It's-a me, Bender! 

Hello! My name is Ben Holt, but, since there's already a Ben on this site, you can call me Bender (Futurama!). I live in Oklahoma City, OK and I'm single (hey there, ladies!). I'm a gamer, but I'm also a musician and amateur songwriter. I play guitar and bass, and I love to sing. I haven't released any of the songs I've written (in case you're wondering), but I'd like to, if I can find time to record them. 

Anywhoo... Video games. I have been a gamer ever since the original Nintendo Entertainment System, which released in the U.S. when I was 3 years old. I still remember playing games like Super Mario Bros. (1, 2, and 3), Duck Hunt, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Bubble Bobble, and Rygar (does anyone remember Rygar? It had the best music!)

My love of all things Nintendo continued through the 16-bit era with games like Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, and Uniracers (another great, obscure game). There was also a time when I owned a Sega Genesis (past its prime), and I loved the original Sonic the Hedgehog games, especially Sonic 2. Also, does anyone remember Lost Vikings on the Genesis? Send me a tweet if you do! 

My favorite game genres are adventure and puzzle games, so naturally I'm a big fan of The Legend of Zelda franchise. I have played every Zelda game (except for the CD-i games, but we all know that those don't count) and beaten every one of them, except for Zelda 2, because it's my least favorite of the series. 

Next came the Nintendo 64. I still remember the first time I saw Super Mario 64 at an in-store demo; it blew me away. I had never seen anything like it. There were also some great franchises that got their start on N64, including Super Smash Bros. and Mario Party. Mario Kart 64 is still one of my favorite games to this day; my friends and I would stay up all-night playing that game, usually on the Koopa Beach course. It all came down to who hit that shortcut! 

Around this time, Sony released their first console: the PlayStation. I had a friend who owned a PlayStation, and I would go to his house to play Crash Bandicoot. I thought it was great, but I didn't have the money for another gaming console, so I never got a PS One. I continued playing the major Nintendo franchise games through the GameCube and Wii eras, but during the Wii generation, I finally decided to branch out and buy a PlayStation console — more specifically a PlayStation 2. I'm so glad I did, because that led to me being able to play some great games. The first game I owned on PS2 was Shadow of the Colossus, which is now one of my favorite games of all-time. 
I now own a PS3, PS4, Wii U, and 3DS, and I try to play them all regularly. I love video games because they are unlike any other medium; you can forget about your troubles and get lost in a great game. I joined Short Pause because I want to share that love with my fellow gamers; you are the ones who truly understand. I also believe in what this site stands for: honest, unbiased video game journalism. I've really enjoyed my brief time here, and I look forward to the future and seeing where this adventure takes me. The guys who run the site are great to work with; they are everyday guys and gamers, just like you and me. So, that being said, don't be afraid to let us know what you think of the site. We want your feedback. Tell us how you think we can improve. 

In conclusion, thanks for reading, watching, and listening. It's nice to meet you! Make sure you follow us on Twitter and introduce yourself. And, let's all look forward to many more great years of gaming! 

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