Hi. My name is Amy and I play video games.
As long as I can remember I've always been fascinated by video games. My parents were quite strict when it came to the subject so my only "fix" was whenever I'd spend time at a friend's place.
I was always too chicken to play but would love to watch.
By the time I was 19, I had a small bit of savings and was ready to move out into the real world.
I got into my first apartment and the first items I purchased... a TV and Playstation. For some reason I felt excited and rebellious at the same time. I was on my own and just knew that I'd love playing video games, even though I hadn't really done it before.
My first game? Ah yes, I remember it like it was yesterday.
It was Final Fantasy VIII...and I was hooked.
Every night after work I'd spend hours playing that game. Every possible summon and all the items/weapons I could get my virtual hands on. I had a blast leveling my characters and watching the story develop.
After that game was over, I branched out and discovered other games. First person shooters grabbed my attention especially Red Faction and Timesplitters. Eventually I got an Xbox so I could join my co-workers when they would host Halo LAN parties. Ah those were the days and I had a blast. Of course the guys didn't like a girl being in the top 5 so they'd all team up against me.
RPGs were still my 'go-to' genre... I was so giddy when Final Fantasy X was finally released. Shadow Hearts and Dark Cloud also became favorites of mine.
I had never really thought about PC gaming until one day I was staring at the wall of PC games for sale at a local store, and noticed one called "Everquest". I picked up the box and was fascinated. That's when I discovered and got hooked on my first MMORPG. One and a half years later while hooked on EQ, I decided to give World of Warcraft a shot and that game quickly became my biggest time sink. Raiding became like a 2nd job and I eventually got burnt out 5 years later.
During those 5 years I never really played any other games... it was WoW and WoW alone.
After hearing so much about Final Fantasy XIII I was really excited. I wanted to get back into console RPGs and always knew the Final Fantasy series was a win for me. So after I deactivated my WoW account I bought myself a Playstation 3 so I could play this glorious new FF game I kept hearing about.
I don't regret buying my Playstation 3... but FFXIII was not the game I was hoping for. I managed to finish it but only because it was the only console game I owned at the time.
Six months and several PS3 games later I ended up purchasing an Xbox 360. I really wanted to play Halo Reach with friends... taking me back to the good ol' days of Halo LAN parties. After some awesome online game time with friends, I expanded my Xbox game library and managed to hit over 50k gamerscore my first year.
Now I'm currently expanding my console library and playing games alongside my amazing gamer boyfriend.