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Hi there.

It's been a long time since I've had to write a profile about myself that wasn't for an online dating site so I hope I don't mess this up. I lurked here for quite some time before recently throwing myself into the blogging fray and figured it might be helpful if you knew a little bit about me and my gaming background.

The first video game system I ever owned was an Atari 2600. My brothers and I played the crap out of Pitfall and Berserk on a beat-up television set tucked away in the corner of the living room of the trailer we lived in. Since the TV was a black-and-white model, I did not discover until years later at a friend's house that the console was, in fact, capable of displaying colored shapes. My mind was blown and I am still struggling to this day to gather up all of the pieces.

The second video game system I ever owned was the original Nintendo Entertainment System. I remember my older brother convincing my mom to put a huge black box into our shopping cart at Kmart. He seemed excited; I didn't know what the big deal was. Two hours later, with the contents of the NES Deluxe Set connected to the TV, I understood, even though R.O.B. turned out to be a worthless hunk of plastic.

Years later the family got our first PC which was supposed to be for school and work but quickly got repurposed as the Wolfenstein 3D machine. I don't know how much time I later spent trying to get the speech pack for Wing Commander 2 to install correctly on our massive 40 megabyte hard drive or how we convinced our parents to shell out 100 bucks for an additional meg of RAM, but I do know I was hooked. Though with games like Ultima 7 and Master of Orion, I didn't have much of a choice.

If I had to choose a favorite game, it would be either X-Com or Space Channel 5 Part 2. And for once, I'm not being sarcastic: it really is a tossup between those two. I love strategy games, tactical combat, and blasting aliens with plasma beams but also love singing, dancing, and firing hearts out of ray guns while yelling "chu chu chu!". No developer, unfortunately, has seen fit to combine all of these features into a single game. Yet.

These days, when I'm not busy clutching a cell phone to my face and a flashlight to my chest, I've been spending most of my gaming time trying to get the "Chef" achievement for my Druid in World of Warcraft as well as running in circles and getting shot repeatedly in Quake Live. I've also been obsessively unlocking cards in Duels of the Planeswalkers on the 360 while angrily muttering to myself about the quality of the decks included in the game. And if I had a PC capable of running it, I'd be playing the crap out of Dawn of War 2 because Warhammer 40k is awesome.

And there you have it: a bit about me. I've enjoyed c-blogging so far and hope you folks like whatever random stuff spills out of my head in the future.

In conclusion, I think we should totally go out because OMG UR HOT.

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