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Give A Hearty Welcome To The New PSX Extreme Contributors

Under much duress and looking to the near future with a wary eye (the next generation might've killed me), I determined a little while ago that I couldn't hope to keep PSXE running at optimum capacity all by my lonesome.

In order to enhance the amount of content and specifically, the amount of quality, original content you won't find anywhere else, we decided to bring on some contributors. We looked to the community first and foremost; we didn't just want solid writers, creative thinkers and big-time game fans; we also wanted fans of this site. They deserved a shot above all others after being so loyal for so long.

And we have now selected no fewer than five new contributors, who should be able to start producing new content immediately. They were selected for distinct and unique strengths I perceived in their submission of interest, and I believe they can work together to really bolster the activity and visibility of the site. Here they are, in alphabetical order by last name:

  • John Bicherl (PSXE username JohnnyGold)
  • Andrew Jackson (PSXE username Lemon_Saint)
  • Espen Krømke (PSXE username Beamboom)
  • David Nelson (PSXE username WorldEndsWithMe)
  • Gordon Turner (PSXE username Highlander)

I have every confidence that these guys can do a great job, and you should start seeing some really interesting things from them. They will also help with other standard content, such as reviews, previews, etc. So give 'em all a great big PSXE welcome! :)

Tags: psx extreme, psxe, psxe contributors, psx extreme staff

4/2/2013 11:27:38 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (93 posts)

Nas Is Like
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 11:43:20 PM
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Welcome guys.

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Kryten1029a
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 11:45:17 PM
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I think they'll be a big help for you, Ben. They're certainly active enough in the comments section! Seriously, congrats to all of you, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you'll have on tap for us.

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Twistedfloyd
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 11:52:53 PM
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Congrats to the winners. Look forward to your contributions!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, April 02, 2013 @ 11:53:21 PM
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Thanks for the intro Ben, and this opportunity to play a larger role here at PSXE.

Not much will change, you'll still get my patented flavor in the things I post, but I'll be striving for making objective observations where necessary (I am a representative of a site with a good reputation now). Overall I aim to entertain as well as inform you my friends.

I do have other responsibilities so that will dictate when and how often I can contribute, but you should know I'll do my best for PSXE, my fellow contributors, Ben, and all of you.

So if there are any things that you all feel would be right in my wheelhouse that you want to hear about from me, I'd be happy to take requests as I construct my own plans for the kinds of things I'd like to post, as our fearless leader has given us an open venue here to write about the things that drive us and make us think and facilitate the best conversations within the community.

It's a pleasure to be here in this new capacity, and a little bit humbling :)

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:23:05 AM

Your username needs an Official PSXE contributor badge. Will you be making video stuff for the YouTubes as well? I feel we should get a somewhat official video introducing these guys, at least by voice. Because who doesn't like reading these articles in the writers' voice.

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Knightzane
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:24:09 AM

Excited to be reading your posts World.

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Dukemz_UK
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 2:44:45 AM

Congrats. Looking forward to being entertained

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Jed
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 2:54:58 AM

After ages of wondering, "Who is World?", we finally know! Congrats man!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 8:16:03 AM

Thanks guys, um as far as the youtube stuff goes anything's possible, like anybody else I don't think I sound so great in audio but if that's something people are interested in I'm up for it.

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telly
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:02:12 AM

Congrats World!

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FatherSun
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:31:25 PM

Congratulations! I look forward to you post! Keep that straight up flavor.

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Reccaman18
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:00:04 AM
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Looking forward to all the contributions!

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booze925
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:06:43 AM
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Change. Change is good.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:10:13 AM
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Oh look, I recognize most of those old people in that list. ;D

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:11:14 AM
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Nice. I look forward to seeing what you guys have to say.

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tes37
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:11:20 AM
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Congratulations everyone. I'm sure you will make a nice contribution to the site.

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Yukian
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:14:15 AM
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And Yukian...! Oh, all right! Lol

Congratulations to the mighty 5! Wish we still get to read comments of each you too since they're entertaining! :)

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:20:33 AM
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HOLY F*CK! World's real name is David Nelson? That sounds like a rock star's name

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 7:31:36 AM

Suits him fine. He's always been a rockstar to me. :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:50:15 AM

lol yes it is, I've always thought it was pretty mainstream myself, but there was that "Nelson" hair band back in the 80's... :)

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:09:09 PM

^^^Don't get too excited.

