I feel like Mr. Vernon has asked me to write an essay about who I think I am. Each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question?
When I was young, the Teletext personal ads used to say "Looking for friendship, maybe more!" and I always thought that was so desperately disingenuous. And yet, today I suppose that's exactly what I'm looking for. I've been around the OKCupid block a few times, and I don't believe in placing too high of an expectation on a particular outcome.
But "looking for friendship" is a little vague. I'd like to meet people to play games with. I'd like to meet people to chat with - about music, movies, languages, games or anything interesting. I'd like to meet people to go on adventures with. I'd like to meet people to drink with like we're still 21. Also I'd like to meet an astronaut but I think I might be on the wrong site for that.
I am very interested in video games, but I am especially interested to see what they can do other than shooting mans in the face. Not that I don't enjoy shooting mans in the face, but it's kind of been done. A lot. A very lot. I think there's a lot of largely untapped potential for other experiences there. Oh, and games are totally art. Anyone who says otherwise not only doesn't understand games, but also thinks art criticism stopped around 1900.
Recently got into intersectional feminism (which may explain why I enjoy shooting mans in the face so much). As a cishet white male, I'm sort of over the self-congratulation about the facile attitude that "sexism/racism/homophobia/transphobia is bad". That's not enough. The unconscious prejudices we carry are far more dangerous than the overt ones, and beg reexamination. I'm aware that I still have some way to go with that, but I'm glad I've realised that I should actually listen to voices from marginalised groups rather than just assuming I know best.
Speaking of which, I call myself straight, and I'm straight enough as makes no real odds, but 'straight' does really imply a rather binary view of gender, doesn't it? I guess to me, 'straight' means having a preference for people around the opposite end of the gender spectrum, rather than a preference strictly for the opposite gender.
I am a nerd about many things, but other than video games, another big one is language and linguistics. If it bothers the fuck out of you that my username contains the noun 'friend' rather than the adjective 'friendly', I could hug you. The truth is "friendlypolarbear" was too many characters for the entry field. If you know what, say, 'CPV2' means, I have to inform you we are already married.
Sometimes I pretend to music. I used to write songs but recently I've been a lot more writing music for games. I am not good at it, but I like it.
I'm not going to disclose my real name here, but you may call me 'you'. You may not call me 'u'. If you're cute you can call me anything you like. Except 'u'. If I can call you Betty, then Betty, when you call me, you can call me Al.
If I had to sum myself up in three words, it would be "not impressing anyone".