hey! long time downloader, new member. just want to say thanks to you guys for creating such a cool site and props for keeping it up. and now,a little about me: i'm a female gamer from texas. well, i say gamer, i don't know about the whole "hard-core gamer vs. casual" label and i actually don't really care. i like a lot of video games, end of story. my first console was the NES, but my parents sold it (funny sidenote: they also sold all of the NES and super NES games along with it, but not the super NES) so i bought another on ebay (overpriced). i have a dreamcast and a ps2 also, and a broken playstation. the dreamcast i got only to play soul calibur. my sister and i played soulblade daily and waited for the sequel. and waited...and waited...and then i had to get a dreamcast to play it! but it was worth it (i want a sword like ivy's!). i'm just about finished with my associate's degree in art, and am looking to get a bachelor's degree in video game art and design (no programming for me!) what else...um.. some favorite games include: soulblade ico ace combat four rez the metal gear series this last one is a bit of a double-edged sword. on the one hand, it's a funny series, but on the other there are many things about metal gear which really bother me. why do all the female characters die/leave/go bad? (p.s. anyone else feel rose is a bad egg?) also, does snake believe in god? why make a male character who looks kind of girly? (i read somewhere that raiden was designed to be a character both male and female gamers could related to. why not just make a female playable character?) sorry to rant, but it's stuff like that. i guess what i'm trying to say is i'm interested in this series because i'd love to change a few things about it. my codename's always 'pigeon' or 'mammoth' if anyone was wondering. so in short, i'm another gamer looking to get into the industry. i hope to take part in creating storylines and game characters in games which are good clean fun (no half-dressed floozies. i know guys get sick of hearing it, but why do female game characters have to be naked to kick any butt?) and which people can really enjoy and relate to. making a game out of c.s. lewis' "til we have faces: a myth retold" is an idea i'm toying with, if my career plans work out. so that's me. to quote the recent nintendo ads, who are you?