As a brand new member of CrankyGamers, I feel it’s my duty to provide some insight into who I am, and where I came from.  I have been into gaming for 30 years, and really look forward to what the industry will bring in the coming 30 years.

I love talking shop with friends, whether it’s something as something as simple as us geeking out on an upcoming game like Terraria: Otherworld, or having a debate over developments in the industry (e.g. GamerGate).

I grew up with a balanced life, played Hockey like most Canadian kids, and even took up Martial Arts and ended up teaching for a while.  Those experiences gave me an added appreciation for being part of a team, proper communication, dedication and discipline.  Even if I wasn’t the Wayne Gretzky of my team, it didn’t matter, I went out there and had fun enjoying the game.

Being born in 1982, I had the opportunity to grow up and watch as gaming grew, evolved, and became popular to the public.  I’ve been a gamer since the age of 2 when my parents dropped an Atari 2600 with Moon Patrol, and have grown to appreciate gaming in all it’s forms.

I was primarily a Nintendo kid in my youth, getting lost in games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Warrior, and of course Super Mario Bros.  The SNES era for me was an amazing time, Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Star Fox and Super Metroid.

Right about that time was also when I was introduced to PC Gaming, with our first 386 PC and I can still remember working through the DOS Shell to find games like DOOM and Wolfenstein 3D, and yes, even games on 5″ floppy discs.

The idea of a 3D world was exciting, it was the first time in a game you really felt you were inside the game, and like many, I do remember having crazy dreams about running and gunning in the game.

Playing on the PC was something that my father and I shared a connection on, aside from loving Hockey and Harley Davidson motorcycles.  We played through great stories like Betrayal at Krondor, TES: Daggerfall, and we even got sucked into MMOs together with The Realm.

There was an eye opener, playing a game with other people who weren’t sitting in the room beside you like I did with friends playing Mario Kart and Goldeneye.  We eventually moved with our guild, The Sacred Knights of Yserbius into EverQuest.  Looking back now, being a WoW player, that game paved the way for MMOs today right along Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot.

As for more recently, I’ve been all over the map gaming wise.  Playing games like Skyrim and Mass Effect for the story and expansive world, PayDay 2 or Warframe when I want a quick fix stealth heist or go in guns blazing, Divinity: Original Sin if I want some Baldur’s Gate nostalgia or any number of F2P games to test other waters.

I’m always on the hunt for new games that pique my interest, so I spend my time checking the F2P market, and trying older games I missed out on.

For those who want to follow my adventures when I’m not writing here or co-hosting on Late Night with Cranky & Friends:

Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/redmagex

Twitter: @redmagex

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