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Digital Mind in the Analog World

This is the brain of a gamer. More accurately, it is the brain of Andy Astruc, a human being of slight build and not inconsiderable height. Known to the dusty tubes of the internet as Zwuh. I知 an Australian, but not a very good one, considering I moved in with its sexy cousin, New Zealand. My eyes change colour depending on the day. I am an atheist, a vegetarian, an artist, a writer, a madman, an alien, a wall-flower, a loudmouth, a nerd, a super-villain and a unicorn. The following probably sum it up best, though.

Gamer. That痴 right. I知 a gamer. Sure, it痴 an unpopular term among a specific brand of semantic fuzzhead who thinks calling yourself a 組amer is as useful as saying someone is a 礎ook reader or a 組uy who wears socks. But the term is more a useful shorthand for Gaming Enthusiast. Someone for whom gaming isn稚 merely a diversion, distraction, or a way to pass time.

It痴 a passion. A deep, burning need to play video games which I致e had since the time I can remember having things to remember. First it was our old Amstrad home PC, resplendent in a decidedly brown shade of grey. Most likely through a bargain shop, I got the floppy disk for a game called Bedlam. It was a top-scrolling space shoot 粗m up which had three colours and ended when a giant head descended and humped you in the face with lasers. When we made the leap to Windows, I tracked down the only store in our small Australian town which had even heard of video games. They were selling two. One of them was Warcraft, and the other was Jazz Jackrabbit. Obviously I went for the one about a space rabbit that kills evil turtles.

From then onward, my life was defined by gaming. I needed a TV of my own so I could play NES games in my room. I had to go to the newsagent because they sold gaming magazines. I would gladly help with the shopping because the electronics store was down the road. And in the present, games are the subject of my writing, the way I connect with friends, the filter through which I see the world. So please keep calling me a gamer.

Devil's Advocate. Arguments. Discourse. Mouth fights. Flame wars. Brain-powered fisticuffs. If you ask people who know me, they will say I am a funny guy who likes to argue. If someone knows me really, really well, they will say I am fucking annoying and I never shut up. Any excuse to talk at length about some piece of the world around us will be grabbed and choked to death, then the corpse will be beaten with a stick. Naturally, that痴 why I came to the internet.

While I have my pet subjects like anyone else - comics, games, film, TV, science - I値l take up any cause that looks like it needs a good rogering. Since everyone agreeing with one another general leads to an unsatisfying silence, I often argue the unmentioned side for the sake of discussion, so I apologise in advance for that feeling creeping up the back of your neck telling you to scream and kick me in the nutcracker suite. But if I disagree with you it doesn稚 mean I hate you, it just means you池e wrong.

Husband. This is important. I am married. I致e been married for a very long time, unless time is linear. My wife is not a gamer but she plays games. She isn稚 a comic fan but she reads comics. She doesn稚 like films and TV except for the ones she likes.

She is the light of my life, and the speeding train behind it. Rachel is a writer, and she encouraged me to get into writing as well. She definitely does not encourage my gaming, unless it makes money somehow. She once spent four days doing nothing but sitting on the floor playing Oblivion and sleeping.

Eater of Worlds. I知 one of those terrible, pretentious people. The ones who moan about the importance of narrative in entertainment. The ones who don稚 like to play games without stories, and will happily play a mediocre game with a good plot.

Storytelling is the most amazing and creative act human beings are capable of. The genesis of a fully-formed and functional fiction from the void. Worlds where literally anything is possible. Like an explorer discovering a new world, ripe with adventure and exotic breasts, I love to dive into as many different universes as possible and experience them firsthand.

And with every adventure, with every new universe and shiny new character, you learn a little bit about the real world. And yourself, of course. That痴 why games are so valuable, they not only allow us to be told about experiences, they let us participate. Little kids have the right idea, playing doctor and having fake sword fights, experimenting with the world. Gamers get to do that too, even if we generally take it for granted.

So that痴 a little of what I知 about, I suppose. Pretentious wanker. I hope to do a few fun things with my blog, the main thing being a series called Playing the Fool, which will look at a selection of games I believe represent the best gaming has to offer... or at least the potential for greatness. Also I will kiss people on the mouth of you ask nicely. I love making new friends and enemies, and I love a good discussion.

I like Pokemon, Metal Gear, adventure games, RPGs (of the Western and Eastern variety), Valve products, Minecraft and about a billion others.

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About Andy Astrucone of us since 9:08 PM on 03.21.2010

Currently playing... LA Noire, Mass Effect 2, Portal 2, No More Heroes, Overlord, Minecraft.

Geek. Dork. Nerd. Rock Star. Writer. Gamer. Watcher. Consumer of Milk Products.

My name is Andy, and I've been gaming since I was a very small boy. But I'm much taller now. Currently living in Wellington, New Zealand, which is like living inside a very culturally diverse tornado. Married to a girl named Rachel who stabs and bites me a lot.

I have a PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and Playstation 2. When on the move, or in bed, I also have a DSlite. In the past I have fondled a NES, Genesis (okay, I played with my cousin's), Atari 2600 and PSX. Video games have been a major part of my life forever, but now I also write professionally about them. Also unprofessionally. I love to talk games and play games. LOVE ME.


Mass Effect
Red Dead Redemption
Left 4 Dead
Half Life
DJ Hero
Persona 3/4
Final Fantasy VIII/IX/X/XII
Vagrant Story
Dragon Age
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Lost Odyssey


Dead Geek Circus
My official website wherein I blog about stuff that isn't (always) related to video games, such as reviews of television and movies, yelling about life and mentioning cool shite. It also contains - theoretically - my webcomics and other junk.

Twitter. I say things on it that would blow your mind bombs.
Xbox LIVE:Zwuh
Steam ID:Zwuhz


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