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Top 10 Gaming Franchises List

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This is my list of the top 10 gaming franchises of all-time in my opinion:

  1. The Legend of Zelda - Whenever a new Zelda game comes out for a Nintendo gaming console it's action-RPG at it's finest. From the days of NES and original Gameboyto the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS Zelda has alwaysstood for aquality gaming experience.
  2. Mario - Mario, what other character better represents gaming? I can think of none. Since his first appearances on the Atari 2600 with Donkey Kong & Mario Bros. to the current masterpiece on Wii New Super Mario Bros., most Mario games have set the benchmark in their generation for platforming excellence. Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World are consideredtwo of the greatest games ever created by many gamers for a reason.
  3. Resident Evil - The first time you saw a Licker or the Cerebus Dog came crashing through the window, it made you jump out of you skin. Resident Evil left a mark on gaming that was innovative, entertaining, and creepy all at the same time and I for one couldn't be happier with this series, thank you Capcom for popularizing the survival-horror genre.
  4. Metroid - While the NES game may have it's flaws, it's still not a bad game. But the series really took off with the SNES entry: Super Metroid. That game was an example of 2D gaming perfection. And all the follow-ups: Metroid Fusion, Metroid Zero Mission, Metroid Prime 1-3, are all masterpieces in their own rights.
  5. Forgotten Realms - I love me a goodhack-and-slash RPG. Since I first played Diablo in the mid-90s I was hooked. And the Forgotten Realms series perfected the formula with fantasymasterpieces like Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 1-2, Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes, and their crown jewels: Neverwinter Nights 1 & 2.Dungeon crawling was never so fun.
  6. King's Field - IMO one of the most underrated game series of all-time. ASCII & From Software created these unique action-RPGs for the PS1 & PS2. Many gamers immeadiatly get frustrated with the slow framerate of the firsttwo games and never give the game a chance, which is a shame. It's a first-person view, action-RPG with an open-ended world. Tons of enemies, weapons, armor, spells and locations these games.
  7. Sonic the Hedgehog - While the later generation 3D Sonicgames weren't masterpieces, they're still enjoyable games. But the 2D era of the Sega Genesis and Sega CD is when the Sonic the Hedgehog series was in it's prime and firing on all cylinders. During the 16-Bit wars Sega made far more quality Sonic games than Nintendo did quality Mario games (granted Super Mario World was superior to any of the Sonic games, though). Sonic the Hedgehog 1, 2, 3,Sonic CD,and Sonic & Knuckles were 2D platforming masterpieces with an emphasis on speed and flashy graphics. And Sonic Adventure for the Sega Dreamcast was a feast for the eyes during the time it came out. And despite most fans' opinions, I didn't think Sonic 3D Blast (Genesis & Saturn)was a bad game.
  8. Halo - Halo sure as heck didn't invent first-person shooters, but for me, Halo perfected first-person shooters. A very impressive game graphically, awesome soundtrack, and epic sci-fi story provide the perfect back-drop to a game with smooth gameplay, well thought out level design, and up-to-that-point impressive enemy AI.
  9. Spider-Man - Since the days of the NES, most Spider-Man games have rocked. Maybe it's just the comic geek in me that lovesthem so much. But I loved the beat-em games of the Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six, Spider-Man/Venom: Maximum Carnage, and Spider-Man/Venom: Seperation Anxiety. Then Activision released the Spider-Man game for PS1 and it was amazing! Web-swinging and wall-crawling was so much fun. And Activision packed in the easter eggs for comic fans. Then Activision made the series even better with the movie seriesbyaddingbetter graphics and much bigger games!
  10. Guitar Hero - I'm a metal-head and Guitar Herois a game about playing guitar to some of the best rock and metal songs out there with an actual guitar peripheral. What's not to love? Right now I'm play through Guitar Hero: Metallica on my PS2 and I'm having a blast, still after all these entries in the series.

Honorable Mentions: WWF/WWE: Smackdown/Smackdown vs. Raw, God of War, Doom, Mega Man, Street Fighter/Capcom vs.


Who Am I?

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Who Am I? I'm a gamer. I've been a gamer since I wasabout 5 years old and played Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time. But this blog entry isn't about gaming. You all know I'm a gamer, or I wouldn't be a member on Also, see my last blog entry if your interested in my gaming background labeled "My Gaming History". This blog entry is about who I am outside of gaming.

