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Joined: 11 March 2009

My GamerName is darphfather (more commonly darph though) and I'm from infront of an Xbox 360 / Laptop / PC / iMac.

I've been into gaming since a young age... The Atari ST 2600 being the first console owned (well part owned has my bro who never used it was the other part owner). Hell my earliest gaming memory though is coming home from school setting ThunderCats up to load on my ZX Spectrum +3, going to do my homework and then have tea/dinner, by which time the game would of loaded.

I don't have a preference for console is the best, just which is the best for me. The reason for this is I hate "fanboyism". While I may be partial to the Xbox 360 and really dislike the PS3 (from a development point of view) it doesn't make me say "My console is better than yours" ... when we all know the Wii is ruling the consoles at the moment. lol

Also I've had pretty much every games console/home computer that has been out in the UK. My most favourite gaming era has to be the SEGA vs NINTENDO "Console War" Era. Both the Mega Drive and SNES were possibly the best consoles to of come out.

What is important to me where gaming is concerned the most important thing to me is the games. Which is why I have a 360. I find the controller not only fits comfortably in my hands but also I can get all my gaming tastes with one console. The only game that would of made me get a PS3 is Final Fantasy XIII but since it's coming to the 360 I can save my money.

Real World:
In reality though I'm called Mick, Mike or Michael (which ever floats yer boat). I live with my Girlfriend and my son (who was born on 25/01/2009) in a place near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK.

Currently I'm working around 30 hours per week and doing a FdA Animation & Illustration degree which is also Full Time course. Any free time that I do get is spent with my Girlfriend and Son which leaves little time for me to play on games at the moment. Although I usually get an hour on a night once my son has been put to bed.

My other hobbies consist of being Movie buff (I've been told), drawing & creating web sites. We have a dog and 2 kittens/cats. We did have 2 Fish but they died when I changed the water, so I've been called a fishkiller. lol

I've never actually wrote any form of blogs but I have wrote the odd review down on a game or two... other than writing the Reviews I'm unsure of what else is suitable. Any help/ideas/suggestions would be helpful.
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11:12 AM on 03.16.2009

Video games to most are a bit of fun. A way of relaxing or a way to take out your fustrations in some cases. Most people if not all know the difference between right and wrong. So where does it state that video games teach people how to fire a gun or how to do a proper karate kick?

The average age of a Gamer is 25-35 which is why we have the Grand Theft Autos, Dooms and heaven forbid Leisure Suite Larry games. The developers are obviously going to aim their games at who buys the games/who actually plays them. The problem that we have is that games DON'T come with an official Certification (well some do GTA being one of them) which means anyone can go out and purchase said game. Also parents don't actually take the time to look at what the game is. The child/kid/teenager will go "I want that one" and then their parent will just purchase it and hand it over. Then what happens is you get that stupid moron playing the game like it was a life support machine, to then get it into their head that it is ok to do this for real.

Take a few years back when some dumb american kid picked up a sniper rifle and started pot shotting drivers in a car... then stating that GTA 3 inspired him; or recently the shootings in Germany. The media is stating that Farcry 2 is to blame.

Personally I think it is the parents to blame for being so blind they don't pay attention to what is in the content or they know but pay no attention to it. These are the people that are to blame. NOT the developers and publishers. You then get jackass people like Jack Thompson who is to blame for trying to get every GTA game from being published along with previous games such as Mortal Kombat back in the 1990s.

The Media has recently called Resident Evil 5 a racist game yet they haven't exactly got their facts right has they haven't spent the time playing the game.

In total Video Games are used as a Scapegoat to the problems in todays society because of the content of such games as Gears of War, where as in the past it was movies or even music even earlier than that. Basically because Video Games are the in thing at the moment then they are to blame for the problems in life.. Maybe people should look at what is going wrong with the world before pointing the finger at an innocent target.

Note: Please be kind this is my first post.