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ZettaiSeigi
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:35:02 AM
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Congratulations to all new contributors! Really looking forward to reading your articles here on PSXE. :-)

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bigrailer19
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:36:26 AM
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Good job, looking forward to the good reads.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:36:50 AM
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Btw, contributors- Your login information and the back end tutorial has been sent to all of you. Please just make sure you can log in, so you can check things out. If there are any issues, I want to know ASAP.

After that...time to roll! :)

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Karosso
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:00:38 AM

What a year in gaming this will be!!!!
Congratulations to all the chosen ones, and more so to Ben for his vision in choosing this path, and picking just the right people for the task.
To all of those who did not get picked, remember this is a community and you're still very important and can always contribute by being active members of the site.
Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!

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AcHiLLiA
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:13:14 PM

"To all of those who did not get picked, remember this is a community and you're still very important and can always contribute by being active members of the site."

You don't think we know that already?!

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AshT
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:42:38 AM
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Congratulations guys

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:45:11 AM
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Thanks Ben, I'm looking forward to it.

Thanks for the welcome folks.

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PS3_Wizard
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:08:15 AM

It's going to be interesting to see what your input is in the next generation, since you're anti-PS4. Hopefully it won't cloud your judgement too much.

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:48:56 AM

I wouldn't exactly say anti-PS4, more like against lack of innovation.

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Dukemz_UK
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 2:47:44 AM

Congratulations Highlander. Look forward to being educated by your posts

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Akuma07
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:46:44 AM

I look forward to this site having a lot of anti-PS4 articles.

Hard to imagine you writing positive articles for the PS4 after all the bashing you've done since the announcement.

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kokoro
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 6:44:21 AM

@ ps3-wizard and Akuma

Being unimpressed with a product does not imply that one will not practice journalistic integrity.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:00:35 AM

Highlander, I'm expecting you to be all over any and all Criterion related rumours, news, previews and reviews! ;-)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:53:27 AM

I'd ask everyone to give us each the benefit of the doubt and judge based on contributed content versus previously heated rhetoric expressed here in the comments previously :)

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slugga_status
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:54:38 AM

Looking forward to some Highlander post. Always informative. Congrats

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telly
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:03:31 AM

Congrats Highlander! Looking forward to seeing your stuff.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:24:18 AM

As World stated, we should all hold judgement on Highlander until he posts "officially" for PSXE. I seriously doubt Ben will let his website be a launch pad for anti-Sony rhetoric.

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:53:39 PM

lol, well, I'll be looking at JRPGs a lot, and I'll definitely be trying to find out more about criterion's latest for Burnout.

Regarding the PS4, I'll ask all of you to actually read the things I write - and have written. Almost every word I have written about the PS4 is based on fact, information and knowledge. Very little personal opinion is involved - except my personal skepticism regarding using an x86 design.

Look at what I wrote just yesterday for example;
"Not sure what MS can really do. Their next console will undoubtedly use Windows in some form. It will undoubtedly be based on almost identical base hardware to the PS4, with a few tweaks here and there, maybe a few more or less GPU cores, that kind of thing. But really, the consoles will be extremely similar in hardware.

MS will have their enhanced Kinect, but Sony has it's enhanced Move. So no real advantage there. I think that content and services will be the things that make the difference. 1st party PS4 games, multi-plats that don't suck and a back catalog like no other are all advantages that Sony will bring to bear. MS can only counter with iterations of 3-4 key franchises, and possibly the original Xbox back catalog too (original Xbox was an x86 design too, should be easy to emulate).

Sony has the advantage right now, and if they do not squander that advantage, I don't think that MS has anything that can compete. Though I am certain that they will try a lot of hand waving and posturing about Kinect and Surface, or is it Windows...? "

Not exactly the hot bed of anti-sony rhetoric. I have always said that for Sony and everyone else, I will praise where I think it's due, and criticize where I think it's due. I am absolutely not anti-Sony, that could almost not be further from the truth. Do not confuse my criticism of the PS4 design and the lack of innovation that Sony is displaying with the kind of anti-Sony attitudes you will find commonly on the Internet.

