I'm Zach! I'm a 26-year-old guy from Oregon who used to go by CastlevaniaTest, but nowadays my handle is ZAJ573. I've been active on the Backloggery for a decade and enjoy comparing my collection to others, so feel free to add/chat!
Back when I started this list I was a Nintendo-only man, but since then I've branched out into PC/other consoles as well. My forte is platformers, music-rhythm games, and bullet hell, but I like to play a little bit of everything, and some of my favorite games are in my least favorite genres. I've also recently been dabbling into speedrunning on Twitch (link above).
The ships in my page banner are from an unused graphic from Life Force (arcade ver), which I shamelessly stole from TCRF: [Link]
2018 stats: [Link]
Well, kinda. In 2018 I ditched my goal system in lieu of just playing what I want. I do have a list of old games I want to finish this year though, or at least make some progress on them:
Either Dark Souls or Bloodborne
At least one Shin Megami Tensei game (Persona 3, SMT4, Devil Survivor)
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
At least one Zelda game (MM)
At least one mainline FF game (9)
At least one Resident Evil game (1, 0, 5, 7)
2019 Monthly Stats
: The Binding of Isaac Rebirth: Afterbirth+ / Steam
: Mother 3 / GBA
: Dragon Quest / Android
: Final Fantasy V Advance / GBA
What's the first game you played?
I dunno! For a while I was convinced it was Super Mario World, but now that I think about it it might be something like Tetris or Mario Land on the Game Boy instead. I do know that I started playing games in the mid-SNES/early N64 era, though.
What's your favorite game?
Anything I've given 5 stars on here I consider one of my favorites. Picking a single favorite would be nigh impossible, but if I had to narrow it down to three, I'd say Ghost Trick, Portal 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.
What are your favorite game OSTs?
*deep breath* Super Mario 64, Mountain of Faith, Bayonetta 1 & 2, Nier (+ Automata), Undertale, FF Crystal Chronicles, Kirby Super Star, Donkey Kong Country 2, Ginga Force, Xenoblade, Bravely Default, and Umineko, several of which I own physical soundtracks for!
Who's that guy in your avatar?
That's Benjamin/Zash from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest! Specifically the version in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, which is possibly my favorite music-rhythm game of all time.
What does "CastlevaniaTest" mean?
Back in 2007 I really liked Castlevania for the NES, and started messing around with Game Maker to make a sort of Castlevania clone. I didn't get very far but called the project "CastlevaniaTest," and I just kinda picked it as a username because it sounded cool. Doesn't sound quite as cool nowadays, but what can you do?
OK sure, but what does "ZAJ573" mean?
It's my initials plus the Konami number. Mystery solved!