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Welcome to Technobliterator's domain!

I am Technobliterator, and I'm one of the head bcrats around here. I am an editor of lots of types of wiki content, can upload and edit images (and take screenshots from editors), as well as sort out all your template and Lua needs.


My Ratchet & Clank history

I'm someone who loves videogames and grew up on the PlayStation 2, I guess?

While Crash Bandicoot: Warped was my first ever videogame, the Ratchet & Clank series is what really made me love gaming. I just adored the mix of platforming, shooting, puzzle solving, and the really awesome setting and sense of humor. The series made gaming my biggest hobby and helped develop my love of science fiction. Of all the games I played on the PS2 while growing up, the Ratchet & Clank games are still the ones that I have the fondest memories of, and the only ones I replay to this day.

Incidentally, my second biggest hobby - which is wiki editing - also came about from Ratchet & Clank. Though I didn't start seriously editing this wiki until October 2nd, 2016, this was the first wiki that I joined and contributed to, years before that.

The Ratchet & Clank series isn't my favorite videogame series of all time - that title goes to Final Fantasy or Metal Gear Solid depending on my mood - but it's still one of my most beloved series and made up my whole childhood. For this reason, I've made certain to play every game. Going Commando has my favorite setting, Up Your Arsenal my favorite cast and side missions, while A Crack in Time has my favorite overall gameplay and story. Ratchet & Clank PS4 definitely had my favorite control scheme.

Game Opinion
Ratchet & Clank I played this one after GC and UYA. While Drek is an awesome villain, and the game is still pretty good, the controls are outdated, and the equipment really basic. It's really interesting to watch the speedruns, and for nostalgia, and it's still good, but that's about it. I don't really hold it in as high regard just because I struggle to enjoy the gameplay, but I admit the story was ahead of its time.
Going Commando Easily my favorite setting, mostly because of Maktar Resort and Megapolis. This game also has some of my favorite gadgets, and it's really great to explore this galaxy. Really liked some of the characters, and loved the upgrade system. Part of me wishes the series returned to this nanotech HUD layout, but alas.
Up Your Arsenal Though this is definitely the best PS2 game in the series, it is only my second favorite of the PS2 games. This game has the best cast, mostly because of the Rangers, Nefarious, and Courtney Gears, who were just hilarious. The Ranger missions and the multiplayer were fantastic editions, and overall the game just feels really polished in certain aspects.
Deadlocked Sorely underrated in my opinion. The soundtrack was fantastic, as was the weapon mod system, and the story was probably the best of the PS2 games. It wasn't perfect, and the lack of platforming was sorely missed, but it was a really fun game.
Size Matters Nice PSP game. It doesn't measure up to the rest of the series, but no one really expected a handheld title to. The lack of gladiator battles was my biggest disappointment, though I never cared for the story.
Secret Agent Clank When I played it, I was torn between this and SM for which one I prefer. Its story is kind of all over the place, and some missions are annoying, but it's overall still really fun and has some awesome moments (mostly Qwark's opera).
Tools of Destruction I really loved this game when it came out, but I beastmoded through this rapidly due to its low difficulty. It was a great entry, but the only issue was it didn't really add a whole lot that was new, and it has been surpassed since. Sargasso was a great level though, and I'm glad other levels in later games were inspired by it. That said, the game deserves credit for setting up a lot of really interesting details to Ratchet's lore and having graphics that still hold up well.
Quest for Booty Fun side game. I actually enjoyed a ton of the challenges, and loved the final boss.
A Crack in Time Easily the best game in the series, or at least tied best. The weapons are the best overall, and I loved the Constructo weapons, which I wish returned in later games. The openness of several levels, the freedom that the hover boots provided, the Clank levels, and the weapons, all made it incredible. That, and it brought back Nefarious and had the best storytelling in the series.
Into the Nexus I have fond memories of it. I dug the weapons and Clank levels, quite liked the villain, and I loved lots of things about it, though it definitely left me wanting a longer game. I also appreciate the attempts in some places to replicate the design of the originals with levels that have branching paths, and the attempt at writing a villain that was a good dark mirror to Ratchet's character.
Ratchet & Clank (PS4) Amazing weapons, graphics, and controls. If it were a tad longer, if the story were more developed, if the soundtrack were as good as the original, and the cutscenes were better, I would say this could have been better than the original. As it is, it's only a template for the best game in the series, and still probably worse than the original overall. It was nonetheless a fantastic mix of nostalgia and fun. Gladiator battles missed again.
Movie It's not nearly as bad as I feared, but the problem is that it feels like a 2 hour long videogame cutscene rather than a movie itself. I remember going in with low expectations and being pleasantly surprised, but I still feel like this series could've had the potential for a really great movie based on it, and instead had one that was entirely uninspired.

Ratchet & Clank wiki history

I used to lurk this wiki, while being a long-time contributor and admin on w:c:jakanddaxter. When DrNefarious gave me admin and then bcrat rights, I began cleaning up the place here and working on a lot of rewrites in an attempt to give the wiki a whole makeover, removing stuff that wasn't needed and streamlining into much better pages that were. Suffice to say, alongside Tim H, Thatawesomecat, and others, I practically took over the wiki from 2016 onwards.

My specialties are templates, Lua, pywikibot, and editing for my favorite games. Don't hesitate to give me a shout if you need help with any of those.

