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Well, It's Thanksgiving time again! (With Shameless Plug)

<p>Well it's the holiday season, I just finished watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and I am ready to enjoy the rest of my giant turkey. So, what should I say? Well, I've been here for about a month, and need to increase my number of blogs. So I guess I'd like to do something different, and say what I'm not thankful for. Let's begin. I'm not thankful for this: It could have been so awesome, but it fell flat on it's face. But millions of people will flock to it because it has GRAPHICS! And finally: My former fiend called me a bro yesterday. No wonder he was my former friend. Shameless Plug So anyway, I, like most other gamers, was hesitant to join the iPhone gaming revolution. When I did get an iPhone six months ago, I immediately surrounded myself with good games. Duke Nukem 3-D, Rolando, they were all great. I even got Archon. But nothing told me it could be more than just a quick game device until I saw the Plus+ network. Required by a free online shooter on the iPhone called Eliminate Pro, it's essentially Xbox Live for the iPhone. You get achievements for supported games and level-up accordingly. The main reason I'm interested in talking about it is that you can also put friends on the network and challenge them when they are on. If you are interested, my Plus+ handle is BlitzKraig. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming! But other than that, I'd like to say thank you to the whole Destructoid Community, to those of us in the Dtoid Steam group, where I am known as 1UpYours, to the Bar and all of it's crazy goodness. The forums, where we learned that Destructoid is going to become all-the-way indie. And most of all, thanks for taking me in as one of your own. None of us are perfect, but together we can be pretty damn good. Special thanks to those I know: WastelandTraveler ZombieLifeCoach Mkshiranui (Even though everybody on the forums hates you) Technophile Niero Phantomile Tactix (Every night is TACTIX NIGHT!) Detry (I'll beat you in RPS yet!) Jon Bloodspray And the millions of other Dtoid users out there! Thanks for everything!</p>
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About Eaten by a Grueone of us since 10:23 PM on 10.22.2009

Steam: 1UpYours
Battle.net: ProperHardcore

Systems I own:
Nintendo 64
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo DS
Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Color
A crappy PC

Some stuff about me:
To start off with, my very first video game was Madden '97 for the PSX, (Samit Sarkar, you are welcome). I was about 4-years old when I would play the game for a couple of quick matches with my Dad. Everything interested me. To the way I could press triangle when I made a touchdown (which happened rarely, thanks to my lacking gaming skills), to running towards my endzone just to see what would happen. Also, it was fun to play with someone and have that interaction. Other than that, I had a Super Demo disc, that contained different demos of about 100 different games, and watching my Dad play Duke Nukem and Unreal Tournament. I also got my first Game Boy, and my first game: Space Invaders.

Well, when I was five, I was sent to a foster home by Child Protection Services. At the foster home, my love for video games grew even stronger. It was there I was introduced to the NES, Super NES, and N64. Of course, being 5 years old, the part of Mario 64 where the Princess Peach picture turns into Bowser sacred the ever-living shit out of me, but I was fine with Turok and other "bloody" games.

I also was introduced to the platformer and the RPG there. Some girls that helped with the foster home would occasionally bring the SNES out and we would play Super Mario World or Final Fantasy with me. I also went to other houses with people and I would get even more exposure to the PC world of gaming.

At around 6 years-old, I started to live with my new parents, who I love and appreciate. However, coming here was a big shock for me. Though my new brother had an N64, and we played Goldeneye like nothing else, my parents weren't too convinced about video games.

Until very recently, I was the socially awkward kid who had trouble making friends at school and fitting in. As a result of this, I got a GameCube and played a lot of single-player games. Favorites include Super Mario Sunshine and OMG IT'S POKEMON! Because I didn't do very well in the social aspect of school, my parents grew even more apprehensive than ever. And then the final nail in the coffin was hammered:

I was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

It doesn't seem like a big deal, but to my parents, they were rushing for answers and support groups. and of course, every therapist I talked to believed video games were the cause. I didn't believe it. I got my video games put away for a half year! But all that came to pass and many struggles later, I got everything back.

After that fiasco, I met my first friend, united by a shared love of video games. He let me borrow 2 games: Counter-Strike and Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. The Twin Snakes was the best. So many great moments. Gameplay I've never even experienced before. And Psycho Mantis. He shook my conscious like a baby shakes a rattle.

Counter-Strike was by far my oddest experience. Here I was, not even in my teens yet, and I'm getting subjected to constant homophobic threats, racism, and cuss words, all placed upon a background of guns and blood. I think that was what ruined my innocence.

Yet, through the discovery of Counter-Strike, I also discovered the internet. How amazing it was! So many games! So much to learn! And all the time in the world to do it! It changed my life.

So, recently, I've been reconnecting with the games I knew from my childhood: Duke Nukem, Metal Gear Solid, Super Mario Bros. I just want to know what is was like when I was young and ignorant. I think I still have that old copy of Space Inavders.

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SUMMARY: I am a varied and exploratory gamer. I'm a male high schooler. I was born with a controller in my hand. I actually know shit about games. Yes, I still love Pokemon.
Steam ID:http://steamcommunity.com/id/1Up


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