Hello Destructoid Friends,
I'm sure those of you who have read my blog have noticed that I haven't been around the site, commenting, or writing new articles for several months now. You would be correct.
It has occurred to m...
There's no shortage of love for Street Fighter 4 here at DToid. I'm sure those of us with significant others aren't completely free of the sin of neglecting said partner to get a good match in now and then. Linda is acutely a...
Today, 57 years ago, a very special man was born. One of twelve children of a Chicago minister, Laurence Tureaud would rise from humble beginnings in a city housing project to become something far greater than the sum of his ...
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It appears as if hardcore cries of Nintendo having forgot all about their old-school fans may not be falling on deaf ears after all. Fans who lament the fact that Ninendo's quirky title Captain Rainbow will probably never see...
Ladies and gents, the cat is out of the bag. A slew of new screenshots over at The MagicBox have revealed the look of Atelier Rorona, the newest entry into Gust's long running alchemy based RPG series.
As you can see abov...
I have absolutely no misgivings about my status as a total tubby-boy. A “generous build” runs in my family, and it is something that I will never be able to totally escape. Curse you genetics! That being said, I try to do som...
Today, Atlus is releasing their slightly delayed Legacy of Ys: Books 1 & 2 for the DS. It's coming in another one of their delightful boxed sets with soundtrack CD, ala Luminous Arc 2. Many an oldschool RPG fan is twitching w...
Several days ago, I reported that Sega had announced a new Mech combat arcade game called Border Break (BB). My anticipation is now doubled as some new details have emerged. Apparently BB will be running on RingEdge, one of t...
In the past few months, Sega has been becoming progressively more relevant. Their attempts to gain ground again through bringing titles like Madworld and The Conduit to the Wii are admirable and welcome indeed. According to w...
In this first edition of Exemplary Openings, I am going to investigate the very definition of badass. If the two main points of a game’s demo movie are to, 1) Grab and hold the users attention, and 2) Show off exactly what t...
In my not-too-distant past, I put more than my fair share of time in video game retail. Four and a half of those years were spent working at, and eventually weekend-managing a small, independently owned store called Microplay...
About Mr Gilder One of us since 5:31 PM on 02.13.2008
Hello all. My name is Chris. I was born in 1984. I am a textbook hardcore gamer, and have been since the day my mother handed me an Atari 2600 joystick at about age four. I have an extensive collection of games and hardware that contains over 900 pieces that I keep fully inventoried in list and spreadsheet formats. I am also a huge film buff, and am probably that guy you hate to watch a movie with because he thinks too much about things.
I have done my fair share of time in video game retail. Four and a half years working at, and weekend-managing a Microplay, and about a year and a half wishing I was dead (aka. working) at a Gamestop. I am a compulsive reader of game journalism, both here on Destructoid and on various other sites. Friends and coworkers tell me that they have never met anyone who knows as much about the industry as me, or who can talk as well and passionately about it. It may be a big stretch to say that exactly, but I do believe my love and understanding of games, if anything, is clear when you talk to me. I hope you feel that way too when you read my writing! I have a degree in Interdisciplinary History/Government from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Although I am currently employed in the purchasing and Accts. Payable department of an electrical construction company, it is my sincerest dream to eventually make writing and possibly teaching about popular culture topics (film, video games, tv, etc.) a full-time occupation. I dabble in my own fantasy-fiction stuff, and am working hard to perfect methods for analytically writing about games in the manner that one would a book or film.
I am an absolute toy nut. I have loads of action figures all over my place, and many many more stored away in an attic that there just simply isn't enough room to display. I obviously love to scarf up any game related toys that I can. Specifically, I find Japanese Gashapon (capsule toys) by Yujin to be particularly worth wasting money on. My primary focus, however, is on robots. I have a wall of Transformers, a glass case full of hand-painted Gundam models, and a load of Lego Bionicles.
Reading is also a huge part of my life. I love to be informed, and get super into philosophy. I regularly alternate between classics like Dickens, Lewis, Carol and Twain, to violent pulp fantasy. I have a particular soft spot for novels based in Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K universe.
Finally, I am a cheesball hopeless romantic, and am a member on like 40 bajillion dating sites. Of course, the ultimate would be to snag a nice gamer girl, but as there are so very few around where I live, I simply don't see it happening.
That about sums me up. If you want to know more. Feel free to message me. I'm serious about being as big a part as I can of the gamer community!
Here are some other measly facts and favorites.
Favorite Game System: Neo-Geo
Five Absolute Favorite Games:
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- Wild Arms
- Phantasy Star Online Ep.1&2 (Gamecube Version)
- Chrono Trigger
- Dragon Force