Well met, wikians! My name is Element Knight 375, the creator of pages such as Sonic Adventure X, Nintendo Party, and The Element Chronicles (from which I got my name).
It was an odd way that I came to be here. I happened upon this wiki long before I joined and found that you didn't have to create an account to edit or even start a page. In the same day I created Super Mario Heroes and The Element Chronicles, and soon some GIW veterans like Ouroburos,TheNewSaurian and Geniusguy445 commented on my page, with Geniusguy saying that the author of the page had talent. I thanked them very much, and GG asked if I would commemorate the event by creating an account. Despite attempts to convince me, I managed to turn them down, as I was worried with some of the security issues, even though there really were none.
Despite that, I continued to contribute and even started Element Knight 375's Gaming Forum, a wiki page that anyone, anonymous or not, could edit and contribute to by answering gaming questions. I began to gain friendly relations with the most active members, and because of that I felt that it might be prudent to join the wiki, now that I thought about it. So, I figured out exactly what I wanted in terms of security and did some research on joining the wiki, and also the security issues. I had some back-and-forth conversation with GG and found out soon enough that there are no real security issues under the proper conditions. And so, I decided to make an account and become an official user.
Since then I have been at Game Ideas Wiki for years, and continue to look forward to co-operation and conversation between myself and the creative members of this community.
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Eleven Quotes I Like to Live ByEdit
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
~ Abraham Lincoln
"It isn't about 'games' for me, personally, and it never really was. It was about creating something - anything - far bigger than yourself."
~ Shigeru Miyamoto
"Where there is shouting, there is never true knowledge."
~ Leonardo da Vinci
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
~ Winston Churchill
"Well done is better than well said."
~ Ben Franklin
"We have found that all life forms in the galaxy are capable of superior development."
~ Captain Kirk
"I'm doing things that are true to me. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled."
~ Johnny Depp
"It's not gonna end. My stories only end when I stop running!"
~ Sonic the Hedgehog
"I don't know what's in my future, but it won't be a repeat of my past."
~ Sly Cooper
"There is no secret ingredient...it's just you."
~ Po the Panda
"Aim high; even if you fall, you'll land somewhere near the top."
~ My Mother
A FAQ About MeEdit
Q: Who even are you?
A: I'm Element Knight 375, also known as Gavin *insert last name here*, and I've been here for over 2 years now. One could theoretically argue that I'm semi-prominent around here. I've done over 30 ideas now, I have the most achievement points on the wiki, I've done over 3,000 edits, and people seem to think I'm kind of cool. My hair also always seems to look like some iteration of the Beatles' hair.
Q: What are some of your best ideas?
A: A favorite of many is The Element Chronicles, which was one of my earliest works (and a subject of much of my effort, to be fair). Some of my personal favorites include Sonic Adventure X, Jet Set Radio Reborn, Pixel Fighters, and Star Wars Battlefront III. All ideas I'm proud of, and definitely the most personally fun for me to do. Then again, I don't pursue ideas if I don't have fun with them.
Q: What advice can you give prospective writers?
A: My advice would be...just don't overdo it. Don't worry about huge rosters, detailed character descriptions, controls, options, or anything like that. Place a focus on whatever aspects of the idea you've developed the most in your head, but make sure to do whatever needs to be done to give readers a good idea of your vision. Basically, be clear and don't write any more than you feel you have to.
Q: What do you think makes a good game?
A: This question always makes me remember what Arin Hanson said when someone asked him what kind of game he hates: any game that wastes your time. This is exactly how I look for a good game: one that's satisfying, interesting, and makes you feel like every minute you spend playing it is a good minute. This is the reason why I don't like tutorials, lots of control cues, item micromanagement, stat micromanagement, or spending hours learning how to play a game properly. Every second I spend having to struggle with things like these contributes to my dislike of the game. This is probably the reason why I love adventure games and platformers. For the most part, they're immersive, fast, and have just the right amount of complexity that they don't feel like a drudge. Of course, this isn't to say any kind of game can't be good - it just has to be fulfilling.
