I've been on D-toid for quite some time, and I got into video games back in the NES days.
My console history pretty much goes like this...NES->Genesis->Playstation->PS2->Xbox 360 (+PS3). I've also briefly owned an N64, Dreamcast, and a bunch of portable systems. Because I missed out on a good three generations of Nintendo, I've also missed out on plenty of classics. Plus, I had years in high school where I didn't play games much at all, or stuck mainly to (gasp!) sports games. Have no fear, fellow gamers...I have since renounced my evil ways and opened myself up to worlds of amazing games that don't involve sticks, or...er, balls. Okay, I worded that awkwardly.
I'm also into sports, movies, and other stuff that is pretty much enjoyed by most everybody. My main hobbies are MMA (mostly watching, although I do jiu-jitsu and have done some kickboxing), the Chicago Bears/Cubs, and video games. I read comics when I have time in an effort to become a more well-rounded nerd, also. I'm finishing up college right now and I haven't worked a "regular" job in about five years now. Instead, I've been a freelance writer and written MMA columns at various sites (currently Fightmania.com).
I would LOVE to write about video games professionally, and I think I'm ready to do so. I've resurrected my c-blog going again partially in an effort to reach that goal, and partially because I just like to be able to connect with other people about the games I experience and topics in the gaming industry.
Inquiries, love letters, marriage proposals, and amazing job offers go to akathatoneguy [at] hotmail [dot] com.
Feel free to follow me on Twitter @ItsJonHartley. I'll be happy to follow back fellow Dtoiders!
So, in the last couple of months, I've read about EA doing a couple of cool things. One was sending a free game to those who had Rock Band peripheral troubles, and the other was bitch-slapping Fox News on behalf of Mass Effect and gamers everywhere. Yet, predictably, EA hate could be found in the discussion of both events, even when they went above and beyond expectations by offering a *choice* of free games and, well, bitch-slapped Fox News.
What I want is for some of you EA haters to make me understand your intense hate of EA. Yeah, I get it, they paid for an exclusive NFL license. You think they rip us off with yearly "roster update" sports games. Surely though, there has to be a better reason. They are not the only company to ever pay for a license, and they certainly aren't the only company that's ever "phoned it in" on a new game or a sequel. That's also taking into account that most of you who rip EA's sports games don't even play sports games, or like sports for that matter.
So please, I'm begging you. Help me understand why EA is so evil. I really want to know. I won't flame you unless you decide to flame me. We can have a civilized discussion here. Although, like any of my other rants where I attempt to appeal to people's common sense, I get zero responses justifying some of the nonsense we see everywhere. Come on, EA haters. I'll be nice. Just stand behind your disdain for EA and illustrate to me why they are so deserving of it, and all the other evil companies scheming to get your money are not.