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I'm an oddball. I readily admit to that.

I'm officially retired (due to disability), but still work self-employed in 3 areas - as a legal advisor for a few disabled charities, as a freelance gaming journalist (for the past 15 years), and I also help run disabled campsites at England's finest music festivals.

Game-wise? Where to start ...

I've been gaming since 1975, when I had some help building my first computer: a Nascom-1. Never looked back. I've bought many games and consoles and computers since then, and have never sold a single game that I have bought. As a result of this, I currently have over 60 platforms and 35,000 games (if one is interested in viewing some of my collection, have a nose round the Steam forums - I put some photos up there a while back). Storage can be a bit of a nightmare, especially as I only live in a small house, and being disabled is a bit of a sod with lugging games about.

Naturally, I have other hobbies, as gaming's not my only passion. I'm an avid record and CD collector (I used to be a successful DJ many moons ago), and am a qualified recording engineer (from Salford University), so I have a fair amount of musical instruments and equipment to tinker with.


Hey crunchyfrog555, welcome to our Community Blogs!

Unlike a regular blog, where you're out alone in the web wilderness, destructoid will publish your story instantly to a directory shared by our readers. Great blogs are voted up, and you'll soon earn followers. "Failblogs", the opposite of awesomeness, we can do without. As such, we want to help you make the best first impression:

Checklist for Not Sucking:

1) Upload an avatar CHECK!

2) Write a brief bio


3) Publish your first blog (SCARY!)

It's not so scary. However, be mindful of a few things. A good blog is intended to be a complete article, have entertainment value of some kind, and formatted nicely. If you toss a blog up that looks like a quickly thrown-together email with no photos or care you'll never earn readers, and unlikely ever get your blog promoted to our home page.

Here's an example of a FAILBLOG:
Oh hey I'm new here wuz up I've been reading the site for 99 years and this is my first blog! I like tacos! Nice to meet everyone!!! -Niero
Silly rabbit, blogs are not forums! While enthusiasm is greatly appreciated, that's hardly a valid blog post or even a complete paragraph. Even if your intentions are in the right place, this is what we call a "fail blog". Don't be that guy.

If that's all you want to say, it's better suited for fast-paced conversation in our home page comments or even our forums. Blogs are complete thoughts. They should be able to stand alone. When you're ready to talk about an interesting topic, in 1-2 paragraphs and ask readers to respond to your thoughts then you're ready to blog. Got it?

Don't spam the blogs.

One last thing -- be mindful that this is a 'shared' space, so don't push a bunch of blogs together one after the other. After you publish, try commenting and following other bloggers before you blog again to allow people to check your story out, and post new stories as well.

If you are copying and pasting from another blog, please take some time to personalize it for this community. Nobody likes copy-pasta, it's spammy.

Here's a few more blogging tips from the boss of us. Ready to go?

Click here to write your greatest blog!

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