My name is Nathan. I'm 26, turning 27 this year (2010). I'm a pretty laid-back guy that can't complain much about my lot in life. I'm happily married to my wonderful wife who spoils the heck out me: Katie. I have no kids and none on the way at the moment. We were made for eachand married after 5 years of dating and then AFTER GETTING MARRIED went to Las Vegas for an awesomehoneymood, that was 2 years ago.We're both employed at full-time jobs: I'm a Caregiver in a group-home for the disabled, and my wife is a unit secretary at a rehabilitation hospital. We live in Redding, CA which isan average-sized cityin Northern California where we were both born and raised. We have two cats that are part of the family.I was in the U.S. Air Force for a short time, I wasn't a fan of it. I'm currently taking business classes at the local community college in hopes of getting a business AA and applying towards owning my own business, preferably a comic shop or video gamearcade.

Speaking of comic shop, yeah, I'm a total comic geek. I have been for just as long as I've been a gamer which is most of my life. I have nearly 4,000 comics in my collection from the very early 80s to currentplus 1000s of comic cards and a bunch of graphic novels, action figures, and posters. I read mostly Marvel and DC superhero comics and still make it to my local comic shop every Wednesday for new releases. Some favorites include: Green Lantern, Justice Society of America, Justice League of America, Avengers, Ultimates, Spider-Man, Venom, Starman, Shazam!, and Superman. I just went to WonderCon in San Francisco last year (2009), the 2nd biggest Comic Convention only smaller than San Diego Comic-Con. It was a freaking blast! I saw a ton of sneak-peek panels. I bought a bunch of cool loot. And I got to meet a bunch of writers and artists and got some comic signed by them.

Other interests include science ficiton movies & TV shows. Favorites include Sliders, Stargate, Quantum Leap, Seven Days, and yes, Star Trek. I'm a big Trekkie. My favorite shows being Star Trek: The Next Generationfollowed byStar Trek: Voyager. I'm also a big wrestling fan, and yes I know it's fake. But guess what, so are video games, anime, and comics. It's all enertainment people. I was a HUGE WCW fan back in the day, nWo 4-Life! Some favorite WCW wrestlers were: The nWo, Hollywood (Hulk)Hogan, The Outsiders (Scott Hall & Kevin Nash), Chris Jericho, Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, and others. I also watched WWE (then WWF) at the time. That's when incredible superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle,Triple H, and Chris Jericho were in their prime and WWF was hitting them out of the park. Nowadays I can't stand the stale, juvenile, and predictable wrestling that is WWE. I only watch TNA, which recently has really been hot with the addition of Hogan and Bischoff.

I'm also a big metal-head. I have been since I was about 11. I started off even younger listening to the rock my dad and his friends liked. 70s and 80s mainstream hard-rock like KISS, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen and Whitesnake. Then when I was about 11 I heard my first TRUE metal bands: Metallica, Megadeth, & Guns 'N Roses being the main culprits. After geting everything I could get my hands on of those 3 bands I expanded and explored metal. I tend to like Power Metal and Black Metal bands mostly with a bit of Thrash hereand there. SOme favorite bands:

  • Metallica
  • Children of Bodom
  • In Flames
  • Iced Earth
  • Demons & Wizards
  • Cradle of Filth
  • Lordi
  • Mudvayne
  • Iron Maiden
  • 3 Inches of Blood
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • All That Remains
  • Tool

I try to catch concerts when I can, but I live 3 hours away from the nearest big venue in Sacramento, and 3 1/2 hours from San Francisco. So it's a bit of a commute to go down and back for just a concert. But I've seen some cool stuff:

  • Ozzfest
  • Ratt
  • Cradle of Filth
  • 3 Inches of Blood
  • Tesla
  • Kansas
  • Plenty of Local Bands

And that's basically me outside of my gaming.


My Personal History of Gaming

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My name's Nathan. I'm a gamer. I've been a gamer since I was about 5 when I was introduced to a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The game was Super Mario Bros. and I immeaditlely fell in love with gaming.1000s of hours I spent in front of that gray & black wonderbox as a child. My personal favorites were: TMNT: II The Arcade Game, Contra, Super Mario Bros. 1 & 3, The Legend of Zelda 1 & 2, Crystalis, Battle of Olympus, DuckTales, and Bionic Commando.

Gaming is in my blood and I doubt I will ever not be a gamer. As a kid it was my digital addiction, I just couldn't get enough. I still did all my homework and chores and everything, but as soon as I was done I hit that Nintendo as fast as I could. As I got older I gamed less, but demanded more quality in my games. Nowadays I will play most any era of game and am more forgiving in my game selection.

