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10ish things you didn't know about me

I think I may be a little late on this but I just joined over the weekend so hopefully I'm not too behind the times. I also realized after typing this that many of them are not video game related, but I think that it is a pretty good representation of me. Also it's really wordy so I'd tried to throw up some pretty pictures.

1. One of my first memories in life involves video games. Sure, there are a couple of things in there about big wheels and sesame street, but Mario is right up there. When I was about 3 I was in preschool and a couple of times a week my mom would take me to get candy or ice cream after she picked me up. The place we went had a Super Mario Bros arcade cabinet, like the same version that was on the NES not the other one. I remember standing on a stool, cause I wouldn't be tall enough while sitting on it, and playing through the first level.

2. Basketball is probably my biggest passion in life. I absolutely love everything about it. The competitiveness, the flow of the game, the feeling from making a great play. I played it from the time I was little and it was the main sport I played in high school. In college I played almost every day and even started reffing high school and intramural games. I still follow college and NBA (go Mavs) religiously.

3. College football is right behind basketball. I didn't follow it too much until I got into school, I was more of an NFL fan, but once I went to my first game I was in love. I missed didn't miss a TCU home game in 6 years and only missed one away game that was within 300 miles, and that was during my brothers wedding. Saturdays in the fall are my little piece of heaven. Also, when the newest version of NCAA Football comes out each year I try to take a day off to play it and even after the season is over I still play it almost every day.

4. The Legend of Zelda holds a special place in my heart for NES, SNES, and N64 incarnations. I blew my knee out during basketball playoffs during my senior year of high school. I couldn't really walk and was stuck in the house for over a week. My mom picked up Majoras Mask and I played that game almost continuously over the next week, in between popping the pills. I really helped me get by. The original was the first game I remember being borderline obsessed about and the sequel was a big hit as well. As far the A Link to The Past, it was the first game I got when my mom got me a SNES and I remember nothing being able to sleep that night and hooking it up around 2 a.m. to get some gaming action. It makes the opening sequence even more memorable for me.

5. I spent the better part of a century in college. Actually, right at 6 years. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do when I started out so I did a mix of Computer Science and Business. Turns out neither of those appealed to me so I spent the first two years joining a frat, drinking, and basically doing everything that didn't involve being interested in what I was supposed to be learning. Then I switched to mechanical engineering and actually enjoyed it. Turns out when I'm interested in something I actually learn and do well. It also helps that I got to smash shit with big machines, freeze stuff with liquid nitrogen, and climb around on the first F-35 while it was being built.

6. I love creating stuff. Whether it's photography, woodworking, writing, playing guitar, designing mechanical systems, working on houses, just anything. There is a feeling when I see something that I was able to transform that I don't get from anything else.

7. I grew up on a ranch in pretty much BFE. First in Fresno, California then moved to Weatherford, Texas, but my entire family is involved with horses. My Dad and Brother are professional Team Ropers (look it up), my Step Dad, Mom, Sister, and Brother in Law train cutting horses (look it up). I was always a bit of the black sheep in the family with science and sports, which I think are probably different reason than most black sheep.

8. I miss playing multiplayer games in person. Saddly it's something that doesn't happen very much anymore. When I took a job after school I moved down to Houston where I didn't know anyone. I've met plenty of great people to head out to the bars with and go watch a game, but not many of them game much. When it does happen it's usually when someone comes to visit, thank god for Xbox Live. The days playing SF2, Goldeneye, Halo and Tiger Woods while punching and screaming at whoever just kicked my ass are in the past.

9. I've had 6 surgeries in 6 years. None of them were real serious, mostly injuries, but I had my ACL/MCL rebuilt, two shoulder surgeries, 2 wrist surgeries and my gallbladder taken out. I've got pictures from 4 of them and videos from 2, a little creepy but I've always found that stuff fascinating.

10. I really like beer. I've enjoyed it for quite a few years but over the last 3 or 4 I've grown to really appreciate all the different kinds. I learn about it and try to understand the differences between styles and regions. I've been homebrewing for the last year and it is awesome. Now I've got homemade beer on tap whenever I want, awesome.

Bonus: I've been checking the Destructoid home page for a while to catch up on the goings on in the game world but I hadn't really spent any time digging deep until this weekend. It has been fucking awesome and I've loved seeing what everyone has to say. It is by far the best gaming community I've seen on the internet. It makes it really easy to talk about this stuff when everyone is involved.
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About TonySwankone of us since 11:59 PM on 07.02.2008

I play a little bit of everything. Some retro, some sports, some shooters. RPGs are something I rarely play anymore just because of the huge time commitment. However I do find time to replay Chrono Trigger and Earthbound every year or so.

Currently Playing:

Mass Effect
NCAA Football 2009
Call of Duty WOW
Left 4 Dead

Aside from gaming on big on building stuff, photography, playing guitar, and brewing beer. Also, as of late I've been into the yoga, which has kicked my ass.
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