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I enjoy games. Lots of them actually. I enjoy festivals/raves. Been to a fair few. Currently studying Animal Management, to go onto Wildlife preservation if any of you give a damn.

My first major experience with games was completing Sonic 2 at the age of 5, much to my dads amazement. Its strange, I don't remember his reaction, but I do recall him not letting me play any more games until he completed them first. My all time favourite game is Banjo & Kazooie. God damn I love that bear & bird.

Games I love:
Dino Crisis 1/2
B & K
Command & Conquer
Golden Axe
Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Resident Evil 2/4
Sonic 2
Altered Beast (despite never getting past the third level)
Radical Rex
Pokemon Blue/Gold/Ruby
Super Mario Sunshine/64
Diddy Kong Racing

N64 is my favourite console of all time.

Oh look, It's me!

Here is Lynx. Lazy bastard.
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I hate the opening paragraph when writing. You have to not veer off from the point so much that what you are writing has no relevance, but neither do you want to dive straight into the subject matter and say everything you have to say in the first line. It needs to draw the attention of anyone reading, without being utter drivel (like this).

This has been on my mind now for some time, but it's something I didn't want to accept. Gaming has been a major part of my life from a very early age, used mainly as an escapism tool from my parents dwindling marriage, but also just because I loved it. My friends were the complete opposite to me, and in a way I liked that. It gave me something that made me unique I guess, when compared to them anyway. I have never had somebody who shares the same enthusiasm as me when it comes to gaming, and when I was younger, it was of course seen as uncool to like playing games. Nobody, excluding my family, really knew I had such a passion for gaming until around the age of 15. I recall many times when I was invited to go get drunk with my friends on a Friday night at my local park, and, as appealing as that sounds, I rarely did, preferring to stay inside and play Viva Pińata, Dead Rising and other early Xbox titles. Which of course made me 'weird'.

People move on though, go different directions, and as soon as I got to college I didn't see my 'friends' so much, until the point when I never saw them again. With that though, came new friends, people who didn't care about what I enjoyed and didn't enjoy. And I liked that. Hell, who wouldn't? No longer did I have to be someone I wasn't just to impress people I didn't even like.

Through the two years of college, I fucked up. Having breezed through school without revising and still getting good exam result's, I thought I could do the exact same at college. So I smoked weed. I played games. I fucked about. I didn't give a shit about college. Which was, of course, a huge mistake, and I failed. Miserably. But at the time, I didn't care. Don't get me wrong, I was disappointed I didn't get into University, but at the age of 18 I didn't see it as the end of the world. I just continued smoking weed, and playing games. And I fucking loved it. I had no responsibilities, and my only true goal would be to finish whatever I was playing that week.

People have to grow up. In no way am I suggesting that gaming is a childish thing, but It shouldn't take the forefront of your life like it did mine. Over the two years of leaving college, up to this point (I'm now 20), I have achieved absolute diddly squat. Now, I am not blaming that on gaming, as I know it's my own laziness and stupidity for fucking up what could be considered the most important time of my life, but it didn't help. Wherein the past, gaming was used in a positive way, to block out my parents arguing, to stimulate my imagination, now it is nothing but a distraction. I've become so disillusioned when playing games, losing interest after an hour of barley playing, and I hate it. This blog is partially a way to vent how incredibly dull and sedimentary my life has become, and that reflects on gaming.

When you do nothing, day in day out, but play games, I have found they lose their magic. Thing's in the past, that would have made me laugh, cry, or rage out, barley provoke an emotion. For example, the most interesting game I played this year, Rayman Origin's, I gave up on on the last level. Not because I found it too difficult, but because I didn't want to. I didn't care how it ended, despite enjoying a good majority of the game. And that, in turn, reflects back onto my life. I just don't care any more, about anything. And I know I may sound like some nihilistic hipster douchebag, but I assure you I'm not.

2012 was a year of self realisation, understanding that I really am stuck in a rut, and the only person who can get me out of it is myself. I plan to stop gaming for a while. Focus on getting my life back on track. When that happens, (god knows how long it will take) then I will attempt to enjoy gaming like I used to. I want to get lost in a story, fall in love with a character, and hate a villain. I want to spend 120 hours on a game, and have it only feel like 10.

This is the other part I hate about writing. A strong closing sentence, to tie it all together, and leave the reader wondering, either about what I've written, or (hopefully) about themselves, if they can relate.

Well, there you go.

Monkey News
8:39 PM on 11.14.2012

Hey guys! Now this is only going to be a quick message as it is 2.38am and im tired, but if anyone cared for the timesplitter's series, sign this petition! It needs 300,000 to gain recognition as a viable business choice. So....do it!



Monkey News
3:26 PM on 11.06.2012

Out of the 1000 people upvoted to be entered into the competition, I, somehow, came out on top. And seriously, I'm almost positive some mistake has been made, because I just don't win things (apart from the dance competition i was entered into when I was 6). For example, when I was 14 I was an avid chess player, and participated in many tournaments. During one of these events, I cheated to ensure my progression to the next round by distracting my opponent and moving his king into a place where i could have him in 3-4 moves.

