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Erik Calautti
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At RPGFan Since:
July 2013

Location:
Miami, FL

Favorite Games/Series:
Final Fantasy series, Legend of Legaia, Legend of Dragoon, Xenogears, Shin Megami Tensei series, Persona 3 & 4, Shadow Hearts series, Grandia, Tales Of series, 999, Mass Effect series, Zelda series

Favorite Genres:
RPG, Adventure, Point & Click/Interactive Storytelling

Other Interests:
Writing music, eating foreign foods, listening to podcasts, not studying for tests
While my history with video games, specifically RPGs, is a lengthy and epic tale not for the faint of heart, I'll spare your mind from getting blown and keep it simple. My parents were always big supporters of the whole "go outside and play" thing. You know, "exercise." Opposing video games and the time they mercilessly sucked away from kids all over the world, my parents denied me any of the fancy new consoles my friends were talking about in school. At this point I should clarify that my parents aren't evil anti-video game monsters like I'm making them seem. They couldn't possibly be cooler, in fact.

Now let's skip a few years to 1998. My parents finally fell victim to my charm and cracked. I unwrapped a silver Gameboy Pocket along with Pokemon Blue Version and my eyes lit up like the fourth of July. I should mention that I'm 8 years old at this point. Yeah I know. Complaining about not having video games when you're only 8. Talk about first world problems. Needless to say, I played that game until it broke. I'm not sure how, but it did.

This is where things get a little difficult to explain. After playing so many hours of leveling up a party, beating bosses, and following an albeit almost non existent storyline, Pokemon triggered some sort of RPG addiction in my little 8 year old brain. Fast forward to 1999. I begged my mom to take me to Circuit City to get a new game. It's important to note that at this time, I've acquired a PlayStation from my lovely Great Aunt. Pining for a new epic quest, I peruse the game aisles until a particular title ambushes my attention. The cover has the three main characters in the typical "no one look directly into the camera except for the lead character" sort of pose. Nothing special there. What really caught my eye was the actual title itself. "Legend of Legaia," or more specifically, the word "Legend." I'm not one to judge a game by it's cover, but right then and there I decided that this game I've never even heard of is the greatest game of ALL TIME and I bought it immediately. An insane and slightly concerning amount of RPGs later, I admit that Legend of Legaia isn't the greatest game of all time, but it holds a special place in my heart and will always be my RPG catalyst. After I beat Legaia, I discovered the Final Fantasy series, Xenogears, and many other games that are today considered classics. My RPG addiction skyrocketed and now here I am writing for a website called RPGFan in my spare time. Go figure.

Oh yeah, outside of video games I'm a songwriter/programmer/one of the singers in a band called Your Favorite Franchise. I play a little bit of guitar, bass, drums, piano, and glockenspiel. I'm a pretty big food enthusiast and will try just about anything you put on my plate. I like fuzzy animals, long walks on the beach, and I wish I was a pirate. The end.



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