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Itís often considered an insult amongst the gaming community. To call someone a ďcasualĒ gamer is a way of saying that those people that enjoy the occasional game of Farmville or Words with Friends are less of a gamer than those that devote themselves to the ďbigĒ games for the major consoles. I suppose Iíll have to just be insulted, as my life and technology has made me a casual gamer.

This is where technology has come to my rescue. Thanks to the invention of tablets, I can now do almost anything I enjoy anywhere I happen to be. Reading via the Kindle or Nook apps is just a touch away. Email, web browsing, and just about everything else you use a computer for on a daily basis are right there. Not only do I have access to all of those features but some pretty unique and fun to play little games as well? It doesnít get much better. Currently today on my tablet (an Archos 70), I have played Cyberlords: Arcology, Fruit Ninja, Karoshi, Moron Test, and Pocket Legends. I havenít even touched some of the games Iíve downloaded. Iíve also read Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan off and on all day.

So, label me a ďcasualĒ gamer if you must. Iíll accept that stigma with pride as I enjoy another clever level of Karoshi, the Shadowrun-isqe (Genesis version) Cyberlords, and franticly slice up some flying fruit like a damn ninja.
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My name is Dallas and I was born a gamer, well, at least in the sense that Iíve been playing video games since my stubby little child fingers could grasp a controller. Believe it or not, as a child I was prescribed video games by my pediatrician as a way to help deal with ADD. Back then though, it wasnít called ADD, I just heard my parents tell people I was ďhyperactiveĒ. Well, getting me that first games system (it was an Intellivision because it was a little cheaper than the Atari at that time) worked. I learned to sit still for longer periods and it improved my hand/eye coordination substantially. I fell in love with portable gaming from the moment I first saw the original Gameboy. Despite it's greenish screen and horrible battery life. I carried it, and about two huge packs of AA batteries, with me wherever I went. At some time or another I have owned every single portable system, with the exception of the Neo Geo Pocket Color. I have plenty of nerdy gamer love for both Sony's and Nintendo's handhelds.

Almost as long as Iíve been a gamer, Iíve been a fan of gaming publications. It started with the first issue of Nintendo Power (which I still have) and grew from there. Iíve always enjoyed reading and writing so the desire to enter the crazily competitive world of video game journalism seems a natural fit for me. I have done freelance work for various websites, both paid and voluntary, and enjoyed all of it. I am currently the National Nintendo 3DS Examiner for Examiner.com.

I am married, and have been since 2006. We met in middle school, went our own ways and married other people, then ended up back together. Funny how stuff works out like that, isnít it? My wife had a stroke the day before Valentineís Day of 2010 and we spent a large amount of time in physical rehab. Since that point, she continues to make a little progress all the time and goes to outpatient therapy regularly. Other things about me; I'm a recovering MMO addict, Iím fairly patient, have a great sense of humor, love a good beer (one or two a day is good for you!), Iím an introvert by nature but will be outgoing with people that share the same interests as I do, and I hate discussing politics or religion with friends. Iím also a huge Penny Arcade fan with a lot of respect towards Mike and Jerry for what theyíve accomplished and support the Childís Play charity whenever I can.