Alex’s roots in video gaming can be tracked all the way back when he was very young. His first exposure to video games happened when his family attempted to open a video game arcade next to a University in the Philippines. After a few weeks of being open, the local government determined that the presence of the arcade in such close proximity to the University would prevent students from focusing on their academics and the business was quickly shut down. Seeing as that his family had no space to put the machines in, these wound up staying at his family’s home, easily accessible to a curious and impressionable young boy.

He then got his first Famicom several years later when his father purchased his very first console system: The Nintendo Family Computer. Though the very first Famicom game he played was Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!, his first game was Exerion, a “3D” space shooter from Jaleco. Not to be outdone, his mom got him a Nintendo Entertainment System, which had The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. (not the packed in version) included.

Since then, Alex has built a gaming PC twice, has played a myriad of different Japanese only and U.S. made titles on both PC and consoles, worked in the video game industry as part of a triple A publisher’s QA department in two different console cycles, and has gone to E3 for seven straight years. And while he might have lapses during the year where he would like nothing to do with video games, it’s apparent that video games run deep in his blood.

First video game you ever played

Galaxian. The fact that you could double up on your ship, while super risky (because you can either shoot it or have the aliens completely take it away), was an incredible thing to me.

First video game you ever finished

The Legend of Zelda. It took me a little over half a year, with barely any hints from anyone, but I managed to beat it!

First video game system you purchased with your own money

The Sony PlayStation… and I bought it, just like a lot of people, because of Final Fantasy VII!

Systems played

  • Atari 2600
  • Commodore 64
  • Family Computer
  • Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Gameboy
  • PC
  • Sega Mega Drive
  • Sega Genesis
  • Sega Nomad
  • Sega Saturn
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Nintendo 64
  • Sega Dreamcast
  • PlayStation
  • PlayStation 2
  • Gameboy Color
  • Gameboy Advance
  • Xbox
  • GameCube
  • Xbox 360
  • PlayStation 3
  • Wii
  • Nintendo DS
  • Nintendo DSi
  • Nintendo 3DS
  • PlayStation Portable
  • PlayStation VITA
  • PlayStation 4
  • Wii U
  • Xbox One

Genres, in order of favorites, with genre favorites

  • Modern Adventure – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Saints Row The Third, Tomb Raider
  • RPG – Persona 4: Golden
  • Shooter – Call of Duty: Black Ops, Medal of Honor: Frontline
  • Brawler – Dragon’s Crown
  • Platformer – Super Mario 3D Land, Ninja Gaiden 2 (NES)
  • Puzzle – The Room
  • Stealth – Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
  • Racing – Forza Motorsport 3, Burnout Paradise
  • Fighting – Mortal Kombat (2011), Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Action Sports – Tony Hawk Underground 2, NBA Street 1 and 2
  • Simulation – Rollercoaster Tycoon 2
  • Music – Rock Band 3
  • Strategy – Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2
  • Traditional Adventure – The Curse of Monkey Island
  • Classic Shooter – Deathsmiles, Contra 4
  • Sports – NBA 2K2
  • Classics – Ninja Gaiden (NES)
  • Party – Rock Band 3
  • Fitness – None
  • Motion – Wii Sports Plus
  • Social – Guild Wars 2

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