About the Creator of the Bionic Commando HQ
So you want to know a little about the person who runs this place eh? Below is a detailed description (probably too detailed) of myself. My name is Scott Kessler although I am usually known on the internet as Dman. I am 22 years old, and I enjoy video games (naturally), basketball, and Computer Science. I really like to watch good movies, especially those by Steven Spielburg and George Lucas. I also like to program my own computer games, but they usually suck. I'm working on a DirectX game right now that will change that trend...
The Gamer in Me
In case you haven't noticed, I like video games. I have been an avid video game player ever since I was 5 years old. I started out in Arcades and then went from the Atari 2600 to the NES to the SNES to the Playstation to the N64! I also own a Gameboy, a Virtual Boy, and an Atari Jaguar, but of these 3 systems only the Gameboy has been played much. I also occasionally play PC games although I generally prefer console gaming. I just can't afford to make the frequent upgrades required to keep up with the PC game scene. The whole PC gaming scene just doesn't appeal to me as much as console gaming. This may sound kind of screwed up, but I play the NES more than any of the above systems! The SNES, Playstation, and N64 all get about the same amount of playing time each, but the NES is my most played system. It's the games that keep me playing the NES. Games like Bionic Commando, Ninja Gaiden, Castlevania, Super Mario Bros, and Zelda just keep me enthralled. Although the other systems have some very good games, they just don't make the same impact that older NES games do. There are a few exceptions like Super Metroid, FF3, FF7, Mario 64, Tomb Raider, and GoldenEye, but I play games to have fun, and I honestly have more fun playing the NES. Feel free to e-mail me about this if you wish. As a quick note, I do have a neat page on my personal site which is still in progress that you may find interesting. It's called An Egocentric History of Video Games. Check it out!
The Game Programmer in Me
I'll make things simple for ya: I have every intention of pursuing a career in video game programming. I do have a degree in computer science, and I have already programmed some simple games. I truly believe that I could program a quality game if I only had a good source of artwork. I am a mediocre artist, but I am not going to spend my time drawing game graphics when the result is going to be mediocre. Besides, I would rather program any day of the week! At the moment I'm working on a DirectX game which will be mostly 2D with a fair amount of 3D effects. It's going to be an Action/RPG. Trust me, it will rock! If you want to try some of my games check out Dman's Game Domain.
I have a BS in Math with Computer Science from Wingate University where I graduated with honors and had a 3.82 GPA. I had a 4.0 in Math classes, and I only made one B in a Computer Science class which I should have made an A in. I don't make great grades in Literature or reading intensive courses because I don't read the material! I am very selective about what I read, and if I don't want to read something I won't read it. Thankfully I don't have to read much any more, and what I am required to read I usually want to read. I also spent a year of graduate school in Applied Mathematics at North Carolina State University, but having to teach classes was just not my thing. Besides, Math is boring compared to game programming! I now work as a professional programmer for a software developer. I do all kinds of programming, but I mainly program in C/C++ and occasionally some Visual Basic. Programming is a very enjoyable job, but you have to watch your weight due to the lack of physical activity!
The Athlete in Me
The athlete in me is not quite as dominant as he used to be. As an undergraduate I ran 4 years of intercollegiate cross country, and I received the Most Valuable Runner award one year! I also used to play a lot of basketball and thought I played well. Nowadays I just don't exercise at all! Being a programmer at work and home makes it difficult for me to find time to do any kind of exercise, and when I do have spare time I would rather spend it programming or updating my websites. Maybe if I get B.O.B. Syndrome (Belly Over Belt) I'll start exercising regularly. Until then my time will be spent doing other things.
Other Stuff About Me
Had enough yet? If not then keep reading! Here are a few more quick facts about me.
I'll think of more later.
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- I like to pig out!
- I once ate 16 yeast rolls at Quincy's steakhouse.
- I ate 7 full plates of food at the Ponderosa buffet with witnesses to prove it!
- I am a Star Wars freak.
- I actually had the AT-AT Star Wars toy!
- I have beaten 199 games so far in my life.
- I can beat Contra without dying.
- For some reason I really like the movies Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer.
- For some reason I really like the movie Spaceballs.
- I like FF3 better than FF7 (both are great though).
- Zelda for the Gameboy is my favorite of the series.
- I once ran a mile in 4 minutes and 42 seconds.
- I once ran 16 miles in 1 hour and 49 minutes.
- I can jump over the flagpole in Super Mario Bros! (click here for more info)
- I invented a portable game system with interchangeable cartridges before anyone else, but I was just a kid at the time... My fifth grade teacher Mrs. Manlove had us each invent something and present it to the class as a project. All I had was a design on paper, but the idea was mine way back in 1985...