At the ripe age of five years old, I picked up my first handheld — a Game Boy — and put in my own copy of Pokémon Yellow. This was my first step into the world of RPGs. As a child growing up at the turn of the millennium, I lived and breathed Pokémon. Since my family could only afford one console at a time, and I loved Pokémon, that meant I grew up as a strict Nintendo fan. It was only until I entered my teenage years that I expanded my general gaming world outside of Nintendo and discovered the wealth of games available on other consoles. I experimented with all sorts of different gaming genres, before deciding I loved the fast-paced first-person shooters that were being released at the time.
The thing that spurred my true foray into the RPG world was after I played Mass Effect and Dragon Age: Origins back-to-back. I expanded outwards from there, playing new series like Fire Emblem. When I turned 18, that is when I dove headfirst into the Japanese world, and I've been there ever since. Games like Ni no Kuni, Fire Emblem Awakening, and Monster Hunter Tri drowned out the shooters I had mostly been playing during my early teenage years. After playing through a bunch of Japanese games, I decided that RPGs were the way to go, and have been playing RPGs almost exclusively for the last few years. At the present time, my love for RPGs still remains extremely strong. No other kind of genre can deliver the kind of rich experiences RPGs can. Few other genres create single player experiences that last as long as RPGs do. RPGs create characters that you fall in love with as you spend time with them over the course of a 30-hour game. RPGs create scenarios that allow you to laugh, cry, and feel anger alongside its cast. For these and other reasons, RPGs are king of the gaming industry in my eyes.
I have been blogging for the last seven years about my thoughts on games, and the industry as a whole. I have also spent the last three years writing news articles and anime reviews for an anime site. Writing is a passion I have had ever since I started writing my blog, and it helped me through my years in university. Now I hope to continue writing for people to read and enjoy my work. Being a critic of a medium is nothing new to me, and I hope to be fair with my reviews.
"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves for our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so."
– Anton Ego, Ratatouille (2007)