I've been responsible for the majority of the rewritten content since about 2017 or so, especially Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal. This includes the game pages, weapon pages, mission pages, character pages, location pages, enemy pages, and more. Things like script pages were done by Thatawesomecat, and on certain games, parts of the content were done by other users.


Former Wiki Manager
If you're reading this, I was one of the Wiki Manager of this wiki, but due to personal issues, was no longer able to work. I was thrilled to be your Wiki Manager for this time (and may be again in future if I can work again!), so if you need anything, please let me know!

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Technobliterator
Technobliterator
Hey all! You can find me around as an admin on many wikis, and I'm a member of the unofficial NWO logoNew Wiki Order team, where I help wikis with the team in a larger capacity on a whim. I'm also a VanguardVanguard, so I'll be able to help a lot with making your wiki portable. Aside from that, I'm an occasional contributor/lurker all around. I was also a member of the Fandom Gaming Wiki Manager, until Visa-related issues got in the way.

Among other things, I can help in particular with pywikibot, Lua, CSS, JavaScript, and portability, as well as all your MediaWiki needs. For pywikibot, the bot account I use on most wikis is Botobliterator. In the past, I used different bot accounts on different wikis, or my own when I couldn't set up an account, but I now make most on Botobliterator with a few exceptions.

Feel free to give a shout on my talk page or find me on Discord at Technobliterator#1311 if you need anything!

My Wikis

The following are just a few of the wikis I have a big presence on beyond a Wiki Manager.

Final Fantasy Wiki (sysop) Joined the site in 2013, and performed several overhauls of the site, including changing layouts, renaming almost all of the pages, redoing the infoboxes and navboxes from scratch, and writing many of the articles
Ratchet & Clank Wiki (bcrat) Was my first wiki in 2009, but I didn't become really involved until taking over as bcrat years later; now responsible for rewriting a lot of the pages, as well as for creating the infoboxes
Marvel's Spider-Man PS4 Wiki (founder) Founded the wiki in 2018 due to my love of Insomniac Games and of Spider-Man, and helped shape how the wiki looks
Jak and Daxter Wiki (bcrat) Basically learned most things on this wiki, and these days am still involved with how the site looks

Fandom history

On most wikis I have a large presence on, I have been responsible for:

  • Major design aspects of the wiki (the theme/skin, the main page, infobox/navbox/template design, etc.)
  • Creating and maintaining the biggest templates, either using Lua or wikitext (or Portable Infoboxes),
  • Large pywikibot jobs to reorganize the wiki, whether it be page names, links, categories, files, or other large overhauls
  • Writing/rewriting pages, often for topics that interest me
  • Performing maintenance of the SpecialPages

I joined Fandom (known then as Wikia) in 2009. As a huge geeky teenager with a Ratchet & Clank obsession, I was looking to build the best information resource on the web, until I found that one already existed: the Ratchet & Clank Wiki. I was very bad when I started there (it wasn't until around sevem years later that I became a bureaucrat and rewrote most of the wiki), until I joined the Jak and Daxter Wiki, where I learned most of the ropes. Later, my love of the Final Fantasy series took me to the Final Fantasy Wiki, which became my biggest job (and challenge) yet. I became an administrator at least a year or two later.

After this, I joined the Community Council, and then the Vanguard team. Later, the Jak and Daxter Wiki team formed an unofficial group, which we facetiously named New Wiki Order; as we'd polished and improved almost every aspect possible on the Jak and Daxter Wiki (which had otherwise stagnated due to no new games), we decided to take what we'd learned polishing an old wiki and take it to wikis that hadn't had the chance to apply the same attention to detail as they were a bit preoccupied on covering every new release. This meant taking over templates, Lua modules, CSS, and policies that we'd worked on. One of these wikis was one I founded, the Marvel's Spider-Man (PS4 game) Wiki. I was hugely excited that my favorite videogame developer since childhood were making a game based on my favorite superhero since childhood, so I had to get on that!

Currently, in addition to administrative duties, I am a member of the Wiki Manager team, a role in which I get to yet again take the expertise I've built since 2009 and help out other new and prospective admins along the way.


Videogames

My first ever videogame was Crash Bandicoot: Warped, on the first PlayStation, which I honestly loved a little too much. Later, my parents bought me a PlayStation 2, my first ever videogame console. I played a few games, but it was Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando where I completely fell in love with the hobby. The game is a real blend of genres, so I got to experience bits of everything. Became obsessed with the series, along with Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy and Sly 2: Band of Thieves.

Later, my cousin showed me two games from his childhood that I once again completely fell in love with: Final Fantasy VII and the first Metal Gear Solid. Needless to say, I went on to play every mainline entry of both series, and still replay the games all the time to this day. Final Fantasy became my favorite series, with Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy XII being my two favorites, while Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater easily became my favorite game of all time.


Other

My favorite genre of music is hip hop, with a focus on West Coast hip hop from the pre-2000s (2Pac, Dr. Dre, etc.). While I do like other styles of music, hip hop is what I always end up coming back to. Not only do I love the beats, but there's something powerful, authentic, and defiant about it, and the ability of its artists to tell stories is unique. Outside hip hop, in particular I love Daft Punk and Bob Marley. I'm also a big fan of musical theater, and love performing on stage.

As far as films go, I grew up with the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, along with Star Wars. While I don't get the chance to watch a whole lot of films, I do enjoy the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mostly due to Guardians of the Galaxy. My favorite films are The Matrix, Terminator 2, Empire Strikes Back, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Pulp Fiction.


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