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Ten Things The Batthink Will Allow You To Know That You Didnít

The meme was too powerful for me. After finding out a lot of interesting things about the D/Toid crew, I now step into the ring. There are more facts about myself that I could divulge, but I wonít list them for various reasons.

Letís begin.

1. This picture is me, and my name is Daniel. Now, it may look like I have a strawberry surgically-attached to my hooter, but that is because I was born like that. I seem to have inherited my fatherís mottled nose, which I admit to being the only section of my face I donít like. Most of my body seems to contain my motherís genes, which has its pros and cons. I donít bother to comb my curly hair (which doesnít seem to tangle often as it used to), and I donít overdo personal hygiene. If the body is a temple, then mineís actually in pretty good nick.

2. I have double-jointed legs. People have remarked that whenever I sit down and cross my legs, ďthat is weird what you do with your legsĒ. I never really thought much of it, and I donít really think I have much of an advantage, other than surprising people when I sit on the floor.

3. I am a warehouse worker. I used to think I was into a computing-style job with my love of videogames, and ended up working in administration. Blessed with the ability to touch-type but cursed with the behavioural symptoms of OCD, I found the going tough. I wasnít keen on picking up phones, and I would occasionally burst into tears if the going got too tough.

A mistake in my job-seeking led me to take a temporary position as a warehouse worker, and although I look back with some regret at certain decisions I made, I managed to get the job I feel happiest at. I now work at a major supermarket-chain, the people are great and I have a secure post in these troubled times that pays the bills and funds my videogame habit. Like Genesis sang, ĎI know what I want, and I love what I doí.

4. My interest in anime was stoked by Mysterious Cities of Gold. America and Germany have their televisions piping with anime, but here in Britain, we are lucky just to get drip-fed it. Nowadays, we have our Yu-Gi-Ohís and Pokemon, but pre-Pokemon, you needed satellite to get a chance of a daily dose. Back in the 80ís, anime or anything approaching it was virtually non-existent. That was until we got a Ďholy-trinityí of cartoons that left a huge imprint on my mindÖ Belle and Sebastian (a live-action version existed, but I only knew the animated version), Ulysses 31 and Mysterious Cities of Gold. I canít say for sure that these were anime, but they had a similar style. I already have Ulysses on DVD, and I may get Cities of Gold soon. Cities of Gold in particular had a big part of my heart, for the giant flying golden eagle has been etched into memory as the greatest thing I ever seen on television.

5. Evangelion means a lot to me personally. Now before you all facepalm, going ďoh crap, not Shinji IkariĒ, Iíd like you to know that I actually not so much like the character, but empathise with him. I was very introverted and got teased at school, leaving me very much using the world of videogames as an outlet. I had a decent collection of anime on VHS, and then came across the first volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion in the bargain bin of (the now online-only) Woolworths.

After watching the series, I was befuddled by the ending, but still happy. Others who watched the series and the movies, however, were a little unhappy, especially at the negativity of Shinji. However, after looking at articles in Manga Mania, as well as taking the End of Evangelion and Gurren Lagann into account, I started to understand what the director was trying to do with Shinji. He was not trying to make the character likeable, but to present him as a warning about what happens if we donít take measures to sort out his kind of passive/self-destructive behaviour. Whilst I have meandered about in my own downcast way, I have managed to get help with my problems and have a better outlook on life. For me, I really wanted Shinji to succeed, because I saw elements of myself in him.

6. Iíd like to cosplay, but I am very lazy and shy. Yup, thatís right, I wouldnít mind having a go. Ever since I had the realisation that I might have the personality of an otaku, Iíve been very keen not to admit it in front of people. Despite being able to dress up as a highwayman about twice, Iím not really able to bother stitching/hunting down specialist clothing or going to Ďcons. Make of that what you will.

7. I am a very late developer. I learnt to ride a push-bike without the stabilisers, but my older brother must have learnt quicker than me. I bought my first music album about fourteen or fifteen. My first movie I ever saw at the cinema was X-Men (I am now 27, so I must have been 18+!). I guess courage and social skills werenít my strong point. I also think the desire to learn was teased out of me tooÖ

8. I only have my theory and practical test before I am able to loose the ĎLí plates on the motorbike. My lodger pestered me to learn to ride or drive, so I managed to pass a CBT and get close to being able to ride the motorways in freedom. Go me!

9. I drink seldom, I donít smoke and have never done drugs. But I am a chocoholic, and I love a KFC Colonelís Three Piece Meal. OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

And finally;

10. I like entering competitions, and have won an original X-Box I managed to practise a lot on Midtown Madness 3 since I was trying to enter the running for the IGUK competition, but I couldnít enter for some reason. Within a few months, I went to a games show event in Londonís Shepherds Bush, and lo and behold, a Midtown Madness 3 competition was taking place. Aside from a scare in the second heat where I had my bus (!) caught on a concrete barrier, I managed to win the top prize without many problems.

So, thatís the more private facts of myself in a nutshell. Just to let you know, I've also spotted the Guiness Book of World Records Gamers Edition 2009 will be released this week. I'm hoping to own a copy.

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Batthink out.
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About Batthinkone of us since 9:11 AM on 08.20.2007

I am a gamer of 40 years of age. I'm not happy when prodded or teased. You have been warned. I am a human-being, you know? With feelings.

I also have a likeness for RPGs.

My favourites:

(Additional favorites: Grandia)

Currently playing: Forza Horizon 4 (XBox One)
The Division 2 (XBox One)
Disgaea 2 (PS2)
Persona Q (2DS/3DS)
GTA V (XBox One)
Atari Vault(PC)

Mood: Managing stress reasonably well.

Fanboy class: Dedicated enough to get decent RPGs and action figures.

Favorite music artists:

Boards of Canada
Joy Division
Mr Scruff
Talvin Singh
The Prodigy
Primal Scream
High Contrast
DJ Shadow
Nightmares On Wax
Cocteau Twins
The Chemical Brothers
Kenji Kawai
Ian Brown
The Go! Team
Principles Of Geometry

Moments of Glory:

Promoted Monthly Musings

Expanded Universes
Untapped Potential
I Suck At Games
Do The Wrong Thing
Something About Sex
Xbox LIVE:DreadJesterBatt
PSN ID:DreadJester


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