Book of the Past:
I originally got into gaming when my brother broke his collarbone from a stupid skateboarding stunt my father allowed him to do ("Hey, son, won't it be cool if you hold onto the back of my car as I drive around town!?"). As a get well soon gift, my parents bought him a NES, from which his gaming days began. Me, I just enjoyed watching him play, mostly RPGs until I tried them myself eventually. My first game was Dragon Quest and I remember quitting shortly after the first dragon killed me. lol
Since then, though, I have enjoyed games for multiple reasons, mostly because I love stories and characters...and games are the perfect way for me to experience the hard work and strife that the characters have to go through. It's fun and I feel like I can play a part in their story. It's a much better story than mine.
My favorite RPGs of the past are (in no certain order):
Shadow Hearts 1 & 2
There are just a couple days left of my Drakengard 3 (from here on referred to as "DOD3") contest for anyone who's interested in participating. Please note, this is a separate venue from the one Siliconera is offering.
This is the third official contest I've hosted to try and get fans of the game series involved in a creative and fun event. The first involved a Halloween themed contest in which fans submitted their artwork of DOD3 characters. The second was a self-portrait contest in which fans sent in their photos with Zero's EyeFlower--with their hand. The idea came from a group photo of producer Shiba Takamasa and others posing with their hand held open over one of their eyes to simulate Zero's EyeFlower. Awards for both of these contests were given to the chosen best 3.
The contest this time around actually has two sides: an Art Side and a Writing Side. Fans were to submit their fanart including one or more characters from DOD3 (cameo appearances of characters from the other titles in the series are acceptable *if* there is still a DOD3 character present) in any artistic medium or style as they wish. For the Writing Side of the contest, fans were asked to write anything about DOD3. It could be a short story about any of the characters, an essay about the series in general, poetry, prose; anything.
All entries are to be submitted by:
Japan Standard Time: Saturday, May 17 - 1:00AM JST Eastern Standard Time: Friday, May 16 - 12:00PM EST
Entries will be posted on the Facebook page the afternoon on Saturday (JST) and voting will conclude on:
Japan Standard Time: Wednesday, May 21 - 1:00AM JST Eastern Standard Time: Tuesday, May 20 - 12:00 EST
DOD3 prizes shipped from Japan will be awarded the top winners in the contest, however, at the winner's expense. Prizes include official promotional posters, the Official First Guide, and the double-sided posters originally included in an issue of the Big GanGan monthly comic books.
If you have any further questions or want to read up on the official rules, you may stay up-to-date with this event over on drakengard-3.com or on Facebook!