Let me put it this way. Suppose you have a great friend, someone that you respect and admire, and who has earned your loyalty and support over many years. You've stuck by them when things were tough, and defended them against all sorts of unfair criticism and outright bashing. What do you do if you see your friend doing something that you believe is uncharacteristic of them and a huge mistake? Do you remain silent and let things happen?

Or do you stop them and say "Hey, that thing you're doing, that's a really bad idea my friend. It's not like you at all. Don't do it, you might get hurt."?

For a good friend, you'd be prepared to take the risk of annoying them, in an effort to protect them from harm, wouldn't you?

OK, Sony is not exactly a friend, how can you befriend a corporation. However, they have provided me with countless moments of pleasure and fun, I have friends now I would not have had without Sony and their game systems, network and games. I deeply respect what Sony has accomplished in Consumer electronics, electronics in general, and video games. When PSN was attacked, I was right there trying to blow away the non-sense rumors and all the distortions and mis-information in the media. I have been called a Sony 'fanboy' so many times I have lost track. Heck, I almost wear the name with pride out of sheer defiance because as much as I support them, I also criticism them when it is needed.

So, please read what I write, and do not judge it without reading it. It's like that 'rule' of Internet debate, don't criticize the person, criticize the idea. I may be critical of a particular product, or design, or action, but not Sony itself.

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FatherSun
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:35:50 PM

Congratulations HighLander! Would you be the official tech specialist on the site? Its always good to know what makes our entertainment of choice tick.

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Akuma07
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 7:45:42 PM

I meant the anti-sony thing in jest.

But I agree with what World said, moving on folks.

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Shams
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:57:46 AM
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Awesome staff. Looking forward to their contributions (as I have always in the comment sections). I'd also like to see Sensei Temjin up there, too.

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homura
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:14:56 AM
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Congratulations guys!

Make this site much more awesome.

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Hand_of_Sorrow
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:19:41 AM
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congrats guys!!

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:42:53 AM
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Thanks a lot for the introduction, Ben.
I look forward to get started on this, and equally look very much forward to read what the other contributors will write. It was about time this site get more than one voice - no matter how great that voice has been. :)

My motivation for joining PSXE was mainly to try and contribute by tackling news stories and topics of a more technical nature, written from my perspective as a developer. As a reader of PSXE I've missed that now and then, so I see that as my "main task".
As those of you who has followed the discussions lately will know, I am like most other developers extremely optimistic about the PS4. I would not have made it much different had I designed it myself. I seriously believe Sony got a good chance as regaining the #1 spot now.

I am also a huge fan of coop gaming (the real deal, storyline coop, PvE) and western RPGs.
I was a slave (let's call it what is is) to mmorpgs for many years and look very much forward to the first *good* mmorpg for consoles (it's bound to happen during the PS4 period - with all that memory it's practically designed for it). MMO and coop are areas where Ben has not had that much focus and interest, so my profile is a good match in that sense.

So that's me, for those who didn't already know. :)


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Dukemz_UK
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 2:50:28 AM

Congrats Beamboom. Looking forward to your posts.
ps: How's the weather in Norway? :-)

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:51:50 AM

Thanks!
The weather is mighty fine here in the land of the Vikings. As we say over here, "There's no such thing as 'bad weather', just 'bad clothing'".


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kokoro
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 6:13:18 AM

Welcome Beamboom.

I want to ask about your job. So you work in a game development studio? Or something similar?

Also are most Scandinavian people fluent in English?

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 8:25:47 AM

Kokoro,
I don't work in a game development studio, my current employer is a company that builds payment solutions for internet, mobile and physical commerce. So it's essentially transactions and everything around it, mostly back-end and middle ware programming.

