About gcwright90one of us since 11:51 PM on 09.09.2009
I started gaming when I was about 5, when my mom gave my brother and I her old NES system. While we played the likes of Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt, we never really played with any level of devotion. The first video game console I ever bought for myself was the PlayStation 1. My brother and I grew up on the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon series, and they are two of my favorite franchises of all time. I also owned a GameCube (not my best decision ever) before getting into the Microsoft series of consoles. My friends introduced me to Halo two and half years after the game was released, and Halo was the system-seller for me. I bought my original Xbox for the sole purpose of playing Halo.
Halo 2 was the most significant game of all time for me. Playing Halo 2 is the first time I ever considered myself a gamer, and I played it religiously for almost two years. I also met one of my best friends online in Halo 2, and in the five years since we met, I have played over ten different online games with him and even more single player games simulaneously.
I will say this time and time again in my blog, but I believe that generalized achievement systems are the most significant development in video games during the current generation. Xbox 360's achievement system is addicting (I'm fully addicted by this point), and it's only being replicated by the PlayStation 3's trophy system, Steam, and World of Warcraft. I am a self-proclaimed completionist, and achievements occasionally influence my purchasing decisions.
I am mostly a fan of shooting games (first or third person), action games, and roleplaying games with great plots. I cannot stand turn based roleplaying games like Final Fantasy (I just don't understand games like that), and I enjoy the occasional racing game, although they are definitely the weak point in my gaming repertoire.
My top 5 games of all time:
5. Spyro the Dragon
4. Halo: Combat Evolved
3. Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
2. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
1. Halo 2
Online Gaming Accomplishments:
Halo 2: Level 36; 100,000 online kills
Gears of War: Execution rank 849, one of first 2000 gamers to Seriously... achievement
Halo 3: Brigadier General, Grade 2
Call of Duty 4: 10th prestige, level 55