I'm not the best at introductions in general, so I'll dive right in. I've been around Destructoid for some time now, quietly reading news, reviews, and cblog posts. I first came to read a review back in early 2008, but I had just ignored the community. I still regret that decision to this day.
My name is Michael, but I tend to go by "Hawk" or "Hawk200101" (two thousand one oh one) on the internet. I am a high school student in the Midwest, currently working on passing as many college courses as I can before I head over to pay for the real deal. I come from an odd school where the term "gamer" is meant as an insult for some reason. Most male students are expected to play on the football team; especially me, a 6'3", 200+ pound guy and still growing. I'm usually called "Big Mike" at school, by both teachers and students (I'm pretty sure that it originated after that "The Blindside" football movie came out). I don't really care for the nickname.
Anyways, I've been into video games since I played Shenmue on my father's Dreamcast when I was two or three, so I've always had an attachment to both Sega and Shenmue. I was exposed to popular culture in general as soon as I was brought home, as my father had always loved things such as Star Trek and comic books. My mother didn't care much about me playing video games, as my grandfather had loved Pong and Nintendo; one of the few lawyers that I knew had loved video games of that time as an adult. After my grandfather had died, he had left my mother's childhood home to her, so we moved out of our apartment building, and into an actual home. My father had bought a new Xbox console and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for this rare occasion, not letting me play until I had seen the original trilogy. This is also around the time that we got our current pet cat, who had kept me from getting rabies from a bat that had gotten in the house while I was asleep.
I have been a top student at school primarily due to video games. My favorite subject has been English, primarily writing about video games. I have always encouraged myself to write only original stories, which is why most of my English classes have been challenging. I'm a top math student, but all of my mathematics teachers have denied that video games can help anyone do anything better.
It's been a dream of mine since I was first asked "What do you want to be when you grow up" by a teacher to write about, or for, video games for a job. More recently, I've been told that I should become a bouncer, a bodyguard, or a machinist by the machining teacher. The same thing had been said by the automotive restorations teacher, not coincidentally, the two of them are former bodyguards and bouncers. And because the school's primary educational focus is on machining, that is what the majority of my classes are.
Anyways, I'm hoping to become more active on the forums, cblogs, and the site in general.