Very early in my career I actually did write games, although simple ones. This is way back before Flash, back when Java "applets" was the tool for making interactive content on the Internet. We had a few customers then who wanted game content on their sites. That is in fact how I learnt Java - a language who has ever since been one of my favourite languages. I love Java almost as much as I love Perl and Linux <3 <3 <3

When I was a kid I started out learning programming cause I wanted to create games, of course. Soon after I started a fanzine (not sure if that is even a word any more!) for games programmers in Norway. Haha - we distributed our code by printing code listings on paper. Imagine that... :)

I got quite a few coding projects running in my spare time, and those are typically front-end and very visual, for variety. I am right now learning a game engine with the lofty ambition of writing my own RPG. We shall see how that goes. :)
Another project I got running is something that started out as a music automation system for broadcasters, but has ever since evolved into a more mainstream client for the music server MPD. There's actually quite a few users of that program now, so I'm quite proud of it.

As for your last question, I often hear English people giving complements to Scandinavians when it comes to English abilities. I *suck* in spoken English, but I've written and read English since I first started learning programming. I guess that pays off!


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telly
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:02:51 AM

Congrats Beamboom! I can't wait to see what you come up with.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 11:44:58 AM

Thanks, Telly. :)

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:55:39 PM

Nice introduction. :)

I should probably oblige with an intro too...

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:17:33 PM

Thanks, Gordon! :)

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 3:47:57 PM

I sometimes think about programming my own RPG as well. I see things like this
http://www.rpgmakerweb.com/products/rpg-maker-vx-ace
which seem pretty cool but I hate the idea of using pre-made art assets. If I were to code something I'd do all of my own artwork and find someone good at composing midi-music, or something.

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kokoro
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:41:07 PM

Wow- Awesome :)

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Beamboom
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 1:59:03 AM

Temjin!!
Woha - hold on a second there. Did you say you wanted to do your own ARTWORK? Ergo, you know your 3D design tools, and got an eye for design?

Cause if so, then I got a proposal: How about we cooperate? Cause I am totally disabled when it comes to graphical design, I really am beyond repair on that area.

I have been composing music practically all my life and can handle most genres and styles (on a basic level, mind you) for background/atmosphere usage. At least I can get us somewhere. But I am in dire need of a graphical designer.
Also, if you know some programming I think you can be of quite some assistance on writing code too.

What do you think?

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Temjin001
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 12:22:31 PM

I like the the idea Beamboom and we can talk more later about that, but right now I've got a few projects on my immediate plate. One of which includes a comic script sequence.
see link below.
http://david-mason.deviantart.com/gallery/
The two most recent posts are pencils I've done while interpreting a professional script. hopefully they'll be inked and colored some time as well.
Further in the gallery you'll see some earlier 3D projects I've done. I need to re-post some of those because I used a bad format or something when rasterizing the image. The colors look whited out. I think downloading those to view will fix that. The 3 buildings you see are 'low poly' buildings used as game assets, literally a buddy has plopped one of those into his Unreal engine and has been creating a virtual tour of our school.
Anyway, those are some hobbies outside of my schooling. I'm a senior but I still have a decently long road in front of me because the major and minor I'm going for are pretty credit intensive.

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Beamboom
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 1:27:27 PM

Wow that is really good stuff! How about a RPG with a sci-fi/cyberpunk setting? I want a cyberbabe with dual swords! :)

Are you into animation too?

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Temjin001
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 5:25:30 PM

I'm cool with most anything sci-fi or fantasy.

I've received basic skills in 3D animation but I'm not particularly 'big' into it. It's good stuff of course with lots of hard work, but right now I'm more into modeling.

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Dukemz_UK
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 2:51:17 AM
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I guessed 3 out of 5 contributors. Pity no Temjin

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 3:05:59 AM

Indeed you did, I had to smile when I read that post of yours. Well done!

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Jed
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 2:58:56 AM
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Congrats to the chosen ones. I can't wait to see your input to the site!

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NextGenGamer
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:39:37 AM
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Glad to see the site expanding, love it here.

On an unrelated note, I was wondering if I could get any of your guy's opinions on a piece I've been writing about the evolution of first person shooters for my college honors english class. I haven't participated in the comments much, but I've been a consistent reader of articles and comments here for years and I know you guys are the right people to turn to.

It's a bit long, 11 pages double spaced in Word, but I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts on what I've written. If you'd like to help, you can reply here or preferably email me at adougless@email.arizona.edu.
Thanks a bunch!

