So, I've been here a while (like a half of a year or something like that) and figured it was time to say hello. Yeah, I know, this is something I should have done when I signed up for the Green Army. I'm lazy, and I don't usually do the online communities thing. So, without further ado,
I found my way here through Indie Nation
while looking for Cave Story reviews. So, if you like me, thank Papa Burch
. If you hate me, blame Papa Burch.
I like games. Particularly anything that Kojima touches, has the words Grand Theft Auto attached to them, or the nostalgic NES franchises (Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, probably others that I can't think of). I'm also decent at the Rock Band 2. I play drums and bass mostly, but am starting to drill through guitar. I suck at the "chords" because I play real guitar. Basically, whenever they throw barre chords (that chords that sounds like "rock"), a guitarist will use their forefinger and ring finger to play it. Rock Band likes to use notes next to each other, which confuses the shit out of me.
I own a PS2, PS3, GB, GBC, GBA SP, DSlite, NES, SNES, Genesis, and probably something else that's in a box in storage. Oh yeah, and a Wii -- which I forget that I have. My relationship with said Wii is definitely Love/Hate, at about a 10/90 split. I have recently discovered the joy and frustration of Swordplay in Wii Sports Resort. You guys (and girls) are lucky that shit isn't WiFi compatible, because it turns out I'm a ninja. I was thinking how much fun it would be to challenge Y0j1mb0
to that shit. Maybe one day...
I like music -- a lot. I mostly listen to stuff that you've probably never heard of. Not because I'm pretentious or elitist, but because I fancy the obscure. I write a little too. I play guitar, bass, a little piano/keys, and I'm learning drums. I plan on beginning to learn the cello and the harp within the next 3 years. The software that I use primarily is ProTools and Reason. I use Ampltiube for Amp/Effects modeling. I've already taken notice to those musically-inclined D'Toid members (Mr. North
come to mind immediately). Getting into a discussion about music is something that is a little lengthy for an intro blog.
I'm currently wrapping up my last two semesters of school, slated to graduate May 2010. I'm majoring in both Computer and Electrical Engineering. My senior design project is to create a MIDI-based engine to drive the AY-3-8910 sound chip, which was used in the Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, a couple Ataris, and I think the Donkey Kong Jr. arcade board. The idea is to create a MIDI driven synthesizer out of this thing. If I get this thing as fully featured as I would like, I plan to sell it for a modest price (slightly above cost) to help musicians that are not code-savvy to be able to create chiptune using the MIDI standard. It should be pretty badass "when it's done". I promise that it will come out before Duke Nukem Forever.
I know my About Me is barren, as well as my header image. Frankly, I suck at Photoshop, Paint, and writing concise details about myself. If anyone wants to contribute, you are more than welcome. It took me 2 months to put my damn avatar image up. Also, I've found out that it's possible to be your own friend here. So, I am my only friend. Let's fix this: Add Me, or not. I don't think I'll be going anywhere regardless. I'm not sure how the D'Toid friend adding customs work.
Well Destructoid, it's been a pleasure so far. I imagine it will be in the future as well.
~ Ricky a.k.a. The Prodigal Son
Congratulations. You've created the first online community that I've felt compelled to join. That is no easy feat, sir.