First of all, welcome to Critical Hit!
My name’s Theo, and I was a born nerd. Growing up my favourite activities involved sitting down with a book (most notably the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit), a classic Nintendo or Super Nintendo game, or my Power Ranger action figures. No matter which I picked up, I was either immersing myself in a story or creating one. I wasn’t allowed to own my own game console for several years (the Nintendo and Super Nintendo being my older brothers’ devices) but I used every opportunity I got to play when at a friends house or when my brothers brought home the newest console from college. Add to that a love for classic super hero comic books and I was already well on my way down the path to nerddom.
Then, when I turned ten, everything changed. Having hit double digits and having pestered my parents enough, they purchased me my very own Nintendo DS. Electric Blue. My first game was Pokemon Emerald. (And the terrible Lego Star Wars game for the Gameboy Advance, but we don’t talk about it.) Ahhh, I remember it like it was yesterday. Over the years my fascination with video games, Nintendo games in particular, only increased. I began to read and purchase Nintendo Power religiously, I would go online and read about the coolest new games coming down the pipeline, and I studied every trick, cheat code, and walk-through for the games I owned. I knew more about my friend’s games than they did half the time. Many sleepless nights were spent feverishly trying to beat that hard boss or get that cool new piece of armour. And when I wasn’t playing a video game I was busy creating epics with my Power Ranger figures (The passion for creation never died, though now I play with words, not toys.) or reading a hot new piece of fantasy literature.
Comic books continued to be a love of mine for the next few years, but eventually I stumbled purely by chance onto something that would change my life forever. Most people find manga through a friend who refers them to a specific one. I’ve met very few individuals who just happened to begin reading manga, but I was one of those select few. One day while wandering the bookstore with my parents, I happened to go past the manga aisle. I’d seen it before but had never payed much attention. Brightly coloured cartoons drawn in a weird style that was interesting but too weird for me. But that day, there was a display stand at the end of the aisle. On it were a number of the Megaman NT Warrior mangas, and being a great fan of the Megaman videogames (having grown up with Megaman X), I plopped down on the floor and began to read. After the initial confusion of having to read right to left I began to race through the volumes with no hesitation. I was hooked. Strangely enough at this time the local newspaper began a manga series in the Sunday paper. I was timid to try other manga due to being a good little thirteen year old and knowing how consistently there was “adult content” in manga but one of the manga in the newspaper was an adaptation of an actual manga, which I figured would be “safe enough”. To my (admittedly minimal) horror I realized the newspaper version had been toned down in regards to the sexuality of the characters, but I had begun reading it and it was good, so I bravely continued onwards. By the time I had finished my second manga series I was ravenous. I began looking for series after series, devouring anything that looked good. To this day I still read an obscene amount of manga and I’d say it rivals video games as my favourite form of media.
Flash forward to 2015. Twenty years of age and with a job that more than pays for my basic necessities, I decide to invest in a gaming PC. No longer will I be a console peasant, I think to myself, chortling pompously. And while I’m at it, let’s begin a blog. That’ll be a good idea, right? I can talk about the nerdy stuff I love. It’ll be great! Long story short, here I am. A true blue nerd who wants to share his love (and critical opinions) of geeky media with the world.