I've been gaming ever since I was little, having gotten my start in classics like Oddworld and Super Mario World. Soon I began to progress into third party games like ones based on TV shows and then moved into Nintendo when a dear friend of mine introduced me to The Legend of Zelda and taught me the ins and outs of Super Mario. My collection of games is very diverse, but I am an especially big fan of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Nintendo titles.
It seemed resonable to give my opinion on these since they're so prevalent in the gaming world. I've never been much of a fan of RPGs, but that's mainly with open-ended ones. More often than not, I get completely lost and confused without some sort of guidance.
However, I do enjoy Paper Mario from what I've played of it, and if Zelda can be considered one, well then I guess I'm a fan of those to a degree.
Consoles and my experience with themEdit
I'm one of the most staunch ever believers in consoles. Although computer games are all the rage, you just can't beat slapping a disc into a beautiful console, picking up a controller, and playing your heart out. My experience with consoles is rather unique because of its diversity. I'll start with my younger years.
When I was little and first started gaming, I had the first PlayStation, a Super Nintendo, and a Nintendo 64. My family and I were avid fans of Oddworld games for the PlayStation and my mom and I played it constantly (in fact, my dad once commented on how funny it was that while other kids my age were playing soft little games, I was playing one where people constantly got shot and/or torn up by meat saws. Memories). My dad and I were into the 64 to the extent that we would often play 007: Goldeneye on it, where he would control and I would work the trigger.
Later on, a few years later, I suppose, my half-sister took the PlayStation (I believe it was hers), but it was around that time that I got the PlayStation 2. This was a big break for me because the backwars compatibility allowed us to play our favorite PlayStation games. This was also the period when I got Star Wars Bounty Hunter, which may be my dad's favorite game of all time. I accumulated all sorts of superhero and third-party games, and got in a bit more Mario experience after getting the Game Boy Advance.
Another revolution came when my half-sister showed me the third Oddworld title on her Xbox, and I began to want it very much. I soon got my wish and had some of the most cutting-edge consoles of the day. I obviously got Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee for the Xbox, but by far the best experience I had with it was the Star Wars experience. I ended up with four main games of the franchise, but the best was Star Wars Battlefront. My dad actually hated it at first, but he became so in love with it that to this day, it's the only game he'll ever actually turn on and play.
A matter of years later, I inexplicably lost the Game Boy Advance, but then my next and best big phase was coming: the Wii. I'd first played one when my grandmother saw one in a shop window one day and just bought it for the extended family to enjoy. My dad and I helped to hook it up and I spent hours enjoying the bowling on Wii Sports. It was immediate love. My following birthday, I got my Wii, and it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. My forays into the wondrous world of Nintendo began and now I'm proficient at Mario, Zelda, and various other Nintendo games.
On my 15th birthday, I finally got another handheld console, the Nintendo 3DS. I don't have many games for it yet, but I've enjoyed every one I've gotten, and it's very useful for passing time.
Just after Christmas of 2012, I also got my first next-gen console, an Xbox 360; this led to me trying out all sorts of games, like Skyrim, Sonic Generations, Sonic Adventure 2, and Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition. I still have relatively few games for the 360, but those I have are still very fun.
To recap, I now have a Nintendo 64, an SNES (both of which are still in fantastic condition), a PS2, an Xbox, a Wii, a Nintendo 3DS, and an Xbox 360. If I could get another one that's actually on the market, it would be a Wii U, but I still have a massive amount of consoles as it is, so I would only ever buy a Wii U to replace my Wii, or any other console if it broke.
Top 10 Favorite Video GamesEdit
This was a very difficult list to come up with, because I've been gaming all my life, and it's hard to gauge which ones I value the most. But, after much consideration, here's my current list of favorites:
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight PrincessEdit
Over the course of this list, I've talked a lot about games that have changed me as a gamer. This game, on the other hand, changed my life. When I first played it, I'd had no real experience with serious games; everything I'd played was linear, simple, and not terribly challenging for the most part. Then I delved in Twilight Princess, and my friend and I played it nonstop, for hours, almost up to the end. This was the first game that was truly an adventure for me; I connected with the characters, got immersed in the gameplay, and felt full incentive to explore the worlds and dungeons. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that there isn't a single thing, other than some creepy scenes, that I dislike about this game. The items were fantastic, the controls and gameplay were fluid, the combat was some of the best in the franchise, and the overworlds were a joy just to be in. Chances are, this will always be my favorite game of all time, and my favorite game in the Zelda series.
Sonic Adventure 2Edit
I've been a fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog series for quite a while, and there are so many games I've enjoyed that I know one of them had to take the #2 spot. The biggest challenge was actually deciding which one was my favorite. It was difficult to decide among Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Generations; all three have excellent music and level design, so I went off of which one felt the most natural and intuitive for the universe. As you can see, my choice was Sonic Adventure 2. To be fair, it has a good few flaws: the camera could be finicky, the level design was sometimes confusing, and glitches could frustrate the flow of gameplay at times. Yet, it had amazing music, good voice acting and graphics, and overall excellent gameplay styles. To add on, it had the best ranking system in the series: for the most part, you could easily tell what kind of ranking you would get, and a picture-perfect run was always a great one. Like I said before, it has the most intuitive and creative gameplay, and the right-brain features (music, appearance, etc.) are some of the best in the series.
Sly 3: Honor Among ThievesEdit
This game was in a recent duel to the death with Sly 2 for the #3 spot; I got Sly 2 before 3, and not only did it introduce me to the series, but changed the way I thought about video games. However, I decided to buckle down, remove the nostalgia glasses, and think about which game was more engaging, immersive, innovative, and plain fun. After a mental duel, Sly 3 came out on top. It has the exact same physics and graphics as the other game, but it took everything about Sly 2, expanded on it, and implemented new characters, new power-ups and moves, and new gameplay functions. In fact, there were hardly any new features didn't love, and this is very rare for me. I can't explain the intimate and grand details of the game in a concise paragraph, so I'm simply going to advise you to check it out yourself or in a video.
There was a time when I had a keen obsession with Minecraft because it was immensely different from any video game I'd ever seen. Up until Minecraft, every game I saw had some kind of necessary goal in play that you were obligated to reach, but Minecraft become the one exception. The thing that was most significant about it was its massive amount of options given to the player. It's considered the quintessential sandbox game: it not only allows you to be creative and build your ideal house, but it fully encourages you to do so. In fact, the only true goal in this game is to have no goal at all. But the most remarkable thing about his game is that it's an indie game - ever-expanding, constantly being updated, and always being modded, making room for addictive gameplay elements and adventure maps. But moreover, it's a peaceful game, and a wonderful game to play with friends or by yourself.
Super Smash Bros. BrawlEdit
Countless people will probably criticize my decision to include this game on the list instead of one of its predecessors. However, I've never played any of the other games, and this game introduced me to the series with a bang. It had a great story, interesting plot twists, amazing graphics for the time period, family-friendly gameplay, fantastic music, fun minigames, a STAGE BUILDER, and numerous different features like an in-game camera and game demos that just keep me coming back to it. Plus, who can resist a game that allows you to have Mario and Sonic fight each other? My basic point is, I cannot play this game without having some great measure of fun, and that's something I can say for relatively few games.
Super Mario WorldEdit
I'm actually quite sure this was the first game I ever played, and to this very day, it remains not only my favorite SNES game, but also my favorite Mario game of all time. This is quite fitting, because you can ask anyone with video game experience, and they'll tell you that this is the second most famous game in the series. All you have to do is play it to see why. This game took the revolutions in platforming carried out by Super Mario Bros. 3 and brought them to an even greater height. The levels of the game were vast, unique, and full of secrets and shortcuts; instead of a series of relatively simple overworlds, you had a full-fledged, fused-together map spanning about a dozen or more screens. You could even unlock secret levels and worlds by playing the levels over and over again and finishing them in different ways. And if you finally found all the secret levels and beat them all, you were treated to the words "YOU ARE THE BEST PLAYER" spelled out in coins! Super Mario World is a true example of a timeless masterwork, and it never aged even after almost two decades.
Fire Emblem: AwakeningEdit
I've essentially been a fan of Fire Emblem ever since I knew about it, but for the longest time, I'd only played one game, and it was a lesser-known one. So, when I was at Gamestop and saw that Fire Emblem: Awakening was part of the 3DS selection, I went with the good things I'd heard about it, and made the decision to buy it. I was actually quite nervous playing it for the first time, because I'd had little experience actually playing Fire Emblem and wasn't sure if I would be any good. However, I just got into it, and I played my heart out. Now, I've played many games in my life, and I can say with absolute certainty that I've never been so emotionally immersed in any game, ever. Not only does it have a gripping storyline that can tug at your heartstrings or fill you with fiery anger, it has some of the most relatable characters I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Your army is basically a group of ragtag people of all different backgrounds, but you just can't help but love even the least likeable ones. More than that, one of the main characters of the game is an avatar you create yourself; my avatar has my name, looks like me, and talks like me, and what makes me so emotionally attached to the game is the depth of my avatar's relationships with the other characters. He's the tactician of the army, best friends with the leader of the team, and husband to the leader's sweet and funny sister Lissa, the group's main healer. If you can play those roles in any way, even in a video game, and you aren't moved to pieces, you don't have a heart. So, even though I haven't had the game too long, it's so unforgettable that it has to be one of my favorites.
The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimEdit
It seems to be a rule in this day and age that if you play video games, you have to at least know about Skyrim. After just two years, it has already made its way into the hearts of millions of people, and it's generally regarded as one of the greatest games of all time. Naturally, when I got my Xbox 360, I was desperate to try it. I got the free download for the game along with my 360, and while it wasn't quite as good as I expected, the game itself is so extraordinarily good that it still made my top 10 favorites. It's undoubtedly one of the most large and complex games of all time. You have hundreds of options as to the path you follow when playing it. You can follow the main quest, or you can follow other small questlines. You can become a hardcore fighter badass, or you can become a wizard fighting from a distance. Skyrim is probably the only game you can play for literally hundreds of hours and still not get tired of. It truly is a modern-day masterpiece, and it deserves a place on this list.
Star Wars: BattlefrontEdit
I'm pretty sure this is the only Star Wars video game that I was so obsessed with that I remain incredibly good at it even after going years without playing it. It still remains my dad's favorite video game of all time, and I fully agree with his statement that it is, "the best straight-up army man game of all time." Now, this game has an incredibly popular sequel, Star Wars Battlefront II, which I also played and loved. However, in the end, I decided that I like the first one better. The gameplay was more realistic, smooth, unique, and challenging. Everything was simpler, and it didn't push too hard on the confines of the systems it was on, the way its sequel did. While I enjoyed the variety of options in Battlefront II, I just have a better time playing the first one, and that's really what matters.
Oddworld: Abe's ExoddusEdit
I've always had a special attachment to this game; it was one of the first games I ever played, and I think it's definitely the best-made game in the series. As a kid, I remember I was always blown away by the art and environments. Everything was incredibly attractive, yet very simple in nature. Of course, the game design itself is actually quite different; while everything looked simple on its face, every single situation took careful thought, courage, and coordination (the "three C's" if you will) to get through. Plus, it had some mind-blowing features that were essentially new in video games at the time. For example, it was possible, in some places, to go into a well on the foreground of the screen and pop out of one in the background. Not only is the game fun and challenging, it's also plain endearing because of its unique characters and locations, and it will always be one of my favorites.
There you have it. My top 10 favorites. In case you're wondering how I decided, I went with what I call "Exigency Potential." What this means is, I determine favorites based on which games I would immediately play, under any circumstances, and enjoy it. For example, even if I were always playing a Star Wars title, I wouldn't hesitate to play SSBB if I had to. Of course, another factor is exactly how good I think the games are. I mean, I might enjoy Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, but I doubt the gaming community would see it as a big deal. That's the verdict. Some of you may now know me better than many other people since you've seen my top 10 favorite games. If you share some of my favorites, join me in a conversation whenever! I'd love to bounce back opinions.
Some Favorite Video Game CharactersEdit
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that I've played and/or heard of a lot of video games, and as a result, I've come to be fond of a lot of the characters in said games. Now, most video game characters are great in my opinion, but I'm going to give you a list of some of my favorites! Hope there are some you like too.
Sonic (from the Sonic the Hedgehog series)Edit
Link (from The Legend of Zelda series)Edit
Sly Cooper (from the Sly series)Edit
Shulk (from Xenoblade Chronicles)Edit
Mega Man (from the Mega Man series)Edit
Cloud (from Final Fantasy VII)Edit
Dust (from Dust: An Elysian Tail)Edit
Pit (from Kid Icarus)Edit
Fox (from the Star Fox series)Edit
Blob (from the de Blob)Edit
Top 10 Favorite PokemonEdit
Aegislash competed fiercely with Charizard as my favorite Pokemon. Charizard definitely has more nostalgic value for me, but when it comes right down to it, I have more admiration for Aegislash; I love its design, its color pattern, it's battling style, and even its mythology. It's said that Aegislash has an affinity for detecting leaderlike qualities and people, and whoever it deems worthy will become a king. This appeals to me specially because I've always been interested in medieval folklore (King Arthur, Don Quixote, etc.). Beyond that, the fact that it is capable of switching its Attack and Defense stats makes it extremely interesting and unique. It's hands-down my favorite Gen 6 Pokemon, and I can honestly say it's the most epic Pokemon I've ever trained.
The main thing that inspired putting Greninja on my list is simple: Froakie was my first Pokemon ever. As such, Greninja has been with me longer than any other Pokemon, and I use him for practically every serious battle I fight. Beyond sentiment, I love Greninja's type combination and I absolutely love his design. I mean, he's a freakin' ninja frog with a tongue for a mask and water shurikens that are as powerful as a water saw. That is what I call a cool companion.
When I first started playing Pokemon, one of my main goals was to train a Togepi. It may seem strange, but I've been attachwd to the Togepi line since I was very little, because I loved watching Togepi's adorable antics in the first anime. But then I realized the full value of Togepi as a Pokemon, and ended up using it a lot in battle. One of the biggest reasons it's one of my favorites, though, is that it's the jubilee Pokemon, rewarding peace and respect by bringing happiness wherever it goes. I suppose that's the kind of person I want to be in life.
Raichu is the evolved form of Pikachu, and it is far more aggressive than Pikachu as shown by its need to periodically release its stored electricity either into objects or into the Earth, as shown by faded patches around its nest (boy can we all identify with this one or what?). Despite its aggressive capabilites, Raichu has also been known to have timid tendencies (rather like myself). In all, Raichu is a fun and powerful Pokemon who has always been an asset to my team and deserves a place in my favorites.
Aurorus is, in my opinion, one of the better ice Pokemon in the game. It's capable of learning the best Ice type moves, as well as certain Rock, Normal, Fighting, Psychic, Dragon, and Electric type moves, so it's capable of developing some good type coverage. Beyond that, I have a certain attachment to its pre-evolved form Amaura, since it was the first Pokemon I ever revived from a fossil, and it was my first excellent trading Pokemon.
The reasons why I like Ditto don't actually have all that much to do with battling, as I've never used him in a battle before. The primary reason why I like it so much have to do with how interesting it is despite its simplicity in design. Ever since I was little, I always found Ditto to be a lovable and unique Pokemon, but these days, I find it useful mainly because it can be used to breed the vast majority of Pokemon, making it the most important potential tool for Pokemon trading and shiny breeding. Plus, the idea of a Pokemon that fights its opponent with itself seems very deep to me. But who knows.
Top 10 Favorite Legendary PokemonEdit
Since I'm not always quite active on the wiki, I thought it might be a good idea to make a list of some of the things I'm going to do in the future, whether soon, or not for a while because I'm still thinking about how to do it. This list will constantly be updated, as you can well imagine, because sooner or later I'll probably get done some of the projects (or start them), meaning I'll be able to take it off the list.
I have a couple of blog ideas going, so I'll just list both pages and blog ideas.
The Element Chronicles IIEdit
At some point.
A List of Ideas I've DoneEdit
It's actually been requested, since I'm a rather major contributor to the wiki, that I list some of the ideas I've posted on the wiki. Mostly my work consists of sequels, spinoffs, or crossovers of existing series, but some of them (like The Element Chronicles or Glowthos the Great) are original ideas I came up with. You should also know that this is an ever-growing list, and that some of the ones I list are in the past and no longer worked on, some of them just being ones I wish I never added.
16. Pokemon Journeys
17. Ice Climbers Wii
21. Nintendo Party
22. Cartoon Network Power Brawl (this is an idea that I regret even making, because I was in way over my head with it. If anyone would like to take over this sequel idea to Cartoon Network Punch Time Explosion, feel free.)
24. Sonic R-echarged
25. Pixel Fighters
26. Shy Guy Racing
27. Silver Chaotix
30. 2D Adventure!?
34. Vid Bros.
35. Emblem Warriors
Some random favorites and preferences!Edit
Favorite Marvel Superhero - Spider-Man
Favorite DC Superhero - Nightwing
Favorite Color - Catalina Blue
Favorite Beverage - Club Soda
Favorite Cartoon - Adventure Time
Favorite Real-Life Show - Modern Family
Favorite Sitcom - Friends
Favorite Movie - My Favorite Year
Favorite Animated Movie - Ratatouille
Favorite Film Actor - Johnny Depp
Favorite TV Voice Actor - Jeremy Shada
Favorite Video Game Voice Actor - Roger Craig Smith
Favorite Book - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Favorite Animal - Raccoon
Favorite Game Console - Wii
Favorite Video Game Composer - Hideki Naganuma
Favorite Food - Spaghetti and Meatballs
Favorite Ice Cream - Strawberry
Favorite Cookie - Chocolate Chip
Favorite Candy - Three Musketeers Bars
Favorite Band - The Beatles
Favorite Song - Escape From the City
Favorite Comic Strip - Calvin and Hobbes
Favorite Smash Bros. Character - Link
Favorite Smash Bros. Stage - Battlefield (Brawl)
Favorite Game Series - The Legend of Zelda
Favorite Game Series by Soundtrack - Jet Set Radio
Favorite Snack - Garden of Eatin' Chili Blue Corn Chips (maybe with some salsa even)
Favorite Comedian - Bill Cosby
Favorite Flavor of Potato Chip - Sour Cream and Onion
Favorite Sports - Golf, Running, Basketball, and Tennis
Favorite Jedi - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Favorite NES Game - Mega Man 2
Favorite SNES Game - Super Mario World
Favorite N64 Game - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Favorite GameCube Game - The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker
Favorite Wii Game - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Favorite Wii U Game - Nintendo Land
My Favorite Songs from Video GamesEdit
One of the things that tends to define a given series for me is its music; the way I see it, the music in a video game is what represents it to the world and sets the atmosphere for it. Moreover, it's really what keeps me coming back to the series again and again.
Now, bear in mind, I value the music for every series equally, but there are some series that have more songs I like than do others. So, if there seems to be a lack of balance in the amount of songs I put here for every series, that isn't because I like any particular music best.