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I celebrated my 30th birthday with beer, DJ Hero, and 600 balloons


So about a week and a half ago, I turned the ripe old age of 30 years old. While I was dreading reaching this ďover the topĒ age, I have to admit that it ended up being one of the best birthdays I have ever had. I have been meaning to share stories and post some pictures from the celebrations, but things have been crazy busy since then and I just havenít found the time. Well my life has finally slowed down just enough for me to right this blog, so sit back and enjoy as I tell you about what itís like getting old.

So for my birthday, my girlfriend Nicki and I decided to throw a huge party. Now when I say huge, Iím talking like 45 people, which for us is probably the largest party weíve ever thrown since we graduated college. Just for the record, the actual biggest party I ever threw was around 300 people back during my senior year of college. Now that was an epic party, but you know, it still wasnít as good as my 30th birthday party.

So what mainly made my party so great was that almost all my closest friends came, including my parents and my girlfriendís parents. That was actually the first time our parents ever met, and from what I can gather, it went well between them (fingers crossed!). Besides all the people, there was a TON of incredible food, which Nicki, our friend Mel, and I spent all day cooking. There were also a million desserts to choose from, including a pot of dark chocolate fondue we made.

Did I mention the beer, because there was a ton of beer. Besides a homebrewed keg of Belgian wheat beer my buddy Rhys made, we also had about 240 bottles of around 40 different types of beer. We also popped open a couple of bottles of wine and Champaign, but that was later in the night during a period I donít remember very well.

So gaming wise, for my birthday I got the Renegade Version of DJ Hero and Ghostbusters for the Xbox360. I also got a bunch of Best Buy and Target gift cards, which I plan to use to buy a bunch more games, like Assassinís Creed 2 and Dragon Age: Origins. Hopefully at some point soon Iíll actually find the time to play these games, but recently my life has been consumed by the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. Iím just so good at killing fools that I canít seem to stop playing. :-P

Ok, so the final thing I want to tell you all about is the office prank my coworkers played on me for my 30th birthday. You may, or may not, remember this, but last year I completely tin foiled another of my coworkerís offices for his 40th birthday. Since then he has vowed to get me back. Well over the weekend he and a bunch of other people came in and blew up 600 individual balloons, which they piled into my office. They also threw confetti and glitter everywhere. When I got to work on Monday morning I was pretty dumbfounded.

Suffice to say, it took me all freaking day to clean up my office. What made it worse was that they put glitter and confetti in the balloons, so when I went to pop them, the shit went everywhere. The guys were at least nice enough to come in and vacuum it all off the floor.

The only thing that sucked about my 30th birthday was the hangover, and the fact I didnít get to meet Yojimbo. He was supposed to make it to my party so we could finally meet, but unfortunately family issues caused him to not be able to make it. Thatís totally cool, and I completely understand, but it would have been great to meet the guy and hang out. There are a ton of you out there who I would like to meet as well, but thatís just gonna have to wait until I can make it to PAX!

So to recap, turning 30 wasnít really bad at all. I expected it to be horrible, and instead it was one of the best birthdayís I ever had. Iím really an extremely lucky guy. I have an incredible girlfriend who loves me, a large group of friends who I really care about, and a great family who live right down the street.

Ok this turned out being much longer than I thought. If you actually read it all, more power to ya. For those of you who donít like to read, here are a bunch of pictures to look at.

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About SilverDragon1979one of us since 10:29 AM on 05.30.2008

Name: Shawn
Age: 37
Location: Raleigh, NC

*Senior Writer at GamerLimit.com.

*Follow me on Twitter: Shawne1979

*Official member of the Cblogs Recap team.

Systems Currently Owned:
- PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox Obe, 3DS, XBOX360, PS3, PSPgo, PS2, Wii, GameCube, DS, SNES, NES, NES Classic

Games I'm Currently Playing:
- Random Stuff

Game Reviews:
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
- Metroid: Other M
- Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
- God of War 3
- Blaster Master Overdrive
- Dark Void
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- LEGO Rock Band
- Borderlands (PC)
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Dead Space: Extraction
- Darkest of Days
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Shadow Complex
- Shatter

Front Paged
1) The Start of the Affair: Civilization
2) Feel the Hatred: The onslaught of Fall/Winter game releases
3) Halo-Life: Call of TurokShock - The Best FPS you Never Played

My Favorite Entries
1) My introduction post. Get to know me if you dare!
2) The Dragon's Den - My Gaming Setup
3) The Dragon's Lair - My New Office
4) The 12 Days of Destructoid Christmas

When it comes to video games I am obsessive-compulsive about beating them. If I start a game I must finish it. No matter how bad, or how hard it is I will not rest until the ending credits have rolled across the screen. Like Bruce Hornsby says ... that's just the way it is!

