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A "Gamer" Identity Crisis

So I finally beat Portal. Not the second one, mind you, but the first. The one that came out over 3 years ago. The one Iíd been putting off finishing for over a year now. Even though I owned a copy of the Orange Box, I just never gave it t...

 
 
 

Future Nostalgia: Secret of Mana

Personal Background: I vaguely remember hearing of this game when it was first released. It made the cover of Nintendo Power and had a very interesting write up which gave hints and gameplay advice in the first person voice of the male p...

 
 
 

Future Nostalgia: A Call for Games

Okay Destructoid Community, help me out here. As I mentioned in my intro blog, I didn't have a television or non-portable gaming console during my childhood. As such, there are fairly large gaps in my gaming background. Although I religiou...

 
 
 
 

Go Ahead, Square Enix, Make My Life

So I noticed it's been months since I posted anything. Sadly, nothing too much has changed with my life. I'm nearing the end of the class portion of my Ph. D and will be starting on writing my dissertation in earnest. Additionally, I'll be ...

 
 
 

Help Destructoid, You're Not My Only Hope

I know this might not be the most traditional place to ask for advice, but hey, we're all gamers here and this relates. I'm in the market for an HDTV. I like LEDs, but wouldn't be opposed to another type if the picture was good. I'm lookin...

 
 
 
 

A Rational Response to the 4.0 FFXIII Review

First, hey, everyone's entitled to their own opinion. While I don't agree with many of Mr. Sterling's points, I respect his right to have them. But honestly, I like the game. Pretty much for the reasons he cannot stand it. Sure, it's no...

 
 
 
 

One Day into Final Fantasy XIII (minor spoilers)

I suppose I should get this out into the open now, I bought my PS3 about a month ago with the implicit purpose of getting FFXIII. Sure, Iíve enjoyed playing Uncharted 2 and Valkayria Chronicles, but they were just the appetizers for the Squ...

 
 
 

In Defense of Portable Gaming and TWEWY

When I was 6 years old, my teenaged brother received one of the greatest Christmas gifts I would ever get. It was a Game Boy. By the time the next Christmas came around, I had usurped ownership of the device from him, becoming the sole play...

 
 
 

Intro

So I guess I'm supposed to do a proper introduction to my blog. Well, here it goes. I'm currently a grad student getting my doctorate in American History. So yeah, that right there eats up the vast majority of my time. Additionally, I'm un...

 
 
 

My Expertise: In-person Versus Mode

Games in which no one can beat me*: Soul Calibur 2 Smash Brothers Brawl Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Mario Kart series Halo 2 And above all: Tetris Attack *The games in which I have incredible skills cross all gen...

 
 

About Studakrisone of us since 9:50 AM on 01.20.2010

Been playing games since I was a kid. Mainly portables until recently. Have a PS3, Wii, DS, Mac and own games for all formats. Into all genres, but mainly JRPGs, fighting, and party games. Don't get to play as much as I'd like, but I can throw down with the best of them. Grad school is a huge time sink.

Currently playing:

PS3- Mass Effect 2
Wii- Waiting for Skyward Sword
DS- Dragon Quest IX
Mac- Papers for class
iPhone- Angry Birds