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! :]
E3 is an event every gamer wishes they could attend. Once a year, gamers of all calibers huddle around their computers, waiting for the press shows, announcements and game play for upcoming games. There are yells, sighs, applause, celebration and even some crying. Fanboys rage and argue till they turn blue about who had the best presentation. Even after the event is over and all is said, the dust won't settle. All of these emotions are brought out because of this one event, named E3. For those who don't know what E3 is, it stands for "Electronic Entertainment Expo". This event usually takes place during a weekend in June. During that event, publishers and developers reveal what they have been working on for years and more. The biggest names in the gaming industry make appearances such as Miyamoto (Nintendo), Cliff Bliszinski (Epic Games) and Gabe Newell (Valve). They all come out with their game faces on to try and prove why their product is something every gamer will want when released. Sadly, E3 is cut off to the press, celebrities and contest winners. Well, K-Mart's Gaming blog KmartGamer is having a contest this year where they are sending three lucky bloggers to this years anticipated event. Thanks to the fellow editors on Destructoid, they have led us to KmartGamer blogs which is actually informative and has quite a few discussions with some of their members. They've asked for bloggers to send in entries about why they should be selected to go with them this year. This was an opportunity I could not pass up.
I have been gaming as far back as I can remember. As a child, I had a poor perception of depth and reaction time. My parents thought it might be good to introduce me to gaming by a game called Super Mario Brothers on the SNES. Since then, I have been gaming all throughout my life. From the N64 to the PS2 and now the 360, I have been an avid gamer for years. I have met my best friends thanks to gaming and have found a community that constantly evolves as more people join every day. Gaming has even affected other forms of entertainment for me, mainly introducing me to my favorite band of all time, Coheed and Cambria. Gaming has been an essential part of my life and I hope it never disappears. These reasons, and more, are why I would give anything go to. I would love to go, not just by myself, but with other avid gamers and bloggers as well. Which is why I would love to to meet the other winners and the editors on KmartGamer.
E3 always has surprises and details on upcoming games. These are what I would love to see the most at this year's E3...
Microsoft's presentations have always been pretty strong. In the past, they unveiled new 360 Dashboard interface updates, the Kinect, a slimmer 360 model and exclusive titles such as Halo: Reach. I think one of the biggest rumors currently tied to the 360 is the re-make if Halo: Combat Evolved. If the rumor turns out to be true, it would make sense. This year is Halo's tenth anniversary what better way to honor the series by going back to where it all started? Probably taking main stage though will be the Kinect again. Just released at the end of 2010, Microsoft is sure to present more titles for the new technology. I would be interested to see more info about the Star Wars Kinect game that was teased at last year's E3. As always, this event will showcase some new Xbox Live Arcade games as well. Come on Microsoft, how long must we wait for the classic Simpsons Arcade game from the 90's? Lastly, Microsoft will probably talk about a new feature added to the Xbox LIVE service. Microsoft has already confirmed that Hulu Plus will be coming out later this year but what else can they bring out? Only time will tell...
Last year, Sony had a pretty strong presentation. Pushing the new Playstation Move and the fact that their games are starting to support 3D technology. One of the most impressive Move titles shown last year was Sorcery. The demo showed off the capabilities that could be pulled off with the move. At one point, the demonstrator found a potion, shook it up and pulled the Move controller back as if he were drinking it. The Move has shown it has capabilities and hopefully Sony will show it off more at this year's presentation. As far as exclusive titles go, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and Infamous 2 will surely make a presence at the show. Other than those two, it might be a surprise, maybe the long awaited and teased Sly 4 will make an appearance? I'm crossing my fingers at the possibility. Hopefully Kevin Butler will make another mind blowing appearance at this year's presentation.
Last year, Nintendo stole the show with the unveiling of the 3DS, a revolutionary gaming device that allows 3D viewing without the need of special glasses. Since the device just released, Nintendo will surely show off some new games and maybe more for it. I have not personally seen or used one, but from what I have heard, it is utterly stunning. I would love to try Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 3DS, both of which are already announced for the system. While the 3DS will probably be the majority of the show, we will also more than likely see more of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Wii. The next iteration of the classic franchise promises precise movement thanks to the Wii Motion Plus. I can imagine that Nintendo might also announce a new installment in another classic franchise. Will it be Mario, Metroid, Star Fox or maybe even a fabled sequel to Mother? Sadly, probably not the latter, but we will still probably hear something.
Of course it'e not all about the first party companies. Many of the third party studios show off what they have to grace multiple consoles with. Some of the heavy hitters include Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, The Darkness II and more. Personally, Mass Effect 3 is my most anticipated game of the year. With ME3 launching later this year, there should be more details (maybe demo?) of the galactic RPG. Let's not forget Batman: Arkham City though, the follow up to the award winning Batman: Arkham Asylum. With new villains such as Two Face, Dr. Hugo Strange and more unannounced villains joining the fray, my hype meter is at full capacity. Probably one of my most awaited sequel ever might make an appearance at E3 as well, The Darkness II. I loved the original, especially the gut-wrenching story of vengeance and blood. I am dying just to see some footage, maybe even get hands on with it. Supposedly, there is a rumor going around that Hideo Kojima is set to announce not one but TWO new games this year. Maybe it will be another Metal Gear, the long awaited Zone of the Enders III or maybe a brand new project. Hideo is one of my favorite game developers, and I cannot wait to hear what he has up his sleeve. Throw in some Call Of Duty, Assassin's Creed and more surprises will make for an exciting time.
I want to go for more than the games though. I love to be around fellow enthusiasts and discuss our passion. Part of the experience is meeting up with some of the biggest talent and making new friends. I would love to meet up with the big names like Hideo Kojima, Cliff Blezinski, and the other unsung hero developers. Also this is probably the closest I will ever get to meeting the Dtoid editors. I would love to shake Neiro's hand, have a blast with Jim Sterling and see drunk Hamza in person. They are the reason I have joined this site and convinced me to dive into blogging. Since then, I have been improving my writing skills and meeting an amazing cast of people. I would love to make new friends at E3, but that is up to Kmart Gamer.
So there you have it, one blog that describes why I should be at E3 and what to look forward to. Personally, my mind is just spinning at the thought that I might be able to go at all. I love to write about my passion and entertainment. If you choose me, you will get a blogger who will not only write with all his passion, but one who puts his own taste and vibe into his blogs. If you don't choose me, you will miss out on an opportune and fun blogger. I will leave you with one last photo however. One photo that shows how true of a gamer I am and how much I get into it. Once you see it, you will not be able to unsee it. Here it is...
Yes... that is me playing Rock Band in a wig and Bikini top. Thank you for reading and I am sorry about that last photo. I hope I will be one of your picks to go.