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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 alive. After countless hours spent coin-grabbing and princess saving, I was hooked on the fantastic worlds that only video-games could create. Nintendo continued to claim many of my childhood memories. Mario, Link, Fox, and Captain Olimar's adventures filled my after-school hours with glee and it made me a better of a gamer for it. In more recent years, new loves like Uncharted, Assassin's Creed, and Metal Gear Solid in particular have gained my fandom, but the nostalgic joys of the Super Mario Bros. & Windwakers of my childhood will perhaps be best remembered.
It was that month of March and the reveal of Assassin's Creed III's American Revolution in 2012 that I first joined GI's online community as a full member. After years of enjoying it in print, I was captivated by the terrific networking site for gamers that GI's established itself as, and I can say that I've never been happier for it. I've shared more of my own writing, critical and personal, then I ever have.
Writing is an obvious pass-time of mine and maybe, just maybe, I'll turn it into a career one day. . . I've just wrapped up a few wonderful months at N00b Magazine as its features editor. I'm presently onboard at Leviathyn.com as part of its Nintendo team writers and currently serve as BagoGames.com's features editor. See my latest work there or chat me up for some gamer/anything talk.
Video-games aren't my only passions. 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 a great character driven story.
Outside of gaming, my time's spent with several other hobbies. As much of an artist as I'd dare consider myself, I love to draw, either about video-games or anything else. When I'm not penciling on paper, I 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 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 any way I can. If you happen to see any of my work on the site, feel free to comment. Constructive feedback's always welcome.
Zoey the cat...
My sister's cat...and current resident of Casa de Gruver...
It's become clear that despite the bio above and trinkets of info below about me, many of you may still want to know more. As many people as I've come to know on the site, plenty of folks love asking me questions. I don't mind; rather, I enjoy answering (most of them) frequently. Click the link above to send you questions to me free of charge! Note: (Keep it clean)
Member Herding 58: Me
As it turned out, newly recruited member herding shepherd godofwine7 thought me interesting enough for the new and improved GIO member herding. If you're not interested in asking any questions yourself, check out his questions right here!
The Inquisitive Blogger: The Complete Series
1/31, 2/31, 3/31, 4/31, 5/31, 6/31, 7/31, 8/31, 9/31, 10/31, 11/31, 12/31, 13/31, 14/31, 15/31, 16/31, 17/31, 18/31, 19/31, 20/31, 21/31, 22/31, 23/31, 24/31, 25/31, 26/31, 27/31, 28/31, 29/31, 30/31, 31/31
I am also a participant in the historic GIO tradition of the 31/31. As tradition dictated, I did 31 blogs in 31 days, all in a row, along with so many other talented bloggers. It was an immense challenge, but an oh-so satisfying one. The work that went into such a challenge is what's linked above.
My Raptr Gaming Stats: PSN: tyrimgero
Wii U NNID: Avenger22 3DS Friend Code: 0516-7438-9335
Twitter Steam Profile: Mastero_Disasta
My Platinum Club
A place I've made to keep track of my Playstation Platinum Trophy collection. (And since the blog's been a pain to locate in my collection these days. . .) I provide just a few tips for your enjoyment and interest as well along with their online trophy guides. Bon appetite trophy hunters!
"Know Your Game Informer Editors Quiz"
"The Next Big Mystery Games"
"Why Nintendo Has Me on Fire for the Wii U"
"Everybody Loves Rayman"
"How to Succeed in Love in Videogames"
"A Pirate's Life For Me?"
"No Taxation Without Video-game Representation!"
"The Year So Far Composed in Poetry"
"The Always On-line Debacle"
"Tomb of the Unknown Game: This Generation's Top Ten Canceled Games"
"When is Silence Golden?"
"How Do Ya Like Your Art-style?"
"Can You Feel the Music in the Air?"
"Are We Made of Money?"
"The Wii U State of the Union: A Strike Out or a Stepping Stone?"
