I'm a science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction writer by trade, but aside from writing, video games are my biggest passion. I also write over at Gamer Limit.
The first console my brothers and I ever got was an SNES for Christmas one year. Since then, we've owned an N64, Playstation, PS2, and an Xbox 360. I got a Gameboy Color one year for Christmas, but my brothers are more into handheld gaming than me. Every time they upgrade to the latest system I get their hand-me-downs. That's how I obtained my GBA and my two DS's. Handheld gaming for some reason doesn't interest me even though I know there are great games out there. The first console I've ever been the exclusive owner of is my PS3. The first games I ever played were Super Mario World, F-Zero, 7th Saga (which I've written about), and Out of This World.
My favorite genres are RPGs (Western or Japanese), FPS, action/adventure, and RTS (even though I suck at them).
Fair warning, this is a little bit of self-promotion. I'll leave it up to you to decide how shameless it is. I wrote a little freelance piece on Suite101 about getting into Black Ops' multiplayer modes. It's really for beginners, so I'm not sure how relevant it will be to the Destructoid community. Either way, I have to spread the word about my article. If you want to check it out, please do and I will be your friend forever. If you don't want to, that's cool too. It just means I won't invite you to my birthday party.