The following is what I do when I'm not gaming
1) Work - I'm a fraud analyst for an online gaming (*ahem* gambling) website
2) Workout - I'm very much into fitness. I'm in the gym 6 days a week, weight training Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; High intensity interval cardio on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
3) Eat - I eat 6 to 7 times a day. Nothing close to what Michael Phelps does, but I eat my fair share.
If I'm not playing video games and I'm not doing any of the above, I just like spending time with family and friends. Really low-key stuff like watching movies.
The following is a brief recap of My So-Called Gaming Life
Like most of you, I've been playing video games for quite some time. I had my beginnings at a neighbor's house (back in the Philippines) on an Atari (can't recall what it's called).
A month or so before my 7th birthday (ages ago), my dad returned from Japan bearing gifts. One of those gifts was a Nintendo Famicom (fondly referred to as the "Family Computer"). With it came Super Mario Bros. Let's just say that from the moment I made Mario jump up, hit a question block and chase that mushroom, I was hooked.
As the years went by, so did the consoles I played on. After the Famicom (and the NES), I got a Sega Genesis. The graphics on Sonic 2 impressed me so much I was in gaming heaven. At this time I also got a taste of what would become one of my favorite past-times: Street Fighter. I learned the basics of this arcade classic on the Sega 6-button arcade pad but, like a lot of others who were trained at home, floundered playing on a coin-op. Every time I would try playing on sticks I would get my ass handed to me and I would walk away muttering to myself "If only this machine had a port for my control pad I'd give you a beating."
There were several other games that I enjoyed. Among these are the Disney games: Aladdin and The Lion King.
Fast-forward to 1996 and the release of PSone. Although my brother and I got this system, we didn't really get a chance to play much on it as we didn't have the funds to purchase games at the time. We ended up giving the system to kids (who already had a Nintendo 64).
From 1997 to 2006 there was no console at home. That being said, it was during this time that I got to learn how to beast at Street Fighter III: Third Strike.
I spent countless hours at the arcade at the University of British Columbia where I was going to school. I skipped class on several occasions just so I could practice combos and parrying vs. the CPU and whoever would play against me. I was fortunate enough to compete at the Northwest Regionals in Seattle (qualifier for Evolution) back in 2004. Although I didn't win the tournament, finishing third amongst several quality players felt good.
In 2006 a friend of mine gave me his PS2 as he was no longer using the system. At the time I didn't pay much attention to it since I didn't really like any of the games that he gave along with the console. It was also at this time that my brother was bugging me for a Nintendo Gamecube (we love our Mario games). The Gamecube was more than affordable so I got one. I purchased several games for it and soon thereafter the flame was re-kindled.
Since then I have gotten a Nintendo DS Lite (got absolutely addicted to Pokemon Diamond), a PS3 and most recently, a PSP.
I consider myself to be in the minority since I have never played a first-person shooter but I am looking at getting Call Of Duty 4.
For now the genres that interest me are action games, RPGs, fighting games and to a certain extent, retro shooters/platformers (I love Bionic Commando Rearmed and Super Stardust HD!)
I like to think that we as people never stop growing. There's always something new to learn, to experience and to enjoy. Games are getting better and I'm looking forward to trying new genres out (and meeting fellow gamers on here).