"Making the Pitch for EA's Future Star Wars Games"
"In the Beginning. . . This Generation's Top Ten Openings"
"The Year So Far Composed as a Novelization"
"The Top Ten Government Shutdowns in Video-Gaming"
"One Gamer's Trash Another Gamer's Treasure"
"Conquering the Uncanny Valley: An Uphill Battle in Vain?"
"The Ups and Downs of the Thrill Ride"
"Does One Simply Walk into a Prequel?"
"A Quiz to the Past: What Link are You?"
"The Future is Now: Why the Next-Gen Debate Needs Another Look"
"Why Episodic Gaming Is Worth Tuning Into"
"The Strangest Things About 2013 And Onward"
Selected Game Informer Newsletter Entries
"Fare Thee Well PS2!"
"The Ballad of the Sim City Apocalypse"
"The Long Good-bye to Lucas Arts"
"Do Games Need a Woman's Touch?"
"Why Visceral Can and Must Save Star Wars 1313"
"The Easy Way Out: Are Gamers Becoming Chickens?"
"Is it Just My Perspective?"
Selected Game Reviews
"The Last of Us: Among the Best of Us"
"Metal Gear Solid 4: Snake's Epic, Last Farewell"
"Sonic Generations: A Bumpy Trip Down Memory Lane"
"Journey: Beauty, Emotion, and the Joy of Adventure"
"Animal Crossing New Leaf: A Perpetual Vacation of Fun"
"Assassin's Creed II: A Creed for Excellence"
"Little Big Planet: A World of Imagination"
"Batman Arkham Asylum: The Game That Fixed Batman"
My GIO Avengers:
Speaking of awesome, there's a lot of it on GIO, and it's nothing if not tied to the great folks I meet. I had an idea to bring together a group of remarkable users, so that when GIO needed them, they could blog the blogs and debate the debates that we never could. Ladies and gentlemen, you're up!
Still recruiting. . .
Nick Fury: Me
I dig eye-patches, I dig Sam L. Jackson, and this so happens to be my page, so it is only fitting for the office of the director of S.H.I.E.L.D to be in my ballpark. I admit that I'm kinda mysterious at times in my social life. I come and go as I please. I might just drop by for a chat at a doughnut shop or have some life & death scenario to guilt you into going along with me. That, and I'd gladly shoot a bazooka at any jet fighter that'd do my Avengers work for them.
Iron Man: The Destroyer
His page is absolutely rich with the fine blogs, fine art, and an oh-so fine love of all things Phoenix Wright. He's always inventing things, either with cardboard or Legos, and he's not afraid to raise an objection with the best of them. He'll tell it to ya straight and he's not afraid from work'in with the team to nail a joint blog.
Captain America: godofwine7
A true-blue GIO patriot, godofwine7 has a boatload of blogs and pro-writing skills at his disposal. Nonetheless, he never brags about any of it and rolls up his sleeves to take care of business when he needed. His abrupt absences kinda make it feel like he's been frozen in ice somewheres. He's still the legend that I'd be proud to read about and have lead my team anywhere.
A warrior in every sense of the word, Warrior (a.k.a. noble user Morris Moore) has more followers in his kingdom of the nine realms than many others. He's a powerful, level 15 gold leveler. Whenever he swings his hammer of questions your way, know it will clash with the mightiest of community bangs, for he is the god of thunderous good-will and friendship. May he come down to the earthly GI offices one day as an editor.
I've seen what he can do on the gif. battlefield, and one thing's certain: don't make Hawke angry, you won't like him when he's angry. Gifs. will fly. If his name is obvious enough, he means plays to win his wars. He's amiable as an ally, but provoke him in combat he's a powerful, if not nearly unstoppable force to be reckoned with. S.H.I.E.L.D fought him once and only barely reached an impasse. A highly scientific mind for gifs. and a ferocious hidden strength combine a fierce ally or fiercer opponent.
One of the founding members of the Avengers and the brains behind the debates, the arguments, the discussions, the big ideas. Stubbornly brilliant, but fiercely loyal, the team wouldn't be the same without his quick wit.
