Jason ‘TsubakiSamurai’ McMannis

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Hey everybody, my name is Jason McMannis and I have been tasked with bringing you video game reviews and editorials, all for the bargain bin price of my immortal soul! I suppose I could be described as somewhat of a retro gamer, though I own all of the current generation consoles and handhelds. My earliest memory of playing a video game was Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System when I was just five years old, and it has pretty much remained a life long addiction. I mostly stick to RPGs and action/adventure games, but it is worth noting that I have spent approximately ten years honing my craft in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike (challenges welcome). Video games are only one of my many nerdy obsessions though. Listening to music has long been my primary passion, and my tastes range from recent indie rock and electronic all the way back to classic jazz and blues. I am a bit of a cinema junkie as well, though I tend to stick to art house and classic films instead of big budget blockbusters. Anime, history, and baseball round out my list of devoted interests.

Like many of you I found out about Lusipurr.com through the loose affiliation with Cat Fancy. There were a few memorable podcasts on that site where Lusipurr drove panelists and listeners alike into a mad frenzy, which I found particularly entertaining. Naturally I gravitated towards The Starlight Megaphone in search of similar humor and have been a listener ever since. I applied to be a reviewer not only because I have a burning passion for video games, but also because like many of you I am disgusted and mildly ashamed of what the industry has become. We all have fond early memories of video games just like my hazy Mario recollection, but this new generation of young gamers are being subjected to rampant industry greed, DRM nightmares, and horrendously misused Kickstarter funds. I feel like these sad truths need to be exposed and discussed, and as evidenced by their incendiary rants about the state of the industry, Lusipurr.com agrees.

Certainly gaming is not all gloom and doom these days. I am excited to have the opportunity to write reviews for some of the fantastic games I have been playing lately. For instance Fire Emblem: Awakening on 3DS, which I ravenously completed within two weeks of its release, is probably the best strategy rpg Japan has produced since Final Fantasy Tactics. Another fine example is Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, which had the dual effect of forcing me to master its complexities while also giving my Wii U something to do other than collect dust. The horizon looks particularly bright for the remainder of 2013, with enticing titles like Tales of Xillia, Saints Row IV, and Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl looming in the distance.

As a loyal vassal for the kingdom of Lusipurr.com I can assure you that my criticism of games will be fair and unbiased. Unless it was developed by Activision, in which case I will immediately judge the game by its cover and dismiss it as garbage. All joking aside, I am excited to get to work for the site and I want to thank in advance anyone who takes the time to read my posts. See you in the comments section!

9 comments on “Jason ‘TsubakiSamurai’ McMannis”

  1. Neat, at this rate I’ll be the sole remaining non-employee reader.

  2. Welcome!

    @Dice: That’s how it begins. Just wait, as soon as Lusipurr finds a second reader, he’ll try and recruit you also!

  3. I think it’ll be a while before Lusipurr even considers hiring me. I need to be a proper victim for his merciless rhetoric.

  4. “…I am disgusted and mildly ashamed of what the industry has become.”

    Indeed, brother.

  5. Nice to meet you, Tsubaki Samurai. I take it you like flowers and katanas as well?

  6. Yep, although the name is loosely derived from the Kurosawa film Sanjuro. Nice to meet you as well!

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