I'm from the US, but recently relocated to South Korea to study Korean language and Game Design at the graduate level. I've been a long time fan of Anime and got into gaming (video and table top) in the last few years. It started with JRPGs and D&D, but I've been slowly diversifying, and, about a year ago, I decided to take a flying leap to the other side of the planet.
Let's cover the basics, first: As a kid, I played Mario and Sonic, but didn't we all? I favored Sonic because it was prettier and had more semblance of a story... and a companion cartoon. (I keep hoping that KNOWING where I'm shallow makes me less shallow, somehow.) I never much cared for Pokemon, but due to one of my best friends, I have come to an a understanding involving SMT. My favorite Final Fantasy is IX closely followed by X. Tales was my first real VG love, especially Symphonia (my first) and Abyss (my favorite). Devil May Cry started to make me feel like I might actually want to design games. (I've played through DMC4 twice now, neither time on my own machine. T.T )
As a gamer, I feel like I'm still just scratching the surface and I can tell that it shows. But I still feel new and I'm fairly academic about it. I juggle many literary hobbies now, and I know what it takes to be well versed in them. I'll try anything once and there are still a few things I need to try in order to be well rounded.
To be honest haven't played that MANY video games. I decided to study design because I like stories, computers, art, music, dramatics, and math. Games is one of the few fields that combines so many seemingly opposing fields. With that mind, on many levels, I see gaming as more of a job at times, than a hobby.
I am a proud owner of a PS2 and a machine to play Tales of Symphonia on... I mean a Game Cube. Korean dramas and studying language (the two aren't unrelated) have consumed most of my time recently, but in May, when I get my hands on my Precious... i mean, PS3, there will be no room for anything but DmC and Tales of Graces.
[update] I am now also the proud owner of a PS3! (just in time for the PS4 to be announced. T.T) I have finished SoS mode of DmC, and am currently in the midst of Tales of Graces f. I've also been able to FINALLY play DMC4 on my own machine! Also wanna play Bayonetta. Absolutely PSYCHED for the PS3 re-release of Symphonia! (And, i suppose, that one that goes with it, "Dawn of the... something something.) I've completed my language program, passed the appropriate exams, and will begin studying game design properly in the fall.
Come find me on Anime-planet.com and MyDramalist.com, also. username: Babelguppy.
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