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Gaming: An Education...Of Sorts

I like games. I wouldn't be here writing if I didn't like games. In some ways, I feel the education of my life has been running like a train track. On one line, the education that I need for my real life. Science, Maths, English etc. On the other line, there is the education of the virtual life. The history of my gaming life goes back almost as far as my actual education. I have studied films with my sister (she took film for college) and I've studied TV shows and books occasionally. But I feel, for the last year or so, my true passion has flourished incredibily.

My education is not one of gaming history, nor of gaming's future, but somewhere inbetween. My education is not of the effect on people, or the effect people have on games, but my knowledge is inside the cracks of both. I do not know much about the Western Industry, and I know even less about the Japanese Industry, but I think I'd still be able to hold my own in a conversation on both industries. I do not know all, and I do not know nothing. My education is something I have been brought up with, something that has co-existed with my life since I first got a Game Boy Advance.

I have learnt different ways to catch Pokemon, to assemble my personal favourite weapon class on Killing Floor. I tried many different strategies with Total War : Shogun 2. I can tell you the difference between Old Sonic and New Sonic. I can tell you how many pieces of full media there is in the entire Dead Space Series. I can explain around 90% of Ezio Auditore Da Firenze's story. I can tell you the story of how I got stuck on one level of Daxter for 4 years. I can inform you in the world of Mafia II and I can teach you the wonders/nightmares of Zeno Clash. I can modify Minecraft (through many Youtube tutorials) and I can try to explain how the CoD bethmoth has steamrolled into almost every house with a games console in it. I can explain the pros and cons of each machine, and hopefully I can express my knowledge in many ways on my blog. Even though I have none.

So why then am I so attached to it? i feel it's become part of me, at the very core of who I am. I am a gamer. Maybe the answer isn't logical. Maybe for once, there doesn't have to be an answer.

My name is Alex. I am 15 years old. I have learnt so much about gaming, but still have so much more to learn than I will ever know. I don't know what E=MC2 equals or tell you the socio-economic problems that could arise out of the newly founded Arab States. And do you know what?

I couldn't give a shit :)

P.S Hopefully I'll be attending Eurogamer Expo this year. My first time. HOORAY :)
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About PK493one of us since 2:53 PM on 04.12.2011

Alright, let's try this again.

My name is Alex. I'm 15 and I hide in my dark corner of the internet writing a so-called "blog" here on Destructoid. I think far too critically of myself which has reflected on my personality, as I'm cyncical and highly critical of...well a lot of stuff.

Anyway, games. It was all about the GameBoy Advance when I was young, and have grown up on an unhealthly diet of portable gaming (GBA,DS,PSP), a recent introduction of console gaming , lots of fictional media, and yummy food.

I'm lazy and very day-dreamy, non-committal and kind of temperamental. Plus I get distracted easily...I'm really painting a rosy picture here aren't I? Still, if you stick around, (I'm hoping) you may find something of quality here, and who knows, I don't think I'm THAT bad, right...right?

So yeah, vidjo games.

Deus Ex Human Revolution
Batman Arkham City
Portal+Portal 2
Mafia II
Total War:Shogun 2
Rayman Advance
Pokemon Crystal
Jurassic Park:Operation Genesis
Super Mario 64
House Of Dead III

Also, I have twitter now, even though I now feel like a complete sell out. Follow me and see how uninteresting I can be.


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