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Bob Richardson
Reviews Editor, Soundtracks Contributor

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At RPGFan Since:
November 2009

Location:
Parma, OH, US

Favorite Games/Series:
Final Fantasy Tactics, Shining Force series, Vagrant Story, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, SMW2: Yoshi's Island, MOBA games

Favorite Genre:
Strategy RPG

Other Interests:
Writing, hiking, frisbee (of the ultimate variety), helping people, theatre (acting or audiencifying), philosophicalizing, making up words
Hello!

My interest in gaming started when I was five. My dad bought a Nintendo, and we got a free copy of Dragon Warrior through Nintendo Power. We played Dragon Warrior together, and through the game he taught me how to read. Needless to say, the series is near and dear to me.

Since then, my interests in psychology and the drive to help people took hold of me, and I majored in psychology at Wittenberg University. There, I also minored in creative writing, history, and East Asian studies. After studying abroad in Osaka, I decided I had to go back. So, I applied for a teaching position through JET, and spent two years teaching English in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture.

Currently, I'm attending graduate school for my Ed.S. in School Psychology, but refuse to stop writing. Like two mountain goats beating each other senseless with their horns and skulls, my passions for psychology and writing are always at odds. I hope that one day they might live in harmony.

I enjoy writing reviews about bad games, but the whole "playing them" thing kinda gets in the way. That hasn't stopped me while at RPGFan. I firmly maintain that music is the most underrated component of gaming, and that stellar music can make a good story great. Gaming should be celebrated as an educational, therapeutic, and social agent. And a form of art in the right hands.

When I'm not RPGFan'ing, I am typically hanging out with compadres, gaming on Steam, board gaming, reading the latest in gaming news and research, or wrestling with existentialism (it usually wins). Few things stimulate me more than passionate debate with good friends. I love fermented soy beans over rice, but I hate durian. Japanese-style curry is my favorite food ever.



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