I still lost.

I haven't been a member of this site for what would be considered a long time (just over a year perhaps?), but it seriously is the only place I go to for my gaming news. Mainly due to the fact that I'm incredibly lazy, but also due to the great community and honest opinions. It seriously is the best gaming site around, and i was in no way paid with the Wii U to say these nice things. Honest.

The last Nintendo console i owned was the Gamecube, but the last Nintendo console I loved (and still own) is the N64. So many great memories with that beauty of a machine. I pray for the day they release a new B&K that isn't about building vehicles. But, as rare no longer works for Ninty, it shan't be on the Wii U, which is a massive shame.

But back to the point, I cant wait to get away from the onslaught of FPS that i normally play, and get back to some sexy Mario action. And not to forget ZombiU, it seriously looks and sounds like the zombie game i have been waiting for forever.

So, as a closing statement I would just like to thank Dtoid for gifting me with this, for all the people who upvoted my mostly terrible comments, and a special thank you to our fuzzy faced mod, Mr Andy Dixon, for pestering me enough that i actually looked at my emails and noticed that I'd won!

Oh, and i thought you would at least like to see the mug of the guy you (yes, you) helped to win, so here i am. On the left. With my special looking friend.

Edit: After actually reading the competition rules, I have spotted that I will actually be receiving the cash equivalent, and will have to go out and buy my own Wii U, which i am utterly disgraced by and refuse to do.
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Not so much a blog as a simple message, if anyone has BL2 on ps3 and wants to have many fun adventures add me on MonkeyNews08, as currently i end up getting matched with a bunch of 11 year olds. Thanks!

Recently there has been more and more pressure on the argument of games being art, with no real conclusion. What it seems to come down to, much like most forms of art, is the individual. If i were to be shown around a art gallery, it would be pointless. It wouldn't evoke any type of emotion, while to others a mixture of red and green paint would bring back a distant childhood memory....or something. Anyway im drifting, but what i plan to talk about today is the effect games have on our lives, how they can mold and shape you into the person you are or will become.

See i never took games seriously. They were fun, thats about as deep as it got. As a kid, i was lucky enough to have most consoles, starting from around the age of 5, my first being the genesis, and with that obviously came Sonic. Then, the N64. Then the Ps1. You get the picture. A few weeks ago i was playing dead space 2. Now i hate to bring the tone down here, but once again my parents were arguing, and i was ignoring them. Like i had done for the past 8 years. But, unfortunatly, this time was the nail in the coffin, and they are getting divorced soon.

Now that doesnt worry me, i always expected this to happen. It was just a matter of time. But as i sat there, shooting limbs off necromorphs, it shocked me that i didnt care. I had no urge to get up and try to stop this. My sister and brother were both downstairs pleading with my parents, while i was in my room, completly seperated. I felt like shit, what gives me the right to do this? Then i started to think, looking back on my life and how games had helped me through these times when i was younger. When i could hear them going at it, i would go into my room, turn on my console at the time and become absorbed. I was oblivious to what was happening, i was literally sucked into games. Some may say that i became more detached from reliality, taking escapism to a unhealthy level. Fuck that. How messed would i have been if i was subjected to my parents shit whilst seeing it.....

It made me realise why i had such a love for particular games. Sure, the fact that they were good games helped, but they...without sounding too cliche....were there for me.

Now i dont want this post to turn into a 'aw bad luck man' pile of shit, i want to hear personal stories, people that have been changed or effected by games, in a negative or positive way. Why are games important? You tell me.
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So currently i have been disabled for electricity. The only way im able to use my laptop is by taking it to work with me. I dont look out of place at all, sat there in a building site with a laptop. It honestly makes me question my manhood, while im scooping some gaming news, the 5 men next to me are reading Playboy while spitting on the floor, doing weights and smoking.

But anyway thats not the point of this preety useless blog. I just wanted to talk about how shocking (electric pun no.1) my daily routine has become with the absence of elecricity. Dont ask me why, but im sure working from 5 in the morning till 6 at night, then going home and watching your family play board games from a distance (me and board games dont go) has driven me slightly insane.

Speaking of which, the last 4 days i have had to wake up at stupid o'clock, and attempt to get prepaid for work in the pitch black. So many injuries. I actually fell down the stairs lastnight, and it hurt way more than i remember. But this blog post isnt about personal injuries or the accidental death of my 2 month old kitten, its about what the evil electricians have done to my gaming capabilities. Which is basically crippled them. The only game i have played in the past four days is solataire, and i am terrible at it. Its almost as if i have been unplugged from the gaming world (electric pun no.2). It depresses me evn more that (i think) the new norderlands dlc is out in England today, yet i am unable to persue my love for the game.

Im disconnected from all my online chums and pals, i have had to cram all the destructoid goodness from the last few days in a one hour dinner break. When i am back and fully functioning, i have a idea for a post which has been praying on my mind for a while. But it needs some serious graft put into it. Until then, chow!!!!
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