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My triumphant return to Destructoid


Hello there fellow Dtoiders. If you've only joined within the past few months, you might not know me. I'm Dexter, pleased to meet you. For everybody else, I have returned. You may have noticed that I've been a little MIA for the past few months. I was planning on writing a blog about it back when I had to tearfully remove Destructoid from my bookmarks, but at the time there was a lot of stupid drama going down, and I didn't want to look like I was getting involved.

Long story short, I am back because I am now an official Ph.D candidate. It took a few months of work, lots of reading, lots of writing, lots of science. I had to really buckle down, and my biggest time suck (this beautiful place) had to be taken out of my life to make sure I made it. Well, I did, and I'm back.

If you've been around the forums (or if you've seen my recent comments), then you'll know that I've been done writing for a week now, but just yesterday was my actual candidacy exam, and although my committee made a few scathing comments, I passed.

So, what can you expect now that I'm back? Well, hopefully more than even while I was here. I am aiming for the following:

One feature a week, including a monthly musing. Some possible monthly recurring features.
Any sort of science/video game news that I pick up that doesn't get reported elsewhere.
A possible game. I'm trying to learn to program in Java so I can code a puzzle game that might take up some time. I make no guarantees on this one, because it's entirely dependent on how dedicated I am to learning a new programming language.

I feel like there was more I wanted to say, but I can't think of it. In closing, YAY WOO I'M BACK! <3 <3 <3
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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