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
On most days the internet really is a tool for good. The world wide web links us globally and provides us with an infinite well of easily accessibly knowledge. On other days, the internet is a cesspool of untold horror. Today is one such day.
Not but 30 minutes ago, I was casually combing the depths of the intertubes during some spare time before dinner on a hunt for a fresh Desktop background. This is what I found:
Now, I'm going to go out a a limb and say that, although most of us have boundless love in our hearts for Team Ico's brilliant Shadow of the Colossus, most of us would cap that love off at attempting colossi cosplay. To say that I am impressed by this spectacle would be a massive understatement. The sheer volume of creativity, ingenuity, and overall hard work that must have went into building this unique costume exists on a level that I cannot fathom.
My awe, however, does not skirt that fact that is it unbelievably SCARY. I spent 3 hours out of my afternoon today playing EA's excellent Dead Space. In none of that time did I encounter anything as positively mortifying as this man's getup. The combination of that dead-eyed, Batman Begins scarecrow mask, and what my imagination envision the uncomfortable swagger that can only be his walk to be has put me in a state of shock.
Congratulations Shadow of the Colossus cosplay man. You are a true horror of the internet, and you will occupy a special place in my deepest nightmares tonight.