Q: Who is the author of this blog?
My name is Jimi Alexander. I’m a student at the University of Arizona, presently a second-year freshman (shame, I know). I am majoring in political science. I can be found spending a lot of my time cooped up in my dorm room or out on hikes around campus, usually with my fiancee in tow.
Q: Fiancee? Why in blue blazes are you getting married!? You can’t be any older than 21!?
I just happened to find my soulmate at 18. Life is funny sometimes, isn’t it?
Q: What made you want to start a blog?
Back in 2002, I started a LiveJournal that eventually became a record of my life. I posted in it until mid-2008, when I decided that I had finally outgrown it. While this won’t have the same embarrassing level of detail about the minutiae of boring day-to-day drudgery in the life of a teenage geek, it will serve the same purpose for me. In an age where Alzheimer’s has become an epidemic, documenting your past for personal reference can only pay dividends in the future (granted you’re wise enough to keep semi-coherent rants to yourself, a lesson I wish I’d learned seven years ago). On top of that, seeing the growing success of fantastic student-run blogs like the award-winning Arizona Desert Lamp added fuel to the fire. The content here is going to be decidedly less important and newsworthy than the Desert Lamp’s near-daily assaults on fallacious logic within the university’s student government, though.
Q: What’s this blog going to be about?
Video games: my longstanding, time-consuming hobby. I have been playing video games since I was old enough to hold a controller. The very first game I ever played was Sonic the Hedgehog. It must have been around 1993 or so, but I’m not sure. I wasn’t around to enjoy the golden age of the original Nintendo and the Atari systems of the 1980s. In any case, video games have continued to play a highly integral role in my life. I played games for hours on end back on the Sega Genesis, and I continue to play them now. Not as often or for as many hours as I’d like, but I do try to make time every day to at least squeeze a little play time in. Video games–no, gaming in general– is more than just a hobby for me. Gaming is to me what books are to avid readers. Throughout my lifetime, games have inspired me, and made me a happier, more fulfilled person. In this blog, I’d like very much to post small reviews, talk about video game news and games I’m excited about, and recall classic titles that I love.
Throughout this blog, I will almost certainly pepper with some news regarding the University I attend, the city I live in, my interest in international politics, football, and/or my personal life.
Q: What is your favorite video game of all time?
Good question. I honestly don’t know. If you had asked me just a year ago I’d have said Final Fantasy VIII. I adore that game, even if it was incredibly melodramatic and panned to hilarious effect by one of my favorite internet celebrities.
If we’re going off of which one I’ve played the most, I’ve logged over 1,000 hours playing Final Fantasy X for the PS2. I would easily say it’s my favorite game since 1999. I wore out three separate copies of the game. I still own an original, non-Greatest Hits copy, and I’m never getting rid of it.
If you asked me which game I have the most fun playing, it’d be any iteration of the Madden NFL series, but it doesn’t feel right to call that my favorite game because a new one comes out every year and I find more and more small but irritating flaws every installment.
If the criteria was what game is my favorite on the next-gen consoles, I’d either say Mass Effect or Lost Odyssey for the Xbox 360. Both brilliant RPGs for completely different reasons: Odyssey tells one of the most compelling stories of any video game I’ve ever seen coupled together with nostalgic turn-based RPG tropes, and Mass Effect seamlessly combines elements of sandbox, third-person shooter, and role-playing into one excellent package.
If pressed, I’d have to say that my favorite game ever is probably Sonic 3 & Knuckles for the Genesis. The Mario games are great, but that game was platforming perfection and a graphical marvel. I have fond memories of being 8 years old and playing it to death, then getting the Xbox port and playing it to death all over again. It was a classic, the pinnacle of platforming and the apex of the Sonic series. After the release of Sonic & Knuckles, the series went straight downhill, failing to make a successful transition to 3D. The end result is that arch-nemesis Mario still moves millions of consoles and games. Sonic has been reduced to playing second-fiddle to Nintendo’s innumerable mascots in character dump titles and blatant Legend of Zelda ripoffs.
Q: What systems do you own?
Currently, I own an XBox 360. That’s it. I have my laptop that’s good for World of Warcraft, but has no power to produce anything beyond that. (Curse my limited finances!) My fiancee (Jennifer, now and hereafter) owns a Nintendo DS.
Q: What do you do for a living now?
I am a full-time student. I also work part-time in accounting for the UA College of Engineering for pocket money to blow on video games and expensive dinners.
Q: What are your career goals?
I’d like to eventually move on to being a public servant in the Department of State and work my way up to an Ambassadorship or perhaps work for some sort of political action lobby in the nation’s capital. For now, I’m just focusing on one step at a time.
I look forward to discussing plenty of comments. You can send me email at treima *at* email *dot* arizona *dot* edu.