Meet the Junkies

Arekuzanra

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Age: 26
Location: Arizona
Occupation: Advanced Technical Support

Likes: Cats, Dogs, Pandas, Red Pandas, Space, Chairs that Spin, Mimosas, Wine, Peach-flavored Anything, Pineapples on Pizza


Dislikes: Getting out of Bed


Consoles: PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS


Content and Reviews by Arekuzanra

MonocleDan

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 Age: 31
Location: Florida
Occupation: Technical Support


Likes: 
Cats, Video Games, Board Games, Card Games, Nature, Reading, Swimming, Mixed Drinks, Soda, So Much Food

Dislikes: Adult Responsibilities, Cold Weather

Consoles: Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360 


Content and Reviews by MonocleDan

Words From The Junkies

Arekuzanra

 

Video games have always been a huge part of my life. When I was a toddler, I used to play this Pocahontas and Little Mermaid story games on the Windows 95 computer, a computer mouse in one hand and a bottle in the other hand. My father was a huge influence on my gaming lifestyle. He would play games like Jagged Alliance and I would sit in his lap and watch him play.


I think my dad might have had some other older consoles, but the first console I remember actually playing and using was my Nintendo 64. Mario Kart, Super Mario 64, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time were the first games I’d really played. I remember never being able to play as adult Link at night because I was too afraid of the redeads ahahaha.


Then December 2002, my dad got the family a PS2. That’s where I played my first Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy X, and Kingdom Hearts. I owned that PS2 for basically forever and played all sorts of games: Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts I and II, Suikoden V, Britney’s Dance Beat, Crazy Taxi, InuYasha: Feudal Combat, InuYasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask, and Yu Yu Hakusho: Dark Tournament (to name a few).


From there, I had some brief experiences playing Xbox 360, though that console was more my dad and my brother’s thing. I usually only played it for the Left 4 Dead series (when I wasn’t playing it on PC).


Then March 2014, I preordered Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, so I finally got a Ps3 and played a variety of games on it (mostly FFX HD, Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Graces f, the Borderlands series).


And October 2015, I got the Ps4 so I could play Destiny and Call of Duty with my co-workers. I’ve since also used it to play Beyond Two Souls, Horizon Zero Dawn, Final Fantasy XV, and Mass Effect: Andromeda (and probably some other games I can’t think of off the top of my head).

Look forward to seeing game reviews of games I’ve played on Playstation, PC, and Nintendo (Switch and 3DS)!

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MonocleDan

 

There are pictures of when I was in diapers watching my cousin play Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES and me pretending to jump around as Mario. They’re right next to him playing Duck Hunt, and me
pretending to shoot the ducks with a toy gun. So I say that I got into video games at a very young age.


My journey personally started with the Super Nintendo, taking on Super Mario World, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Final Fantasy III, NBA Jam, and Secret of Mana, just to name a few. My father and sister would play at times, but I was the main offender. A Gameboy was quickly added on to the family consoles, though I received a Gameboy Pocket for summer family vacations to keep me entertained. Pokemon became a quick staple in my collection, along with Kirby’s Dreamland, Super Mario Land, and Link’s Awakening. I was hooked, and my home was a Nintendo household.


Upgrades continued from there. The Nintendo 64 was a family Christmas gift, though I commandeered it for Ocarina of Time (though I will admit, the forest temple thwarted me; the wallmasters frazzled my young psyche and it was many years before I conquered them). The Gameboy Pocket was traded for the Gameboy Color, and then the Gameboy Advance. My love of RPGs began to grow, expanding from Pokemon Gold and Dragon Warrior to Golden Sun and Summon Night: Swordcraft Story.


Unfortunately, I desired more, and bargains were struck. The Playstation entered at the cost of the SNES, though it brought with it Final Fantasy IX, Ape Escape, Threads of Fate, and Legend of Mana. More deals were made, and the Playstation 2 was added, allowing Dark Cloud, Gauntlet Legends: Dark Legacy, and Persona 3 enter my repertoire. A Christmas gift of the Gamecube threaded Mario Kart: Double Dash, Phantasy Star Online, and Baten Kaitos. I was living the dream.


At this point, I left for college, my Playstation 2 and my Gameboy Advance SP my stalwart companions. But my acquisitions did not stop there. The Gameboy Advance was traded up for a Nintendo DS, allowing me to explore The World Ends With You, Pokemon Diamond, and 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors. Though I failed to get one at launch, I did snag a Wii, letting me taste Monster Hunter Tri, Twilight Princess, and Animal Crossing: City Folk. A break back home and peer pressure from my gaming buddies added an Xbox 360, with Borderlands, Saint’s Row 2, and Left 4 Dead, along with a growing appreciation for online gaming. The internet became my ally as well, letting me play Final Fantasy XI, Maple Story, and World of Warcraft with friends in far off places.


There was a lull of satisfaction until I started to be an adult, moving off to Florida. This led to a mass culling of games and systems, though I’ve regrown some of my stash. The Nintendo 3DS came into play early on, along with the Playstation 3. The most recent acquisitions are the Playstation 4 and the Nintendo Wii U as I actually have some current gen consoles. Now I’m getting games as they roll out, such as Mass Effect Andromeda and Final Fantasy XV. Older games still hold my heart, so expect my tastes to bounce back and forth from present to past.


And thanks to the PS4, I’ve begun to live my dream of doing Let’s Plays. I’m streaming onto Twitch, but hopefully I can save them to a more permanent location. Keep your eyes peeled for that!


My PC is still ancient, so I don’t participate in that side, but if you want knowledge on console games, RPGs, or even what type of Pokemon beats what, I’m your guy! Look forward to writing for you all!

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