Hey, I'm Andrew, I am a gamer and a ROCKER!! I usually only play my 360, but if I am in the mood, I might play Mario Cart on my Wii. I would say my favortie games would have to be... Rock Band 3, Left 4 Dead 2, Bioshock, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Half-Life 2, Metal Gear series and the Jak and Daxter series.. Right now, I am playing Mortal Kombat, Saints Row 2, Catherine and Halo: Reach.
I am just your good old average 20 year old gamer that enjoys his games. If you are curious about my name, it comes from my most popular character, Super Monk. I draw a comic with him as the main character, an monk with a hidden face behind an orange cloak that swears, drinks, fights, and all things a monk should not do.
Well, I guess I should also tell you some of my other favorite things as well, because we all enjoy movies and music as well. :)
Favorite Movies: Donnie Darko, Kung Fu Hustle, The Punisher, Shaun Of The Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Silent Hill, The Mummy and others that are slipping my mind.
Favorite Artists: Coheed and Cambria, Everclear, The White Stripes, LostProphets, Queen, Elton John and Tenacious D
Oh, and if any of you want to play me on Xbox Live, send me a message or friends request to SuperMonk4Ever. Thanks! :]
The year is 2005. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all unveiled their next generation consoles that were all planning to launch soon. While all the hype was around the new consoles, one fifteen year old teenager could only dream of one thing... Guitar Hero. I have never played anything like it, holding a guitar in my hand while playing tunes that I have listened to throughout my childhood. Sadly however, there was no way I could ask my parents to purchase that game out of the blue. So I waited patiently, playing any in store demo I could get my hands on. Practicing up to the point to where I eventually could crank the difficulty up.
Almost one year of constantly reminding my parents that I really wanted game; I thought to myself that I would never be able to get the game I desired. However, on my sixteenth birthday, my parents brought out a long box covered in wrapping paper. Having seen the game displayed in stores, I instantly knew what was hiding beneath the bright red wrapping paper. Tearing off the wrapping paper that hid my present, I was correct. I was finally a proud owner of my very own Guitar Hero. The smile stretched so far on my face, it hurt.
After plugging everything in and getting familiar with hammer ons and hammer offs, I played all through the night. Even after my friends crashed, I was jamming out. Staring at the screen in the dark as my fingers tapped the frets all night long. I played some personal favorites like Killer Queen, Take Me Out and Stellar. Perhaps my favorite part of playing Guitar Hero however was discovering brand new music. The tracks that stand out the most to me are from bands that I have never even heard of. Bands like Shaimus (All of This), the Slip (Even Rats) and Freezepop (Get Ready 2 Rokk).
I played Guitar Hero for months on end. Throwing my arms in the air as I tried to play the guitar behind my head and singing loudly like no one was home. Burning through all the tracks in the set list until I hit the finale. Bark at the Moon laughed at me as I came in cocky only to get thrown out onto my ass as the crowd booed at my disappointing performance. I played Bark at the Moon back to back for a week straight. Trying to master this beast on expert difficulty was no easy task. I would fall down eight times in a row but get up nine.
Hey, it isn't easy being a rock star.
I remember getting off school on a Friday afternoon telling myself "Okay, this is it. I am going to conquer Bark at the Moon this weekend!" Since my parents weren't home yet, I decided to take the game out onto the big screen television in the living room. Tapping my foot to the rhythm as the board started to scroll, I knew this was it. I never knew my fingers could fly as fast as they did that day. Scoring almost every note that was thrown my way as my hand and wrist pulsed. Reaching the final note, I jump in the air and hit the ground. Doing that, however, knocked down one of my mother's glass ornaments off a nearby shelf. Even worse, my parents arrived just in time to see that happen. At that moment though, I couldn't care. I beat Guitar Hero on expert.
Not too long after that experience, I learn that Guitar Hero II would release shortly. I felt the same excitement and enthusiasm I experienced when I tried out Guitar Hero for the first time. A game that I love with updated mechanics, new songs and more awesome venues? I was more than pumped for the sequel to release. The Christmas that followed the release of the game in 2006, I got my wish. Guitar Hero II was waiting for me under the tree. I quickly flew to my room before even opening the rest of my gifts as the Christmas music was quickly drowned out with rock.
Playing through the first tracks in the game; I felt the same way I did back when I popped Guitar Hero in my PS2 for the first time. Blowing through the game on expert difficulty, I made my way to the final set list. While the previous songs were a cake walk, these final few songs pushed me harder than the previous game. The song that made me frustrated to the point where I wanted to break my guitar was Pschobilly Freakout. I cried out in pain as the monstrous rifts caused my wrist to flail back and fourth across the fretboard. Even through all the frustrations, I guess you could say I was a bit of an addict of the game.
