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Tesla avatar 5:42 PM on 02.19.2011  (server time)
Hi, I'm Tesla. I like long walks on the beach and VIDYA GAMES!

Let me just begin by saying that I have no idea what to write about here.

Hi, I'm Tesla. I'm a 17 year old Irish male (well, right now I'm 16, but at the time of writing, I'm 17 in two minutes). Nice to meet you!

I've always wanted to have a place where I could just write without it being a response to something, or under a 140 character restriction. And since I'm far too young and undereducated to have any kind of significant soapbox, my choices were reduced to blogspot or this. But I love Destructoid, and I love the two (read; zero) people who shall read this!

Because of my demographic, many people would (rightfully) assume that I'm some foul-mouthed, hormone crazed halo whore, but I, like many others on this site, can claim that I've never even played Halo, or any other console-based multiplayer online FPS. (Except Gears of War multiplayer one time, but that doesn't count because all I did was throw smoke grenades then spin in circles shooting, screaming "I AM THE SMOKE MONSTER!") No, my gaming habits are defined more by games like The Sims 3, Pokémon, Mass Effect 2, Half Life, Professor Layton, and very recently, Dead Space 2.

My first memories of video games were when I was about... Oh, five or six. My brother and I were given a Playstation 1 for our birthday, and I remember I would just watch him playing Penny Racers (a game I'm sad to find is almost undocumented on the PS1). For a while, this was always how it went. Me brother and I would play together, with him at the controller. We weren't picky, and we didn't exactly grow up during a golden age of gaming, so I can remember playing "Disney's Hercules", and "No One Can Stop Mr. Domino!" (given to us by our German babysitter, thanks again Vera!).

The first game I actually remember playing myself was the first Spyro. I fucking loved Spyro, but was incapable of getting past the first level, so I would just play the opening again and again. Still, it stuck with me, and I'd probably still be taking it out to play it occasionally, but Playstation took a bite out of the disc one day.

The first game I ever completed was Pokemon Red! OH MAN, that game was good! I was just like any other kid my age; we all played it, we all exploited the missingno glitch, and we all believed that you could move the truck in Vermilion city to capture Mew.

Over time, my obsession grew. (I remember unboxing my PS2, and when it only came with two games I asked my parents "is that all?") Like many of us, gaming is what eventually brought me to the internet. More specifically, I joined my first gaming forum on the hunt for more information on Maxis' Spore, after it was shown off in GDC '05 (the game turned out to be nothing like the preview, of course, much to my chagrin.)

I haven't been a devoted Destructoid member for very long at this point. I came here through the awesome webseries "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?" and quickly fell in love with the podcasts here, namely RetroforceGo! and Podtoid.

My gaming habits these days are primarily on PC, with a little handheld gaming on my iPhone or DS. Currently I'm playing Dead Space 2, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, and Plants v. Zombies (again.) I plan on buying that new Pokemon game as soon as it's released here, and have high hopes.

So, that's me pretty much a history of me and games. Was that incredibly boring? It was probably incredibly boring. Still, I'm a first timer and I'm looking for advice. If you managed to find your way through that labyrinthine block of text, please post a comment and keep me motivated to write more later! I'LL DO ANYTHING TO PLEASE YOU!


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