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SteamID & XBL Gamertag: ScottyGrayskull
Bit about me. I've been a gamer for the most of my life. When I was seven and waiting for my parents to pick me up from piano lessons, the teacher's two sons showed me Super Mario Bros 2. Needless to say I never learned to play the piano very well...
I've flip-flopped several times between consoles and PCs. I generally love non-generic FPS games, puzzlers (Tetris is probably my favourite game of all time) and platformers of all shapes and sizes. I tolerate RPGs, but usually don't bother because I just don't have the time to invest in them.
I'm one of those freaks that regard FF7 and Ocarina of Time as merely average. That might be partly because I'm biased against the first round of 3D games that generally looked and played like crap compared to the 2d games at the time (during that generation I was a PC gamer, where they actually could do decent 3D at the time). By no means are they bad games, but plenty of games have done just as well and actually looked good in the process.
Yeah yeah, graphics aren't everything. But as important as gameplay is, looks still matter. It doesn't have to be the best looking thing around, but it at least has to be passable.
I tried to be a collector for awhile, but realized there was no market where I lived and gave that up. Currently I have an NES, SNES, GameBoy/GameBoy Colour/GameBoy Advance SP, DS, a 360, and of course my lovely gaming PC. ^_^
It's been over two weeks and I'm still tired from PAX... or just life in general... however I did manage to survive somehow. I'm not sure how I do it, but I've managed to continue my tradition of something - for better or for worse - memorable happening to me and/or because of me.
I don't even know what they were talking about in this, but the caption is perfect
I'll elaborate more in a separate blog some other time, but long story short is I was blackout drunk on Friday night (7 hours of lost time), got separated from other Dtoiders and spent 5 hours wandering a neighborhood I've never been too, several miles away from the convention center and my hotel. I came to - not woke up, as is usually the case when you get that drunk, but came to - while trying to use my hotel keys to get into an apartment... or house... I'm not entirely sure as I was still coming out of the blackout. Took me three hours to get my bearings and walk back to the hotel.
I do feel bad that I made the others worry, as after spending some time looking for me IcarusKills was calling the police and hospitals to see if I'd turned up. Amazingly, I didn't have a scratch on me and while exhausted wasn't even hungover.
Apparently I'm invincible, is what I need to take from this experience.
Not to say there weren't any casualties however. While wandering I did lose my glasses and my bag, which in addition to being a sweet bag had a nice portable charger, my 3DS XL and... sadly, Black Yoshi... :(
How he spent most of his time, wearing his favourite hat
A little bit of history, I got Black Yoshi at my first PAX in 2008. Two other Dtoiders - Nintendoll and Wardrox - wanted something to remember the event. And at the time Wardrox was wearing a lot of black and sporting an orange mowhawk, so they each got a Black Yoshi plushie from the (at the time) Pink Godzilla booth. I was there also looking to get a... I think blue one, but they insisted I get a black one as well. Suff0cat was also there and got one, resulting in the picture below. Having also met them all for the first time that PAX, it was a sweet gesture to be a part of those memories, and after that Black Yoshi kind of became my thing.
The Black Yoshi Brigade!
I've been to six PAXes, one Baltinarp, one Blipfest, and various NARPS in Jersey, LA, Seattle - and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more - and Black Yoshi almost always came with me. He was my travel buddy when I drove across Canada, moving from New Brunswick to Vancouver. Might sound silly for a grown man to have an attachment to a toy, but it represented a lot of memories for me. One of those things you can look at and be immediately taken back to those times. So while money-wise losing everything else sucks, losing him was definitely a sad moment. After getting a few hours of sleep, and feeling worse after waking up, I spent a large chunk of Saturday calling places and even going back to that area and searching, trying in vain to remember what I did for those five hours. I'm still checking Craigslist's lost and found section every day or two, but no luck yet.
Frozen lemonade and Ms. Pac Man... living the dream...
Amazingly, I didn't lose the really important stuff, like my wallet, passport, keys and phone, and didn't have a scratch on me. So, it could have gone a lot worse, and it was nice to know people cared and at least tried to make sure I wasn't dead somewhere.
I'm going to miss my little buddy though. I guess even legends fade away eventually. So long Black Yoshi, it's been a blast.
I hope you managed to find a new home, wherever you are
But that was really the only low point of PAX. the rest of the show was quite a blast. I got to play Titanfall, Hotline Miami 2, the Sportsfriends bundle games, checked out Neverending Nightmares (back this man's kickstarter!) and the two Vlambeer games Rami had for demo (look forward to buying the quasi-legal knock-offs), had M. Randy Dixon put me in a very awkward moment with the guy behind Ska Studios, and as always got to meet and see again lots of awesome people. The convention is always sweaty, crowded fun, and I wouldn't go to Seattle and not do the convention, but the main draw for me is the people. This is the only time I ever get to see a lot of people, and every time it feels like the first time. Plus, every time I manage to meet more amazing people.
I got to finally meet Apathy, Jess, Phil, Clint, Caitlin, Chuck, Emma, Adams and countless other people both from the community and industry. I got to see Conor, Jack, David, Kevin, Jesse, Josh, Healy, Andy, JJ, Spencer, Pana, Dyganth, Eric, Darren, Thomas, Sam, Beccy, Tony, Jill, Hamza, Jim, Holmes, Niero, and again countless others once again... and everytime it feels like the first time. The first night at Gameworks is a great way to get reacquainted with everybody.
I did want to give Destructoid proper a few massive kudos. First is the karaoke party on Sunday night. Up until now the industry sponsored Dtoid events in my experience have been a mess, where it's either clearly just for industry or so open it's a clusterfuck. Last year's Rise of the Triad party was a mess, with way more people there than the bar should probably legally have, meaning waiting forever to get a drink. This year they did things very well however. Barbozas was a great venue, and made sure to control who was coming in. Not that I want an super-exclusive party, but it's nice to have a place where you can just chill with your online buddies. The photobooth was a nice touch, and the live Podtoid was a blast. Big props to Jonathan Holmes, who stayed up there running the event pretty much the entire time.
Second props is for finally unveiling a paid membership system. I've never hidden my disdain for the ads Dtoid runs... when Chrome throws up that red screen and asks if you're sure you want to go to Dtoid because of potential malware, you know there's a problem, and I have been hoping for some such system ever since Giant Bomb convinced me of the benefits. While extra content, contest entries and such can be nice perks, what matters to me is that I can directly support a site I want, giving them far more money than they'd have made off of me with ads, not have to feel bad about running adblock, and not have to sacrifice my browsing experience. As of writing this I have not yet upgraded to a HUGE Member, but will by the time this gets posted. I mean after all, for all my talk I'd be a real shithead if I didn't follow up on my word.
Once again though, a great weekend, and it was a pleasure to see everybody. Until next time my friends... <3 <3 <3