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A Belated Intro of the one and only me.

So this isnít my first post, but I quickly found out that introducing myself properly is more important than I initially thought. I am here as living proof that spontaneous combustion will not occur if you post a story on DToid without writing this post first. I am also here to say that hurr hurr I know that the world of video games is 80% ripoffs and 10% decent games (it's upto you to decide where that other 10% went). 'Cause lawd knows I haven't been playing video games since Turok was on a floppy disc (Oh yes, I played that. On a floppy.).

Now, teh real introduction: (the long version)

As I have listed in my bio, my name is Kristina and I live in Miami. I like to play games, mostly RPG and puzzle game style, and lately Iíve been more of a casual gamer. I donít really limit the sort of games I play, because I do enjoy FPS like Borderlands and Left4Dead2. I also sometimes enjoy random time-wasters like Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook (but that's about the limit with facebook games).

When I measure a gameís worth, I consider all aspects [such as cost (vs time) efficiency being very important, animation, soundtracks, storyline, player interaction (if itís multi-player/MMO)]. Naturally, I think that paying $60 for a game that can be beaten in 1 day is a waste of money. Itíll take a lot of convincing to get me to ever shell out more than $5-10 for a short game. Either that, or itíll have to be a Monkey Island game. Iíve been playing those since the 90s and I was lucky enough to catch the 2-for-1 special on Steam recently; Both Special Editions (for Monkey Island 1 and 2) for $9.99. That was a steal.

I donít have too many games (anymore) in general because I usually wait for sales. Iím not an impulse buyer. At all. I also hang out with enough people that play games that I can usually borrow what I want to play, rent it or pitch in with a few folks to just buy 1 copy between any number of us. I didnít get a PS3 until this past Christmas (2009), and for nearly half a year the only game I played on it was LittleBigPlanet (also, I canít wait for LBP2!). My boyfriend gave me Batman: Arkham Asylum (Game of the Year edition) for my birthday (Which was in June), so Iíll be playing that really soon, after Iím through playing Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (which he lent me after we saw the movie).

Batman is my absolute favorite superhero, never forget that. Another factoid: I make superheroes fabulous. One of my hobbies is to prettyfy superhero t-shirts. Another one of my hobbies is to collect non-import local-brew beer bottles whenever I travel. Disney pins make me happy (yeah, Iím a Disney whore). I like to paint and read, and my most time-consuming hobby (hopefully soon-to-be job > eventually professional occupation) is photography. I also work for 2 professional photographers in Miami, aside from my morning part-time job.

Besides all that, I like to write and share my experiences with others. My ultimate goal is to be a travel journalist, but I have to start somewhere, right? I applied for that internship for Modern Methodís upcoming website for movie reviews, and blog in several places for now. One of the blogs Iím a part of is FemmeGamer. All the things Iím referencing in this post will be added to my bio via links, btw.

Last, but not least, how I got around to Dtoid to begin with! My boyfriend writes for the other 2 sites, Japanator and Tomopop, so for the past half a year Iíve been getting more and more involved with the online gaming/figure community and keeping up to date with new stuff. Some of our friends also have writing experience with other sites or local papers, so Iíve lumped myself with a good crowd to grow in the field of journalism. Iíll be updating my blog on this site as often as every week if I can find enough to talk about.

A lot of my posts will be headed with ďDiary of a Casual Girl GamerĒ. Whenever you see that, youíll know itís me. Unless someone else decides to be a biter. But I think itíll be me. Iím excited to write here and be a part of the Dtoid community, and I hope that my posts will bring some enjoyment to your day, at least for a few minutes. And as a disclaimer Iím not the biggest technical maniac about all the games I play. I donít really care about the best gear and the best weapon and the most DPS in most games I play casually, because in the end it doesnít really matter when all you want is to enjoy yourself. The only game I know that much about is Final Fantasy XI, an MMO Iíve been playing since 2004. I have nothing to say here about that subject, but I already plan to make a post about it in the future. I like to play Final Fantasy games, and Iíll tell you why I still play the MMO when you see the post: "Diary of a Casual Gamer Girl: A Rabid Final Fantasy Addiction" (Or something like that. Maybe that title is too long. Actually, I still refuse to play FFXIII.). Iím also testing the new game, and have very high hopes for it.

tl;dr : My name is Kristina, and I like to write stuff, and take pictures. It's nice to meet you all, and I'm happy to join the DToid community. I also play games. And I love my boyfriend. The end. <3

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About Kristina Pinoone of us since 6:41 PM on 07.24.2010

My name is Kristina and I love my boyfriend <3.

Wait, that's not interesting yet. Second try. I'm female, I play games.

Shit, that's still not that interesting.

Let's see... I'm into photography and I'm an aspiring travel journalist. For now, I'm trying to get my name out there in other fields that I can write about..like movies and games. I consider myself more of a casual gamer, but I am an opinionated casual gamer. My favorite kinds of games are RPGs or puzzle games (like Final Fantasy serie, Monkey Island games (or Zakk and Wiki), Prince of Persia, you know...that kind of stuff). I also get really excited when I get to beta test. I got really excited when I beta tested Hello Kitty Online. Hey, don't look at me like that.

I now currently write news articles and such for Tomopop! Yaaaay.

I've recently participated in StarCraft II beta test and currently test FFXIV. Although, I'm not supposed to tell you that. I think I'll be OK, though.

I'll be blogging, giving you the casual girl gamer point of view whenever I have something to share. I might make a few posts here and there about how awesome my boyfriend is. Did I mention he's awesome? You might know him..he writes for you, you know. Yeah, that guy. Pedro <3

With a little bit of luck, (and a whole lot of blood and sweat) you'll see my name around more.

I listen to Pandora radio while I work. (work = editing photos, writing and my morning office drudgery)

I love zombie games, mostly because I think they're effing hilarious.

links of note:

FemmeGamer Blog