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Unlike the usual video game news blogs, which often just re-post articles and information from other sources, WingDamage.com strives to bring a unique perspective on the world of gaming to you, the discerning gamer.

It’s not just about the latest and greatest games that have just hit the shelves. It’s about why we love video games; The culture, the creators, the music, the stories, the characters, and the gaming experience.

Founded January 15, 2009, WingDamage.com was created to bring the core gamer’s perspective to the wonderful world of gaming weblogs.

Email us at admin [at] wingdamage [dot] com.

The WingDamage Team

Jonah “spambot” Gregory
Editor in Chief

spambot profile picture jonah gregory wingdamage.comIn the early 80′s, my three older brothers would scour garage sales to bring home as many Atari 2600′s games as they could get their hands on. When they weren’t around to kick me off the console, I would spend hours playing Pitfall, Mountain King and Spider-Man (among many others). While the Atari was fun in it’s own right, my gaming addiction really started when they pooled their money to buy an NES in the summer of 1986.

I was in awe. Every thing about it was a hundred times better than the Atari. The graphics, the sound, and the iconic controller, all came together to hook me right then and there.

I’ve stuck with gaming as a prominent hobby throughout my life. Nintendo fanboyism giving way in the 16-bit era, when our family bought a Sega Genesis to replace our then broken NES. From that point on, video games did not equal Nintendo. It was all about the games, not just the console they were on.

Today, I’m a huge a fan of both the Xbox 360 and PS3, but have never given up my old school roots. I still bust out the classic consoles for gaming sessions with my friends and family, as well as my beautiful and awesomely geeky wife, Brittany.

My other hobby is writing, which is one reason I wanted to write for a regularly updating blog. My other projects include “Here There be Robots” (a comic about two friendly aliens and three maniacal robots that get sent back to the golden age of pirates) and “Space Waffles” (science fiction comedy stories).

Favorite Games:

Top 3: Tetris, Chrono Trigger, Super Metroid

Puzzle: Tetris (NES)
RPG: Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Racing: Whipeout HD (PS3)
Fighting: Soul Calibur 2 (Various)
Rhythm: Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360)
FPS: Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Platformer: Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES)
Tactis/SRPG: Disgaea (PSP)
Shooter: Contra (NES)
Adventure: Day of the Tentacle (PC)
Action: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Snacktion: Chex Quest (PC)

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Jesse “Main Finger” Gregory
Managing Editor, Developer

Jesse Main Finger Gregory of WingDamage.comMy earliest videogame memory is playing Mike Tyson’s PunchOut when I was 4 years old. Probably the only reason I can still vividly remember it is because the moment was caught on tape. At that young age I had already been bitten by the videogame bug. I wanted to play so much that I got limited to only playing on weekends, but I also got to rent an NES game each weekend since it only costed $1. Through this continous renting, along with the buying from my brothers that were old enough to have money, I was exposed to a lot of NES games. Later, we had a Sega Genesis until finally I got my very own Super Nintendo. I still have that same system to this day, and though it shows its wear and tear from years gone by, it remains my favorite system.

The exposure to so much of the “Old School” has ingrained in me fondness for a lot of things that are unfortunately becoming increasingly viewed as “dated”. Among these are a love for 2D sprites and the sidescrolling platformer genre. I also enjoy (to a point) playing ridiculously hard retro games like Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins for NES; a practice many refer to as “Masochistic”. I have a very great appreciation for videogame music to the point that I listen to it more often than anything else. In fact, as a young lad I often would take a tape recorder and record tapes whenever a game had a Sound Test Mode so that I could listen to the soundtrack anytime. Years later that habit got me into the hobby of remixing game music (hosted at mainfinger.com).

I like to collect games, especially NES and SNES games. When retro console games come out on services like XBLA, PSN or Virtual Console, I tend not to buy them, but instead to try and find an actual cartridge if I don’t have one already.

I find that for the most part I prefer Japanese developed games over Western games. This has caused me to even start importing on genres where the language barrier isn’t too great a burden.

Favorite Game of ALL TIME: Super Metroid (SNES)

Favorite RPG: Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Favorite Racing Game: F-Zero GX (GC)
Favorite Puzzle Game: Tetris (NES)
Favorite Fighting Game: Street Fighter IV (PS3)
Favorite Rhythm Game: Dance Dance Revolution Supernova 2 [japanese version] (PS2)
Favorite FPS: Metroid Prime (GC)
Favorite 2D Platformer: Super Metroid (SNES) 2nd: Mega Man X (SNES)
Favorite Tactics/SRPG: Disgaea (PS2)
Favorite Action/Adventure: Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Favorite SHMUP: Gradius 5 (PS2)

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Dave “shaolinjesus” Corvin
Senior Editor

Dave shaolinjesus Corvin of WingDamage.comNo one is really sure where the man that would come to be known as the Shaolinjesus came from. Most folks agree he came in from the desert riding a burro he had named Pierre. He arrived in some backwoods little pueblo known as Pablocito. His fame grew quickly in that small Mexican pueblo. He was a hard man with lightning in his eyes and thunder in his voice and when he spoke the children would run to their mamas and grown men would clutch their chests. For everyone knew not to mess with the Shaolinjesus. One look into his eyes was all it took. It was like looking into the depths of some infinite abyss. One look and you knew that death walked amongst us.

He tried his darnedest to walk away from the life of a gunslinger but some men are born to paint, some are born to sculpt, and some are born to dispense justice out of the barrel of 2 nickel plated Winchester’s.

How he got into game reviewing is a long story but it involves a laughing duck, a burro named Pierre, and a promise to a dying child.

Favorite Game of ALL TIME: Super Metroid (SNES)

Favorite RPG: Final Fantasy 7 (PS1)
Favorite Racing Game: Burnout Revenge (X360)
Favorite Puzzle Game: Tetris Attack (Even though my little sister crushes me)
Favorite Fighting Game: Dead or Alive 3 (XBOX)
Favorite Rhythm Game: DDR Disney Mix (PS1)
Favorite FPS: Goldeneye (N64)
Favorite 2D Platformer: Super Metroid (SNES) or Super Mario 3 (NES)
Favorite Tactics/SRPG: Disgaea (PS2)
Favorite Action/Adventure: Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Favorite SHMUP: Super Stardust HD (PS3)
Favorite Intellivision Game: Astrosmash
Favorite Arcade Game: Street Fighter 2

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Contributing Editors

Colin “MrColinP” Panetta

Colin Panetta Wing Damage Gaming Blog Bio Picture CartoonistWorst nickname ever. Hey, my name is Colin Panetta and I don’t really play video games. It should give me an interesting perspective while writing for this gaming editorial blog, to say the least. When I do play video games it’s almost exclusively point and click adventure games, with some Nintendo 64 games that I play on the system I won in a 1996 bet with my Dad that I wouldn’t graduate from college (collected on in 2005). I’m a comic book artist by nature, and am interested in video games for their storytelling similarities to comics. I would like to one day design weird monsters and strange planets for video games for money. You can find out more about the things I do at ColinPanetta.com.

Since listing my favorite video games in the manner that my fellow contributors have would just be me providing an example of the one game that I’ve played in any particular category, I’ll just list my top five favorite games here:

1) Space Quest IV

2) Grim Fandango

3) 5 Days a Stranger

4) Mario Kart 64

5) Hapland 2

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