What I am am is just your average guy. Living out my life in relative peace, trying to make a living in this rough and tumble world. An aspiring game designer, you might call me, I wast...erm...spend 2.5 years of my life going to school for said aspiration as well. What will come of this dream? Hell if I know.
But beyond that, I'm your typical gamer. I play a bit of everything, here and there. Anything from shooters to obscure Japanese fare is in my history, I've also been found scrolling through lines of Japanese dialogue, pretending like I can read it. Pretty fun, right?
I'm a 360 guy mainly, it serves as my main platform. I also have a PS3 and a Wii of course, along with several other consoles which I will list below because, well, I feel like it. Listing things passes the time, makes the world go round.
As I said, shooters and action games grab my attention mostly, I do dabble in RPGS (but never seem to finish them) as well as adventure games and the like. I'll play and enjoy just about anything, so long as it isn't an MMO. I have stories about that, but I'll tell you later.
Some of my favorite games of all time?
Jet Set Radio
Phantasy Star Online
Taiko No Tatsujin
Metal Gear Solid
Katamari Damacy (+ Sequels)
Time Crisis (+ Sequels)
Ninja Gaiden 1, 2 and 3
Starfox (+ 64)
There are several more, but too many to list here. I own several systems, most of which I don't find the time to play.
Xbox 360 (Modern Warfare 2)
Xbox 360 (Resident Evil 5)
Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive
PSP (Carnival Bright Yellow)
GBC (Translucent Purple)
GBA SP (Nintendo Classic)
Nintendo 64 (Black, Gold)
Nintendo 64 (Pikachu Edition)
Neo Geo Pocket (Camo)
Neo Geo Pocket Color (Silver)
Colecovision (+ Atari 2600 adapter)
I have a modest collection of games for most of them, I buy more every now and then when money allows, and I'm always looking for more. It's a bit of a hobby, I guess. An expensive one at that. Favorite system would have to be the Dreamcast. Why? I'll write a blog about it someday. Next to that would be my 64.
I own a Power Glove as mandated by Nerd Law.
So if you can't tell by now I'm somewhat of an addict. I usually go out of my way to own or secure unusual or rare looking video game stuff, and sometimes wind up buying things just for the sake of owning them. Why do I have a Japanese Guncon 2? I'm not sure yet.
So there you have it, that's me. I'm a pretty friendly guy, I suppose. I like tacos, anime and long walks on the beach. Just your average person, right?
That's right. What if the companies that make or publish our games decided to make carbonated beverages? What if all the things we love or hate about our industry were now applied to delicious soda pops and juice drinks? Move over Coca Cola, one of these companies could be the new king of sugary refreshment.
Activision Carbonated Drink Experience
Activision has made millions on their most revered franchise, Call of Duty but coming soon there will be a whole new level of refreshment available. That's right, Call of Cola, a new cola flavored drink will soon be available for purchase! Customers can buy a 24 pack at a reasonable price, and further 12 packs must be purchased for $14.99 each. To supplement this, Call of Cola will release a new flavor each year in fun flavors such as cherry cola, vanilla cola and a cola with twice the sugar of the original flavor to help you be more extreme in your daily life.
Capcom is well known for their franchises, the most recent being Street Fighter and several offshoots of it. But soon you will be able to purchase Capcom's newest creation, Capcomune, a light fizzy drink in a wonderful 'plain' flavor. Customers can purchase the plain flavored soda, then purchase 99 cent individual flavor packets for each bottle to enhance the experience that is Capcomune. Capcom will also sell packages containing certain flavor sets for a discounted price at a later date. In addition to this, Capcom will sell bottle skins to change the color of each bottle to any number of wonderful hues.
Electronic Beverage Arts
Electronic Arts may be famous for their games, such as Dead Space, but they are now entering the soda market. Designed to supplement their games, each drink offers it's own flavor combination in exciting flavors such as Berry Red Space, BattleLemon-Line, and Mass Grapeffect. Every drink will come with a code imprinted on the cap that must be entered on the EA website to avoid a $1.99 additional charge. That code will link to an EA account (required) which will then allow the customer to finalize the code entry through Origin (required) to negate the fee.
Namco Specialized Refreshment
Namco will offer a single flavor of soda which will rotate every other year. Each soda will offer a delicious flavor and be sold in special edition bottles each themed with a popular Namco game such as Idolm@ster and Riiiidge Racer. Each bottle will retail for considerably more than competing soda brands and contain less soda, but Namco says that it makes up for this with it's flashy bottles. Think of how cool you will look with one in your hand!
Ubisoftdrinks is the company's first foray into beverages, and it's coming with a bang. Among the debut flavors are favorites such as Assassin's Cherry, FarCran-Apple, and Splinter Cell: Code Orange. Each drink will be linked with the consumers uDrink account to reward them with a different collectable cap for each drink. Every Ubisoftdrink dealer must adhere to strict rules and only allow the customer to enjoy their soda within a 10 foot radius of the counter to ensure they do not share any with a friend or sell the soda illegally without Ubisoftdrink consent.
Konami Bottling Company
Konami Bottling Company is a brand new branch of the company headed exclusively by Hideo Kojima, the great mind behind the classic Metal Gear Solid series. The first flavor of soda introduced by the company will feature a traditional cola flavor, but wait, now it's cherry flavored. And hold on! Now the soda has changed to a wonderful orange sensation. Every sip of Konamicola will be a different twist of flavor, by the end of the bottle you won't have any idea what's going on with so much flavor assaulting your taste buds.
SEGA SODA will introduce the world's most popular flavor, then abandon support and focus on a stale blue raspberry flavor which they will market primarily on nostalgia.
So what do you say? If you're super excited for these drinks like I am, then write your company of choice and let them know. Ditch that boring old Pepsi for something new! And then use the energy to yell at everyone else about how their choice of drink is wrong!
Full Disclosure: I have no idea what the hell I just wrote.