Welcome to my blog about video gaming in Russia!
I'm Tonich, a historian, tour guide and a musician from Nizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation. And - what do you know! - I'm a gamer, too. Here I'll be dwelling upon what it's like to be a gamer in my home country and maybe just giving some thoughts about video games in general.
aka That Crazy Russian Who's Spamming Russia-Related Comments. :))
Actually, I've just published a cblog but I just can't help participating. So here we go!
1. Nice to meet you!
Here I am. 29, and I still play in a rock band (if you're interested you can check our debut EP here). Before you ask, no, I don't plan on growing up anytime soon. :)
2. I haven't cut my hair since I turned 17. Not really something record-breaking, I know, but I'm still rather proud of it.
3. I don't consume alcohol. Despite this being a common stereotype about Russians, there are quite a few people like me out there. But still, we are in the minority. I love tea though - which is another stereotype, and in my case it is true.
4. I love my hometown of Nizhniy Novgorod.
A lot of my friends either move or wish they could move to Moscow, but I just can't leave my hometown behind. I even do guided tours around it to English-speaking tourists as a part-time job. So if you ever find yourself here, give me a call. :)
5. I learned English by playing video games. Well, actually a attended a secondary school with a really great English curriculum, but it was my NES that really helped me boost my vocabulary. Games are still a major factor in keeping my English skills in shape.
6. I don't have a TV so both of my consoles are hooked to a PC monitor. I've got neither spare money nor room in my tiny flat for a TV, so I play my X360 and PS2 (yep, still got it, still play it sometimes) on the PC monitor.
7. I came to Destructoid after playing Deadly Premonition.
There was a "10/10 by Destructoid" stamp on the cover. I really, really loved the game but I wondered how any sane reviewer could go and give it a 10/10. Guess "sane" wasn't the word to describe Jim Sterling. :)
8. I've been reading Destructoid for over two years. But it's been only a year since I registered and I've only recently started writing cblogs. Talk about lazy and procrastinating.
9. I love video game music. Especially from Japanese composers. I think Nobuo Uematsu is my favourite one - he really is the John Williams of video gaming world. And last year's OverClocked Remix of FFVI was one of the most wonderful musical impressions for me. So thanks to D-toid for leading me to it!
10. I would love to compose music for a video game or to work on translating a game into Russian. Or both.
And there's 11: I don't know why I've written this all. But thanks to anyone who stopped to read it. :)