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About Gramkuone of us since 2:11 AM on 11.14.2011

I've been gaming my whole life. My earliest memories are of playing NES games. Once I grew into adolescence, I started developing a taste for JRPGs as I watched my stepfather play through the likes of Final Fantasy VI and Wild Arms. Eventually I played these games for myself and became hooked. The PS1 era only intensified this preference. Once the PS2/Xbox generation came around, my interest in JRPGs waned as their quality waned. The caliber of SNES and PS1 RPGs was simply gone from this new breed of JRPG, and it has never returned since. Great series like Final Fantasy completely went down the crapper. Sadly, the only series that reminds me of the glory days of JRPGs, the Tales series, seems to stay permanently in Japan 90% of the time. Tales of Vesperia and Tales of the Abyss were a glimmer of why I loved JRPGs so much: great combat, great look, great characters, great gameplay. With my interest in JRPGs steadily declining as the next PS3/360 came around, I started playing FPS and action/adventure games with more frequency.

These days I mostly play shooters, action games, platformers, and WRPGs. I'm still waiting for a great JRPG to come out, but so many seem to be caught up in look and wacky combat systems.

I don't online game at all, really. I've never been all that competitive. I learned as a teenager that there's always going to be someone who has less of a life than you, and at the end of the day, it doesn't feel good to lose, even knowing I've invested my free time better than those people.

I'm an advocate for robust, long single-player campaigns. This campaign on the 2nd disc bullshit needs to not become the norm. The day it does, gaming has truly entered a dark age. It's bad enough that 95% of the video game conversations I have with people I meet start with them asking me if I play COD or WoW. These people need to have their money taken away, because they are giving the industry a message that is taking it farther and farther away from my interests with every passing year.

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