War Machine: xl9
A close ally of Destroyer's, xl9's gonna be at his side with joint blogs any time you turn around. He's not just part of a duo though, he's got his own barrage of heavy top-ten weaponry ready to pump into the community. Not just outfitted with a glistening armory of blogs, he's a friendly brony at heart and a true ally in all things Smash Bros.
Black Widow: Super Myrrh
Pull-ups and tread-mills at the gym, fear Super Myrrh. She's ready to take names and kick exercise butt and even high-fived me. Negativity and grumpiness beware, she'll infiltrate even the most sour of moods with super-spy niceness.
Spider-man: Saturday Morning Replay
He's the smart guy with a lot on his plate without enough time in the day. Whenever he can pop in, it's worth it to see him save the day while blogging through a headache or catching thieves just like flies. (Don't ask about the latter, it's cool, so run with it.) Don't gimme that speech about Paramount and Columbia Pictures' legal squabbles. Spider-man totally needs to be in Avengers the same as SMR's Spidey is in mine.
Storm is a powerful feminine force to be reckoned with and a motherly figure to the X-Men and Avengers alike, and that's about what sums up Vannah. Her hurricane of Zelda love floods my browser with slow-downs and nostalgic love of a Nintendo lore galore and she's perfectly willing to be a gentle, perky voice across GIO. We Avengers would be lost without her.
Mockingbird: PandaAngel: A cheerful soul and a bright light in any dark place you find yourself in. Strong and unbeatable against a frown. Never too far away from Hawkeye.
Hawkeye: BrokenAngel: The soldier, the eye in the sky, the guy you need to get a job done, plain and simple. Always has a fine word to say and does with finesse. In love with Mockingbird. Likes cats and dogs "quite a bit."
Maria Hill: Eleuthera
A new blogger to the site, Eleuthera's a smart 'n savvy artist and I spot more than a little blogg'in potential in her, or so I spy with my one Fury eye. She's just the gal that I might want at my side running S.H.I.E.L.D, because ya never know when the director may want an official portrait done.
Like our Avengers counterparts, we have our differences. I may find myself at odds with his blogs, but by my side he's still the best at what he does, even if it's not my cup 'o tea. He's all about soldiering gaming.
Ms. Marvel: nightcrawlerash13
Nothing but a strong and super user, Ash is a shoots and absorbs positive energy from all over GIO and ready to share it with whoever trusts in her as a teammate. She swoops into starting just about any great discussion and that's the kind of eye in the sky S.H.I.E.L.D. needs.
Beast/Dr. Hank McCoy: jackson stone
So his avatar is hairy: X-Men and Secret/New Avengers' Beast is hairy. The similarities don't stop there. jackson's a real thinker and his out-of-the-box blogs prove it. He's further ready to stand tall in the midst of a gif. war as the bigger, neutral guy. Fury wishes he were him before witnessing the horrors of Cpu's gif barrage. Uughh.
Juanolo is is always blogging about some kind of unique/controversial topic, from game morality to game movie casts. He's daring in his subject matter and that's sent him flying through the community with insane moves of kick-a$$ writing. (non-Affleck version)
Luke Cage: declarationday
He's a freak'in real-life firefighter, so of course he's gonna end up on this list. There's little else to describe such a heavy hitter against nature than power house Luke Cage: immune to bullets, super strong, and just plain the best hero for hire you can call.
A quick-mouth and a good shot when it comes to smarty-butt comments. He's wickedly cool and hot outta hell with an attitude. He's Hellboy, and what a hell of a guy to friend, buttz jokes and all. Just don't mess with his last cigar, ya won't dig it.
Don't slam the door on him just yet, cuz he'll open 'em for you. Teleporting all over da place, this Great Lake Avenger knows how to make an epic poem appear outta thin air! Isn't he freaking talented?
Doctor Strange: This World Begins with (insert )
He emits a very bizarre energy around GIO that I can't seem to place. I may not understand him, or his poetry, but I admit that he is most definitely one of the most powerful users on the site. Don't underestimate this crazy sorcerer supreme of sandwiches and anime.
