My “Re-Intro” and an Intro to Obilivion…

So, in honour of my shortly upcoming ‘year mark’ on 1up, I thought I’d borrow the reintro idea from the forums, and schpeal a little about me, and my history into gaming…

I am, as should be obvious, a gamer. I came into this whole experience very late, as any attempt to take part in it when I was younger was met by the ‘games are for boys’ attitude my parents are slowly loosing – not that they have any real choice, lol.

Beyond buying a Gameboy Colour (Purple, of Course!!) specifically to play Pokemon Yellow (!), I didn’t touch any kind of serious gaming until I hit grade ten. I’ll say one thing for going to a private school that adopts a laptop program to teach their students pc skills…Gave me lots of oppertunities to learn how to steal idols (tomb raider), dodge flying weapons that I SHOULDN”T have been able to see… (AvP2) and just how much I SUCK at RTS (starcraft)…

Other than that, I didn’t get my first console until my 19th birthday, when I asked my mom for a Gamecube, so I could play Super Smash Bros…and of course Zelda!

That kept my interest long enough for me to finish my year at university, and to give me, three months later, the idea to actually go apply at EB.

After refusing to leave my to-be manager alone for almost a week, he relented, and hired me. Which, considering he’d just hired someone else the month before, in hindsite is quite amusing…or just speaks to my awesome powers of persuasion…yeah, I’ll go with that one I think…

I originally bought my xbox because I knew h2 was coming out, and I wanted to be able to play against the boys I worked with. Knew almost nothing about the game, but had decided I was going to get good at FPS again, this time on a console. Turns out, they weren’t as good as they liked to boast…lol. Granted, it took me joining PMS to actually LEARN how to use most of the weapons…and I STILL whine and cry when I’m forced to do snipers…But my love of PMS and all things halo in general has kept me at the game even in times of wanting to punch a hole in my tv…

Until Oblivion.
This game, I can tell, definatly has the potential to swallow me whole…I’m frustrated with some of the side quests, because they have me running hither and thither, and I don’t know What I’m doing for parts of them…so for the moment, I’ve given up on doing anything really seriously, and I’m just kinda riding around (thank GOD for my horse….) and adding landmarks to my overall map…The first night I attempted to actually ride everywhere I was supposed to be…but trust me, it gets old. Fast. So I’m getting around my game morales by riding everywhere first….so I can just jump back to it later…because somehow that’s ok in my mind…

Seriously considering picking up the guide for this one though…the guide, I know, is over an inch thick. And there’s this one side quest that is just bugging the hell out of me…so the next time we have a copy in the store I’m going to look it up…because it’s silly and I can’t figure it out and it’s Making me cracy!!!! Well, craziER…

I love these kinds of games, really I do…but I seriously think I’ve made this one harder on myself. I suck with magic when it comes to games like this, so I went with a straight warrior type, an Imperial, who is a Knight, born under the sign of the Warrior…think I should have taken my boy’s advice and created a custome warrior mage…not being able to heal myself well is driving me NUTS…

Side note, get me away from ingame books….One of the ways I get myself lost in these worlds is reading. It’s kinda of cool in Oblivion, because there Are books that increase your skill levels in certain things…which is ultimatly helpful, because to become the strongest character that you can, you have to raise your level in skills you might normally not use. Ie, I rarely use a bow – infact, I haven’t used one since you learn how to use it in the training area…but I read a book last night that actually raised my level of ‘marksmanship’, and another that raised my ‘destruction’ level…

I think some of the coolest people to meet would be thoes who write the ingame books….because that’s got to be a full time job in any game like this…