Demosthenes

It's been well established that Demos is a hit with the ladies. A hit, that is, until they turn on him like scorpions and rake his innocent heart over the hot coals betrayal. Hey, if nothing else it's a good read for married guys like myself.

Read on for the profile!

Who the devil are you?

I am Demosthenes... better known as Henry Westerman to my non-digital peers. 5'6" and 20 year old white boy. College student with aspirations to become a history teacher. Resident gaming geek. Emotionally sensitive to a fault. And resident Buddhist who's got a crush on the Dalai Lama (I mean, look at that guy, he's awesome!).

What are you supposed to be doing during the day when you're reading GWJ?

Probably some kind of academic activity that relates to college, you know... like reading or writing papers or studying for exams and occasionally, going to class.

When you're not working or gaming, what do you do with your time?

There are times in the day where I'm not working or gaming? Actually, a bigger surprise would be me being focused on working. Ummmm... what do I do with my free time? I'm usually either reading any novel that rubs me the right way (anything that ranges from Dune and Ender's Game to my Queer Eye for the Straight Guy book in preparation for a big date to Fight Club when I'm feeling unstable enough to relate... currently thumbing through I, Lucifer) or goofing around a bit with my art that will probably result in some kind of webcomic in the next few months if I ever take the time to write a few strips out.

How about family? Do you have any kids?

I'm as single as they come! And unless my ex has a surprise for me in the next month or so, I'm pretty sure I don't have any kids (unless those damn aliens stole my seed!). My family consists of my mom, my sister, my dog, the occasional relative, and me. Oddly enough, as a goofy side note, I'm the last male of my family on BOTH sides! Bouncing back and forth on what name to go with before I get married and have kids.

What was your favorite game over the last year or so? Why?

Hmmmm... I suck at picking one thing. City of Heroes was definitely a lot of fun until about last month. The Hibachi Kid and Marius Desmodus did some damn good work cleaning up the streets of Paragon City. The storylines were excellent and finding the occasional friend to team up with was almost always entertaining. Along the single player line, Half-Life 2 was definitely pretty badass. After I realized that I could turn a few settings up and still run very smoothly, I probably spent more time gawking and getting shot than I should have. And no matter what anyone says, I think the storyline was actually very interesting and well done... there's definitely something to be said about only knowing what you're told and what you see for yourself in a story.

Which game are you looking forward to most?

Hmmmmm... That was originally going to be KotOR 2... But it sounds like I may have to put that off till a price drop and some patches. Beyond that, if anyone here knows anything at all about me, they know I can't wait for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. I spent WAY too much time playing through Morrowind... and a new game (with the same level of customizability and mod support, hopefully) would only give me the last catalyst to get me to fail out of school.

What is your fondest gaming memory?

Let's see... I'm told I taught myself to read, mostly to figure out my NES instruction manuals so that I could learn enough to beat my dad in games like Tecmo Baseball. But I don't really remember that per say, so I don't think that counts. I'd have to say some of my fondest memories probably relate to games where I created my own avatar or customized him to do what I wanted him to do. That said... Deus Ex and Morrowind (once I figured the bugger out) were definitely some of my most engrossing and enjoyable times gaming. KotOR comes to mind too, not so much because of the gameplay or anything... just that evil smirk on Bastila and my face when we betrayed the Republic. I was actually grinning myself with an evil twist. Damn kewl.

Finally, why do you play games at all? Why haven't you outgrown them?

Ummmmm... well I'm only 20 years old. By college standards, I should still consider boozeahol the lifeblood of all good times and enjoyment. That said, I still enjoy gaming, so I still do it. It's always been a hobby of mine, and probably always will be. If anything, it makes me feel like a kid again and sends me back in time to when I would wake up at six in the morning to get an early start on my weekend gaming before my parents got up. Besides, it's much better than vegging out in front of the TV every night. I get to DO THINGS instead of just sit there... and that's important... even though I hate actually getting up and doing things in the real world more often than not.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our hard hitting questions! Any last words?

Those were hard hitting? Who are you? Dan Rather? I got harder questions from my mom after she found out about my slightly hidden relationship with my ex! Damn, that woman can be pushy sometimes... Ummm... Oh wait... Last words. Well, in the interest of making a joke about my lack of understand with women... I direct you to the MacHall from November 8, 2004.

