A Gamer’s Confession

A Gamer's Confession
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I consider myself a gamer. I’ve been a gamer ever since I was, 4 years old maybe? I’m not sure exactly. I just know that my older bro occasionally brings up the story of how I would stop crying as a baby only when he gave me the Super Nintendo controller to jump Goombas in Super Mario World.

I love video games as much as the next gamer. I have a huge collection of Xbox 360 games; it has enough games that I feel that I’d be bragging if I listed them all. I have a decently sized collection of Nintendo 3DS and DS games. I have some PC Games: Guild Wars 2, Diablo III, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy XIV. And I have a couple of gaming consoles that I don’t play as much with: the Xbox One and the Nintendo DS Lite.

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Gamers, What Do You Want With Your Life?

Gamers, What Do You Want With Your Life?
Credit: Somewhere on Google Images.

This article was also posted on my New Game+ Magazine publication on Medium.

One of my goals as a gamer and blogger is to help other gamers realize their potential. You can define “potential” in whichever way you want: personal potential, professional potential, or both. As a fellow gamer who’s ambitious and constantly working on my physical and mental health, and working towards massive professional success, I can speak on both topics.

One problem that I once faced as a gamer in high school and college was a lack of direction. While I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my life and career, I was not clear about it nor sold on it. “I want to make video games” was something I always told myself and others. While that’s a goal that’s still on the back of my mind, that’s not really what I want to do at this moment anymore.

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Game Deals (FFVIII and Tales of Vesperia)

(Taken from CAG Twitter feed)

If anyone is into RPGs, it’s definitely worth a look to check out Final Fantasy VIII and Tales of Vesperia, especially at the current posted prices!

Final Fantasy VIII ($6 with promo code GFDJAN25) – PC Download
http://digital.gamefly.com/?adtrackingid=cmju029#!/download-final-fantasy-viii/5007197

Tales of Vesperia – $4.94 for Xbox Gold Members
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Tales-of-Vesperia/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024e4d07e9?cid=SLink

 

I’ve played both games and Tales of Vesperia is especially a steal at $4.94. Get both while you can.

 

Preparing an Eventful Summer

5/28/2013

English: Combination of two Nuvola KDE icons.
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For a lot of students, a summer break is a time to relax and kick back with friends and family. No homework, no tests, no quizzes, no projects for 3 months. No stress. It’s the vacation that every kid can’t wait for after the first day of school starts.

But that mainly applies to those that haven’t graduated high school yet. Of course, most college students can’t wait for summer either, but as college students we know there’s a lot more to summer than just kicking back and relaxing. For me at least, there’s a lot I want to accomplish this summer, especially having investing my last two summers into family and video games.

If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know how much I love video games. Unfortunately, as time flies by, some of the things you love to do the most take a back seat to what we call “life.” It’s life that we have to go out and work. It’s life that we have to pay taxes. It’s life that we have to move on from our childhood and transition into adulthood, where video games aren’t as relevant anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy my video games (and I’ve even gotten into anime as well), but there’s just a whole lot of aspirations that, as an adult, I want to and have to strive for.

That being said, I’ve thought a lot about “life” and I realized that there’s a lot of things I want to do with my life. And fortunately, this summer is a great time to start thinking about how I can go about achieving my goals and aspirations.

To give you a brief overview of the things I wanna do with my life:

  1. Start a business where anime, manga, and video game lovers can hangout, interact and compete against each other.
  2. Learn the Japanese language and further expand my knowledge on anime.
  3. Become a video game developer.
  4. Become a better web site designer/developer.
  5. Become a better artist and graphic designer.
  6. Become a damn good, well-rounded Computer Scientist.

My journey begins now. I’ve got a whole three months to take a jab at each of these goals. Let’s do it!