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Playing With Brothers


When I was young I could single out the very best thing about my brother; he could play videogames with me. Long nights were spent passing the controller around causing mindless mayhem in Grand Theft Auto, button mashing each other to death in Super Smash Bros, tag teaming Donkey Kong Country. The list could go on. Without my brother videogames would have been lonely and boring. I can't imagine playing Mario Party without him. Multiplayer or lack thereof could make or break a game. Before the days of Xbox Live we all played together, with friends, and having a brother was the best thing you could wish for. He was no slouch either. For every first place finish in Mario Kart he would destroy me in Clay Fighter. I beat the Water Temple; he collected all 120 stars. Every time I claimed victory he managed to steal it away from me.

Almost every game I experienced in my childhood was with my brother. We brought literal meaning to the word "bromance". Nothing really comes close to those days where we enjoyed the golden age of split screen gaming. Even mainly singleplayer affairs like Banjo-Tooie were laced with the sweetness of multiplayer madness. Blasting through Halo or Gears of War today brings back faint memories of the multiplayer behemoth known as the Nintendo 64.

Behold the holy grail of my childhood.

I got my first "M" rated game when I was eight. It was Quake 2. Those blocky and pixelated strogg ran at us and drove fear up our spine. I don't think either of us could have taken up the challenge alone. Hiding under blankets we would take turns running through the muddy textured space frigates and avoiding those horrible corpses buzzing with flies. We ended up completing it as a team. Multiplayer fared even better; we fragged and blew each other into oblivion. Perhaps this will do as an excuse for petty crime or arson when I inevitably become a criminal after this exposure.

Even online games are no sanctuary from us. We breached World of Warcraft like a bullet, ready to quest together. This fundamentally alters the way we both play. No more looting things we may not need or hoarding food and money. Both gold and equipment flowed freely unlike anything I have ever seen. We helped each other to buy mounts and to grow levels. The game wasn't the same without both of us and neither was it any fun. After time we lost interest in the game but with the two of us playing together it was fun while it lasted and that is something I never imagined myself saying after playing World of Warcraft previously.

Passing controllers to take turns riding Epona (that sounds so funny now) is a personal favorite.

Gaming with a brother taught me valuable life lessons as well. Every gift we ever had was for both of us. Every game we had was shared without hesitation -- it was always like that, there was no his or mine, there was only ours. So share we did and continue to today. Up to this day he plays all of the consoles and games I buy even more than I do!

My brother was and still is an integral part of enjoying videogames. Don't get me wrong -- I greatly enjoy playing games on my own but there is something about playing videogames with my brother that can never be replaced by playing with strangers or bots. I assume that is obvious to us all.
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About Atlasone of us since 7:15 PM on 09.16.2007

First off is my highest honour -- my shit on the front page of Destructoid.

I was born back in the days of yore, when 3-D graphics were only a dream.

I like games.

Super Nintendo had to be one of the best consoles. Mario, Metroid, Link, Kirby, Donkey Kong and everyone else came to the party. Good times.

I own a Super Nintendo, N64, Gamecube, Wii, PS1, PS2, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance, and a DS.

I regret missing some of the good old days, back in the early 90's, because I was too young to appreciate a good game when it smacked me in the face. Such is the folly of youth.

Somedays I wish I could have lived through such tumultuous times, what with the advent of Spandex tights and Rap, but then I think that it is much better to live longer and be younger than all of you people who did enjoy Super Metroid and Mario Kart in it's heyday and just be content with an emulator and a Xbox 360 controller.

Favorite Games: Mario series, Donkey Kong Country/64, Metroid series, Legend of Zelda series, Fable, Halo series, Shadow of the Colossus, GTA series, God of War 1 and 2, Morrowind, Oblivion, Tales of Symphonia, Final Fantasy X, Banjo Kazooie/Tooie and more that I can't recall.

Send me a friends request if you dare, just send a message telling me you're from Destructoid so I don't think you're a 63 year old pedophile masquerading as a teenage girl to lure gullible, young boys to your basement. And if that description both fits you and you are from Destructoid then expect to recieve my home phone number and address.

Update: One year later

New games I would add to my favorites are Gears of Wars series, Fallout 3, Mass Effect, Bioshock (hey, I was playing it when I joined!), and other games I cannot recall. Some games I have loved for a long time but forgot to list over a year ago are Rome: Total War, the top Mario games, and the main Pokemon GB games. The rest escape me at this time.

So these days God no longer compels you to blog, Atlas is Fontaine, and generally speaking I am pretty well known around these parts. (I hope) I regret not joining Destructoid sooner, when I first had the chance with a link from Chad Concelmo's IGN blog. Even he was born in the primordial soup IGN was, or so it would seem. I no longer frequent there or other gaming sites except from time to time because Destructoid is hopefully my internet home from here on out. A great place to be, cheers to another year at Destructoid!

Update: Another year later

Okay, so year three isn't going that great. I haven't blogged for six months and have barely visited the site. In fact, it is nearly November and my 2 years happened almost 2 months ago in early September. Damn life, going outside into the real world is time consuming! I haven't even turned on a videogame since April... (until just recently!) But of course I haven't forgotten about Dtoid; THE GREATEST SITE ON THE WEB! Sorry Dtoid, I will try to live less and Dtoid more.

Update: Another few years later

So life hit me... I still visit this site when I can... to think I started visiting this site when I was 15, and made an account two weeks after I turned 16... I'm 20 now, Destructoid is practically part of my life story at this point, even if I disappear for years at a time. Still, I remember the good old days, the days when Dtoid was like the Wild West, when I was at my most active, and when we would open the gates of Hell in our mischief, always walking on the edge of the banhammer. Now I'm just an ancient, obscure memory to the last surviving cowboys, a group even to this day I feel I'm a part of. Still, I raise my glass to you. Good times Destructoid, good times!

Oh, and to a few of us oldsters, Atlas is Fontaine.

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