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A medical undergraduate and a hardcore gamer? How does that even work? Is it even possible? Evidently, yes it is. Hope your brain doesn't explode from the awesomeness.
I'm indeed both of these things despite my lack of proper time management skills. The scale isn't balanced either...at times it will shift to one side more than the other. I'm happy though.
So...what's my story, you ask? You won't find it the most original tale ever...but then again, all gamers start out the same. Perhaps the biggest twist in my story is that I'm from Saudi Arabia. Yes...you read that right. We do have hardcore gamers here...it's not just desert, camels, and tents as some of you may assume. Remember, assuming too much makes an ass out of you and me (ass-u-me).
I've been gaming for 20 years now...ever since the NES was given to me as a birthday present when I was 5 (thanks, Mom and Dad!). Upon discovering the internet in the late 90s, the inner workings of the gaming community and industry made much more sense to me. At first, it was limited to being a fan of what I love most and reading facts from afar (a.k.a. writing Zelda fanfiction). Then in 2003, I stumbled upon Nintendo of America's official forums (Hyrule Town Square) and things started evolving from there. The community promoted me and thought that my passionate ramblings were unique. As that community grew (becoming known as Nsider eventually), I grew with it...until I met the duo of Jarrod Nichol and William Cook, two other fans who ran a column called "Iris Network" that covered rumors. They actually talked about one particular rumor I discovered back in the day. I started conversing with Jarrod more, discovering that we were both passionate about the same games (Zelda, anything from Square-Enix). Turns out that Jarrod was deeply involved in the gaming industry, and that's where I learned the basics. His passion of making his own independent site became a reality in 2004. Luckily he invited me to join the ride...and what a ride it has been!
I've jumped around here in Project COE, taking part in many positions and not limiting myself to a specific task. Is there even an official title for someone like me? Either way, I'll keep on doing what I'm doing and hope for the best.
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Posts by Ahmed Mosly
Sure, FFVII fans can now squee with joy...but swordsmen will face-palm themselves as they wield this blade to their death. Read on for more thoughts.
Now this is something you don't see everyday; an astronaut singing and shooting a music video in space. Very cool!
Final Fantasy VIII meets Baten Kaitos meets PC Adventure Game. Need I say more? Here's a tour of Paper Mario: Sticker Star's gameplay and part of a walkthrough for level 2-5 by yours truly. Updated November 19th: now with part 2 of level 2-5!
Update 10/31/2012: More news trickles after the initial announcement. ArtePiazza is confirmed as the developer so you know it's in good hands. They've been hands-on with DQ remakes since 1996's DQIII for the SNES and they've been responsible for the last trilogy of remakes for the DS. My analysis is that the engine they're using for DQVII's remake is based on the one from DQV's remake for the PS2, because the art-style looks so similar. Also, the soundtrack will be fully orchestrated! Gotta love me some DQ music. Finally, new content and StreetPass features will be integrated into the main backbone. As if DQVII doesn't need any additional content. The PS1 original is already freakin' huge as Jarrod has said so many times.
Wow. Best. Shoot. Ever. Read on for my detailed analysis on the matter.