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Our story begins in the slightly chilly, yet hospitable, basement of my parent’s Pennsylvania home. It was the early 1990s, and we had to use our imaginations for 90% of our entertainment. One day, I became very interested in the old Atari system. The old girl took up residence under a small CRT television that had been living on a rickety old TV stand for several years. It was a device that was so advanced it required only a stick and one button to operate. My folks got it working for me and it was on this Atari that I got my first taste of video games. Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Centipede and Pac-Man all helped whittle away the days when I couldn’t be outside chasing the neighborhood cats.
My next door neighbors also owned a NES with the vast library of Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda. I’m sure they grew tired of my frequent visits, but they never truly showed it. My parents soon noticed that I grew bored with these two consoles. I clearly liked video games, but what was available wasn’t sufficient to excite me anymore. They then decided to buy me a Super Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas one year. It was that morning that it all began. My father and I quickly set up the system and inserted Super Mario World. It was the first video game that was ever truly mine, and it was a glorious moment. With controller in hand, I flicked the power switch and sat back watching the game fill the screen and listening to the unmistakable theme pour from the speakers. As I watched that little plumber run across the screen, I knew things would never be the same. A gamer was born that day, and he has never looked back since.
The SNES provided hours on hours of fun for me. I can’t remember all of the games that I got to experience on that little grey box, but I do remember some of my favorites. Super Mario World, Mario Kart, Super Mario RPG, Mega Man X, Clay Fighter, Earthworm Jim and Donkey Kong Country are all titles that hold a special place in my gaming heart. Those were the games that started it all, and I’ll never forget them. As the years passed I moved on from the SNES to the N64 and then to the GameCube. I bought tons of games for those systems and enjoyed just about every one of them. There were so many awesome titles released for those consoles that I couldn’t possibly list all my favorites here. Read my comments on genres below, you’ll probably think of some that I really liked.
I also own tons of PC games as well, and I enjoy those games just as much. I have been a purchaser of Nintendo’s handhelds as well. I’ve owned every Game Boy from Game Boy Color up to the DS, although I don’t plan on getting a 3DS at this moment. In more recent history, I made the jump from GameCube to Xbox several years ago, and have not been disappointed with that either. If you’re keeping track, Halo 2 and Jade Empire were my first purchases. No, I wasn’t an early adopter for the Xbox.
That brings us up to today. I currently own an Xbox 360, with a ton of titles, and my (hand built) gaming PC as well as a substantial library for my DS. I bought a PSP too, but it mostly holds down papers. My favorite genre of games has to be the RPG. Some people can’t stand the length and complexity of a good RPG, but I love them. I’d take an RPG over a Call of Duty game any day. That isn’t to say I don’t like FPS games. I’ve had great fun with FPS games like Goldeneye, Battlefield, Medal of Honor and Halo. I liked the earlier Call of Duty games, but I feel that the new ones are starting to get stale. I’m also partial to adventure games like The Legend of Zelda even though some of the puzzles make me want to crush the controller. As for genres I don’t like, I’m not a big fan of sports games or strictly puzzle games.
As for my history at That Game Hub, I came in around end of last year when I submitted a piece lampooning several gaming stereotypes. Man-about-town Spence decided that I didn’t write like a total buffoon (then) and I deserved a place on the team. Ben and Brandon approved and here I am. My first review was for Poker Night at the Inventory, which you can take a look at by clicking on the handy hyperlink I embedded. I could probably write a lengthy piece on all my gaming favorites, but I’ll save those for the Retro Game Rewinds. You do read those, right? Anyway, that is the short and sweet version of how I became the gaming nerd I am today. I hope you enjoyed my random narrations.
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