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My Gaming Story: The RPG I Loved Before I Could Read


In a way, understanding the game less made me more captivated by the world. Thanks to the power of the internet, we learn every intricate detail about a game within months of its release. This is why something like a hidden sidequest being uncovered in Final Fantasy 9 is a front page news story in this day and age. While there are definitely positives to having an abundance of information, there's an undeniable beauty to playing a game with absolutely no knowledge of what could be around the next corner. Events like traveling to the moon near the end of Final Fantasy II absolutely blew my mind as a kid, and it made visiting and revisiting the world all the more intriguing. Keep in mind that, even though my brother was older than I, we were still young kids playing this game. In other words, very rarely would either of us make it far enough into the game without eventually getting stuck somewhere and moving on to another game for a while. This made anything that happens in the later parts of the game all the more exciting, as we'd become familiar with the first half of the game and eager to see what was still to come.

Today, I'm a huge RPG nut. I've moved on from Final Fantasy to other game series, like Persona and Ys. In fact, Final Fantasy II/IV isn't even my favorite Final Fantasy title. Yet when I think back to those memories of exploring a world that seemed so alien to me as a kid, I can't help but get all the warm fuzzy feelings in my gut. And every so often, when I'm especially spellbound by the adventure I'm having in a videogame, I can feel that childlike wonder flutter inside me as if it were all new again. That kind of magic has kept me gaming twenty years later.
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About JoyfulSanityone of us since 5:05 PM on 07.09.2012

I'm a guy who likes to write about videogames. Sometimes in funny ways and sometimes in artsy ways. You'll just have to read my blogs to find out the difference between the two!

I'm in my mid 20s, I'm from the United States, and this is currently the most productive thing I'm doing with my B.A. in English. I also tend to write really long comments in response to people that start to read like mini-blogs. I apologize in advance for the walls of text.

Also, I like to have fun. I write about controversies sometimes because I get compelled, but I much prefer using caps lock to convey my love for quality RPGs.

If you like my content on Destructoid, you can find even more of it by going to my website!


I'm currently playing the following:
The Elder Scrolls Online
The Infinite List of Kemco RPGs
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Ys (Any and all of them)
Final Fantasy XIV

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The Ys Buyers Guide
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I Love Final Fantasy: All The Bravest
Videogames don't let me think about the awful things I do in them
My fondest videogame memories involve breaking them

My blogs are like my childrens and I love them all. Having said that...

The following are my personal favorite blogs among what I've written here:

Why I Love Your Blog
A 100% Objective Review of the Ys Series
Sexualized is a lazy term
Klonoa 2 is awesome and you should play it

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