An Apologetic Introduction

One thing I know about Destructoid from careful outside observation is that the Community Blogs are regularly swamped by new users introducing themselves and attempting to integrate with the community. I am such a user, and I�m here to introduce myself to whoever has the patience to wade through all of this hastily-written crap. This is not a thought-provoking article or review of some shiny new release, this is an introductory post written in a slightly apologetic tone. Don�t worry; I�m cringing more than you are right now.

I�m a gangly Scottish gamer hurtling headfirst through my tender teenage years. As my age indicates, I am one of these cretins knowledgeable about modern gaming, but largely ignorant of the �golden ages�, when an exciting new medium was finding its place in the world. Nonetheless, I am proud to boast my allegiance to a behemoth industry growing bigger by the day. In my time on the face of this cursed planet I have owned a few consoles, from the first Playstation to the Xbox 360, and my favourite games - Deadly Premonition, The Suffering, Evil Dead: Regeneration, to name a few - are bracketed within this time frame.

If all goes well, and I�m not driven from Destructoid with the metaphorical pitchforks and flaming torches of the internet, I plan to write regular blog posts concerning all aspects of the gaming industry, from reviews of games past and present to musings concerning big releases and new consoles. I am an eager writer who enjoys finding new angles on high-profile stories and reviewing games, although I admit freely that I lack the keen knife edge necessary to pen brutally honest critiques which expose the bare bones of any given game.

I arrived here after stumbling upon and reading Jim Sterling�s review of Deadly Premonition. At the time, I was also looking for somewhere to alleviate the flow of ideas emanating from my fevered mind. I had tried the likes of GameSpot, but wasn�t willing to submit my blogs only to have them cruelly rejected time and time again. Destructoid seemed to provide the solution to my problems. From my ever-so-slightly zoological outside observations of the Destructoid community, I have noted a genuine wealth of intimidating intelligence and fine writing unlike any I have seen on any other site, an absolute delight for me.

I suppose that�s it. A self-indulgent summary of myself which I hope provides adequate insight but doesn�t wallow in unnecessary information and introspect. If you were kind enough to read this or simply want to rant about my unexpected arrival on the Community Blogs and try to banish me from the Destructoid community, then feel free to scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave a comment if you�re so inclined. Best wishes from Lord Death of Murder Mountain! :)

God, that�s an awful username.
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About Lord Death of Murder Mountainone of us since 2:06 PM on 03.18.2011

I�m Oran, a fifteen year-old gamer and Scottish native. I�ve been gaming for as long as I can remember and my love for the pastime has grown exponentially (HELL YEAH) since early childhood, back when I was allowed to crap in my pants and I wasn�t mocked for my love of the Pok�mon games. The golden days.

I�m a thoroughly �modern� gamer, and I�m a little ashamed of that. I am most comfortable with games from this generation and the previous, but I�ve played games from past generations, such as Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64 and a few of the Castlevania games.

I discovered Destructoid after purchasing Deadly Premonition, the cover of which boasts a 10/10 rating from Jim Sterling. I visited the website to check out the review, and accidentally stumbled upon the Community Blogs. Previously, I had been experimenting with GameSpot�s blogging feature but I quickly tired of that and, thusly, the Community Blogs presented a perfect alternative.

I�m hoping to break into gaemz jarnalizm. I feel I have a serviceable command of the English language and I realise that I have plenty of time to hone my mad skillz, blud. I follow the gaming industry with avid interest and I have the ability to formulate convincing arguments; arguments which I take care to support with fact. I�m going to stop whoring myself out now, but if you know of anywhere a budding writer can test his skills -- other than Destructoid itself, of course -- then please let me know. I will love you eternally.

Obligatory list of favourite games (in no particular order):


Virtually every Pok�mon game

PC (thanks, bbain!)

Chzo Mythos
L'Abbaye Des Morts
Digital -- A Love Story


Burnout 2
Downhill Domination
Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil -- Code Veronica X


Destroy All Humans!
Destroy All Humans! 2
Deus Ex: Invisible War
Evil Dead: Regeneration
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Hitman: Blood Money
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
The Suffering
Thief: Deadly Shadows
TimeSplitters 2
Tom Clancy�s Splinter Cell

Xbox 360

Alan Wake
Armored Core 4
Assassin's Creed
Blue Dragon
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Dead Rising
Dead Space
Deadly Premonition
Eternal Sonata
Fable II
Fallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Just Cause 2
Left 4 Dead
Lost Planet
Mirror�s Edge
Project Sylpheed
Saints Row 2
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion