I have some in the original packaging? Sure. But most are in crates in my basement since, as a kid, I played with them. Some are broken, some are missing pieces, but when you have crates of He-man, Ghostbusters, Marvel/DC figures, and Ninja Turtles figures it's still pretty cool to have. I couldn't afford to collect both so I chose games. I also enjoy this mispackaged one I found ages ago. If someone sealed it back to do this, then they did a damn good job because it's seamless. I also have a decent collection of comics, as well as video game and Star trek based novels.
5.) I once dressed as Spock, Kano (MK3), and The Shredder for the last 3 Halloweens at my job.
I had lots of fun wearing these at the bank where I work.
I love to dress up for Halloween. I don't think I ever missed a Halloween for dressing in a costume. So for my 3 years at the bank where I work, I dressed up all 3 years that I have been there and these are them. I think they're pretty good. Kano and Shredder were home made, Spock I bought the shirt and ears but drew on the eyebrows.
6.) I have a BA in Art with a focus on Graphic Design.
Something I drew just from looking at an image of Mega Man I found online, no tracing. Project was to draw something 3 times in 3 different ways.
You ever go to school, unsure of what you want, then you graduate and realize it's not what you want to do? Yea that was me. I always wanted to work with video games but when I went to college "video game design" wasn't really a thing, not here in Rhode Island anyway. I started with Computer science. I didn't want to be a programmer. So I moved to art. I mean I enjoyed drawing and whatnot and had good ideas so why not. So I got my BA and then after I graduated I just really didn't want to do it. While my drawing skills are good, I am no natural at it, as it takes me quite some time to make good images. I wish I went for English as I enjoy writing. I am focused this year to make a website with my writing as a focus. We will see how it goes and I will let you all know when it happens!
7.) I was in the first 2 "Blockbuster Video" video game tournaments.
Not my actual pin, but I do have this exact one on an old busted Batman hat shown in my first image. The hat is somewhere around my house.
Some of you may be old enough to remember this, but once Video games could be rented in a store! And sometimes, the biggest store of them all, Blockbuster Video, would hold tournaments. They did it for about 3 years I think. The first one was with a special Donkey Kong Country cart which just went level to level and the goal was to get the most bananas in the allotted time. For 2 straight weeks I was number 1, but the third week I got beat by like 50 bananas. I was crushed. You see, I was young then and both my Dad and I assumed it was your CUMULATIVE score from all 3 weeks... nope... just the highest score overall. So I lost at the end. Lame.
8.) I used to do game reviews for a small site my friends and I made called Glitchytasty.com.
Yes...this was the logo and I hated it. The info is correct except my Wii FC is different.
Ok so the name is obviously a pun on "Itchy..Tasty" from Resident Evil so let's get that out of the way. It was not my idea but my friends. So I did game reviews/previews for the 2 years the site was up. We did get free copies of games but my friend hoarded them. I only managed to get a free Mario Sports Mix. The site is still up if anyone wants to see my olod previews/reviews. My friend who made the site now works for 343 Industries. He worked on halo 4 and now on Halo 5. Lucky Bastard.
9.) I worked at game Crazy for 5 years.
RIP Game Crazy.
I know I mentioned it earlier, but I did indeed work at a Game Crazy video game store. I started on its 4th day of opening and was there until it's bitter end. The company went bankrupt in 2010. My location closed it's game crazy around February of that year, but I transferred to the Hollywood video side until the doors closed in May. This year is the 4 year anniversary of it's closing. When they were about to close the doors for good, I got over 60 games and over 30 movies/TV show discs for... get this.. $0.80 each. That was my best gaming haul ever. Only a few were rental copies, most were what we transferred from game crazy. I also met my friend, who works for 343 Industries now, here at Game Crazy and we've been friends ever since. It was a great 5 years of my life and I'll always miss it.
10.) I was in 2 Pac Man Championship DX Tournaments at the 1st and 2nd Pax East.
Friggin' amazing game.
This was my first REAL tournament. Sure Blockbuster tournaments were still you playing a game while others watched, but this was competitive and elimination. My first time I got 3th place (I lost to the man who won it in the finals), the 2nd year, sadly I only got 2nd. I can get 9mil+ points minimum in the Championship II level, which is the one the tournament used both times. Now my first tournament was great because I was killing the other players. When I lost, I lost to the guy who then became the 1st place winner, so it's cool that I lost to him if I were to lose to anyone. The 2nd year he didn't show up, so I had a chance. I whooped everyone, scoring 9 mil almost every time. But sadly, after my semi-final match, the final was next. The head of the tournament asked if I wanted a couple minutes to rest since I just played a match where I won by ONE ghost.
The small crowd was going crazy he and I were neck and neck. The funny thing was... the kid I was battling was in the previous years tournament. He lost to the guy who would become 2nd. So in essence him and I were battling to regain glory of our losses. In the end I beat him by barely 2000 pts. it was insane and everyone went crazy. So the final came, my hands weren't too steady, i made ONE mistake which cost me the WHOLE thing because on that level, one death, just ONE, can cause you to lose hundreds of thousands of points. The kid only got to 8 mil, and if I didn't take the risk, I'd have won it all.
God damn Brain slugs.
So there's just a few fun facts about GrimmTrixX. Hopefully soon my site will be up and you all can hear more from me in a greater capacity. Thanks to those of you who read this whole thing!!