Hey, yo. I've been a Gamespot member for a long time now. I left with just about everyone else in 2007 during Gerstmann-gate and went over to Giant Bomb. You can call me "Giga" or by my real name, Derek, if you want. I'm 32 years old and from the Midwest, specifically Minnesota. I started playing games when I was a kid in the mid 80s and my first game experience would come from the Atari 2600. I'm not quite sure what the first GAME I ever played is, but it has to be either Defender, Joust, Pitfall or Combat. I never had an Atari until much later in life. I would always go over to my cousin's and play his. My first console was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Soon after that I was hooked on video games. My next system was a Sega Genesis in the early 90s. I saved up my own money to buy that thing by mowing lawns, and it took forever! It was worth it though. I never got an SNES until the last days of the system when they released the redesigned version that was very lightweight and small. I guess you could say I was a SEGA kid in that time period, but I've always liked Sonic more than Mario. Video gaming became my main hobby when I purchased the Playstation in the mid 90s. I consider that system, along with the NES, to be the best systems ever made (in terms of games lineup). Currently I have all major home consoles and handhelds, except for a PSVita and WiiU. I plan to purchase the PS4 and Xbox One on launch day. I have them both pre-ordered on Amazon.

Besides video games, I have many other interests. I am a huge fan of the Transformers (I don't like the live action movie though) and my collection is nearing 500 figures. I am also a big fan of anime. Some of my favorite series include: Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo, Gurren Lagann, GaoGaiGar, Love Hina, Berserk, Gantz, Big O, Gundam (all forms of it except Gundam Wing), Golion and pretty much any mecha show. I am also a regular reader of comic books, meaning I go to a comic store every single week and pick up whatever's new. I'm a big DC Comics guy, and I don't purchase any Marvel books anymore. My current favorite series are: Green Lantern, Booster Gold, Justice Society of America and the Brave and the Bold. I also listen to music, and listen to almost nothing but heavy metal. I will listen to just about anything though, yes even country. But I will not listen to rap. I absolutely hate rap. Literally HATE, not just dislike. Some of my favorite bands are: Dream Theater (with Mike Portnoy), Iron Maiden, In Flames (pre-Soundtrack to Your Escape), Dimmu Borgir, Sonata Arctica (1st 4 albums), Sentenced (RIP!), Devin Townsend (his solo stuff and S.Y.L.) and Hammerfall (first few albums).

See you around!