A-Bomb: The Enemy Gate is Down
As WarHawke's sidekick, he was his Hawke's only real ally during the 10th GIO gif. war. He stuck by him though and displayed nearly as much destructive power when hit by the gamma rays of gif. warfare. He joined the fight to help stop the earthquake of arguably very clever gifs. on Hawke's page and became a true-blue Avenger in his own right. His tendency to revert back to his old form is erratic, but I'd be cautious of approaching. . .
He dives into Dark Souls like it was a for-fun sport instead of a bone-crushing, back-breaking trial of fearsome challenge and agony. Crazy. He's got some neat pic of Link and Ganon and He's beaten, like, a dozen games in just the 1st 6 months of this year. Crazy is as crazy does and that speaks volumes about a blogger who further requested to be Deadpool. His fate's now gonna be being showered in chimichangas, sweet guns, and more chimichangas and take one for the team. It's a burden being the merc.
Deadpooly: Cpu Xl
The product of a DNA experiment from the original Deadpool gone wrong, or right depending on how you look at it, Cpu became the even more crazy/badass version of the user with the mouth. Hilarious, rude, insane, genius, these are the words that describe him to the average reader. Trash-talker, multi-playa, ex-gif. soldier, hipster, resident bad-ass: these are the hats he's worn. Every time you think you've killed him, he keeps pops up again and spouts off. . . something. . . and makes you laugh. This clone is entirely unstable, but well worth it to the team's morale.
Iron Fist: Orochi
A moderator with a mastery of the martial moderating arts, eastern lore, and knowledge of everything Mass Effect. Orochi is a wise, disciplined voice in all things bloggy and site related and a mean left-hook. For what? I don't know. He's the one with the magical sucker-punch. ;)
The Punisher: Paradigmthefallen
His blogs hit hard and can carry a brutal edge of criticism, but you'd be sorry if you didn't still appreciate Paradigmthefallen's work. His writing can make for one heck of a shoot-out of controversy, but in the end all my differences with them don't matter when I stare this soldier's quality stuff in the face. If I was a game, I'd fear and respect him, cuz I know he'll be judging me without mercy.
His Majora's Mask hero image stares at you with haunting eyes. He's Solidus, and aside from a solid sense of honesty and friendliness, he's watching you, high from the sky in fact, cuz he's got the power of flight! He soars from on high above all of us, checking out profiles and dive-bombing you with a friendly comment.
Stan Lee: Saint
The big daddy of blog-herding, moderator, and an inspiring father figure to the entire community, Saint is perhaps not an Avenger so much as he is a kind of living legend among GI users. Always with a helping hand to questions and a keen eye for great blogging material, he's an indelible influence on much of the way GIO's blogs exist today. That's a super comic-book story if I ever heard one.
(Cinematic and comic-book Avengers apply. Please contact
Directory Fury for reassignment if disatisfied with placement)
The Movies I've Seen in 2013
Just a little tribute to my annual film viewings. Watched any yourself or want to know a little bit more? Read on and enjoy. . .
The Game Informer On-line Guide
New to the site? Be informed, be prepared, and get the best out of your GIO
experience with this excellent piece by This World Beings with (Insert name)
From the ashes of the 8th GIO War, in which Tim Gruver, participated in a losing battle alongside former ally Cpu Xl, a new kind of military was formed. Composed of scrappy young recruits and professionals from anywhere in the virtual battlefield, the GIO Militares Sans Frontiers gathered together to form a new breed of soldier. We are legion and know no bounds in protecting the innocent from the cross-hairs of gif. warfare. We fight for no leader, no government, no country, but for honor, loyalty, and peace. It involves posting gifs., pictures, silly youtube videos, references, and puns as our method of war against our enemies and owe no allegiance to any existing GIO nation that manipulates and controls the sphere of power. We have no borders and will fight for you.
