I haven't been very active on these here forums for several reasons, mostly due the fact the most recent console I own is a Nintendo GameCube, which makes me a terrible novice to near-all the topics covered within this expansive hub. But, I'm looking to change that with the help of a good friend who manages and contributes to your glorious website. But first, a brief introduction is necessary to get this here forum thread rolling.
I've been a fan of popular geek culture near all my sentient life, from my beginnings as a humble viewer of Saturday morning cartoons to a brief span as the basement-dweller gamer of a local day-care to a paid intern of a news-blog specializing in movie and theater reviews. For most of a decade, film culture has been my passion. For the past 3 years, I've haunted the website http://www.letterboxd.com
as a Contributor of movie reviews and journal entries, and racked up over 1700 diary entries on that website, of which over half constituted write-ups on films I viewed. But, since I've had to find gainful employment after I graduated college last April, I've found my attention slipping from my beloved pastime. Since February, I've only seen a handful of movies, often returning rentals un-perused by my voracious appetite for audio-visual aesthetic. Between January 2015 and December 2016, I racked up close to a thousand film journal entries. But I may be losing interest in what has been my main-stay since my latter years of high school.
So, I got to thinking: what could I fill my time with in the absence of such a hobby? And immediately I started researching and compiling a back-catalog of video games I have neglected to experience in my lifetime thusfar. I haven't been living under a proverbial rock in regards to the interactive dopamine distributors; as I briefly mentioned above there was a period of time when I practically owned a PS2 at a previous residence, and I try to keep up with my favorite series Fire Emblem
on the portable Nintendos. I've been listening to Retro Encounter at work and some of their stuff has inspired my exploits. I just know that I have a large hole labelled SONY and Square in my backcatalog that needs rectifying. But that's when my impulsiveness started to get the better of me and lead me to writing this here bloated entry on your typically concise forums.
I made an attempt to close the gap in my lack of video-gaming xp by purchasing a used PS2 from eBay two weeks ago. Long story short, I bought a $75 electric doorstop. The system only read one of five games I bought for it, and there were numerous issues encountered when reading that one disc as well. DVDs were a terrible alternative, getting choppy and frantic the longer I tried to play them and justify ownership of this burden that is now mine (No returns accepted
). This disheartened me, as it had cost me a fair portion of my paycheck to acquire this item and its uselessness gave my self-esteem and self-image a sucker punch. As a result, my anxiety regarding my new hobby went into a free-fall.
Pop psychology time! Basically, with my new hobby, I want as little chance of dead air as possible, so I wanted to take steps to ensure I have multiple avenues of gameplay open to me at most every opportunity. I currently own a NDS, a 3DS, a GameCube, and two equally monstrous, equally broken PCs via which I access my Steam library, as well as (reference to emulators removed)
. As you can see, I lack the ability and means to play Sony titles, so I want to catch up like a starving cartoon coyote. But, my impulsive behavior has come back to seed in recent days, and I've had three anxiety attacks regarding my new hobby, two just in the past 24 hours. I had to talk myself out of blind-buying a PS Vita off the baneful (e)Bay and I've resisted the urge to chuck the electric doorstop off my parents' deck. I feel I have been left behind in regards to video game culture and I want to dive right back in, but my first step landed me on my aching behind and I'm anxious about taking further steps. My goal is to be a well rounded connoisseur of all geek culture; having proficiency in the film sector, I feel I need to rectify my lack of video game experience. And it's driving me up the wall!
So, that's the extent of my crazed return to the RPGFan forums. I'm back all right, but I seem to need some counseling in terms of my future exploits. Cheers, and I look forward to interacting with y'all once I live with a full-time gamer geek come this summer.