Hello you're reading an article by Nick R P Green, no internet pseudonyms here, what you see if what you get, writing on the 19th April 2012 and today I'm going be talking about... me.
Sound familiar? Probably not, but if you've watched any of the videos I've been releasing in the last week you'll know that that is my opening. So after a week, I thought it might be time to introduce myself properly to the community. My name is Nicholas Robert Pierce Green (Nick R P Green or NickRPGreen most commonly, please feel free to just call me Nick), a Theatre Student at Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK, though soon to be a graduate this year and currently the social secretary of the university's Gaming Society (Lancaster University Gaming Society (LUGS)
I've been playing video games since my parents bought a NES second hand from a friend, which I would guess is about 15 years ago (I'm now 22), and I've grown up with them ever since. Shortly after the NES came a second hand Megadrive, then quite a few years later, a borrowed PS1 and then finally, a brand new PS2, quickly confirming Metal Gear Solid as my favourite game franchise ever made. After starting college in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (I lived in Sheffield, South Yorkshire with my parents) and starting work at a Thorntons store in Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, my first ever Xmas pay came in which resulted in my first ever console purchase (rather than my parents buying one), my PlayStation 3. Finally, after one year of University, I bought my brother's Xbox 360 off him as he was upgrading to an 360 S, and 2 and half years of being around and living with hardcore PC gamers, my first proper gaming PC from which I am writing now.
So as you can see, my gaming history is quite open, I've had a lot of experience, with lots of devices and with that has come a lot of fun and particularly at University, a lot of friendship. Joining the University's gaming society was probably the second best thing I ever did at University (the first being making out with the cute girl from the other corridor in a night club, resulting in what has now been a one and half year fun, loving relationship. She even plays Team Fortress 2 as well!). If I could give one piece of advice to anyone going to university, particularly one like Lancaster where it is campus based with a college system, is to get involved with societies and your college. It's the best way to make friends and find people who enjoy doing things that you do, gaming in particular. My closest friends, and two of my current house mates, I met through LUGS, and I wouldn't trade them in for the world.
My interests in gaming are very broad, as you can probably tell by my collection of hardware. I tend to play a lot of shooters, Gears of War, Team Fortess, Halo, Borderlands and Gotham City Imposters are my regulars at the moment, but I delve into most genre's, enjoying such things as Elder Scrolls, Sonic, Dungeon Defenders, Minecraft, Blur and Magic the Gathering (though in real life trading cards, I'm a Yu-Gi-Oh!
man). And with an interest in so many areas, I've grown a great interest in the gaming world and gaming journalism. My first regular viewing was the fantastically worded Zero Punctuation
by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, who teaches us that even the greatest game in the world has its flaws, and talking about it really really fast is the funniest way to tell the world. Escapist also allowed me fall in love with such shows as Doomsday Arcade
and There Will Be Brawl
, which made me laugh, cry, reminisce and drink (drinking games, with friends, on gaming videos, is hilarious fun!) Regular viewing now consists of TotalBiscuit's Mailbox
, Jim Sterling's Jimquisition
, Rooster Teeth
(particularly Game Fails
(who admittedly, is one of my house mates!)
I decided I wanted to start getting into games journalism, as I realised it was something I was very much interested in. TotalBiscuit and cjszero01 have been very big influences on my work, you'll see a lot of similarities with their videos and mine. As a Theatre Student, and a hopeful actor, I've always enjoyed working with live performance, and video editing has been a past hobby, editing compilations, home movies as well as camera, writing and editing work as part of my university course. So it seemed natural to follow in the footsteps of my inspirations. I don't have the best equipment, or the best software, but hey, we all have to start somewhere right? After graduation and when the inevitable job hunting period begins, I hope that these videos will give me the chance to continue to express my thoughts and opinions, as well as give me a better excuse to my girlfriend for sitting in front of a computer screen all day!
So that pretty much all I can say about me and gaming. If you haven't managed to catch any of my videos yet, check out my YouTube channel amongst the links below, or just have a look at my previous blog posts for links. And please comment on them! I'm always on the look out for some useful constructive criticism. In my opinion, practice and criticism are the two best ways of learning!
And so, to close as I began: Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time!
Nick R P Green