Hey! I'm a 24 years old man and I'm living in Greece. Video games aren't banned in Greece.
Here's another update to my blog description.
Hi, I'm Marioland and I'm a gamer for a long long time. Greece sucks in general. I'm still practically unemployed. We have a VAT rate at 24% for everything except milk and the cost of living vs the salaries are so unequal, that it is needed to have two jobs in order to run your own house. We are the generation that grew up and stays in parents' basements.
My angst for the lame gamers in Greece is now silenced. Everybody plays as they want. I don't care. I have enough friends to play with so, random matches are a stranger to me.
Younger gamers still can't afford to READ the solution for a game. Let alone play it themselves.
And, yeah. Somehow I feel happy. Also, I kinda like gaming on iDevices, as long as it's not an iPhone.
I am growing old to the gaming journalism, but I still count my self as a newcomer. I contribute to a greek gaming site called Game 2.0 where I post news, reviews and editorials. It's all in Greek so, it will be kinda Greek to you.
I still believe that gaming journalism is a harsh place. Everything you do gets a lot of negative attention (that's kinda good in a cynical point of view). But, now I know more of the people in other sites, I could see that some of them are actually good people.
Anyways, I own a DSi, a PSP, an Xbox 360, a Wii and an iPod Touch 4G 32GB. Feel free to ask me for friendship on these platforms. It would be nice to get my ass handed to me by someone from Dtoid.
Rocks bands, plastic organs, multicolored buttons that must be pressed in a "rhithmc" manner. I just suck at it.
The truth is that I never was fond of rhythm games in general, except for the ones like EBA and Rhythm Heaven. Otherwise, there's nothing for me in there.
The first time i saw the plastic guitar of the original Guitar Hero, I was like "COOOOOOL that looks easy". Alas, there is no way to make me push the right button at the right moment, especially when there's a lot going on on the screen (aka. the highest difficulties)
It' not that I can't remember buttons and corresponding actions assigned to them. Quite the contrary, In every game, there is a fucking action every time I press a button. In Super Mario for example, the A button makes Mario jump, in Half life 2, the E key makes your character pick up things etc. On the other side, In those rhythmic games, all you have to do is to follow on-screen instructions to press some colored buttons in order to listen to a f*cking song that I could simply buy on an online store and just listen to it on my MP3 player.
The worst is that I find that the actual rhythm of the song is irrelevant to what the game wants you to press. It makes me make mistakes and even panic trying to get thing back to normal.Alas, the game overs WAY too soon for me to get it right again. Sometimes, the sequence is so fucked up, that i can't even find the right keys to press. Just because they are doing the SAME FUCKING THING and I can't locate them since they serve no purpose different purpose, so to reach out to them. Especially with Beatmania, I can't even figure out what key to press next because of the mixed up layer.
I'm not saying that this kind of games are bad or anything. So many people who enjoy them can't be wrong. I also have friends who try hard to educate me so we can play together. Still, I suck in an unbelievable degree for all the above reasons and for every single other reason that I can't think of right now.
BTW despite of sucking unbelievably, I did the review of Rockband Unplugged on the gaming site I'm working. It was hell but I made it in time ;)
OH and I love karaoke! Lips and SingStar FTW. And, no. I won't post the video of me singing Madonna's Like A Virgin while drunk (unless Xbox Live comes to Greece)