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I'm Casual

Itís often considered an insult amongst the gaming community. To call someone a ďcasualĒ gamer is a way of saying that those people that enjoy the occasional game of Farmville or Words with Friends are less of a gamer than those that devot...

 
 
 

Post Tornado Update

Hello everyone. Again, this will be another short post as I am still without an internet connection. My power has been restored after the tornado. I have gone out a few times and each time I do, I realize how lucky I am that my neighborh...

 
 
 

It's Gone.

This will be short guys as I'm posting from my phone. My home town of Ringgold GA is gone. For the first time in my 33 years, the town was destroyed by a tornato. No reports of fatalities but there is nothing left of the town. Until I g...

 
 
 

A Sad Day Indeed

Well my friends, my luck just did not hold out. Even after selling off various items around my house, I am sad to say that I must sell my 3DS after all. If any of you were thinking of buying one, here's a great opportunity. I will ship t...

 
 
 

Friday Random Ramblings for 4.22.11

It would appear that every gamer has their eyes and ears trained on Nintendo and their potentially new HD console called, tentatively, Project Cafe. Apparently, this thing has a screen in the controller? So, it's a home console with a "p...

 
 
 

Dear Sony, let's talk about the NGP.

Dear Sony, Have you ever read The Art of War by Sun Tzu? In it, Tzu states that; ďPretend inferiority and encourage his arroganceĒ. With the NGP, this is exactly what you have the chance to do. With the time you have remaining in the d...

 
 
 

Playing with Others

So, I am in the process of trying to decide when the best time of the day would be to begin a regular schedule of trying to game with other people online via the 3DS or other means. Currently, the only 3DS game that I'd play online is SSFI...

 
 
 

ZAGG InvisibleShield - The Disappointment

Perhaps you remember me making mention of the ZAGG InvisibleShield in a previous blog post? If not, let me inform you. The ZAGG InvisibleShield is a high quality screen protector for various gadgets on the market like all of your iWhatev...

 
 
 

Disaster Avoided! Keeping my 3DS

Earlier last week I was extremely saddened because I thought, due to personal finances, that I was going to have to sell my 3DS. I even created an Ebay auction and had a bidder. But, as it turns out, I was lucky enough to avoid having to ...

 
 
 

Friday's Random Ramblings

So, I received Ghost Recon Shadow Wars from GameFly earlier today. Normally I dislike the Ghost Recon series but considering that this one is a turn-based squad centric strategy title and based on some very positive reviews I had seen, I o...

 
 
 

How Long Can You Last? - Testing the 3DS Battery

I had originally intended this article to be a follow up to the write up I did on the Universal Gadget Wrist Charger. I wanted to test the battery life of the 3DS when connected to the wrist charger in order to find out what kind of improv...

 
 
 
 

A week with my 3DS - The Verdict & The Wishlist

I have had my 3DS for a week now. During that time, I have carried it with me everywhere. On my local travels, I have failed to come across one other 3DS user via StreetPass. Although I am disappointed at not being able to experience one...

 
 
 
 

A week with my 3DS - Day Three: Getting Comfy

Over the course of the past few days, Iíve slowly settled into a routine with the 3DS. Iíve gotten into the habit of leaving it on sleep mode and putting it in my pocket whenever Iím going to be walking about. Just around my house today, ...

 
 
 

A week with my 3DS - Day Two: Stepping Out

I knew that I would be on the go for most of the day today so what better way to try out the built in pedometer and, hopefully, the SteetPass functions. Since I go to a very small gym where there are only a few people there at one time, I ...

 
 
 

A week with my 3DS - Day One: The Arrival

Itís a cold, wet day. At 2:00pm, Eastern Time, the Fed Ex driver pulled up and handed me a brown box from Amazon containing my shiny blue 3DS and my copy of Super Street Fighter IV: 3D. After opening up the 3DS box, which is similar in st...

 
 
 

Destructoid, we have a problem.

Dear Destructoid, Iím afraid we need to talk. You see, I love you dearly but weíve got a problem that I feel we should work out. See, Iíve admired you from afar for about four out of the six years youíve been around. Iíve enjoyed your s...

 
 
 

Random Ramblings

Alright, so the 3DS launch is only three days away and I'm counting the minutes. I pre-ordered mine from Amazon so it's more like five days away for me unless it somehow magically gets here on Monday. Doubtful, with it being released on S...

 
 

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4.19.2011 - Nyko Charge Base for 3DS Review
4.20.2011 - Dead or Alive Dimensions Preview
4.21.2011 - Hori Nintendo 3DS Screen Protector Review
4.22.2011 - 3DS Features Detailed
5.5.2011 - The Southern Tornado
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My name is Dallas and I was born a gamer, well, at least in the sense that Iíve been playing video games since my stubby little child fingers could grasp a controller. Believe it or not, as a child I was prescribed video games by my pediatrician as a way to help deal with ADD. Back then though, it wasnít called ADD, I just heard my parents tell people I was ďhyperactiveĒ. Well, getting me that first games system (it was an Intellivision because it was a little cheaper than the Atari at that time) worked. I learned to sit still for longer periods and it improved my hand/eye coordination substantially. I fell in love with portable gaming from the moment I first saw the original Gameboy. Despite it's greenish screen and horrible battery life. I carried it, and about two huge packs of AA batteries, with me wherever I went. At some time or another I have owned every single portable system, with the exception of the Neo Geo Pocket Color. I have plenty of nerdy gamer love for both Sony's and Nintendo's handhelds.

Almost as long as Iíve been a gamer, Iíve been a fan of gaming publications. It started with the first issue of Nintendo Power (which I still have) and grew from there. Iíve always enjoyed reading and writing so the desire to enter the crazily competitive world of video game journalism seems a natural fit for me. I have done freelance work for various websites, both paid and voluntary, and enjoyed all of it. I am currently the National Nintendo 3DS Examiner for Examiner.com.

I am married, and have been since 2006. We met in middle school, went our own ways and married other people, then ended up back together. Funny how stuff works out like that, isnít it? My wife had a stroke the day before Valentineís Day of 2010 and we spent a large amount of time in physical rehab. Since that point, she continues to make a little progress all the time and goes to outpatient therapy regularly. Other things about me; I'm a recovering MMO addict, Iím fairly patient, have a great sense of humor, love a good beer (one or two a day is good for you!), Iím an introvert by nature but will be outgoing with people that share the same interests as I do, and I hate discussing politics or religion with friends. Iím also a huge Penny Arcade fan with a lot of respect towards Mike and Jerry for what theyíve accomplished and support the Childís Play charity whenever I can.