2012-08-07 19.20.28

I don’t run 5Ks or boast about the next tough mudder competition.

I don’t go fishing or play golf (the hot sun and my skin don’t play nice).

And I don’t sit around talking about politics, pork bellies or 401Ks (maybe I should?)

The reason I am none of these things is because I have other passions in my life. I’m a father/husband, somewhat of a musician, a dog enthusiast, and as you might expect a gamer.

I’ll give you a quick rundown of my gaming background and try not to bore you along the way.

I’ve been gaming off and on since the early 80s, Like most people, I got my start on the Atari 2600 and PCs. Is anyone familiar with the Johnny Cash song, “One Piece at a Time”? Well, that’s how I got my start into gaming. My uncle had a job working with computers and as machines got discarded at work, my brother and I got the hand-me-down parts. My earliest memories on the PC were games like Dig Dug and Bird vs Dr. J. I spent countless hours trying to break the back board in that game.

As I got older, I moved on to the NES and have many fond memories of playing such titles as: Russian Attack, Ikari Warriors, Kung Fu, PunchOut, RBI Baseball, Zelda and of course Super Mario Bros. Did anyone else obsess over jumping on that turtle to get a butt load of extra lives?

Currently, much to my wife and wallet’s chagrin, I’m gaming on most devices. I own Xbox 360s, PS3s, a Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, iPad, iPhone and just recently built my first gaming PC! My shame pile is out of control, and embarrassing.

On consoles, I predominately play Action/Adventure or Shooters. I’m constantly playing franchises like Borderlands and Call of Duty. On the handhelds, I tend to gravitate more to the platformers such as Guacamelee, Rayman Origins and of course Mario. My kids run the Wii/Wii U side of the house so I’ve been watching them play Skylanders, Super Mario Brothers U and Lego City. The latter title has become such a hit in my house that my son had a Lego City themed birthday party.

Its my hope with my new PC to dive into more games that are out my norm/comfort zone. I just downloaded games like Skyrim, Torchlight 2, Forge, etc…and have started dabbling in some of the closed betas for games like Marvel Heroes and Infinite Crisis. But in all honesty, I’m also buying games I already own because I want to play them again in their High Res glory.

I’m looking forward to providing you all with unique and insightful content in the weeks & months to come.

Game on!

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