Benjamin Lay

Who I Am

I am a student, avid video gamer, otaku, and dabbler in amateur programming and web design. Sometimes I also write pulpy fiction for the heck of it.

You can usually find my latest blog posts on this website. You can also find me on Twitter @frestlay or my Facebook page.

So whether you are here to stay, or passing through to places unknown, welcome to forrestlay.com. It’s crazier here.

What I Play

Pretty much anything. I have been noted for liking everything, and while that is more expansive than is true, I do enjoy a lot more than most gamers would. My favourite genres are first-person shooters and role-playing games (be they ye olde westernese RPG or JRPGs), though I also enjoy turn-based and real-time strategy games, racing games, fighting games, and platformers.

My favourite franchises are Half-Life (and anything Valve makes, pretty much), The Elder Scrolls, Assassin’s Creed, Final Fantasy, Persona, From Software’s Souls series, Monster Hunter, and Spyro when it was on the PS1. I am looking forward to Persona 4: The Golden, Persona 4 Arena, Assassin’s Creed III, XCOM Enemy Unknown, Borderlands 2 and Watch Dogs.

What I Watch

Like my preferences for gaming, I have a fairly low threshold for what shows I like to watch. Slice-of-life and romance-comedy anime are my particular favourites, though I enjoy science-fiction/mecha and dabble occasionally in action thrillers and mystery.

What I Read

Fantasy, action thriller, crime mystery and science fiction are my favourite genres. The works of Terry Pratchett are my favourite books, and I have a soft spot for the young adult novels of Eoin Colfer.

I also enjoy reading some manga and Japanese light novels. Yotsuba&! remains my favourite manga, and my favourite work across all media.

What I Code

Programming is a minor hobby of mine, and I prefer to read about this topic rather than code in it. While I may not be particularly proficient in these languages, I have done some reading on Python, Javascript and Java. I have primarily coded minor projects in PHP.

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