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I've been a gamer all my life.
Some of my fondest memories growing up was getting my first nintendo and then moving on to genesis and then finally as a sophomore in high school playing final fantasy 8 on my first PS1. I loved going to the arcade as a kid. One of the coolest things I remember was going to the mall in Cinncinatti staying with the relatives all summer in 95 and playing in the arcade there all day.
To be blunt about it though gaming has just been shit lately. I went through the MMO phase with Anarchy Online until the grind got way overly repetitive. Went through the > Read the full story...
"The Lord of the Rings initially started without a Balrog toy. George Gomez had the idea of having a cave wall toy swing open, and move to the side upon ball hits. The cave wall would reveal a cave troll inside, to which players would bash for points. The idea was scrapped."