I am a Ph. D. chemist from the University of California, Berkeley. I have been playing videogames since as long as I can remember! My past favorite games include Secret of Mana, TMNT: Turtles in Time, the Resident Evil series (Jill is SUCH as master of unlocking), FFVII, Smash Bros Melee, and many others.
I've definitely gone through phases in my gaming "career". I used to LOVE fighting games in the time of Tekken Tag and Marvel vs Capcom II (my favorite fighting game), but now I find myself drawn to the more story driven games, and very recently, the music games....:)
But....fighting games are making a comeback! SFIV! MvC3! BlazBlue! Beware everyone, Tactix has put a quarter on the screen and is challenging you for battle!
It was mere chance that brought me to Destructoid back in early 2007, and through it all I've stayed because of the great writing staff, a community that cares, and lots of new internet and IRL friends. Destructoid has changed my life. True story.
If you live in the SF Bay Area, check out the DtoidSanFrancisco C-blog and join the Google Group!
It really is uncanny thinking about how long I've been on this site, and what Destructoid and the crew have done for me. This past year on Dtoid has been one of the best of my life, and totally encouraged me to be more involved. Ever since the first community gathering that I went to, I fell in love with everyone who I have met through the site. And I've made friends, TONS of friends, who feel more like family that anything else.
People I travel across the state to see for New Years...people who travel hours to come party with me when I visit New Orleans...people I've laughed with online watching bad movies... people who call me on my birthday from New Zealand.
This site is truly something special. I have such a busy work schedule as a graduate student, but being able to help organize DtoidSF stuff really helps maintain my sanity with all the chemistry I'm learning, and for that I'm thankful to Destructoid for letting me do that :D.
My first PAX and when I met Niero for the first time
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIERO!
Niero..you truly are an outstanding guy. You are such a warm, welcoming person whom I love hanging around with. Now that I've had the chance to get to know you more, you've gone from someone I used to idolize to someone who's a really good friend and family member. This weekend, when we were playing Rock Band, you jokingly said that I was "your hero". Well, that's funny, cause you were my hero first, buddy :D
Following your dream to where it is today is something that many people can only wish they can achieve. And I just have to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for letting me feel a small part of it :D
Destructoid has truly changed my life. And there are no words for me to thank you enough for what you have given me. You can never have enough family, and thanks to this site, having enough family is not something I have to worry about.