The Great Wall of Random Stuff:
(Wall above not of random stuff. Look down below)
In accordance with most GIO profile pages, I compile a collection of absolutely random (yet not intentionally incomprehensible) stuff I find utterly awesome. It is to grow with time, love, care, and an overactive mind. View accordingly to such guidelines.
First of all, the console wars. In music form.
Random Awesome Movies!
(Maybe one side of this saga is overcompensating for the other, but that ain't a bad thing.)
(The Web-head's first spin was an experience I'll never forget.)
(It's amazing to think how much an animated film can still make me cry)
(The Truman Show. Self-explanatory awesome for anyone who's seen it)
(Nolan's gritty, inconsistent brilliance shines through in 2 movies out of 3 at least. That's enough.)
(Could it have beaten Forest Gump in 1994? I don't know, might've given them both Best Picture)
(If life's is like a box of chocolates, then you'll never know what you'll get out of a film like this one.)
(No Anonymous hacker for sure. He's what puts the V in Vendetta)
(Dizzying, confusing, weird, yet awesome)
(A magical little Peter Pan film that Spielberg seemed to make just for the pirate lover in me)
(What I can only hope Episode Vii looks like. . .)
(I truly thought I would hate the new Spider-man. I was sorely put in my place)
(More Pirates! But with Muppets!!! Epic childhood memories live on)
(X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014 is Marvel's Episode VII in terms of epicness, methinks)
(Again, self-explanatory awesomeness if you've seen it, or Liam Neeson in anything)
(Even stranger about Stranger than Fiction was that I actually loved a serious Will Ferrel movie)
Random Awesome TV Shows!
(If more of you haven't taken a trip through the Stargate, you should. Now. Mostly the top two.)
(The Star Trek that will always capture my heart)
(Yep, I actually still watch Survivor)
(Big Bang! Good while its quality lasted)
Gravity Falls! The best show to replace that place in my heart I had for Spongebob.
(That 70s Show!!!)
(Still liked Smallville too, 'til its last couple 'o seasons)
(A price-less random meme I found, just had to share)
(A hilariously hilarious show. No disrespect to Colbert, but this is a much stronger cup 'o tea.)
(If you want to know what the Pretender is, find out so here. It's so awesome.)
(Right next to Adam West and Burt Ward, the reason I fell in love with all things Batman.)
Random Awesome Music!
(Poets of the Fall! One MUST give 'em a listen. :D)
(Back when I still watched Spongebob, this made my list of greatest Nickelodeon moments.)
(Portal is a series that's both that and with awesome end songs.)
(Weird Al and Star Wars still rock out in my mind over a decade after I first heard this.)
(I love Peter Jackson's original LOTR trilogy so much and Enya pays homage to their beauty in no other way I can think of.)
(My favorite MGS title with my favorite MGS song. It sends me into a dream every time I hear it)
(Another beautiful song, from Ico. I liked Shadow of the Colossus better, but this song was worth it to put on here.)
(Whenever you've had a bad day, there's nothing like this song to get you back in the mood.)
(Do you know my name, or do I know yours? :P)
(I'd post a Beatles song here, but I could never decide which one and I'm just afraid Youtube'd take it down too fast. So I'll just say this. . . awesome all over.)
(Arguable Evanescance's best song. Another song to get you through the day.)
(All of the majesty and beauty of an Elder Scrolls game put into one amazing song.)
(The Zelda fan in me could not be forgiven if I could not post this incredible piece. Any dub-step fan should check out and like her work here. It's incredibly worth it.)
(You've come to the end of this page's musical tour. Enjoy a final farewell song accordingly.)
A Few More Random Stuff
(To Help One play Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizards, Spock efficiently. My page's educational tip.)
(Just the briefest glimpse at the most confusing thing Nintendo ever created.)
(My personal blueprint for life.)
(The reboot that Assassin's Creed needs.)
(This speaks to me somehow.)
(This speaks for itself. . .)
Well, I believe I've taken up way too much page-space for all that. Enough random stuff for now.
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