This is me. Pat to some, neverfraid to others. I've been an avid gamer for close to twenty years now. I float from console to console, but I have been a PC gamer through and through. Most posts or blogs you'll see from me will be long winded rambles in hopes to reach at least one person. I've always dreamed about being in the video game industry, but mainly journalism. Canada may be cold at times, but the game industry is growing larger and larger in the great white north, but the major gaming news outlets (destructoid included) are primarily EU or USA based. My goal in life is to bring them up to the north and show them Canadian hospitality.
It was a rather dicey November 18th, 2008 up here in Canada. After a long wait the first expansion for the Lord of the Rings Online was being released: Mines of Moria. The snow had been falling for about four hours and the roads were getting fairly icy; it was the first heavy snow of the season. I needed to get to the EB Games that was a five minute drive up the road. I hopped into the SUV and began my trek.
The roads were lightly covered in snow, the semi-mild temperature was causing most of it to melt as it touched the asphalt making the road slick with a thin layer of ice. As I grew closer to the coveted store I could a car in the distance heading towards me in a line of traffic. It was swerving all over the place and tailgating the car in front of them. I distinctly remembered thinking "That person is going to hit someone." As the line of traffic drew nearer, my thoughts began to come true.
Suddenly the swerving car swung out into my lane, no less than 50 feet away. I could only see the headlights of the car as it sped towards me; instinct took over. I Tapped the breaks slightly causing the tail end of my SUV to slightly swing out and I accelerated towards a shallow ditch on the side of the road. The car heading towards me missed by less than an inch. I could've reached out and touched the driver's shoulder they were so close. They crashed head on into the sedan behind me, I skidded to a stop in a ditch. After I put the car in park and turn off the engine, my hands started shaking uncontrollably. Neither drivers of the cars were seriously hurt, just some bumps and bruises. After checking the situation and filling out the police report, I headed up to EB and grabbed my game while saying "this better damn well be worth it."