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Derek Heemsbergen
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At RPGFan Since:
May 2010

Location:
Chicago, IL, USA

Favorite Games/Series:
Earthbound, Xenogears, Xenoblade, Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Skies of Arcadia, and the following series: Grandia, Castlevania, Xenosaga, Valkyrie Profile, Lufia, Mana, Shining Force, Tales, Lunar, Suikoden, Breath of Fire, Phantasy Star, Final Fantasy, Shin Megami Tensei, Mega Man, Metroid, Zelda, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, Ys, Dragon Quest, and Pokémon

Favorite Genres:
RPG, Strategy, Action, Adventure, Fighting

Other Interests:
Ferrets, coffee/tea, languages, reading, fitness, food, collecting RPG memorabilia
I've been gaming since I was a wee child, enchanted by and thriving off of the worlds inside those little plastic cartridges. RPGs defined my childhood and remain my favorite genre. There's something about getting to know a group of characters and experiencing their world step-by-step that I find enthralling. As such, I gravitate more towards JRPGs and prefer to customize pre-defined characters, rather than creating characters from scratch. I can stomach the genre's typical tropes and clichés if character interactions are top-notch (I'm looking at you, Falcom). I love retro aesthetics and pixel art, especially when they're combined with solid gameplay systems.

My personal life isn't nearly as dynamic as an RPG character's. I'm not descended from a legendary hero, I've never piloted a giant mech, and I don't even know any magic. Ideally, I'd like to inherit an ancient relic and use its power to save the world, but the University of Arizona didn't offer a program in Impossible Heroics. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both Linguistics and East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. Defying the opposition, I've somehow managed to break into game localization in addition to writing for a few game sites around the web. Here's hoping it doesn't all come crashing down on me. Furthermore, I — wait, nobody said anything about character limi

Aside from gaming, I like to spend my spare time lifting weights, doing Yoga, getting another gaming tattoo, making jokes that teeter precariously on the edge of self-effacing, drinking too much not enough coffee, reading, dancing in my underwear, and wishing I still had ferrets. Miss you, Oy, Chai, and Kupo. I also love food! If it involves avocado, hummus, chia seed, or Sriracha, count me in.


Twitch Schedule & Status

Sunday, August 26
Septerra Core • 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Mondays
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT

Tuesdays
Star Ocean: Second Evolution • 2:30pm PDT/5:30pm EDT
Persona 3 (CYOA) • 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Wednesdays
Persona 3 (CYOA) • 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Thursdays
Kingdom Hearts - Re:Chain of Memories • 2:30pm PDT/5:30pm EDT
Persona 3 (CYOA) • 5:30pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Fridays
Final Fantasy IX • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT
Friday Super Variety Night • 6pm PDT/9pm EDT

Saturdays
Week in Review: Live Edition • 11am PDT/2pm EDT
Persona 3 (CYOA) • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT

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