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For five days of the week, I go to school. There, I study with quiet dedication, stopping occasionally to participate in some light-hearted banter. After school, I go home. I haunt the internet and I play games. At some point, I realise that it is getting late. I switch off my laptop and my 360 and I go to bed. For five days a week, this is everyday life. It is my existence.

On the weekend, I invariably venture into the outside world with my girlfriend. A fun day is had by both of us. We wander slowly around the small town in which I live, and perhaps lie down by the river for a few hours when the sun is shining. Occasionally, on the following day or the day preceding my weekly excursion, I visit my closest friends. We talk about games, gaming and the gaming industry in general. We venture down to the local park and stuff ourselves on cheap food. This is my week.



YES!



Also... YES! (giggity)

As Iíve said, I begin to visualise these fictional characters as real people. Their lives are inextricably linked with my own. I can tap into their existence at any time. When Iím sitting in an overheated classroom, pretending to listen to a dusty old maiden rant on about an impossibly mind-numbing subject, Iím thinking about tackling those infernal Taken who insist on plaguing Alan Wake. Iím weighing up the pros and cons of detonating Megatonís dormant bomb. Iím daydreaming. My imagination isnĎt bouncing around the classroom, itĎs exploring fictional worlds expertly crafted by the magicians we mere mortals refer to as developers.

I feel that my point is a little vague. I feel that Iím slowly descending into a bout of incessant whining. I began by explaining how happy I am and ended by detailing the relentless boredom I frequently face. I hope that Iím not whining. I hope that Iíve explained why Iím such an avid gamer. I hope that I have provided you with an insight as to what itís like living the life of a perpetually bored teenager. I hope that this post will resonate with somebody out there, and I hope that that someone will recognise the crushing boredom of a middle-class childhood; the constant need for escape from mind-numbing reality.

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About Lord Death of Murder Mountainone of us since 2:06 PM on 03.18.2011

Iím Oran, a fifteen year-old gamer and Scottish native. Iíve been gaming for as long as I can remember and my love for the pastime has grown exponentially (HELL YEAH) since early childhood, back when I was allowed to crap in my pants and I wasnĎt mocked for my love of the Pokťmon games. The golden days.

Iím a thoroughly Ďmoderní gamer, and Iím a little ashamed of that. I am most comfortable with games from this generation and the previous, but Iíve played games from past generations, such as Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64 and a few of the Castlevania games.

I discovered Destructoid after purchasing Deadly Premonition, the cover of which boasts a 10/10 rating from Jim Sterling. I visited the website to check out the review, and accidentally stumbled upon the Community Blogs. Previously, I had been experimenting with GameSpotís blogging feature but I quickly tired of that and, thusly, the Community Blogs presented a perfect alternative.

Iím hoping to break into gaemz jarnalizm. I feel I have a serviceable command of the English language and I realise that I have plenty of time to hone my mad skillz, blud. I follow the gaming industry with avid interest and I have the ability to formulate convincing arguments; arguments which I take care to support with fact. Iím going to stop whoring myself out now, but if you know of anywhere a budding writer can test his skills -- other than Destructoid itself, of course -- then please let me know. I will love you eternally.

Obligatory list of favourite games (in no particular order):

GB/GBC/GBA

Virtually every Pokťmon game

PC (thanks, bbain!)

Chzo Mythos
L'Abbaye Des Morts
Digital -- A Love Story

PS2

Black
Burnout
Burnout 2
Downhill Domination
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil -- Code Veronica X

Xbox

Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans! 2
Deus Ex: Invisible War
Evil Dead: Regeneration
Fable
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Gun
Hitman: Blood Money
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
The Suffering
Thief: Deadly Shadows
TimeSplitters 2
Tom Clancyís Splinter Cell

Xbox 360

Alan Wake
Armored Core 4
Assassin's Creed
BioShock
Blue Dragon
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Crackdown
Dead Rising
Dead Space
Deadly Premonition
Eternal Sonata
Fable II
Fallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Just Cause 2
Left 4 Dead
Lost Planet
Mirrorís Edge
Portal
Prey
Project Sylpheed
Prototype
Saints Row 2
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion