Almost as long as he has been out of his mother’s womb, Dusty has been gaming. It’s an obsession that he has never been able to cure, and as a result, he has made a career covering all major facets of the video game industry. With a BA in journalism, Dusty is a full-time writer and radio personality, and he’s ready to see what’s next for the industry. No matter if he is hypothesizing about whether the PlayStation 4 will be the last console we will ever need or he is waxing nostalgic about playing MS-DOS games on his old Windows 3.1 PC, Dusty has a passion for covering the world of gaming that is hard to beat yet contagious all the same.
Deus Ex - The original, not its bastard cousin Invisible War. This was probably the first mature game I ever played, and I was beginning to get serious about PC gaming during this time. I played it when it was relatively new – around 2001 – and it blew my mind. I had never played a game with so many secrets, so many areas to explore, and a story that changed as I played it. This was around the time I was getting into the cyberpunk genre as well, and I had just discovered films like The Matrix, Blade Runner, and so on so I was 100% into this game from the getgo. Deus Ex played like the very best science fiction films, it tackled a handful of real-world conspiracies, and it included a cast of characters that you genuinely cared about. Over a decade later, I still care about these characters, and as a result I at least play Deus Ex once a year to completion.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – In my opinion, the best Legend of Zelda game there will ever be – yes, even better than Ocarina of Time.
Chrono Trigger – Final Fantasy fans are going to hate me, but in my opinion, this is the absolute best Square RPG ever created. One of the most epic stories of all time, Chrono Trigger boasts a wide array of characters, each of which are immediately likeable. Chrono Trigger wrote the blueprint on how to create a compelling JRPG, and it too is a game I continue to play to completion at least once a year.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – I receive a lot of heat for this when discussing favorite Metal Gear games. Sure, most people say the original Solid game was the best, and I’m not going to disagree. Yet, my favorite is Snake Eater, in that it features a story that feels less like a anime/Escape From New York fever dream, and more like a 1960’s spy flick. A protagonist that is arguably more bad ass than Solid Snake, a dame that is as stunning as the best 60’s Bond ladies, and a band of Communist villains that perfectly encompass the classic ‘Red Scare’ vibe, Snake Eater is a game I go return to time and again.