Thursday, December 10 2009

Introduction

The other day I was mentioning the pedobear to one of my friends, who didn't know what it was. I went looking for a picture, and came across Steven's post on Chizumatic about the origin of the pedobear. I read the post, and then continued to check out the rest of the site. It was as if I had struck a gold mine. Anime, glorious anime, as far as the eye could see!

I must admit that before coming across Chizumatic I wasn't really into anime at all. I used to watch Pokemon when I was a kid, as well as Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT, and later I went on to watch the original Dragonball. At some point I also came across Love Hina, which I would call my first "true" anime series, as the others were all dubs and I watched them more as one of many other cartoons than specifically as anime.

Love Hina was a nice series, and I ended up watching it about six times over a period of two years or so. However, it had some obvious flaws, such as the lack of a true ending (the production company went bankrupt after making the first season, the first episode of the second season, two holiday specials, and thee OVA episodes), repetitiveness of certain elements (take the Naru-punch, for example: it was funny in the beginning, but seeing it about three times each episode is somewhat of an overkill) and several filler episodes which had nothing to do with the main story (though they were generally quite funny). I'm probably going to write a more detailed review somewhere during the holidays.

Next to an interest in anime, I have had a lifelong passion for video games. It started when I was about six or seven years old: my stepbrother introduced me to the game Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation, and I have been playing games ever since. At the time I knew no English whatsoever (I'm not a native speaker), but still I played the games for hours and hours. When my stepbrother left the house, he took the game with him, and it appeared that that was that.

Things didn't go as I expected though, and several years later I got my own PS and immediately bought FFVII as well. At this time I was beginning to understand a bit of English, and I immediately fell in love with the game and its characters. I think the death of Aeris is still the closest I came to crying during any game, series or film I've seen to date. I spent at least 1000 hours playing that game, and it remains my all time favourite until this very day.

The reason I made the shift to PC gaming was the announcement of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Five years back I went on vacation to Australia, and my mother bought me a magazine entitle PC Gameplay, a PC exclusive gaming magazine. I enjoyed it, and continued to read later edition of the magazine (I still have a subscription at the present time). When Oblivion was announced I was absolutely flabbergasted by the graphics and the gameplay options. However, I also quickly realised that I would never be able to play it on the PC I owned at that time (a 1.0 GHz AMD Athlon and a GeForce 2 series video card), so I decided to start saving for a killer PC. I bought it in the summer of 2007, and have been hooked on PC gaming ever since.

One other title that deserves a special mentioning is Crysis. Never before in my life (and until this day never after) had I seen such graphics on my screen. After a while I also learned about the included Sandbox 2 Editor, as well as being introduced to Crytek's official modding portal Crymod. At the present time I am a member of their staff team (on a voluntary basis) - in fact only a week ago I celebrated my one year anniversary there. At the moment I am involved in several modifications; expect posts about that in the holidays as well.

Lastly, it must be said that I have never blogged before in my life, so this is all very new to me. I hope that I will be able to entertain and inform people who read this blog nonetheless (if anyone even reads it that is). Comments are always welcome, so please do let me know what you think!

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