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I think my story is somewhat average. I'm pretty much a born gamer: Ever since I can remember, I was playing video games on the NES. Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, and Galaga were probably the first, with a few others in the mix. From there, I remember playing Super Mario Bros. 3 two-player, with a sister, where we would never get out of the third world, and only wanted to use the flutes to get to the fourth one. From that point on, I only grew to enjoy playing video games more and more.

I have to say I'm a Nintendo fan, through and through. I've found their games have rarely disappointed me, and have nearly always been worth both the financial and time investments involved. Ever since I rented a copy of Final Fantasy III on the SNES, I've also had a little bit of a thing for RPGs, though more often than not, I find that my nostalgia for games on the SNES hasn't carried over to newer, flashier RPGs, for whatever reason. I don't typically play FPSs, despite being competitive, but I like to play some of the RTS, fighting, and even a bit of the head-to-head puzzle game genres. I Have a secret love-affair with Shmups that stems from Galaga and arcade games, like 1945. (Shhhh)

Beyond that, I like games that are just different. Katamari Damacy has been a big hit for me, partly because it's so far out there. No More Heroes is absolutely a brilliant thing, despite its many flaws.

My biggest pet peeve, though, has to be games that coddle the gamer, and don't let him or her opt out. Games that force long tutorials on the player, or show the same flashback twice in a conversation fall into this category. I believe all games should have a "How To Play," but I think such things should be optional, and readily available whenever you need them.

Favorite Games:

There's almost too many favorite games to count them all. I love platformers, RPGs like Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy VI. I believe Ikaruga was a fantastic experience. Katamari Damacy was a breath of fresh air. 2D Mega Man has almost always been fun. Currently, I have a love affair with both Smash Bros. Brawl and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

Favorite Music:

I'm not a big "music" person. I find a song I enjoy, and typically, I latch on to it for a while, and forget about it later. The rare occaisions this hasn't been true involve Frank Sinatra, instrumental brass music, and Aerosmith, which, together, might just be the strangest trio I think I've seen in the music world.

Latest Posts

Celebrating Five Years of PixlBit

The staff of PixlBit commemorates five years of the site.

It’s absolutely dumbfounding to think that PixlBit has existed in this world for five years now. I can’t even begin to tell you all how many times Chessa and I considered hanging it up and just moving on with life. But we never did and I’m not sure why that is. The early days were grim at times; visitation was extremely low, the hours invested were high, and my day job was absolutely soul crushing. I guess we always felt there was a light at the end of the tunnel – a point at which it would all pay off. And boy has it.

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PixlTalk Episode 82: The Return of Nate

Long time listeners, rejoice -- Nate Hascup is back!

We all know that death and taxes are inevitable, but we might want to add PixlTalk taking at least a few months to produce a new episode to that list. In any event, it's given us plenty of time to build up some energy for a lively discussion with returned staff member, Nate Hascup!

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PB & Jason Issue 131: Barbecue Sauce, Pickle Slices, and Slivered Onions

Is it back?

Happy New Year! I suppose that's a little late of a thing to say, but it's been a while, hasn't it? PB & Jason returns today with a bonus-length episode to make up for time lost. This week's PB & Jason covers Pokémon, Super Mario 3D World, the newer video game consoles, and asrealasitgets's blog post. When will the next PB & Jason be? No one knows for sure... Tune in! Leave a comment! Send an email! Suggest more ways to end sentences with exclamation points! Listen! Click through!

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