Greetings and Salutations! My name is Mortrialus, you can call me Mort. Introductions aren't my thing, and to be quite frank, I'm not sure if you guys are too interested in it either. I suppose the best source of action will be to explain my gaming history and where I'm at now. I'll try to be as brief as possible.
I was born in 89, and spent my childhood living with my mother and sister. The first video game I remember playing was Bubble Bobble on my older sister's NES. You remember that game right?
After that I got into the usual titles, Super Mario Bros 1&3, Kirby's adventure, Blaster Master Ect Ect...
During a Christmas visit at a distant relative's place, I received a very special Christmas gift from an older cousin whom I idolized; Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Unfortunately I didn't have a Genesis at the time, until we got home and I found one waiting for me as a last Christmas gift. It was at this point that I hopped ship to Sega, because it was quite apparent that they did what nintendidn't. Sonic 3&Knuckles is still my favorite 16Bit era game. That said, I didn't completely turn my back on Nintendo as my sister received a Super Nintendo not to long after. My sister and I did participate in the console wars however, as we had to fight over what games for what system we would receive next. To this day we still don't talk...
Unfortunately for me, Sega Saturns were impossible to find in our modest city in the Midwest, so during the fifth generation we ended up getting an N64. Sony was on neither of our radars and we both had little interest in them. Played Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and Kirby 64, loved them, was missing my spiny blue hedgehog and sad that he essentially went into hiatus.
In Christmas '99 I received a Dreamcast after what felt like ages after I told my Mom I wanted one. Played the hell out of Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, Shenmue and Jet Grind Radio as well as many others. To this day you well never convince me that the Dreamcast was anything other than the single greatest gaming console released. My sister graduated from high school not long after and left me with the older consoles after going to college.
Sadly for me, the dream died, and upon finding out that the PS2 was partly to blame for the Dreamcast's downfall, my apathy turned to hatred. And I still own some of that hatred and prejudice against Sony to this day. Don't worry though, I won't rub my dislike in your faces as long as you don't blatantly fanboy in mine.
During middle school, my family fell on hard times financially and we ended up selling all of the consoles. After this I lost most interest in gaming and eventually picked up bass guitar as my main hobby after my dad bought me one at my request. Self taught, I eventually became skilled enough in a few months time to learn how to read music and joined my high school's concert band as a bassist. That's right, I got to walk around school carrying a bass guitar around. Pretty awesome in my honest opinion. At this moment I am currently going to college for a music degree. Not 100% on what I'm going to do with it. To this day, gaming and music are my two biggest passions.
Back tracking to high school, I did eventually get back into gaming. See my friends at the time were anxiously awaiting an upcoming online game, something that even caught my interest; World of Warcraft. Having been a fan of Warcraft II back in the day, I was enjoying hearing them talk about something other than Diablo II and was actually curious about maybe even getting involved in it. They purchased theirs on its release, I eventually started a few months later, and the rest of my high school free time was spent either playing WoW or playing music with them. My time with WoW ended back in July after finally losing all interest in it.
During my first year in college, the nostalgia bug hit me. It was at this point I started recollecting the consoles I used to own. I'm still happy to finally own a Dreamcast again and still play it quite often.
Where am I now? Well, the past Christmas I got a Wii, and I'm finally playing video games that aren't either 10 years old or WoW. I'm actually quite enjoying it. Boy that was wordy, I apologize for that. With this introductory finally finished, I hope we can all enjoy 2010, it's looking like a great year for gaming : )