My name is Ben. I'm newly married and a new homeowner. I've had some college, but am still slowly working my way towards a degree (two classes per semester). I'm a bailiff for the Third District Court of Appeals. On the side, I also dabble in some Flash web design.
Some recent websites I've had the honor of making:
I used to play classical guitar a lot but, like an idiot, I quit taking lessons shortly after high school. I recently tried to learn the Dragon Quest theme on the guitar and can kind of fumble through it, but I certainly can't play it at full speed. I should really pick it back up one of these days.
Obviously, I'm also into video games. I used to only dabble in them (I actually remember shrugging when our eldest brother got us a Super Nintendo for Christmas), but there were definitely periods during my childhood where I couldn't be ripped away from the damn things; I would occasionally spend days at a time working through whatever games my eldest brother would bring with him when he came to visit. Some big ones I had the chance to play through: Super Metroid, Super Mario RPG, Illusion of Gaia, Secret of Mana, Secret of Evermore, Actraiser, Chrono Trigger, Yoshi's Island, and Donkey Kong Country.
Years later, the same eldest brother bought us a PlayStation with a copy of Final Fantasy VII. My siblings and I enjoyed the majority of the most succulent fruit the PS1 had to offer in Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy Tactics, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, all the Crash Bandicoot games, and many more. Unfortunately, my older brother (not eldest, mind you) tried to install a mod chip onto the PS1 and accidentally broke it. I didn't really play a lot of games at all at that point until I graduated from high school.
In 2004, a friend lent me a GameCube (something that, at the time, I thought was completely useless) and a copy of Metroid Prime (a game that, at the time, I was convinced was a bad idea). An hour into the game, I admitted I was wrong and basically locked myself away in a room until I finished playing it. Yes, Prime was the catalyst that made me realize that video games were more than just something I enjoyed as a kid. Since that day, I've kept up pretty heavily with video games, although sometimes I feel like I backed the wrong consoles; I started with purchasing a GameCube and sticking with it all through that generation. I then moved onto the Wii (day-one purchase!), which is a lot better, but still lacks a lot of games that I'm interested in. In November of 2009, I bought a PS3. It's awesome, but the 360 seems to really be where it's at! I've never owned a Game Boy, PS2, Xbox, or Xbox 360.
The DS, though, well, that's a horse of a different color. Next to the Super Nintendo, it's probably my most treasured platform I've ever owned. I think it's my favorite because it consistently shows me that, as much as I think I do, I don't know what I want. It's introduced be to things that I for some reason probably never would have touched on another console, as well as brought back many old titles (read: ports) that I would've otherwise surely missed like Resident Evil, Ace Attorney, Shiren the Wanderer, Grand Theft Auto, Broken Sword, and, of course, Dragon Quest. Other times, I've been convinced to play new games based on high reviews and ended up treasuring them; Elite Beat Agents, Rhythm Heaven, Picross, Picross 3D, and Professor Layton to name a few...
Nintendo's little dual-screened portable (and other consoles) has encouraged me to go back through time and experience many franchises in their entirety, namely: Half-Life, Ace Attorney, Resident Evil, and most recently, Dragon Quest. As of this time, I've collected the entire series and am about half-way through the lot.
Top-10 favorite games (in no particular order, really):
01. Super Metroid
02. Metroid Prime 2
03. Secret of Mana
05. Final Fantasy IX
06. Half-Life 2
07. Shiren the Wanderer (on the DS)
08. Chrono Trigger
09. Dragon Quest I (funny story behind that; ask me about it)
10. Mario Kart DS
A. To date, I've never even made it to the first boss in the original Metroid.
B. I never actually beat Final Fantasy VII.
c. I don't really like Halo or Madden, but have really tried to and sometimes even lie about it depending on who I'm talking to.
D. My older brother Aaron would never tell me where to find the best stuff in Super Metroid (we didn't have internet at the time), but I remember finding the Spazer Beam before anyone else did. My younger brother saw this and ran to tell Aaron, but out of spite, I desperately didn't want him to know. I remember grabbing my younger brother's ankles and causing him to fall flat on his face. We wrestled on the floor for a while, but he eventually escaped and ran and told Aaron where it was. I was mad as the dickens for days.
E. I bought Wii Fit Plus for the sole purpose of getting the Club Nintendo Points.
F. I've tried many times, but have never actually spent more than about an hour on any PokÃ©mon game.
G. I've called about a billion games the best game ever.
H. I've never played an import game for more than 30 minutes. This includes translated ROMS like Mother 3, Dragon Quest V & VI, and Seiken Densetsu 3.
I. The only ROMS I ever completed were a handful on the GBA.