I've never enjoyed writing a bio. It's equivalent to trying to sell yourself to a potential employer, but with a higher chance of not having anything to offer that will benefit the current community you're interested in joining. In an online community you throw your arms up in the air and yell "Here I am!", and then sit back hoping someone takes notice in the good you do, while on the same note, you hope you don't get ridiculed for a stupid action. I suppose at least there's the anonymity of being on the web, so with that I'll throw my arms up and attempt an introduction blog.
Lost Kitty by Adam Hughes
I am a collector of fantasy, video game, and comic book art. In fact, if you were to walk into my office you'd probably believe you stepped into a game shop of some sort. You know the little shops where you can go to get miniatures, dice, game cards, and comics. They closed ours down not long ago. Sad days. I love the work of the artists that have done pieces for Dungeons & Dragons, such as William O'Connor, Larry Elmore, and Todd Lockwood. Adam Hughes, Melanie Delon, Brian Froud, and Luis Royo are a few other artists that I enjoy. I could probably list 20 more names here, but I won't.
Although I check out the news here at Destructoid on a daily basis, it was recently brought to my attention that I've yet to introduce myself to the community. I had intentions of posting an introduction blog back when I first joined a year ago. Suddenly endless hours of work and studying loomed over my head, leaving me with little to no free-time for much else. As the saying goes, better late than never.
To begin with I'm one of the older members of the community. I'm a 45-year-old female gamer. I am divorced and have two wonderful children, my daughter who's 21 and my son who's 15. We own three Xbox 360s ( one for my daughter, one for me, one needs fixed.. ), an Xbox, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP (which is being held hostage by my daughter), Wii, GameCube, and every Nintendo handheld made. So yes, we are a family of gamers.
I can't remember a time when I didn't play games, whether it be arcade games, board games, computer games, etc. Back in school we use to hang out at the local arcade and when I wasn't trying to beat the guys in pool, I could be found playing Asteroids or Space Invaders.
Even before high school I remember sitting in front of the TV with my dad playing Pong, family game nights of Life or Monopoly, or watching my dad get excited about some remote control helicopter he'd have hooked up in the front room. ( Of course back then I thought it was foolish and he should just grow up. )
Being an only child was sometimes rough. When mom and dad were busy and the friends had other things to do, I was left to entertain myself. This is where my love of reading came into play. I could sit for hours dreaming of enchanted places or a far off galaxy.
My first boyfriend was a huge D&D fan, and we'd spend hours with a group of friends drinking and carrying on like a bunch of geeks over the newest campaign. He was also a very talented artist. (Thus my love for fantasy art and game art to this day ) When Star Wars came out I went to the movie theater at least 10 times between going with him and my closest friend, who was also into fantasy and science fiction.
So here I am, 45-years-old and passionate about gaming. But why wouldn't I be? My whole childhood revolved around some form of it. Too many people give up on what they use to have fun doing simply because they're told it's childish ( sorry dad..) and they should grow up and act their age. I've never been content to sit in the little box and be like everyone else. Games are not just for kids. Games are for having fun no matter what your age may be.
I believe I'll end my introduction blog here. Hopefully in upcoming blogs you'll get to know me a little more, and perhaps help guide me in getting to know more about the community and the people who call Destructoid home. Until that time I have Poison Ivy waiting for me in Arkham Asylum. I swear I'll get through this backlog of games before the sequels hit!!