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 7:11:26 AM
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Congrats guys! Looking forward to seeing what y'all have in store for us.

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brickcap
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 7:17:51 AM
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Yo highlander,

Cheers man I am big fan of yours.Can't wait to read your stuff.

Congrats to all others as well.

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Ninja_WafflesXD
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 7:55:28 AM
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Congratulations to everybody who got picked! :)

I've only been around for about 2 years or so, but it's nice to see the site growing.

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SaiyanSempai
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 8:23:57 AM
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Fantastic! Welcome guys. Looking forward to seeing your posts.

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CrusaderForever
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 8:26:56 AM
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Congrats to all!

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michiganfan1983
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:00:26 AM
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Congrats guys, looking forward to reading your stuff.

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Dustinwp
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:39:49 AM
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Good list of names there. I've enjoyed reading your posts in the comments section and I look forward to seeing your contributions to the website. Congrats guys!

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telly
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 9:58:56 AM
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Sorry I didn't make the cut, but I certainly can't argue with those selected. Congrats guys! I'm genuinely excited about what's next for this site and the great community here. I'll chime in in the comments whenever I can, and hopefully find other ways to help keep things interesting and informative.

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Teddie9
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:05:13 AM
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congrats, should be cool to have more variety on the site (No offense Ben :p).

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Dante399
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:14:31 AM
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Congratulations guys you deserve the best.

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cLoudou
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:42:36 AM
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Looking forward to your work, guys. Gratz!

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 10:55:02 AM
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Howdy y'all. Looks like fun.

Now I can expect more ninja-gaming-related content... ... right?

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darxed
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 12:25:13 PM
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Congrats guys. Looking forward to see what you bring to the site.

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Highlander
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:31:49 PM
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Many thanks to Ben for the selection and trust. Beamboom gave an excellent introduction earlier, so I'll follow his lead;

Personal background.

I've played video games since before the Atari VCS/2600 was launched. Yes, I was around for those early monochrome PONG games. My family was given an Atari VCS/2600 as a gift by my grand parents when they first came out. I played that thing to death. Then I got into home computing in the ancient 8-bit microcomputer days with an 6502 based Acorn BBC Micro. None of our readers outside the UK have much chance of knowing what that is, suffice to say it was a great system, and I cut my teeth in programming on it, using a version of BASIC that owed a lot to Pascal, and 6502 assembly language.

Then I took a detour into paper based RPGs, college, and all the academic nonsense about computing they try to cram into your head. I developed software for a variety of platforms during my college career, including mainframe and PC. I also developed a CPU emulator capable of running pure machine code in a system simulation - which despite sounding horribly academic, was incredibly interesting.

After that, I entered the professional world where I have worn a lot of different hats. I'm a developer and have worked in a wide variety of languages and environments. My early career was a blend of software and hardware support of PC and non-PC systems and networks, along with software development. I've worked in depth on infrastructure projects such as a nationwide WAN, as well as designing the IT infrastructure for a corporate HQ. Most of my time now is spent up to my elbows in databases as a DBA/Analyst/developer and Business Analyst. I've always been something of a jack of all trades, but my first love was always the hardware.

But, back to the games. I played PC games like Doom (including the head to head over LAN, and the early quake beta), Civilization, SimCity, Command and Conquer, Age of Empires, Privateer/Privateer 2, F-117 Stealth Fighter, X-wing and Tie Fighter, as well as some turn based online strategy games. I got an original PlayStation they year they came out, I got into the usual Crash Bandicoot and Spyro titles that were so popular, but also Madden NFL and numerous racing games. Then I hit Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 8. I could never finish FF7 thanks to Aeris' untimely demise, I know it's integral to the story, but it tore the heart out of the game for me, and I've never been able to finish it.

Then PS2 came along, and with it was Gran Turismo, more Madden NFL, Soul Calibur 2 & 3, and the Xenosaga games - among others. Let's not forget the awesomeness that is Ratchet and Clank. If I had to list my all time favorite video games, the Xenosaga games would be at the top, soul Calibur 3 and the Ratchet and Clank franchised would not be far behind. PS2 also brought Ar Tonelico, and the Atelier games to my attention. Of course as anyone that knows me knows, Xenosaga really stick in my head, as did KOS-MOS and Shion. My online persona in WKC is KOSMOS, and my avatar here has always been KOS-MOS.

