Who is SkySoldier?

Who am I? My name is James, and I have been playing video games for as long as I can remember. I guess in some ways I kind of grew up on Nintendo. Then it was the Sega Genesis, N64, Super Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox, Xbox 360, and now Xbox One, along with some periodic PC gaming intermixed in there.

Remember Doom? No I don’t mean the recently released Doom on Xbox and Playstation. I mean the old original Doom. That was my first real experience with a first person shooter.

Back then we did not have the internet to connect with other gamers. If you wanted to play with someone “online”, that involved calling them up and connecting your 9600 baud modem to their 9600 baud modem and playing 1v1.

Not satisfied with that, I uploaded Doom to my high school’s network. In computer science class, we would all race to get our work done so that we could play Doom in 4-player deathmatch. Frag out!

I’ve been in love with multiplayer games ever since.

I don’t just love playing games. I also love talking about them. I love discussing strategy with other players. I love theory crafting for games that allow it, and then logging on and putting all that together in the game.

Mostly though I love the friendships I have formed through gaming and the new friends I continue to make. There is nothing quite like the feeling of beating a raid in Destiny for the first time with your gaming friends. Or that time we ambushed an unsuspecting team at an extraction in The Division. Or just spending some time online in the mostly mindless hack-and-slash fun of Diablo III.

I decided since I love talking about games so much and sharing my thoughts and ideas with others, I should start a blog, or website, or whatever. What’s the difference between a blog and a website anyhow?

So here I am. I don’t know how often I will post. Likely just whenever the feeling strikes. I will also likely be sharing some posts and videos of other gamers I follow that I find interesting. I do not plan on being one of those content creators that are putting out new videos and posts 5-7+ times per week. This site is more of a casual hobby to me.

We’ll see where it goes from there.

I hope you enjoy it.

With that out of the way, let’s get to some FAQ’s, so they don’t come up repeatedly.

Is SkySoldier your gamertag?

Not, but it is close, and I could not believe this domain was available.

What is your gamertag?

I’m sorry, but I would rather not share that on here. In the event that this site does become really popular somewhere, I don’t want to be bombarded with friend requests from players I do not know. It’s nothing personal, but I game with my friends.

Were you in the military? Is that how you picked ‘SkySoldier’?

No I was not. I am a bit of a military history buff however and have always been fascinated with airborne tactics going back to World War 2.

On what systems do you game?

I’m mostly an Xbox player, but I do play some games on PC as well. I have not touched a Playstation since PS2, and Nintendo… I loved Mike Tyson’s Punchout, Zelda, and Contra back in the day, but just am not that interested in their platforms anymore.

What games do you mostly play?

I have spent a lot of time playing SkyRim and The Elder Scrolls Online. I have not played ESO as much recently, and have yet to jump into the new Morrowind expansion.

Right now though I am playing a lot of Destiny and Diablo III.

I’m a big fan of the Tom Clancy games, and play a good bit of R6: Siege, The Division, and Ghost Recon: Wildlands off and on.

Yes, I have played Overwatch and still do, but I’m not all that obsessed with it. It’s fun but I usually like shooters that are a little slower paced and more tactical. Please don’t scream at me about all the strategy that is involved with Overwatch. I know. I’m not saying there is not strategy in it. It’s just different than what I prefer.

Do you stream your games at all?

Currently I do not stream my play sessions, but I have considered it. I may sometime in the future, and if I do I will announce it here of course.

What is your all-time favorite game?

That is a tough one to answer. I’ve had some great memories with different games over the years. Probably my favorite is also the game I was the most disappointed with… The Division. I know that may seem to not make sense. Read my post about The Division, and you will understand my feelings a little better.