Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Knowing me, knowing you

You know you're reading a "gay blog" when you see a headline that references an ABBA song :)

Anyway, that's not the point of this post. The point is that I want to tell you a bit about myself--and hopefully learn a bit about all of you as well. So, without further ado ...

What I do when I'm not playing or writing about games: Well, to put it bluntly: I write about other stuff. (I've been an editor and writer for the past decade or so.) Actually, once in a blue moon I'm paid to write articles about games (or the games industry), but more often than not I'm paid to write about business-y stuff. I'm sure that sounds more than a bit boring, but it pays the bills :)

What I do when I'm not writing about other stuff: I like to do all sorts of mundane things, really. I enjoy baking and cooking, reading, watching movies and working out. I also like spending time with my husband of nearly six years--especially when it means going on a walk and then treating ourselves to a beer and/or something sweet (which usually means doughnuts).

My all-time favorite games: If my life (or the life of someone I loved) depended on me coming up with a list of my favorite games, here are the ones I'd probably spew out: Animal Crossing, Balloon Fight ("Balloon Trip" mode FTW), Bubble Bobble, Donkey Kong, Earthbound, Final Fantasy IV/V/VI, Final Fantasy Tactics, Katamari Damacy, Kid IcarusThe Legend of Zelda and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Ms. Pac-Man, Paper Mario, Rainbow Islands, SaGa Frontier, Shining Force, Super Mario Bros. 2 and 3, Yoshi's Island.

My all-time favorite systems: I have to say, it's a bit easier for me to come up with this list than the last one. That said, I still can't choose just one--as the NES, the SNES, the original PlayStation and the PS2 all have a special place in my heart. I also have a soft spot for the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine and the Saturn.

Now that I've blathered on about myself, why don't you tell me a bit about you? You don't have to talk about your non-gaming hobbies or what you do for a living if you're not so fond of sharing intimate details about yourself with complete strangers, but at least tell me a few of your favorite games and systems, OK?


Viewtiful_Justin said...

No WONDER we get along so well! Our favorite games lists are almost IDENTICAL!

Oh, Earthbound and Bubble Bobble FTW. Animal Crossing ate my life for a while...it was scary.

Systems? SNES is my favorite, although the Wii is coming up fast just because of the Wii Shop Channel and the Virtual Console. That's like Heaven!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Ha ha! It's funny that we like so many of the same games. I wouldn't have pegged you as a fan of Animal Crossing, for some reason. I'm almost embarrassed to admit how much time I sank into the Wii version -- nearly more than my husband could stand, that's for sure :)

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Yup. My man kept coming in the room and going, "You're still playing that gay ass game." He's a real charmer. :-P

He was mostly kidding, but as much as I tried to quit that game I could not. So I gave it to my sister, who has a Wii and who LOVED the first one, and she hasn't even TOUCHED it. I kind of want it back, but I don't want it to eat my soul again.

Bryan Ochalla said...

OK, I'm going to admit something here that I probably shouldn't: I played Animal Crossing: CF every day for more than six months. It drove my husband nuts.

Anyway, I know that's more than a bit sad, but I couldn't help myself! I finally forced myself to stop cold turkey -- and I haven't played it since.