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I'd like to say that my gaming story begins like many others. Sitting down to play my older sisters' NES one afternoon, I was enthralled by the adorable 8-bit plumber that graced my screen and how his little kingdom came to life. After countless hours spent coin-grabbing and princess saving, I was hooked on the fascinating worlds that video-games could bring. Nintendo would continue to claim many of my childhood memories. The adventures of Mario, Link, Fox, Samus, and Captain Olimar filled my after-school hours with glee and I can say that it made me all the better of a gamer for it. In more recent years, new loves such as Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, and Metal Gear Solid in particular have all gained my fandom, but perhaps the nostalgic joys of the Super Mario Bros. and Windwakers of my childhood will always be best remembered.
Video-games are far from my only media passions, however. I'm what you could call a sci-fi connoisseur. I love all things "Star" related, whether that be Wars, Trek, Gate, or anything to do with the strange and thought-provoking. The cinema has also kept me just as occupied for the other half-of my life not dedicated to games. From Forest Gump to The Truman Show to The Shawshank Redemption, I enjoy a good film classic any day and love the character journey above all.
Outside of gaming, my time is spent with a variety of other hobbies. As much of an artist as I would dare consider myself to be, I love to draw, either about video-games or anything else. When I'm not penciling on paper, I often fold them, and the amount of origami creations that fill my room would testify to that. What space my paper doesn't fill up are further filled with Legos. Shelves and tabletops are covered in seas of them, but I wouldn't give up my beloved memories of those little plastic bricks for (nearly) anything. Lastly, I'm a writer. Whether blogging or reviewing games here on GIO, I like to get in the practice in whatever way I can and if you happen to see any of my latest work on site, feel free to comment. Constructive feedback is always welcome.
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