@gkhan: Thanks for the deeper dive! Language is fascinating, and I'm perfectly happy to admit I'm a hypocrite for not liking how the word's usage is evolving while ignoring my preferred definition is an evolution itself.
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This probably goes more to misuse, but "enormity." Enormity doesn't mean a state of being big, it has a very specific connotation about something being morally reprehensible. Or rather, it used to but the word has been so misused by so many so often that I'm now just an old man tilting at windmills. That doesn't mean I won't judge you for using this incorrectly.
- Systems owned: In rough chronological order: Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, N64, Gamecube, Gameboy SP, DS, Wii, NES, 3DS, WiiU, SNES
- Favourite system: N64. One of the first consoles I owned, and part of my Golden Age, if you've listened to the Paul Barnett podcast on the subject.
- Favourite Nintendo exclusive: Ocarina of Time or Goldeneye, for the same reasons as above.
I was born in 1981. Growing up, my parents didn't approve of video games, so owning a console was out of the question but some of my earliest memories are of playing with the NES at friend's or family homes. I had a friend just down the street where we played Super Mario Brothers. My cousins and I played hours of SMB, WWF Wrestlemania, and Bases Loaded. Another aunt babysat me once or twice at her house and I had my mind blown by Tetris and the Legend of Zelda.
I'll never know how, but I convinced my parents to let me get a Gameboy with some combination of birthday and Christmas money I saved when it launched. I played hours of Tetris and Super Mario Land. Super Mario Land was the first game I ever beat, and it was more through brute force than skill, as I've never been very good at video games.
My golden age of gaming started in 1997 when I made friends with a guy in high school who was way into video games. Half Life, Final Fantasy VII, and Goldeneye were the three games he exposed me to that made me NEED to have my own consoles. I had just started working a real part-time job, and with money from lawn-mowing I was able to buy my own Playstation and N64. I kept it on the down low, hiding them in closets and only playing when my parents weren't home. I'm sure they knew because kids are never as clever as they think they are. My friends I spent tons of time with Goldenye and the N64-era wrestling games. My memories of playing those games are probably part of why I never got as into online competitive play; it didn't feel the same as being able to turn to my left or right and smack someone upside the head. Plus, my FRIENDS can call me a fucking asshole, but strangers on the internet don't get as much latitude.
When I moved away to go to school, I kept playing and collecting systems, but Nintendo started to fall off a bit for us. My freshman and sophomore year dorm featured plenty of Goldeneye with new friends, but just as much NCAA Football on the Playstation. 5 of us moved into a house together for our last two years, and the Gamecube remained in my personal room, with the PS2 in the common area for competitive games of NHL Hitz or communal games of GTA III, with one of us playing and a few others egging the player on to get that wanted level up.
The Wii was a lot of fun for my girlfriend and I. We were in a new city and had bought a place of our own. She wasn't super into games, but loved the original NES games she grew up with. We played a fair bit of Super Mario Brothers 3 after I got us a used NES, and Wii Sports and Super Paper Mario were fun for both of us. Like the Wii itself, our relationship went stale, and my lack of enthusiasm for the platform is probably tied in some way to our breakup. Despite games being released that I wanted to play on the Wii, it never felt the same.
I'm still a loyal Nintendo customer; I got both the 3DS and Wii U on launch day. If you've done the math from my opening statement, you'll have pegged my age at 32, turning 3 later this year. I've said here before I have far more money than I do time for games, so I continue to build a collection of half-played and never opened games on all platforms. My Wii U hasn't ben turned on since a brief weekend spent with Dr. Luigi, and my half-started games of Super Mario 3D World and Earhtbound nag at me as I play other games on other systems. I haven't upgraded o the 3DS XL, despite having huge hands. I like the sharpness of the smaller screen. Bravely Default has been a great time-waster on the weekends, and that plus the PS-era Final Fantasy games on my Vita make me realize how much Iove playing JRPGs on handhelds in bite-sized chunks.
I love Nintendo. They were my gateway into games at two separate times in my life. I feel like they've been slow to grow technically, which saddens me, but have taken some thrilling and interesting risks. Sometimes they've paid off, sometimes they haven't. I want Nintendo to be strong, and I want to see them keep trying new things and delivering the je ne sais quoi that made me love their old, great IPs.
First, apologies if I'm missing an older thread. Forum search seems a little borked, but I went back 10 pages and didn't see anything.
I've spent ten years living on the East coast, and am tired of it for various personal and professional reasons. I'm looking for jobs in the Seattle area (which is its own challenge from DC) but would like to know if anyone has experience in the sheer logistics of getting yourself and your stuff from one coast to another for good.
I'm already working to declutter and simplify what I would take, but I still have a car, dog, and plenty of stuff I don't want to replace as part of the move. Any tips or things to be wary of would be appreciated.
I'd kill for a code for either the X1 or PC. I had planned on doing this for a while, but I'll accelerate the time-table: if I get a key through Giant Bomb, I'll gift 5 annual premium subscriptions at random, plus the code supplier if he or she isn't already a premium member. I've got some stuff in my Steam inventory I an gift too, but probably nothing new or exciting.