Finally, I reached the ending of the Guitar Hero II, the crowd shouting for me to play Free Bird as the final encore. Taking the last challenge, I breezed through the song on my first try. I felt like I was unstoppable, finishing both Guitar Hero games, I was still hungry for more. Game magazines were my only source of gaming news back then, so I waited until the next announcement for the Guitar Hero series. However, Harmonix wasn't making the next Guitar Hero, they were making a new series called Rock Band. I remember reading the large announcement in either Game Pro or Game Informer, excited by what I was hearing. Bringing a bunch of friends together to join you in songs and fill out the other roles? That sounded like a dream to me but... I was only a teenager in school back then. There was no way my parents would be able to afford that for me. Disappointed by that fact, I tried to push that desire out of my head.
In Christmas 2007, I asked my parents for the first Guitar Hero that didn't have Harmonix's work, Guitar Hero III. I was very grateful and happy to receive the gifts that I was given. Hell, I was surprised to get my hands on Guitar Hero III. That very same Christmas morning, one of my friends called and asked if I wanted to come over and play Rock Band with him. The call came literally right after we opened our gifts but I wanted nothing more than to play Rock Band at that moment. So, my brother and I left our Christmas gifts in our rooms before quickly heading over to discover our new addiction.
When big events happen in a story, your next most likely action is to find someone to talk to about it. Naturally though, a lot of people won't like your enthusiasm to discuss the topic of which they have not experienced yet. This leads to arguments with each other and even sometimes a loss of friendship. I believe that this reaction is completely uncalled for and can back up that belief. In the end, does a spoiler stop you from enjoying the story? No, so why do people decide to throw a big fit over them? Sometimes it seems as if the Reapers have invaded your homes and decided to tell you the meaning of life for which you kill them before yelling "SPOILERS!" (I understand that spoilers are a big deal to some people so don't worry, I won't actually spoil anything in this article.)
Spoilers have never effected anything for me. I don't feel as if my friend describing the death of a certain character can be compared to the level of depth a show, game or movie can display them. While I may know ahead of time that a certain event will happen, I don't exactly know when or how. The development team can morph the game to anything they want to make you feel whatever emotion they desire. They can do this from setting the atmosphere, having it silent, setting dramatic music music or involving certain character development. Would it be justice to describe the famous small scene in Uncharted 2 as "Remember when you ran away from that car?" No, there was so much more that played out during those ten seconds than just that. "Drake grunted as he looked back, trying staring at the careening truck that was slamming into the walls of the alley. Stumbling over himself to try to get away with his life, the truck almost catches up before crashing right behind him, Drake barely escapes with his life."
One of my favorite examples of a spoiler event was from earlier this year right after a new episode of the Walking Dead. Of course, Twitter is a bad place to be if you are wanting to avoid spoilers, especially if you live in the Pacific time zone. Well, after the Walking Dead, there is a talk show to discuss what happened in the episode. During the show, they encourage the viewers to tweet what they thought about what they thought about that night's episode. One of my good friends tweeted "WHY DID _____ DIE?!?!?" only to be tweeted back with multiple people telling him to shut the fuck up.
Now, lesson one, stay the hell off of twitter if you want to avoid spoilers you dumb dumbs! Now, I know it stupid to do that because that means you would have to stay off of Twitter most of the day. However, most people will tweet something about the game/show that isn't spoiler-ish before hand. That should be your heads up as "HEY! I am currently playing/watching such and such!" and to avoid whatever you see them tweet. Now lesson two, when you see a basic spoiler tweet like that, ignore it. I say this because it will not ruin the episode/game like many of you seem to pretend. It will only add to the suspens knowing that a certain character will die. You will be thinking, how is going to happen? What's going to lead up to it and what's going to be the reaction of all of the characters? Hearing a bare spoiler may just add more and make you look forward to something later on in the episode/game.
Seriously, it really isn't funny how bad I am at this. Right now, I have two blog ideas started with three paragraphs and they have just been sitting there for quite some time now. I often find myself thinking while I am at work and say to myself "Hey, that would make a great blog subject!" Two days later, I start it and then I take a break after about a half hour. I know my feeling of "Oh, this could be so much better, I'm not posting it!" gets in the way quite a bit as well. When will these blogs get finished? Who knows? Well, I kinda do, I know the anticipation is killing you all.
9. I am known as a "Dick Werewolf"
Okay, this one really sounds worse than it actually is. For some reason, whenever I am talking or hanging out with friends at night, I randomly keep throwing the work Dick(s) out of nowhere. I never really noticed that until my brother pointed it out to me. Then we also started to think about it... most guys actually talk more about dicks than the grand jugs or bearded clams. It is an odd phenomenon... but I seem to talk more about it at night so there you go... Dick Werewolf.
Yup, you probably already knew this but I wanted to share this small bit with you. He is as awesome (if not more) than I am. So yeah... this was just a shout out to my brother, deal with it.
7. I am probably more of a dick than I realize
I like to give a lot of my friends a hard time. Whether it comes as a sarcastic asshole response or switching to the opposite side of Battlefield 3 just to kill other Dtoiders, I find it as a playful joke. However, it probably always doesn't come across as that. I laugh loudly as I stop my friends from finishing their objectives by camping near them and waiting patiently. Seriously though, you don't know how much of a kick I get when I hear you guys say "Fucking Monk".
