So I’m a few days late to the party but better late than never I guess. I've spent the last week recovering from waking up sick at PAX on Saturday and getting some quality time in with Xenoblade. In addition to this blog post which I feel like I should let you guys and gals know me a little bit more since you’ve all posted such great blogs lately. In addition since my Photoshop skills are shit I’m running a contest for the cover image on my blog. So here’s trying to kill 2 birds with one stone!
The contest is pretty straight forward, I’d like a cover banner/image for my blog, so you can read the post below to get some insight on me or the kind of stuff I like or am into or you could always ask me, the only stipulation is it has Mr. Destructoid or the Dtoid logo on it. Submit entries to my email address, lagechj(at)gmail.com with the subject line Dtoid Banner Contest. What’s in it for you? Well the winning entry will be notified either thru PM or social media outlets (teh twittorz) and sent a code for their choice of digital cheddar aka mullah aka 1600 MS Points/$20 PSN/Wii Points/3DS Shop. That’s $20! In digital form. Pretty sweet eh? Contest ends 04/27/12!
1. I am a huge Nintendo Fan Boy (it’s kind of depressing)
Right now I’m living large with just over 500 Club Nintendo coins, my Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary poster reward coming in the mail to display in all their glory throughout my house once they get framed, and I’ve got more games for my Wii either downloadable or retail than I do for my 360. In fact if you take a look at my Wii’s home screen I have every Legend of Zelda game sitting pretty on it! Out of all of my friends I’m the only one that has any kind of love for the Big N, and I’m the only person I know that is actually thinking about buying a Wii U at launch (especially if they drop the price 6 months later and give us a bunch of free games again). I can’t explain it, but I have this distaste for this generation’s overuse of the super brofisting shooters that are Gears of War, Halo, CoD, etc. I feel like Nintendo always innovates rather than tries to make the quick buck on rehashes. (Usually 1 or 2 games per franchise per generation). I’m more than happy to pick up games like Mass Effect and Bayonetta but for whatever reason Nintendo just does things different. Rhythm Heaven Fever is one of my favorite games of this generation and the “game” requires two button presses total. Oh yeah, and that Club Nintendo membership? It used to be a Nintendo Power Club membership.
2. I have a guitar that I have NO IDEA how to play.
Back in high school a buddy of mine was in a band, they were pretty good and got a few shows and I’d always try and go to them. Then the coolest thing happened, he gave me one of his guitars. Well when I say give me he let me “borrow” it. The worst part? It was about 8 years ago! T_T
I tried really hard to teach myself how to play the damn thing but I just couldn’t get it down through any of the lessons/programs I found scouring the internet. More importantly the guitar is pretty damn special to me. We were really great friends in high school, and went to different colleges and now we don’t really see each other/talk much at all, which I guess is what happens when you get older but I’ll never get rid of the guitar no matter how much dust it’s currently collecting. One day I’ll be able to play the damn thing. At this point though it seems even playing something simple is turning out to be my version of Mozart’s Requiem.
3. If my life had a soundtrack the main theme would be “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk”
I smoke cigarettes, terrible habit I know I’d love to quit but and for those of you that currently do or used to smoke there’s nothing better in the morning that waking up having a cup of coffee and a cigarette. I feel like when the modern cigarette was invented the folks at the soon-to-be tobacco companies were all sitting around drinking coffee and realized that they’d go great together. But in the song is pretty much a perfect way to describe my sometimes self-destructive behaviors:
“Cigarettes and chocolate milk
these are just a couple of my cravings
everything it seems I like's a little bit stronger
a little bit thicker
a little bit harmful for me”
4. I am the epitome of the “Socially Awkward Penguin” meme
Around the age of 21 I went through this really weird change, I’m not sure if I spent the better portion of my late high school and college career mostly at parties/clubs/bars and just got sick of it all but if I were to see the me aged 18-21, he’d probably kick my ass and laugh about it with his friends later. I used to be way more extroverted in terms of personality, willingness to talk to people, and going out. Call it getting older, more mature (that’s debatable) or anything else but I generally am not a huge fan of people anymore, or large crowds. For as much fun as I had during the Dtoid party and meeting Hamza, Max, and Jonathan I was nervous as all hell the entire time! Maybe I just have a fear of rejection, who knows but if you ever talk to anyone I know they’ll tell you I’ve become way more of an introvert, and I’m looking to change that.
5. I believe in extra terrestrial life and all that jazz
I mean how can there not be aliens out there? I have this terrible feeling that if we ever do make first contact with an alien race we’ll totally fuck it up as humanity normally does with things it fears or doesn’t quite understand… (I’m looking at you religion!) But anyways I’m sure I’ll end up losing a whole of my humanity since it’s always been a dream of mine ever since being a youngster to travel into space, more importantly to be alive to see the day to meet an actual alien and visit their civilization. If anyone’s familiar with the show “V” I would be on the first spaceship off this rock we call home, after quitting my job, maxing out my credit limits and taking out everyone I know for a night and party like rock stars before submitting to a higher evolved/intelligent life form if they’re the ones to travel here and make first contact.
6. Water and I aren’t friends
Strangely enough I’m ½ Portuguese and ½ Italian but the way that I got programmed is anything but Mediterranean-like. I’m allergic to shellfish, something that kind of freaked out most of the family when I had some as a kid and it’s always left a bad taste in my mouth and nose in terms of any other kind of aquatic food. I hate the way fish smells, looks, feels, it’s freaking gross. But it also could have been the whole Jellyfish and Octopus thing for Christmas when I was growing up (the joys of being Portuguese) that freaked me out and wanted me to go nowhere near anything related to the ocean. And I can’t swim all that well, fictional hydrodynamic animals i.e. water type Pokémon are fine. We’re still cool starmie! Aqua Man you still suck though, talking to fish isn’t a power, but a handicap. Maybe I’m just jaded though; I couldn’t swim my way out of a paper bag filled with water.
7. I have always had dogs
Not Nintendogs! But real dogs! Ever since I was a kid I’ve always had at least one in the house. Not quite the Corgi King that our Dale North is but ever since watching Cowboy Bebop I’ve always wanted one to name it Ein! ^_^
To date I’ve had all bigger dogs, I have had the fortune of living with the following types of pooches: German shepherd, Brittany spaniel, golden retriever, German shorthaired pointer, and Red Siberian husky (I like big dogs; they’re more fun to play with… and to wrestle).
8. I love cartoons!
I have the awesome experience of being a big kid, or small adult whichever (both in height and in interest. I’m 5’7” on a good day!) But I abso-freaking-loutely love me some cartoons and anime. Old school Voltron, Thundercats, X-Men, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Ninja Turtles (stop getting ideas for more bastardizations Michael Bay) and even new stuff like Adventure Time and Regular show! My favorite anime series are Cowboy Bebop, Serial Experiments Lain, Elfen Lied, Evangelion, Samurai Champloo, and Death Note. I like mind fucks haha.
9. I’m officially running out of things to write about because I find myself quite boring.
Not so much from a low self esteem sort of viewpoint, just from the tl;dr. If you have any questions are wanna chat more hit me up on the twitters @MagitekNiGHT (bonus points for the name reference it’s been my XBL name for 4 years and no one has asked me about it ever) or send me a PM or drop a comment below!
10. Remember there’s a contest at the top of this post so enter you’ve only got 2 weeks to potentially earn $20. Hell even if you don’t think you’re going to win my best Photoshop project looks ten times worse than Jim Sterling’s MS Paint drawings! Plus, if you’re lucky, and the only participant you could win by default! read