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a few things about me:
the only real interesting things in my life are band, and video games
I play every modern console, and older consoles as well
I think modern console wars aren't that great. ps3 and 360 are pretty much equal with a few differences.
I don't like paying for xbox live
I wish you didn't have to install several gigabytes of extra memory onto ps3 just to play a lot of games
I think nintendo can do much better than they are now. they have had a lot more software diversity than playstation and xbox, and yet, nintendo seems to only be interested in mario (but the platformers are still good), metroid, zelda, donkey kong, and party games.
how I started with systems:
I guess I played my first video game back in 2003, but I don't know what it was because I didn't care about games then. it was either some racing game or a crash bandicoot game. all I know is both those were for ps2.
then, at the end of 2006 or beginning of 2007, I saw people playing n64. they would play super smash bros. I would always watch. then one day, I decided to pick up a controller. and my life changed forever. for a few months, I only got to play video games once a week, but one day, my mom revealed she had bought an n64 from one of her friends. and over the course of the summer, I spent my game time playing a lot of mario 64. but I had a friend who had a gamecube, and I got to go to his house every monday. and I had fantastic times with that. I beat mario 64 on the day before school started.
for my birthday that year I actually got a gamecube, but my parents didn't buy me a memory card, so I had to buy my own. but one day in november, about a month after getting my gamecube, my parents made me move my video games into our basement. you see, I live in a house that's over 100 years old, and our basement is a somewhat moist, cement floored and walled place with plaster walls that the plaster is falling off. but the worst thing is the tv down there broke, it would be on, then turn itself off, a lot. and one day I had borrowed a game from one of my cousins, and I wanted to try it one day, and the tv acted up again. and I got mad and stormed back up into the kitchen, and my mom actually let me move my games back into the living room. my games were stuck in our basement for an entire winter.
in the spring of 2008 I found a gameboy color at a garage sale. I had never heard of one of those, it was $3, it had no games or battery case, and my mom bought it for me. this was also when gamestop still carried original gameboy games.
my parents bought our family a wii on july 31 2008. that was a big day for me. first, I really liked it because of super smash bros. brawl, but I lost interest for a while, and started playing my gamecube games again. (a lot).
for christmas that year. I got a ds lite, that was also a victory for me because people on my school bus had ds's and played a lot of mario kart. I bought mario kart and 2 other ds games on the day after christmas. and a few months later, I got a dsi and had to buy a gameboy advance sp to play my one gba game. I then sold my gameboy color and a second one at a yardsale that year.
for to long. I only liked nintendo and refused to like xbox or playstation, for a time, I hated xbox 360 because of the red ring of death. but I think in august of 2009, I figured out there were playstation and a few xbox games I wanted to play, and at the time, a playstation 3 sounded like something really cool. so, I cashed in my birthday and christmas money plus my allowance to save for one. but after christmas, I had trouble finding the 120 gb model I wanted. they had 250 gb models, but if I had got one of those like I should have, I couldn't buy a game for it. but on december 28, 2009, walmart had one, and because of that day, that 's when I started hardly touching my wii.
my cousins had ps2s and in the summer of 2010, I knew I wanted one. and I got one on july 15, 2010. and that to, was and still is a rewarding purchase.
as of christmas 2010, I got $100 from my grandma and $90 in gamestop gift cards. so i bought the only thing that made sense: a psp. I really was into the gba metroid games at the time, I didn't touch my dsi that much, but with my new psp, that was what I played in my closet for a while. it took me to long to get a carry case for that, so I didn't want to take my psp to school until the day I had a carry case.
