In loving memory: PAX 2009
(thanks ZombiePlatypus! And WalkYourPath, of course)
I'm Kauza, which is pronounced like cause-uh. My real name's Andrew Kauz, if you'd rather go for that.
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Basics: I'm 25, and I write things.
Eternal thanks go out to Y0j1mb0 for the amazing header image you see above. So, thanks, sir!
Look at some of the things I've written.
Things on the Front Page: Mass Effect, Metal Gear, Moon Unit, and more: An interview with Jennifer Hale The Future: Demanding more from the voices of videogames Love/Hate: A plea to play as a female Shepard A warning: Regrets from a former life and experiences yet unlived Top ten games for people who hate Thanksgiving The wrong thing: Being evil should be more like sex Staying dry in a sea of spoilers is a matter of building a boat Lessons on taking games just seriously enough Come, take your pilgrimage to gaming's one true mecca Here's to you, random-JRPG-dialogue-writer-man The forgotten: Crushing disappointment at the hands of Crash 'n the Boys The people who have the power to change the world Improving game communities: Enough with the negativity The draw of exploration: Antarctica to Oblivion, Shackleton to Shadow Complex I suck at games: BlazBlue and a slapdash attempt at fisticuffs I, the Author: My Everest Untapped Potential: The Gamer's Education Other Worlds than These: Our World, Only Different A series sort of thing about status effects Toxic Megacolon and other fresh status effects Curse you, status effects, stop confusing my heart Status effects are poisons that turn my silent heart to stone
Also check out the related forum thread. The Fall of the Titans (wherein I talk about dead or dying gaming companies) The fall of the titans part 3: What once was shall be again The fall of the titans: Sega died so that we might dream of the future The fall of the titans: Why do the giants of gaming die? Stories from the Past (a series about my experiences playing certain games): Stories from the Past: Tobal 2, Tomba! 2, and console double-vision Stories from the Past: Diablo and the Dark Ride Stories from the Past: What the f*ck, mom? Stories from the Past: Xexyz and the battle aboard Turtlestar Lobsterica Stories from the Past: The One-Balled Man-Bear Stories from the Past: The Battle of Olympus Stories from the Past: Suikoden 2 Storytelling (a series about, well, storytelling): Storytelling: The Problem of Genres Storytelling: Mass Effect, Vonnegut, and the Fourth Rule Storytelling: Doing Nothing in "The Darkness" Storytelling: The Power of a Single Line (Yeah, it was my first post.) Other stuff that is good: Lessons on taking games just seriously enough A consuming power: The demon and the borderlands Can games transcend good and evil? Nothing is sacred: We won't let you go alone, but we have made a tragic decision How Destructoid single-handedly changed my motherís opinion of gaming Why Tecmo Super Bowl is the greatest sports game of all time Seven reasons that I will end you in creative ways if you don't play Folklore Mother Nature and the Impending Death of the Gaming Spirit Times Games Forgot: The Dark Ages The Sins and Successes of In-game Collectibles The Lock is Broken When Music Surpasses the Game Truckasaurus Rex and the Humor of Games I Want to Cry (storytelling related, but not part of the series)
I have others as well that you can check out on my blog. You'll enjoy them or your money back.
Since it seems like the cool thing to do, here a list of my favorite games that is coming straight out of my ass and onto your computer screen, and in no particular order.
Mass Effect / ME2
Metal Gear Solid followed by any number you can think of
Tales of Somethingendinginia (OK, and the Abyss)
Battlefield: Bad Company