Andre ‘Ghaleon’ DePalma

Hello, all. I am Ghaleon (I would quote properly, but there are rules against it). I am new to, but am a long time gamer. You may have caught me playing Team Fortress 2 with the Lusipurr staff, but otherwise know little about me.

I was born in New Jersey, moved around a lot a child, and eventually settled in Illinois. Recently, I graduated college with a Political-Science major, focus in Pre-Law. Due to my time studying politics, I now want nothing to do with the field. At the moment, I am looking for work or possibly further schooling. I always welcome an opportunity to learn, as I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Also, a slightly easier to satisfy hunger for Oreos.

As for console video games, the earliest examples of any genre I played have become the standard by which I judge others. I have played or watched my older brothers play since I was pint-sized and adorable, which is forever ago. Our first system was the Nintendo Entertainment System, with games such as the Castlevania series, the Ninja Gaiden series, the Megaman series, among others. … Among many, many others. It was on the classic NES games that I learned to respect and enjoy more challenging games.

This masochism continued to when we obtained a Sega Genesis. Granted, many were enjoyable and somewhat forgiving (the Shining Force series, Phantasy Star IV), but of course we had to purchase some like the mildly difficult Warsong, which introduced me to permanent character death in an SRPG, and Battletoads, which introduced me to a new world of pain. Although we never owned an SNES, we borrowed one long enough for me to try Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy II/IV, and a few others.

Eventually, we upgraded our Genesis with the lovably boxy Sega CD. On that, we owned several Working Designs translated games, including the two Lunar games from which I take my namesake. It did not take long from there to move on to the Sega Saturn, although not until I experienced the joy that is a Sega CD connected to a Sega genesis connected to a copy of Sonic & Knuckles connected to a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. For the Saturn, we continued the trend of Working Designs games with Albert Odyssey and the oh so amazing Dragon Force, as well as some other publisher’s works like Legend of Oasis. I still own the Saturn, although I’ve only the former two games in my current inventory.

The Nintendo 64 introduced me to first person shooters with Goldeneye 007, though we also owned classics such as Mario Kart 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Not long after that, we purchased a PSX and Castlevania: The Symphony of the Night and Final Fantasy VII. It did not take long to fill out our collection with games like Valkyrie Profile, Vagrant Story, and the other PSX Final Fantasy games and re-releases, of which I most enjoyed Final Fantasy: Tactics and Final Fantasy 8. During this period, we also purchased a Dreamcast, primarily for Soul Calibur and Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Soon, we also tried the original Xbox and GameCube. However, these systems would soon by replaced by their recent descendants.

This brings me to my current systems (‘My’ because they are no longer shared with my brothers). I currently own a PS2, a Wii, an Xbox360, and of course the weathered Saturn. At this point, you may have noticed that it is extremely difficult to list every game I have owned, or even just the represented genres. Suffice to say, I have and have had too many games, and I did not even get into the PC game collection (X-Com: UFO Defense, the Command & Conquer series, and so many others).

To summarize the games I have played, it is best to just say ‘Yes.’ Graphical issues rarely bother me, but I love when a recent game renders a beautiful and creative world (Alice: Madness Returns). Of course, a deep and involved story is just as much a selling point (Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, Odin Sphere, and Mass Effect). Sometimes, though, all that matters to me is the gameplay (Any Dynasty Warriors game or Castlevania: Harmony of Despair).

Outside of the realm of video gaming, I enjoy the occasional book or trip to the movies, and have been known to watch some anime (Try Baccano! and Durarara!!). Also, I build Gundam model kits, but sort of suck at it. Beyond that, there is not a whole lot to tell, so it is here that I will once again say ‘Hello’ and that I look forward to a more interesting future.


  1. Blitzmage
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 17:17 | Permalink


  2. Lusipurr
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 19:58 | Permalink

    Welcome aboard!

  3. Biggs
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 22:13 | Permalink

    All of his Gundam models are adorned with a brightly colored bow. This is my doing, I am proud.

  4. SiliconNooB
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 22:16 | Permalink

    Wow, is this our first staff member who doesn’t currently own a PS3?

  5. Slab Bulkhead
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 23:13 | Permalink

    I have never owned a PS3, SN.


  6. SiliconNooB
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 23:28 | Permalink

    Well 360 is the console for hardcore pany shooters! KAWAI!!

  7. SiliconNooB
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 23:29 | Permalink


  8. Ghaleon
    Posted 2011.08.12 at 23:55 | Permalink

    Hi, all. Thanks for the welcome. Never owned a PS3, but still managed to play through a couple things on one. Also, there are eleven models that do not have bows, Jen. It’d be a higher number, but my sister has been trying to make up for your efforts. Stop slacking! Two of the pink ones are not nearly girly enough, and I would like to see if Master Asia’s suit forcibly removes the bow.

  9. Slab Bulkhead
    Posted 2011.08.13 at 08:58 | Permalink

    Sonic 2 & Knuckles is like Sonic 2 with cheat mode enabled. It is glorious.

  10. Durga Syn
    Posted 2011.08.13 at 15:41 | Permalink

    Welcome to the team sir.

  11. Oyashiro
    Posted 2011.08.13 at 18:45 | Permalink

    Looks like just got… De…, wait… De-palmed… I got nothing.

  12. Oyashiro
    Posted 2011.08.13 at 18:47 | Permalink

    OH, I GOT IT!

    Ghaleonated! Hell yeah!