I don't consider myself an otaku, though I am a RPG gamer. I grew up on Mario, Final Fantasy, Tales, as well as Skies of Arcadia, and have played on almost all the consoles since the NES until PS3, except Xbox.
I'm interested in things in general about Japanese culture and watch asian dramas as much as anime. I've been into mystery for as long as I can remember, and watch anything from a thriller, to paranormnal, to detective... though I often find horror boring as hell to watch. ( Have yet to see about reading it).
My favorite shounen manga author is Shirodaira Kyou-sensei, which I own almost every manga he's written. Shoujo I like vary based on the author's writing style, but I have liked Zombie-Loan, Vampire Knight, Betrayal Knows My Name, and Natsume Yuujinchou to name some of my favorites.