6. I am paranoid as hell
This one is actually quite embarrassing to me but I always have a feeling that someone I am not aware of is watching/listening to me. Usually I imagine it's some kind of spirit of the sort and I can usually be seen looking over my shoulder. I know it sounds stupid as fuck but I just haven't been able to shake this feeling. Especially when I am by myself, it increases quite a few notches.
5. I have attained a gamerscore that has broken 100,000
This isn't me gloating, it's a cry for help. I am actually quite proud of all the achievements but... seriously, I shouldn't have that much gamerscore at all.
4. My brother and I have purchased almost all of the Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 costume packs
Please... forgive me but I find it so fucking hard to resist stupid shit like this for some reason. I guess buying the costume packs for Super Street Fighter IV and buying avatar shit is bad as well. I'm sorry I let you all down, can we still be friends?
3. I discover most artists through video games
I try to not listen to the radio at all costs. If you could see my face right now, you would see the most dead serious expression on my face right now. Fuck. The. Radio. If I hear Nickleback on more time before I die, I think it will take a year off of my life. It's so great that games have some great licensed tracks in games today. I can mainly thank Rock Band for introducing me to my favorite band Coheed and Cambria. So thank you for that gaming.
2. I carry my 3DS around with me almost everywhere
The last thing I usually do before I walk out the door is throwing my 3DS in my pocket. I will take any chance that I get to gather up some coins or Street Pass someone. Usually this all goes towards Find Mii so I can unlock little hats for my Mii. Like I said earlier, little shit like this always grabs my fucking attention for some reason.
I heard some of you are going to Pax this year. Actually, I hear a lot of you are going this year. Sadly however, I will not be able to attend this year... or will I? Actually no I won't be able to... but you can take adopt my avatar to rub it in my face! "But Monk, why the hell would I take your avatar with me? You're just a giant bag of dicks!" That last part may be true, but here is why you should take me... Erm, my avatar to Pax!
1. He's Sub Zero... what else do I need to say? He's easily the best character in Mortal Kombat and is probably the coolest. Get it? Did you see what I did there? ...I really need to stop with those bad jokes.
2. My lord... he has ice cream in his hands. See? He thinks of the children.
3. You will be carrying around the avatar of a pro. Everyone will fall to their knees and bow. Everyone will fear and respect you equally.
4. I have never, ever done this before, so you would be the lucky individual to bring SuperMonk4Ever to Pax.
5. I noticed a lot of you are also going to Halo Fest. Maybe you can get me a couple swag items or signatures. You know, because Halo is one of my favorite game franchises.
6. ...Because you are such a nice person?
On a more serious note though, I would greatly appreciate it. You have no idea how badly I want to be up there with the lot of you. By adopting my avatar, you will have a little piece of me with you. Knowing that little piece of me will be with great people and being with your great times fills my heart with joy. So please, adopt him today, or do you want this to happen to you?
Thank you all for reading this short entry, I hope one of you all can make my semi-dream come true and take my avatar to Pax!
So, I came home from work last night to find a certain package from a certain person was lying on my bed. It might have had anything in there but like the brave man I am, I opened it and studied the items of interest.
I had my dog Jack ready in case anything bad happened.
Hmmm... I told someone that I wanted to get back into comics a while back. I will definitely give this a read in the near future.
Wh... What the? A past OXM featuring Bulletstorm?
Hint: It's not that great...
This is actually for my brother. He is a pretty big Deadmau5 fan, so being the good man he is, Gareth sent Eric one of his most popular albums 4 x 4= 12.
Here's the inside of the case... duh.
For months now, Gareth has been trying to convince me to pick up Modern Warfare 2. I have been stubborn and rejected the game. Well... I guess i really don't have an excuse now, do I?
Here's Gareth's letter to Eric and I. You have done so much for me, you brought me into this community and have provided hours upon hours of great moments. You are one of our best friends, I cannot express my gratitude enough.
PS- I think Superman can be a dick too.
Wow... this kinda made me lose it when I first saw it.
Thanks Gareth, I loved everything you sent me! I'm still not so sure what to make of the OXM magazine but... MARIA! Best bros for life son! But now... here's a little something for you.
So guess what? I got a package today! Yaaaaaayyyyyayayayayayay! Who's it from this time you might ask? It's from the one and only ChillyBilly, one of my best bros around! Lets take a look at what he sent, shall we?
This is what I found taking up my mailbox today... fucking space hogger.
So let's open this bad boy and see what's inside...
*Looks at calendar* Hey Chilly, you missed April Fo... Oh wait...
Haha... yeah, there we are!
Hell yes, Castlevania: Lord of Shadows! I have been meaning to pick this up!
Oh? And he sent me a Pip-Boy Fallout 3 Bobble head? AWESOME!
Fun fact: I wanted to get the special edition just for the bobble head.
For now, I have him resting on top of my my big old 90s television!
Seriously, I love you Chilly. You are the man, much love bro. I owe you one big brofist.