My Apologies, But…

Took a nap earlier so I could grab this at midnight (ergo why I didn’t continue my top ten games series yesterday). Turns out I had to wait an hour in line… This damn game had better be worth it…

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(Side note: I’ve never done a midnight release before, and only did it this time because I needed a nap and was wide awake anyway, so…  No matter how much of a video game nerd I am, I’ll never understand the mindset of needing a game the hour it comes out.)

My Top 10 Games; Part 1

So we’re still on the “get to know me” phase of this blog.  I mean, it’s the second post, so… c’mon.

I figure one of the best ways to piece together the personality of a gamer is to look at their favourite games, yeah?  Sure!

So these aren’t necessarily the best games I’ve ever played, or the ones I would rate the highest, or even marvels of their generation.  They’re simply the games I had the most fun playing, remember fondly, or changed the way I play in general.

I’ve separated it into three posts, spanning the three generations of consoles I’ve played on.  This first one will cover the PC-era.

This list is in chronological order of when I first played/fell in love with the game, not ranked by which is my favourite.

1. Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine (PC)

"Stop that, you need my help!"

This was the first game I ever played (not including those educational, point-and-click games, which really shouldn’t even fall under the same classification), and the reason I think my father bought our first powerful home computer.  Trekking through the snow-covered mountains to reach the Shambala Sanctuary (only to have to reload a prior save to deal with that infernal candle puzzle), blowing myself up multiple times by not learning the size of the hitboxes around the submerged mines while swimming through the Palawan Lagoon, and facing down Marduk with my electrified whip in the Tower of Babel were all critical moments in the molding of my self into a future gamer.  The combat was solid, the puzzles were devious but intuitive, and the story was actually pretty well-formed.  Plus, with a cheat, you could shoot singing chickens out of your bazooka.  C’mon. Continue reading

Indigo Gamer

Hey guy(s)!

Can you name the four games I've referenced here?

So, this is my second blog, and I’m pulling a complete 180.  I started a review blog almost two years ago now, focusing on makeup and beauty products (probably the last thing any of y’all who are reading this want to read about, except for the occasional fem-gamer who may stumble into here), but that kinda fizzled out when I stopped working as a freelance makeup artist.

Now, I’m baring my nerdgasming, geek-out side to the world, something that, until recently, had only been seen by a drunk friend stumbling into my closed room at 0200 and my suite mates who, rather often, bust in and catch me glued to my 32-inch Sony Bravia, oblivious to their intrusion from behind my Astro A30 headset.

But really.  I love video games.  I started out with a home PC (one of the ones that only came in various shades of beige and probably weighed more than my dog) when I was seven, trekking through mineshafts and decrepit temples in Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine and tossing deadly playing cards at boojums in American Mcgee’s Alice (at least until I got the Jacks…).  From there, I moved on to the original Xbox, acting as a subterfuge agent against the freaky DomZ in Beyond Good and Evil and ogling the la… busting out Spirit Strikes in Sudeki.  A year later, I upgraded to the just-released Xbox 360, and started my next-gen experience by pummeling trolls as a kick-ass boxing plant in Kameo:Elements of Power and staring daggers at the final combatant with a serious case of SNK Boss Syndrome in Dead or Alive 4.  Finally, I dropped the cash for a PS3 a year ago, and cautiously worked my way through the fetid swamps and crumbling towers of Demon’s Souls and the degenerate streets of InFamous‘s Empire City.

So, this blog is a gonna be a bit of everything.  Not so much news, as there are awesome sites like Kotaku, Joystiq, G4TV, etc. that seem to have that pretty well covered (not to mention early access and insider info that I’m unfortunately not privy to), but more reviews, lists, editorials, and the like.  Some will be written, others will be filmed, and the occasional one may be both.  As I start to build a reader base, I’ll start to take requests too.

The first couple of posts are going to focus on giving you guys a general sense of who I am as a gamer.  Except for this one.  This one, here, is just to get to know me a bit.  So here are 10 random facts about me:

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