The Man Behind the Ratonga

…. or would it be the ratonga behind the man? Hmmm….

If you are wondering what the hell I am talking about, it is this month’s challenge by Ambermist of Tastes Like Battlechicken. The idea is basically to give a peek about the person behind the blog. Sadly, I skipped last month’s challenge which was to tell a story involving a MMORPG of our choice. Unfortunately, I could not think of any interesting stories to tell. There were sure lots of epic or funny moments moments in my MMORPG history but nothing that led itself well to an interesting narrative. This month however is a  topic I can write something about that I hope might be interesting to somebody.

So, here are some facts about this guy who writes this little blog:

  • I am a brazilian. Or if you want to get technical about it, half-brazilian, half-japanese. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about japanese culture. Or even eat japanese food. I know, it sounds strange but my mother is the most pragmatic woman I know. So I guess she didn’t see much point in teaching those things to me and my older brother. She is also second generation, with my grandparents from her side being the ones who were actually born and raised in Japan. The part about food though is my fault since I am terribly picky about food.
  • My grandparents, from my mother side, never learned to speak portuguese. Yet somehow I was always able to get along pretty well with them. Sadly they passed away when I was still a little child so I never got the chance to learn japanese to actually talk to them. Ah, well, I will always have the best memories from them, despite the language barrier. 🙂
  • I learned to speak in english in a course for it outside school at… 11 years old, if I recall correctly. My mother thought it would be one of those required skills to get a good job in the future (she was right). I didn’t abandon it without completing it though since I got really tired of all those silly stories they make you read in those kind of courses. Plus the years were starting to drag by. I learned enough to get by myself though so the rest of my english was honed through lots of reading of tabletop RPG books (which were pretty much never used), games and reading websites.   Go internet!
  • I wasn’t confident in my english skill until I started to play MMORPGs. I can read and write without issues. But listening and speaking is still hard for me. How hard? Well, this is how people in voice chat sounds a lot of times for me. To be fair I am pretty sure I sound the same when speaking english.
  • I started playing video-games back at the Atari days (whenever those were. It is been too long). Although I don’t think I really got into them until the Super NES and a little game called Final Fantasy VI. That was the point where I really started to get interested into all things gaming. Before that it was usually platformer games or action games (I forgot the actual term) which could be played by two players with my brother. On the PC it usually was strategy games or adventure games.
  • My first real MMORPG was a little known title called Fairyland. As far as I know it is long gone by now.  I think it was originally produced taiwanese company whose name I don’t remember anymore nor who did the american version of it. Anyway, as the name implies it was a game where all the quests were based around fairy tales. It was interesting to see how they turned some fairy tales into quests. It also had an interesting pet system, where pets were like party members. Pets also had elements so having the right pet for  the  right battle could make things a lot easier. Oh, combat was also turn based in the same style as Final Fantasy VI.
  • The name Rakuno was one I made up when I started playing Everquest 2. Originally my intention was to make my ratonga my “main” character. After much pondering about a name, I started to try thinking about things that would have to deal with stealing since ratongas have a natural tendency toward kleptomania. Eventually I thought about the word gatuno (a not very common word for thief, robber, etc. in portuguese. The most common word being “ladrão”).  Change a couple letters and voila! New name that sounds original enough.
  • I chose a ratonga to serve as my person on this blog because they are the coolest race ever. If I had god like powers I would use it to put ratongas in every game in every MMORPG! Thinking well, maybe I just should use such powers to transform humans into ratongas. The world would be a much better place  that way.
  • On a random note, it has been dang cold here lately. In a related random note, I never seem snow! Well, ok, I’ve seem it on TV and movies. But you know what I mean!

11 thoughts on “The Man Behind the Ratonga”

  1. I had a Brazilian guildie in WAR before. He was the best all around WAR player I’ve known. Great in heals, tanking and DPS. He’s from Floripa I think. I don’t know if I got that right.

    • You got that right, yes. 🙂

      I am from São Paulo, which is in another state entirely and has a completely different feel as a city. It is hard to explain the differences since… well, I don’t know much about Floripa besides that it seems beautiful (I really should travel more…), having more historical buildings and being a great place for tourists. While the city I live in is a cosmopolitan metropolis with all the perks and issues you would expect from one.

  2. I love the trend lately towards teaching English through things people actually LIKE to do–and this is why. With a solid foundation, you were able to hone your skills through games you enjoyed playing and reading about. It’s such a better way to learn anything.

    Keep getting your magical skill high enough, and maybe you will see ratongas in every game! 😛

  3. *nods* I am not sure how english courses are here nowadays. From the commercials I see they seem to be indeed trying to shorten times and promise to teach it in more practical ways, like jumping straight to listening/speaking skills rather than spending a year or two getting people to read simple texts to build the base of the grammar and some vocabulary. I am honestly not sure how well it works since I am the type who believes that to learn anything properly requires time and they way they advertise it seems like the courses are too short to learn anything useful. Heck, even I spent at least a couple years in a course before I insisted (read: whined a lot) about dropping it.

    Oh, I will. I try to grind my magical skills every day. I am still trying to levitate the remote control with my mind so when I want to watch TV I don’t have to get up from my bed or from where I am sitting. Same thing for doing stuff on the computer by just thinking. I am pretty sure getting both of those done is just a question of time. After I master them everything should be easier!

  4. enjoyed reading more about you 🙂 (and now when I check my site stats, I know who my Brazilian reader is!)

    ratongas are awesome 🙂 i do miss my ratonga from EQ2 (was named Fizzi till the server merges)

    • Thank you! 🙂

      I do miss my ratonga from EQ2 as well. And the decoration. Unfortunately the rest of the game stop being engaging a long time ago. Oh, well, still plenty of good MMORPGs out there!

  5. Rakuno, your written English is great! It’s funny the difference between being able to read and write in a language compared to speaking and listening in that language.

    I think for non-Japanese, that japanese food is an acquired taste, the first time I looked at raw fish I felt ill, but now I happily eat sushi and sushimi and it’s yum! Wasabi makes it even yummier :).

    • Thanks! And yes, it is funny. The hardest is to explain that to people specially since it seems they think learning to read/write is harder than listening/speaking. To me it listening/speaking has always been the hardest, in any language. I guess it is just because I am more of a reading/writing person than a conversationalist one. :p

      You are probably right about japanese food. There was this one time I tried eating takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and found it extremely weird as far as meat goes. It was soft and sweet where I am more used to steak which, at least here, it is hard and salty. Though the real problem is more that almost all japanese food (that I know of, anyway) is heavy on vegetables. And vegetables to this day, much to my embarrassment, is not something I eat. Yes, I know it is terrible to my health. But old habit and all that… : x

  6. Whenever I read your posts, be it reviews or more personal stuff, I feel like nodding my head – a lot. 🙂 I did start off with Atari too and everything else came from there, but really started off with JPRGs like the FF series.
    oh and welcome to our circle of second language bloggers!

  7. Whenever I read your posts, be it reviews or more personal stuff, I feel like nodding my head – a lot. 🙂 I did start off with Atari too and everything else came from there, but really started off with JPRGs like the FF series.
    oh and welcome to our circle of second language bloggers!

  8. Oopps! Sorry for not approving this comment before, Syl. For some reason it ended up in the spam folder and I only noticed it now. : x

    Anyway, thanks, and that is pretty much the feeling I get while reading your blog. I just sit there nodding and thinking if there is anything I can add to the discussion. I don’t always think of something interesting to add but I always enjoy your posts and rarely, if ever, disagree with anything. 🙂

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