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I was I think 6 or 7 when my family got our first NES with Super Mario Brothers, Techmo Super Bowl, Legend of Kage, and a few other games. This started my spiral into gaming. I have been playing video games ever since. Almost every main stream system I have played, NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Dreamcast, N64, PS1, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, etc. Even mobile systems.
I am Graphic Designer, Techie Nerd, and what I consider to be a serious gamer. Now, before you go on to say, "You aint no serious gamer!" Let me explain why I consider myself a serious gamer even though I don't get to play much compared to some. I am very picky about games, and it is very hard for a game to spark my interest. Why?
1. My father is a record producer, so ever since I was a kid, I was brought up around professional sound equipment and shown by unintentional example that sound quality is a must. If a game has sound that strikes me a blatantly fake, or unrealistic, you just lost a point in my book. Let me compare 2 mainstream games, Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3. Both hugely popular games, both made very well. I can not get into MW3 because I am constantly disappointed by the lack of what I feel is realistic sound. The weapons in MW3 just sound plinky compared to BF3. Trust me I have fired many a weapon, both as a civilian and enlisted military.
2. A game needs to have some research done before you just create. This is a reason I love the assassins creed games. They put in some serious due diligence to studying cities, cultures, languages, traditions, and countless more pieces of history to make the games as authentic as possible while still telling a fictional story. Needless to say, these games earned my respect.
3. Graphics, This is one of the main reasons I never got into the Resistance series of games on consoles. There was always something plasticy IMO about the graphics in those games. But for some reason the mobile versions kept me going. Both the PSP and the Vita versions I love to play.I can't say I like only one style of graphics either. Killzone won me over for both sound and the extend at which they made the graphics in that game very dirty and gritty. It isn't a clean bright and shiny shooter. It is a viscerally intense game due to the story, the graphics and how there is so much dirt and blood with every impact and the sound. This sucks me into a game and makes me fell like I am there.
4. Make me use my brain! Why do I love the Zelda series games? They make me think. Yes, Zelda pales in comparison to many other in the way of graphics, but I am willing to overlook the childlike graphics for the intellectual challenge it afford me with the puzzles. The uncharted series offers a zelda-ish intellectual challenge while having the graphics I crave. Although Naughty dawg could learn a thing or two from the zelda creators.