I have been gaming literally since the age of Seven on my Atari 7800 ((Pole Position anyone ?)), then came the Nintendo ((The Mario Brothers years)), Commodore 64, Amigo 500 ((Swash Buckling Monkey Island)), Super-Nintendo ECT. Todays games are so realistic, believable and amazing looking but a lot of my fondest memories go back before the days of Gordon’s crowbar :D
Well where to begin, I think probably the game I spent more time with my eyes glued to the screen was Super Mario Brothers, every one from Super Mario Brothers (Nes) right to the mods ((Mario-Kart)) Nintendo owes me some serious time back for that, I could have gotton some sort of kids’ degree with the time I wasted on that game, oh boy was it fun though.
Next contender from the Amiga 500 we have “The Secret of Monkey Island”, a swash buckling tale of mystery, adventure, grog drinking contests, insult sword fighting and general fun. I remember playing as Guybrush Threepwood, a nobody who wanted to become a pirate at any cost. Great adventure kept me busy for a lot of hours too.
Ok, on to the Super-Nintendo. Being a Street Fighter II fanatic ((well a former one anyhoo)) I always used to spend as a kid any little change i could find on going down to my local arcade and pumping it in to Street Fighter II.
I slowly developed my skills of the fireball and “awr-uu-get” ((I know, I know it was Sho-ryu-ken or some crap, but it sounded like awr-uu-get to me)). The conversion to the Super-Nintendo was breath-taking to fans of the arcade version. Many a sleep over was had with a trusty Super-Nintendo and many, many game-pads to boot.
I so owned everyone at Street Fighter II ;)
The first game i played on the PC that really got me into them big time was a multi-player Half-Life mod known as Day of Defeat. A WW2 tactical shooter, it was just so dam playable. Richie introduced it to me over a year ago and i am still playing it online. It just has it all really, great gameplay, team speak, wonderful maps and the ability for anyone to make a map ((within reason)). Dave has a review for DoD here. And it will be getting a make-over in the form of Day of Defeat Source, new technology that brings believable graphics to DoD’s outdated cardboard looking trees, real physics, lighting and shadows. Actually it’s pretty scary when i think of just how much time i spend playing DoD, when Source comes out i’ll be screwed. I’m thinking of those people who get trapped in their room from lack of doing anything and i get so fat that i can’t fit out the door so they have to demolish part of the house. :D
So what are your fondest gaming memories, do share with everyone…