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Introduction--with Banana Muffins!

I’ve been a frequent lurker on Giant Bomb shortly after the whole site got underway but I finally decided to dive in and make an account since it’s the end of summer and boredom is slowly seeping its way into my mind. No need to tell me to listen to the Bombcast, watch some of the site’s better quick looks or learn what it means to have Yosuke sort ‘em out. As far as memes and inside jokes go, I’m set. This site, while lacking in certain departments and being somewhat clingy to its editorial staff, is certainly among the better ones I’ve visited and I figured I’d give it a fair shake despite its history with women.
 

 All a matter of taste, but sure.
 All a matter of taste, but sure.
Yes, I am a female and a gamer. Not necessarily an active one, but one nonetheless. About half the time I watch friends or roommates play while my actual hands-on time revolves around something simpler like Geometry Wars 2 or something complicated like Civilization IV. Most of the games I’m into have some sort of “just one more turn” quality to it. My personal taste in games is varied even though I’ve succumbed to the whole “I’m getting older, so I have no time for anything” mentality. In fact, my gamertag, AmethystPersona, only has a handful GW2 achievements on it... But I’m getting ahead of myself.

 You cannot possibly guess how much time I spent riding these waves.
 You cannot possibly guess how much time I spent riding these waves.
Growing up in a modest, Midwestern suburb during my formative teenage years, the only things I had available for entertainment were visiting the local strip mall, going to school or drinking lots of alcohol at the typical, seedy underbelly. I opted for the first two, primarily because we had game/book stores that could provide me with lifetimes of reclusive distraction and I hated the jackasses that used sociability as an excuse for beer runs at the nearest 24-hour gas station. As with most people in my situation, I was glad to ditch middle-class America in exchange for college life in a big city; specifically, Chicago, where I spend my school days.

As for my gaming history, it hadn’t really spiked until the latter half of the first PlayStation’s lifecycle. My older brother had an NES and SNES, but I was still in that phase where plastic dolls and princess accessories had an appeal. I believe the first game to legitimately pique my curiosity was Final Fantasy VIII. Call me impressionable, but Squall was easy on the eyes—even though a brick tumbling down a hill has more personality—and it finally got me to pick up the controller without tossing it in frustration an hour later (never play Super Street Fighter II with a brother who promises he’ll go easy :P). I also have to give a nod to the Dreamcast because, had my brother not been fawning over it, I wouldn’t have had the PlayStation all to myself to finish FFVIII during that holiday season.

 You see the one with an empty life bar? That's me. My brother is on the left.
 You see the one with an empty life bar? That's me. My brother is on the left.
Since then, I’ve been trying to catch up with lost experiences on older systems while trying to keep in touch with what’s current. I own a DSi, a PSP, a Wii and, if everything goes well, I’ll be able to get my brother’s old 360 for a song. Right now I’m trying to amble my way through Breath of Fire III on the PSP and putting the kibosh on Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. I’m not really liking either, but I’m almost done with both so I might as well finish, yeah? The stories in both games are kind of lackluster, but at least Peace Walker has interesting mechanics to incentivize playing through it.

I have a bunch more to say, but I guess I’ll leave it at that for now. Just reply to this blog or keep an eye out for me on the forums, okay? Wait, I said there’d be banana muffins in this thread, didn’t I!?

 Yes, homemade from scratch. Enjoy! ...Virtually, I mean.
 Yes, homemade from scratch. Enjoy! ...Virtually, I mean.
P.S. I'm not sure if I still qualify as a new member, but if you need help with the most recent quest set, just send a PM and I'll be willing to comply! :)
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