Helen: After months of work, I have perfected the unified theory of gender relations! Women are crazy and men are dumb.

Ian: Why are men dumb?

Matt: Because we don't understand crazy people.

Oh yeah, and don't forget, in the immortal words of Reaper... "Just remember that sometimes you need to allow problems to just roll like water off of a duckilama's back."

Comments

Hey Demos! Love the shirt.

May your honesty and openness be an inspiration for us all. Good to know ya.

Nice to know you philosopher sir. Remember, Renes Descarte (sp?) was a drunken fart, I drink therefore I am!

I have a LOT of fond memories of my father and I playing with various computer systems in the 80s and having a lot of fun together.

I don't know what's caught your attention in that photo, but it appears to make you VERY happy!

Pleased to meet you Demo!

The man!! The myth!! The persona magnet!! Nice to finally see a profile of our distinguished gentleman.

Definitely, though, I was expecting you to dedicate more time to the Buddhist studies than you do, as it clear now.

Actually, that photo was taken less than an hour before the profile was put up. I needed a picture that didn't involve my ex, my cross dressing from Halloween, or some combination of the two... so I had someone with a digital camera take some and I was up in a friends room and the guy with the camera was bouncing around, while I was watching the crazy antics of a drunk friend on Green Beer Day... that said... I'm a myth? Weird! I am some what haphazard in my Buddhism though... I tend to read and study more in times of stress to understand things, but when it comes to day to day, I'm a little more casual. ^_^

I HAVE that shirt!

I'm WEARING that shirt!

RIGHT NOW!

Weeeeeeeird.

Maybe we're some sort of crazy long lost twins.

You know, because owning the same geek t-shirt obviously implies a blood relation.

Good to know ya, now get back to studying, or drinking, or chasing the girls! The college days - best time of your life!

Cool T-shirt, too.

Nice T-shirt!

What ever happend to the GWJ 2nd Tshirt?

And resident Buddhist who's got a crush on the Dalai Lama (I mean, look at that guy, he's awesome!).

I've met the Dalai Lama before, in a Buddhist Temple dedication ceremony in Ohio like a year and 1/2 ago or something like that. He's a funny guy.

Nice to "meet" you Demo. And just like the others, I'm jealous of the shirt. The only geek shirt I have is a white Nintendo one, but I spilled wine on it recently so I think I need to start shoppin' around. Ah, to be young and in college. I command you to order a panty-raid - stat!

Hey Demos! Now I know the face of the man who made me feel so inadequate at UT2k4! Nice to meet you!

Hee hee! Agreed, mad props on the great shirt! And, good to "meetcha".

Yeah, sweet t-shirt.

Now I feel as if my complete lack of any gaming attire is a real inadequacy in my wardrobe, instead of just something I never thought about much.

I can see it coming now. I'm going to end up forking up a hideous amount of money for a gaming related shirt, and it will be all your fault.

Haha, that's not even my favorite gaming swag... just the cleanest at the time! I've got my green 1UP! Mushroom t-shirt WITH matching arm bad ^_^ Now that's swanky. Not to mention the "Don't Make Me Go Zelda On You!" t-shirt, with some of the item icons from the original on it. I'll take more pictures later and you can all revel in my super kewl geek wardrobe!

...And god damn it, Elysium bumped me down, now I won't get any more comments

Hey, look! Another comment! Live to serve, that's me.

Um... lessee... need something substantive here.. aha!

I have that T-shirt too! My wife gave it to me for one of my birthdays. My favorite gaming swag, though, would have to be the blue hoodie with the Atari logo on the front. Hard to find the Atari paraphernalia, but that's the first console I ever had.

Are you what they call 'emo'?

He's way too happy IDgaf.. way too happy. Emo kids are into knitting and crying and stuff.

Yeah! I may have my days in the dumps... but I'm pretty good most of the time... I tend to keep a pretty positive spin on my life... especially in the long run... however far I can claim long run for 20 years, heh. Still... for the occasional load of crap and confusion... I think emo is pushing it just a little

Heh, that is a cool shirt. Good to "meet" you! (Or read about you? Profile you? Hmm. There has to be a word for this! If there isn't, we should invent one. :))