My Top 10 are the games I currently think of as my all time favorites. My Hot 10 are the games that I most want to play right now. I've found I think of a game I want to play, then forget about it, so I try and manage them here. I try and keep them both as updated as possible.
I am a 30 year old video/boardgamer. I'm the youngest of 7 kids; 3 brothers and 3 sisters. I currently have 19 nieces and nephews on my side of the family, and 12 from my wife's side. She is number 6 of ten kids.
My parents gave the kids a Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas of '89, when I was six years old. I was certainly the most excited for it and I have very fond memories of playing Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, TMNT 2, Super Spike V-ball, Mega Man 2, and Castlevania among many others. I'm not sure how, but I later acquired a Gameboy and loved playing games like Kirby's Dreamland, The Castlevania Adventure, Double Dragon, and Super Mario Land. When I was a kid I remember thinking that puzzle games like Tetris and Dr. Mario were a complete waste of time, but now those are two of my favorites. In fact, I distinctly remember saving up my money to buy Dr. Mario because the commercials on TV made it sound so cool. When I finally had enough and went to Toys R Us with my mom to buy it, I came home and immediately put it in and started playing. I remember my thought was "Oh man, this is like a crappy version of Tetris!" Back then I just didn't think a game was fun unless you were controlling a specific character.
I believe it was 1994 when I received a Super Nintendo Entertainment System for Christmas. The games I most remember playing on that system are Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario RPG, the Super Star Wars games, Mortal Kombat, F-Zero, Madden 96, and Super Mario Kart...and I know I'm forgetting several others. When the Nintendo 64 came out I believe I got one for Christmas the same year it launched. I loved Shadows of the Empire, Super Smash Bros, Wave Race, NFL Blitz 2000 and Mario Kart 64. I played quite a bit of Goldeneye with friends, but for some reason I was never any good. Ever. I also purchased a Sony Playstation, which was the first time I ever owned a non-Nintendo console. I played a lot of the NCAA Football games, as well as Cool Boarders and Tony Hawk. The Playstation also introduced me to a whole new library of RPGs. Final Fantasy 7 & 8, and The Legend of Dragoon were my favorites.
I bought a Gamecube when it launched. Super Smash Bros Melee remains one of my favorite games ever.
Throughout high school I played football and ran track. My friends and I enjoyed playing tennis and ping-pong, as well as watching movies and going out to eat. We would also hold an occasional video game tournament involving games like Super Smash Bros Melee, Goldeneye, but most frequently was NFL Blitz 2000. Many of my friends were on the football team with me and this was the most popular game. We would get 16 people together and meet at a friend's house that would have 5 TVs set up to play on. The winner's bracket would play on the big screen while the losers would play on the smaller screens. I never did win one of these tourneys, but I always showed pretty well.
My varsity football team lost in the state semi-finals both my junior and senior years. To the same team. That was rough.
I graduated in 2002. Then in December of that year I left to serve a 2 year mission for my church. I was called to serve in El Salvador. Those two years were two of the hardest, yet most memorable and most rewarding of my life. I developed a real appreciation of the Latin culture and truly love the people of El Salvador. And learning Spanish has proven to be a great asset in my life as well.
I returned home in December of 2004 and started school at BYU in May of '05. I met a girl at church during the summer named Jenna. We quickly hit it off and started spending a lot of time together. Admittedly, our courtship was very short and we got married in December of 2005. While not too into gaming, we enjoyed playing Mario Kart Double Dash together, as well as Fuzion Frenzy that we would play on our brother in law's Xbox.We bought a Nintendo Wii and had fun playing Wii Sports together as well. Jenna had several siblings attending BYU at this time and the guys would get together now and then to play Halo 2. I was terrible at first, but eventually got to be pretty decent. We would also get together to play games like Settlers of Catan, Bohnanza, and many others.
While at BYU I discovered a board gaming club. Around 20 people got together once a week to play games. This is where my appreciation of board games really took off. I bought several from local thrift stores to get started. Then I started to help out a couple of guys who owned an online store by assisting them in the weekend yard sales. They would go out on street corners and sell their games at the online prices. I just enjoyed doing it but they offered to pay me. I said it wasn't really necessary so they started having me pick a board game to keep every Saturday. That really gave my collection a shot in the arm.
During the summer of 2007 we decided to move to Boise. That's where most of my family was, and we were closer to her family, who lives in eastern Oregon. Two years later we bought a house just outside of Boise in a city called Meridian and that's where we currently reside.
One of the guys I served with in El Salvador lived in Pocatello and we would visit each other a few times a year. These visits resulted in lots of retro gaming and board games. Greg, however, also loved his Xbox 360. I finally caved in and bought one as well. We played a lot of Modern Warfare 2 and Nazi Zombies together on Xbox Live, as well as Castle Crashers. I also played through Portal, Black Ops, and Arkham Asylum. Greg recently moved to Oregon to attend medical school, so my 360 hasn't seen as much use now that he's so busy.
On July 28, 2011 Jenna and I welcomed Lydia Jane to our lives. After trying for a child for several years, we finally were blessed with a little baby. She's the sweetest little girl in the world and we're looking forward to her blessing our lives for years to come.
Jenna currently works as Accounting Manager for an assisted living company and I have 'retired' as an insurance agent to become a stay at home dad. While I never saw myself staying at home with a baby, it has been very nice to spend so much time with Lydia. She's very easy going and happy, and loves it when mommy comes home from work!
I'm an avid collector of retro video games. My collection includes NES, SNES, Gameboy, Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Atari 2600, Nintendo 64, and Virtual Boy (which is AWESOME!!). I also own a PS 1 and 2, (but not many games for either) and a 360 and 3DS. My buddy, Greg, also has a large collection of retro games. Now that he's in med school, I'm looking forward to FINALLY catching up to his collection, since he's not exactly going to be able to spend much cash on old games for the next few years
I enjoy conversing with other retro collectors, so if there are any out there, feel free to message me!
I also attend a board game group on Tuesday nights. It's fluctuated quite a bit over the years but we usually have around 10 people show up to play.