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Hello all,

My name is GrayRaiden, and I am a gamer. I have been playing or talking about video games for as long as I can remember. When I was very little, I used to play very basic point-and-click games like Putt-Putt or Backyard Baseball. Keep in mind that this was in the early 90's and this was before the internet came to be. So I played these kinds of games for a few years, then my parents bought me my very first video game console the Nintendo 64, or N64 if you were cool enough. Mine was the green Donkey Kong 64 edition with a green controller, the expansion pack, and what is considered a game that many people overlooked, DK 64. The many N64 games I remember playing the most were StarFox 64, Banjo-Kazooie,F-Zero X, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2. I also had a Gameboy Advance (or GBA in those days). My absolute favorite GBA game was Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Then after that it was the Nintendo DS(Dual screen). coincidentally, my favorite game on this system was another Castlevania game, the sequel to the game I just mentioned, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow.

I moved onto the Nintendo GameCube a few years later, the games from that era were Super Smash Bros. Melee, Tales of Symphonia, SSX Tricky, and SSX3. I remember playing Soul Calibur II against my Dad and we always had fun just mashing buttons to see who would win. I remember in 2006 waking up super early with my dad, being about 12th in line to purchase the Nintendo Wii, in the freezing weather.......IT WAS WORTH IT!! Once I got that thing, it seemed like everyone in my family wanted to find out what this thing I have been playing and what all the hoopla was about. Once I made my way to college, I realized that I couldn't really have a game console like the Wii, so I bought an Xbox 360 and I never looked back. I feel in love with the Mass Effect series, and many others.

Why am I telling you all about this? It's because I found my old video game consoles collecting dust, and hopefully they will be refreshed and given to someone who appreciates how far video game have come with each passing generation. I hope to one day be a bigger part of that generation someday. I want to create the worlds that I saw on my computer and TV screen growing up, I want the next generation to have the joy that I feel and have felt whenever I pop in a new game, whether it be from Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo and experience a world like nothing ever seen before.

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