Friday, April 20, 2007

Who Is This Gameboi fella ?

Hello everyone,

The screen name says gameboi (it’s a long story), but everyone pretty much knows me as Alan. I’ve been a video game fan since the days of the Atari 2600, and it was Donkey Kong that started me down the dark path of the empty wallet.

I’m a big fan of Resident Evil(and survival horror games in general), but I play pretty much anything you throw my way. I’m not real keen on Sony these days, and I make no apologies about it. Needless to say, I tend to gravitate towards Microsoft and Nintendo when it comes to gaming. This isn’t to say that I won’t acknowledge a great game from Sony’s camp when I see it.

My all time favorite games are as follows (but I could go on forever)….

Resident Evil 2
Viewtiful Joe
Shadow of the Colossus
Tomb Raider- Legend
Silent Hill 2
Earthworm Jim
Super Mario 64
Knights of the Old Republic
Donkey Kong
Dragons Lair
Metal Gear Solid 3
Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time
Bionic Commando
Legacy of Kain- Defiance
Max Payne

I am also a pretty big Star Wars nut (Vader all the way), and I’m still PO’d over Firefly getting cancelled. Your probably bored enough as it is, so I’ll end that ramble here.

While fairly new to the blogging thing, it was on’s Computer and Videogame message boards that I cut my teeth, so to speak, in terms of talking and sharing opinions about video games in general. The board itself was a bit archaic, but I was surprised to find a few knowledgeable gamers who made the place quite interesting

Unfortunately, Amazon wasn’t real keen on performing software upgrades (last one done in 2001), which meant spamming became a major issue for us as time went by. After a few years, I threw my name in the hat to help mod the place for free, since the paid mods had seemingly disappeared and moved on to bigger and better things (not that I blame them). You may recognize one of them as Mike Fehlauer of Penny Arcade fame. Another one, while not paid, is a pretty popular mod on, known as Dark54555. Both are great guys.

Right away, the remaining members and I banded together to try and curb the spamming, and do our best to kick start the community. As history now shows, that didn’t happen, and Amazon basically pulled the plug on the place in favor of miniature discussions on each product page. We fought tooth and nail, but it was not enough. A new board was made by one of our members, and most of the remaining holdouts moved over after Amazon stopped by for one last message that they were taking us down.

I still stop by the new board to keep in touch, but the place has never been the same place since Amazon crushed a small group of hardcore gamers. Do I have hard feelings towards them for this? I did at first, but have since moved on. Looking back, they kind of did me a favor. Had they not done so, I most likely would not have moved on to my new home at Destructoid. Like the fond memory I will always carry of a few years ago, I have found another group of hard core gamers who share my vision of what a videogame forum/site should be like. Now I’m ready to write the next chapter in my gaming journey, at Destructoid.

Here's the link to the place if anyone wants to comb through the history a bit more on their own. You can't post there, but it tells our story in real time as it unfolded. Once again, I thank all of you for the warm welcome.

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