Games Beaten/Played Recently (in chronological order):
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Metroid: Samus Returns
- Dark Souls 3
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- Superhot
- The Last of Us: Left Behind
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Blaster Master Zero
- Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Final Fantasy VI Advance
- Ratchet and Clank
- Titanfall 2
- Zelda II
- Gears of War 4
- No Man's Sky
- Inside
- Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
- Overwatch
- Bloodborne
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- The Witness
- Firewatch
- Downwell
- XCOM 2
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
- Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void
- Halo 5
- Heroes of the Storm (level 40)
- You Must Build a Boat
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Pikmin 3
- Grow Home
- Ori and the Blind Forest
- Volgarr the Viking
- Axiom Verge
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengence
- Sunset Overdrive
- Bayonetta 2
- Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition
- Far Cry 4
- Shadow of Modor
- Civilization: Beyond Earth
- The Walking Dead: Season 2
- Destiny
- Transistor
- Wolfenstein: The New Order
- Shovel Knight
- Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag
- Rayman Legends
- Fire Emblem: Awakening
- Strider
- Infamous: Second Son
- Titanfall
- Broken Age (Part 1)
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
- Guacamelee
- The Stanley Parable
- DMC: Devil May Cry
- Papers, Please
- The Walking Dead: 400 Days
- Gone Home
- Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
- Super Mario 3D World
- The Swapper
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- Killzone: Shadow Fall
- Resogun
- Hotline Miami
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Super Mario 3D Land
- Saints Row IV
- Rogue Legacy
- Saints Row: The Third
- The Last of Us
- God of War: Ascension
- Aliens: Infestation
- AntiChamber
- Tomb Raider
- The Room
- Bioshock Infinite
- Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm
- Bastion
- Far Cry 3
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- Assassin's Creed 3
- Mark of the Ninja
- The Walking Dead: Episode 5
- Spec Ops: The Line
- Halo 4
- The Walking Dead: Episode 4
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted
- The Walking Dead: Episode 3
- Borderlands 2
- The Walking Dead: Episode 2
- Darksiders 2
- Dust: An Elysian Tale
- Resistance 3
- Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
- The Walking Dead: Episode 1
- From Dust
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- Diablo 3
- Fez
- Journey
- Mass Effect 3
- Batman: Arkham City
- Gears of War 3
- Rayman Origins
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Bulletstorm
- Dead Space 2
- Portal 2
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
- Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Back to the Future: Episode 1
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
- Enslaved: Pigsy's Perfect 10
- Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Dragon Age: Origins
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
- Halo: Reach
- Metroid: Other M
- Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty
- Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
- Final Fantasy 13
- God of War 3
- Battlefield: Bad Company 2
- Bioshock 2
- Blaster Master Overdrive
- Mass Effect 2
- Dark Void
- Darksiders
- Assassin's Creed II
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- Modern Warfare 2
- LEGO Rock Band
- God of War: Chains of Olympus
- Borderlands
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Dead Space: Extraction
- Halo 3: ODST
- Darkest of Days
- The Beatles: Rock Band
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
- Shadow Complex
- Resistance 2
- MadWorld
- Shatter
- Bionic Commando
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
- Gears of War 2
- Beyond Good and Evil
- Dead Space
- Prince of Persia & Epilogue DLC
- Ratchet and Clank Future: Search for Booty
- Killzone 2
- Shadow of the Colossus
- Flower
- Fallout 3
- LEGO Star Wars: TCS
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Mirror's Edge
- Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Mega Man 9
- Mario Galaxy
- God of War 2
- Gears of War
- Metal Gear Solid 4
- Grand Theft Auto 4
- Bioshock
- Assassin's Creed
- Halo 3
- Forza Motorsport 2
- Mass Effect
- Heavenly Sword
- Ratchet and Clank Future: TOD
- Portal
- Resistance: FOM
- Metal Gear Solid 3
- God of War
- Metroid Prime 2

Backlog (Games I own but haven't played):
- Skyrim
- Forza 4
- Supreme Commander 2
- The Last Remnant
- Quantum Conundrum
- Hitman: Blood Money
- Rage
- Sleeping Dogs
- Civilization V
- The Binding of Isaac
- Far Cry 2
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Brutal Legend
- Infamous
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Resident Evil 5
- The Longest Journey
- Just Cause
- Just Cause 2
- Half Life 2
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher's Bay
- The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
- Red Faction Guerilla
- Metroid Prime 3
- Dragon Age 2

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