As my years of gaming went by I eventually moved onto the 16-Bit era with the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo (SNES). That was the golden age of 2D gaming. Game developers were finally understanding what it took to please gamers and make a quality 2D gaming experience. I personally liked the SNES better just because it had some higher quality titles that weren't on the Sega Genesis. But I still enjoyed plenty of games on the Genesis such as: Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3, Vectorman 1-2, Streets of Rage 1-3, The Punisher, X-Men 2: The Clone Wars, Golden Axe, and others. But the real treasures of that era were on the SNES. Nintendo really upped the ante in their war against Sega with titles that collectors are still after like: Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Zelda: Link to the Past, Actraiser, Breath of Fire, Donkey Kong Country, and others.

As I grew into my middle-school and high school yearsI played the original Playstation and never got an N64. Playstation (PS1) more than satisfied my gaming needs. I loved the new 3D graphics and5 game series in particular grabbed my attention during my PS1 years: Resident Evil 1-3, Spider-Man 1-2, King's Field 1-2, Diablo, & WWF games (WarZone, Attitude, Smackdown). There were plenty of others I enjoyed such as X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Syphon Filter, Tenchu, and Legend of Legaia, but those 5 series blew me away!

I also got the Sega Dreamcast when it came out. I was blown away by the graphics. At the time, nothing came close to the awe-inspiring beauty the Dreamcast could produce. Unfortunately, unless you really liked sports games (which I loathed) there wasn't a huge library of good games on it, which Idiscovered after the newness wore-off. I had a few great games like: Sonic Adventure, Marvel vs. Capcom, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, and Sega Smash Pack. But most the other games I either already had on my PS1, were medocre, or were sports which I hate. And two games that I heard the world about from friends: Crazy Taxi & Shenmue, were complete and utter crap IMO. So basically, a great system at first, but you go though the game library quick.

My next venture into the next-generation started with the mighty XBox. I say mighty because the thing was abeast for it's time, and it let you know with the huge and heavy-size, and loud fan cooling the technological marvel. I thought the hard-drive was the coolest thing in the world. I filled mine with tons of metal &hard rock CDs, which some games allowed you to intergrate into their soundtracks or it just worked as a console-based media-player.I was in mid-to late high-school by this time. My gaming had grown to the point that I was mostly looking for in-depth RPGs and very story-driven action games. While the XBox may not have had a lot of RPGs, the few it had were great indeed with entries like Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (a landmark in RPG gaming!), Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Jade Empire, and Fable. I also really enjoyed Halo 1 & 2. Halo 2 is a sci-fi epic, and a masterpiece for fans of bothgaming and sci-fi. The XBox also saw great third-party support allowing for a large library of games. And it was my personal DVD player in my bedroom, a great thing to have in high school.

Nowadays I'm in my mid-20s andI'm a collector of all things gaming. I feel nostalgic a lot soI havebeen on a quest to complete my personal dream collection of classic consoles & essential games for each of them. I'm pretty damn close. I have a:

  • Nintendo NES w/Game Genis
  • Super Nintendo w/Game Genie
  • Sega Genesis w/Game Genie
  • Sega Power Unit Converter (Allows you to play Sega Master System games on you Sega Genesis)
  • Nintendo 64 w/Expansion Pack & GameShark
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • PS2 w/Guncon Light Gun & Guitar (I still play my PS1 games in it too)
  • XBox (Original)
  • Nintendo Gamecube
  • Gameboy Advance SP
  • Gameboy Player (Allows you to Play GBA, Gameboy Color, and Gameboy games on you Gamecube)

All I really want now is a working Game Gear with the AC Adapter and a Sega CD attachment for my Sega Genesis. A Sega Saturn would be cool too, but unfortunately I'm just too scared of buying onejust to have the infamous watch-battery memory dead so I'll never get one. I of course would love to have a next-gen system, preferably a PS3 so I can play Demon's Soul and the upcoming DC Universe Online and Star Trek Online. Butthe next-gen systems are just so expensive and I have a limited budget. I'm already a comic geek and classic gaming geek so I already spend too much on my hobbies as it is. I'll probably get the PS3 when it becomes the last-gen system. I know, I suck.

So that's my history in gaming. How I was born a gamer, and how I grew into the gamer I am today. If anyone actually read this, then I hope you enjoyed it.


My Blog Postings

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So I'm not much of a blogger. I don't keep a journal either. I'm really not a picture person either. As long as I have at least one good picture of my wife, my cats, my brother, and my mom I'm set. I don't make excuses, it's because I'm lazy.

So mostly you'll see sporadic posts, if anyone actually reads this. At first I'll make a few top-ten lists and a post about who I am and what I'm about. In the future you'll probably see more lists, I'm a big geek so I like to make lists. Maybe a rant here and there when I'm in a bad mood, if you're that lucky.

So I doubt anyone is reading this, but ifyou arethan enjoy the sporadic and few and far inbetween postings.