PSP - I ended up with 2 of these, and the game choice was remarkably similar to my PS2 choices, though the Star Wars Battlefield games took a lot of my time on PSP... As have some older PS1 JRPGS and numerous titles from the fine folks at ATLUS and NISAmerica.

PS3 arrived in 2006, and I never looked back, although two games this generation have sucked up more time than any other. Burnout Paradise where I had well over 1000 hours of play, and White Knight Chronicles (1 & 2) were I have clocked almost 3000 hours over the years. I also loved Wipeout, Hot Shots Golf, the Uncharted games, inFamous, Motorstorm, GT5, the Atelier games, Valyria Chronicles - of course. The PS3 generation has really sucked up a lot of my spare time, TV viewing is way, way down, and replaced with console time. :)

I kinda lost interest in sports titles such as Madden NFL when they became more about the 1st person action and less about the team/game management and strategy. Shooters have never been my thing. I do like the Uncharted online gameplay, but since I suck at the head to head all non co-op modes are completely un-fun for me.

Of course I cannot finish without mentioning the Vita which has taken over from my PSP. I've almost bought more PSP games for it than the original PSP. The Vita is a machine that is greatly under appreciated in my view. Uncharted on a hand held is an incredible experience. It really showed that you can have the full PS3 game experience on a hand held device.

My main areas of focus are more than likely going to continue to be hardware and JRPGs with occasional side trips into racers and platformers.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 3:44:50 PM

We seem to both have the same entry point in gaming consoles. I was exposed first to the Atari 2600(wood panel version) and an all-in-one monochrome Sears Pong console, complete with two paddle controllers. Favorites on the Atari 2600 were Moonsweeper, Pitfall, Congo Bongo, Asteroids, Venture, Adventure, Berserk, Haunted House, Combat, Joust, and Star Raiders.

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JiggleBeetz
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 1:38:46 PM
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congrats guys

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frostface
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 2:10:43 PM
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Congrat's Beamboom mate. Always enjoy your contributions in the forums.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 3:13:04 PM

Thanks, buddy. And likewise! :)

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AntDC
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:03:04 PM
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Congratulations you guys! I don't comment on here very often anymore but I drop in every now and then and I look forward to seeing your contributions!

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Sol
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:05:31 PM
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Congrats guys. I see a couple new faces too, so I look forward to seeing what it is you guys have to offer.

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FatherSun
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:39:36 PM
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Congratulations to all the contributors. I look forward to the growth of PSX.

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0_o
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:51:14 PM
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Congrats to the winners...this is so awesome PSXE will grow even more now!! :D

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Fabi
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 4:59:58 PM
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Awesome.

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tlpn99
Wednesday, April 03, 2013 @ 6:45:47 PM
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Congrats Beamboom and to the others too. :)

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Beamboom
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 2:02:57 AM

Thanks alot, tlpn99! :)

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JROD0823
Thursday, April 04, 2013 @ 3:00:13 AM
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Congrats to you guys, I have faith that you all will represent this site well.

Looking forward to everyone's impending contributions, I'm excited to read them.

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BattleFox21
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 12:01:40 AM
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Awesome, I just want to say welcome and a BIG congratz, especially to WorldsEndWithMe, Highlander, & BeamBoom, mostly cuz I have been a fan of their comments over the years and the others I really don't know too well. I would have loved to join as well but, just dont have the time or the resources. I can say I am expecting good things from you guys!!! ;) Also, Great choices Ben & I am happy to be apart of this Great community of gamers Best community of gamers I have seen yet (IMHO)Love this site Ben thx.


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Banky A
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 12:36:13 AM
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merry christmas all around!

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Liltman
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 5:54:59 AM
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Well done everyone :)
Looking forward to anything jrpg related.

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WNDRTWN1
Friday, April 05, 2013 @ 5:57:05 PM
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Congratulations guys and welcome!!! Looking forward to seeing what you all write, review about. Haven't been able to stay up with the site in a few months, with real life getting in the way. But, happy to see that you guys are expanding to bring more news, reviews & content.

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