Name: Greg Tarascio
Birthday: September 5th
I was introduced to video games by my two older brothers when I was 4. They got the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) for Christmas that year and I quickly fell in love. I remember the first set of games they had gotten like it was yesterday. Wrecking Crew, Duck Hunt, Super Mario Bros., R.O.B. the robot where among the first items I remember playing with. Then came the shiny gold cartridge that would change everything for me. The Legend of Zelda is no doubt my favorite franchise. It started my love for the RPG genre. So many memories from the original all the way through Twilight Princess.
From the NES we then got a Sega Genesis which started my SEGA fanboy days. We had every attachment for that god damn thing which then doomed me for years to come to be able to upgrade to the next generation of consoles. Back then when there was a generation jump, there would be no backward compatibility. My mother did not want us to get another system just to have to buy new games and accessories when we had spent so much money on the Genesis and all of its shit. Sega CD brought on the Lunar series which was localized by Working Designs. That studio was awesome. I remember getting Lunar: Eternal Blue for my birthday at Babbages. Lunar is a series that needs to be experienced by everyone but unfortunately classic JRPGs I think have run their course. The new generation of gamers don’t really take to them.
The Playstation debut spawned a weird crossroads for me. I was in denial with the Sega Saturn even though I didn’t own one due to the ridiculous starting price of it and because system upgrades were still not allowed yet. I was unimpressed with the PSX until Final Fantasy VII came out. I remember watching the commercial for the first time and then for months after it taunting me every time I would see it. After months of begging I finally convinced my mom to let me buy a refurbished Playstation from FuncoLand. That was a life changing game for me. Between the actual story progression, side quests, side games I had to have put in 90+ hours in that game. If there were trophies at that time I would have a Platinum trophy for it. I beat both Emerald and Ruby weapon, did all the side quests and had level 91 characters. The only thing I did not get done in that game was I missed the Neo-Bahamut materia by failing the submarine mini-game and therefore was never able to get it. The playstation had a ton of great games on it and although it was less powerful than the Nintendo 64, still beat it. To me the only games worth a shit on N64 are Ocarina of Time and Mario 64.
Playstation 2 was the first system I bought on the launch day and it was god damn expensive. I was a complete Sony fanboy at this point. I loved the just about anything they did. Franchises like Gran Turismo, God of War, Twisted Metal, Sly Cooper, etc. were just brilliant and I did not anticipate them every coming off the top. A year after I bought the system I would continually get a disc read error and thus began a boycott of Sony products until about 2 years ago. Unfortunately this caused me to miss a huge amount of really good PS2 titles like Shadow of the Colossus.
Slightly before Playstation 2 came out I began following gaming news religiously. I had subscriptions to Nintendo Power, PSM, GamePro, Gameinformer and read IGN daily. That began my dream to make a living doing what the guys and gals do at IGN everyday and go to E3. 2012 will be the year I get to fulfill both objectives. Enjoy the site!
Action/Adventure 3rd Person
3rd person Shooter
Gameboy Advanced SP
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