My first exposure to video games was when I was very small, bothering my cousins to let me play Super Mario Bros., Mike Tyson's Punch-out, Tecmo Bowl, and RBI Baseball with them on the NES. I was, of course, immediately hooked. I was lucky enough to then get my own NES and I immersed myself in games like Batman, Ninja Turtles, and The Legend of Zelda.
As the years went on and the consoles evolved, I found myself mostly drawn to the games with interesting characters and based in large worlds to explore. Though my interest in RPGs was already in place by the late '90s, the arrival of games like Final Fantasy VII and Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete on the PlayStation and Ocarina of Time on N64 made it a whole new ball game for me. These games changed the way I saw video games in that they could be genuinely fulfilling experiences rather than simply a way to pass time.
A great RPG, to me, is like a great book. I'm taken on an adventure with characters I care about and grow with as the story progresses. Their experiences are my experiences. The key difference, of course, is that those experiences also include the actual gameplay that goes along with those adventures. I do enjoy other genres a great deal, mostly action-adventure games like the earlier Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid games.
I'm also a pretty avid reader, mostly fantasy but I'll read pretty much any genre if it's a good book. I'm a huge New York Mets fan and enjoy writing about the team as well. My favorite thing to do, though, is spend time with my lovely wife. She is my best friend and my rock, and an absolute blast to hang out with.