Hey there, I'm Jon. I'm 23 and live in Queens NY. Video Games (and dorky stuff in general) has been a constant driving force in my life, based off the friend's I have made and the things I do. It just felt natural to start a blog here since I can be among like minded individuals who share "the passion" of something that honestly not many people "get".
My key genre is the JRPG since I like story in my games. Aside from the platforming classics of Mario/Sonic etc, I really got into gaming when I discovered the likes of Final Fantasy, Lunar and the Lucas Arts Point and Click adventure games, so I like more linear games that have more of a focus on character development etc. People disagree with me but whatever. I like just about every genre except for sports and post-guitar hero rhythm games (A minority there, but I can deal). Basically, if it looks good and interesting; I'll check it out.
Some of My Personal Favorite Games in No Real order
Final Fantasy VI
Secret of Mana
Lunar: Silver Star and Eternal Blue
Legend of Zelda: LttP, Awakening, Ages, OoT, Wind Waker, Minish Cap, TP
Mega Man 2
Mega Man X
Super Mario All Stars
Super Mario RPG
Super Mario Galaxy
Paper Mario series
Tales of Phantasia
Sonic 3 and Knuckles
Sonic Adventures 1 and 2
Skies of Arcadia
Star Ocean: 2nd Story
Final Fantasy Tactics
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy VII
Silent Hill 2
Sam and Max Hit the Road
Day of the Tentacle
Street Fighter (Alpha 3, HD Remix, 4, Third Strike)
King of Fighters ('96, '99, 2003)
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Fatal Frame: Crimson Butterfly
Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War
Unreal Tournament 2003
Half Life 2 and the concurring episodes
The Longest Journey
The Simpsons Arcade Game
Turtles in Time (SNES)
I'll use this blog to talk/rant/whatever is on my mind and perhaps make a friend or two. It might be completely random, but hey; that's the point of these things.
Currently Playing Valkyria Chronicles
Castlevania: Order of Ecclasia
Chrono Trigger DS
Prince of Persia ('08)
Current consoles hooked up in the apartment - Hooked to the CRT -
Xbox (Modded for XBMC media streaming)
-Hooked to 32inch Samsung LCD-
Playstation 3 60gb (PS2 BC!)
Handhelds Black Nintendo DS with Nintendo World Bowser Engraving
PSP - 2000
Neo Geo Pocket Color with SNK vs Capcom MotM
This is my first blog post. To be honest, I was a bit pensive about joining an "online game community" as I
have been scarred for life for the times I would look at the rabid fanboy-ism and sheer stupidity on sites like
GameFaqs... I liked what I saw so I figured what the hell. I have another online blog but to be honest I can't
really express my love for gaming to that reader base as it doesn't really mean anything to them. But Yeah!
Introductions! My name is Jon. I'm 23 and I just graduated from Ithaca College in '08, I studied Televison
production and even went as far as producing a Video Game related program for the School's TV station
called "Game Over". I just moved into Queens but with today's job market...times are tough. Thankfully,
games exist to help past the time. Gaming has always been a part of my life, since I was 3 and pointed at the
family coleco vision to attempt river raid and pitfall. So with Christmas upon us I wanted to talk about one
memory that will always be with me but I have to preface it...
Let's face it, we were all kids. stupid, impressionable kids that were able to be wowed by anything
resembling tmnt, thundercats, robotech, transformers, etc. Not to say those things are bad but we were
more likely to want games based off franchises that we "knew" for example - wanting "Ghostbusters the
game" over say, "Crystalis". We see it today with children at the store grabbing games like Spongebob and
Hannah Montanna over something like Drawn to Life or Kirby Super Star Ultra, I saw it everyday back in my
GameStop days and it was painful.
Our generation was just like that, and while we had companies like Capcom and Konami giving us gems like
Duck Tales and TMNT 2,3,Time etc... the NES days were a cesspool of cheap game cash-ins but with the
lack of the internet and gaming journalism at its conception, buying games was a gamble.
Somewhere in the caverns of my garage lies a home movie christmas tape of me going ape shit over 1
game, that was...
Back to the Future, one of my favorite movies of all time. Always was, always will. Being a small kid and
ripping off that wrapping paper to reveal the panicky expression of Marty McFly looking at that wrist watch
with the fiery tire tracks just screaming at you for an interactive journey through time and relive the magic of
Chrono Trigger it was not.
I'm sure everyone has their own stories about how you dealt with getting bad games as gifts, but the
moment of the game pack exiting the packaging and into my console was about as fast as my smile turning
upside down and led to asking questions like "Why is this music nothing like the movie?", "Why is mount
rushmore on the bottom of the screen?" and "Why is the hula-hoop girl trying to kill me" and then it turned into
sheer frustration when I came across that DAMN milkshake throwing minigame, which I can't beat to this
Not trying to be ungrateful about it, I did thank everyone but soon after christmas my parents noticed that I
have not touched the game at all, the whole experience was kind of a revelation for me when I finally
understood that sticking with games based off franchises is not the way to go and since then I've stuck to
games like zelda, mario, mega man, castlevania, river city, crystalis etc. My parents had trouble grasping
this concept though, you know, since games were that new thing and were all the "same".
Getting bad games as 'surprise gifts' on christmas. birthdays continued with hot gems like dick tracy and
ghostbusters and one time when my parents 'surprised me' one day after school with a copy of Home Alone
2 for SNES. I love my parents, but that game had attacking luggage and bell boys that would strangle kevin
complete with haunting music!
After working at gamestop for 5 or so years, I learned that most kids just have to learn the hard way if they
really want to get into gaming, I have seen kids turn their noses up at games like Klonoa, Katamari, Mario
Galaxy (!), Kirby and all the other hits for things like Hanna Montana and Corey in the House DS. Honestly,
It's a painful cycle for everybody except the evil executive at THQ laughing manically who orders these
cheap uninspired games out to the masses.
Woo! First blog post, maybe the first of many!
- I'm aware of this strange formatting issue, I type this all in the dtoid window and it came out like this. I saw
this issue on another blog too... I don't understand. don't judge me! -