About JT

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I've been gaming since the original NES. Grew up with Mario like most, but fell in love with Sonic during the 16-bit generation. Also, I spent a moderate amount of time in arcades dropping quarters on Time Crisis 2, Alien Vs Predator, The Simpsons, or anything Neo Geo. I mostly play action games, JRPGs, and fighting games; but I will dabble into other games once and awhile.

What do you hope to accomplish with GVN?

I'm mostly looking for a means to express my thoughts about games and anything related. I used to kind of run a personal blog on my Gamespot account where I'd more or less write impressions/reviews of games I was playing, and showcase some of the gaming related artbooks and PVC figures I'd pick up. I'd like to make an extension of what I started there, and bring my thoughts to a hopefully bigger audience.

What is one of your fondest gaming memories?

I was playing Chrono Trigger, and I had reached the part where Crono stands up to Lavos when the rest of the group was unable to move. The sight of Crono being completely obliterated into nothingness left my jaw on the floor. I mean the idea behind silent protagonists such as Crono is to allow the player to project themselves as the character. With that mindset, I was stunned that the game pretty much just killed "me". I felt violated. It was all good in the end though as Marle goes to the ends of time to bring Crono back, and their reunion on top of Death Peak is a great touching moment.

Name a game that you were hyped for, but it ended up horribly disappointing you.

So many choices to pick from... one that stands out for me is Unlimited SaGa on the PS2. I was anxious to play it given how much I enjoyed the previous SaGa games despite how far off the beaten path the series is in terms of structure and design. Unlimited SaGa... very quickly gave me a sour taste in my mouth. While I enjoyed the game's music, the rest of the game just felt terrible. It felt like a board game that you can't see the path where you can move, and that's influenced by lots and lots of random factors that even extend into combat. By the second or third day of owning it, I was sick of playing it.

What are your top 5 favorite games (in no particular order)?

  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Mega Man 2
  • Ninja Gaiden Black/Sigma
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