I spent a while trying to save for a 3ds, but I couldn't have done it if my mom hadn't sold a pair of my dad's old shoes on ebay for $900 and $100, and my dad gave me $100, but I had to save some of it for a vacation we were going to take. I had to take some money out of my savings account to get 3ds games, but that thing is really cool. I traded my dsi to get that because I enjoyed my psp more, and at times, I like my psp more than my 3ds.
the last big system I bought was an xbox 360, i spent less than a month saving for it, I lost my patience, and gave up some games I wanted to buy with my xbox, and got a 3 month gold card instead of a 1 year card. the 360 has been rewarding, but I haven't had that as long as my other systems though. but I also did pre order a vita at the end of july. and I canceled it on november 19th and put the money down for a vita first edition
around january 2012, I started saving for a vita and I ordered the first edition- my friends were surprised when they saw I had one, and I'm glad I bought it.
to wrap things up, I just have to say I didn't include my retro systems because I didn't pay much attention to how I got them. but I do like them a lot. I've bought them online, at various stores, and for a few I didn't even have to pay for them. but I just have to many to tell about.
(if you're looking at my psn account, I don't have every game that the trophy section shows, I traded a few of those)
what I think of gaming:
gaming is not like any movie or tv show. you control the main characters' fate, and follow the game's story. some games can go on with no or a terrible story, but that is the most important part of a game. if done well, it helps you really like the main character.
games and technology are getting better, and more inventive games like portal are coming out and selling well. you can also tell (in good games only) that developers care more about their work than movie producers care about their work because game sequals get better while most movie sequals get worse. it's also noticeable that in the good games, the developers care about what they do, and bad games are just big cash ins on something successful, rushing a game, not caring, or doing something from a business stand point
consoles are getting more powerful, ( all but wii and ds) so much that they can almost match computer graphics.
real problems come from anti-gamers. they complain about mature content in m rated games. they do to many studies on kids based on games, and I don't think that those kids even like games. and there are even some kids who's parents hate games. while there are kids who play mature games, there really are parents who don't think swearing or shooting at people in a game is "appropriate". but there are other options for those poor kids, but we must fight back to those anti-gamers, and we can show them.
people in tv never get games right. they have nerds playing on old systems and mashing every button on the controller. the people who put games into ads, tv, and movies usually don't know what they're doing, and I really dislike what they do to us. what I'd consider to be real is some middle schooler playing 4 hours of call of duty on xbox 360. the television stereo types are as bad as the anti gamers who think we waste our time and become violent. we need to end the button mashing atari sound effects, and sad people stereo types.
the modern console war is not fun. ps3 and xbox are just to similar with a few differences (I also don't get why people choose favorites since those two consoles are so similar) the wii is different, but it's differences make it lag behind. a lot. 3rd party developers port the exact same game to ps3 and 360. that is hard for people like me with both consoles to make a choice on what console to get. SNES vs genesis worked, ps1 vs n64 really worked, as well as atari 2600 vs intellevision. and ps2 vs xbox was great to. and one thing I noticed (from reading gameinformer magazine and a few other sources where I learned a lot about the history of games) that there has been one console that just lags behind: each being gamecube, saturn, and wii. those did have credible games, but couldn't compete. I just wish there was a lot of difference with consoles instead of just the handheld market.
I really know how bad it is to not have high speed internet. I've had internet at my house for just over a year now, but I still remember how bad it is to not have online privileges. first, it seems like all my other friends get to play games online, and that leaves me behind, and I even don't have friends to play split screen games with, second, I started pre ordering games last year, and some of those games had dlc codes as a bonus. I had to wait a few months before I got to cash in those codes, just because I went to visit family and that house had broadband. third I've found it convenient to download games online, and other people don't get to enjoy that. forth, there's all those games that are online multiplayer only, and finally, there's the world of online pass codes. those cause to many problems, and I want to see those things die the hard death that they deserve. but anyways, you can miss out without using an online pass code. I really think america would make a lot more money if we all invested in a country wide broadband system. and on a final note on how bad the broadband issue is, you can get full cable service on the other side of my street, but not on the side I live on. but last year, some company was willing to give us a good wireless connection. but I don't think the connection I have is the best possible connection compared to cable service internet
just to add a side note, I know a lot of stuff about the history of games by reading game magazines and information on web sites. that information for some reason sticks in my head. I donn't know why.
and please don't judge me by the size of my biography. I didn't do all of this all at once- it's been done over long periods of time