I LOVE VIDEO GAMES.
Any sort of gaming really. I was introduced to computer games by Dad when I was 7. I didn’t really understand a lot of the themes, but picked up the game play quite quickly. In 1993 graphics weren’t out of this world. But the game play quality definitely made up for it.
- Leisuresuit Larry: Looking for Love
- Golden Axe
- Ghostbusters II
- countless other games that I can only remember fragments of (ancient roman empire game, car game with nitros, wheel of fortune game)
Looking back, it was funny to realise my favourite of all these games was Leisuresuit Larry. Essentially its about a guy who’s middle-aged and balding, and really wants a root. You start the game dumped by your girlfriend, then you accidently win a perfect match contest, then the lotto, then you’re being hunted by the KBG, you have to pretend to be a chick to escape them (if you dont get a body wax or put soaps in your bikini top you get sprung) etc etc all the while trying not to catch std’s or be tied up by someone’s mum who’s a dominatrix. ODD!
My gaming evolved when I was 8-10 and spent a lot of time at vacational care during the holidays when Mum and Dad were both at work. Both my older brothers and I dominated the single SNES they had there. The other kids realised they could never be as good as us so never kicked us off. They just all gathered around and watched in awe.
- Super Mario Bros
- Super Mario Bros 3
- Earthworm Jim
I can still play the first level of Mario Bros 3 with my eyes closed. Best part is you can download old school Nintendo games ONTO THE WII! So with a quick flip of my wii remote, I can still play it with the same graphics and soundtrack as the early 90’s. Ahh bless.
From 9-12 Dad would work on weekends. This would have been quite dull, except for the part where Dads workers all had link up games on their computers. Each week one of us was allowed to bring a friend, and we would all play against each other for hours. Best Sunday afternoon fun.
- Duke Nukem 3D
This was the most revolutionary thing we’d done – I never knew link up existed. I always wanted to play co-op, because frankly my brothers were damn good at shoot ‘em ups and I was sick of dying. Playing a lot and getting good came at a curse of course – I was on a date with my 3 week boyfriend in grade 11, and he suggested that we meet up with his mates at a gaming station to play counterstrike. He had no idea I could play, so I feigned dumbness when it came to gaming. “What button do I press to shoot? Who do I kill?” I beat not only him, but all his mates. By a lot. He dumped me.
The pivotal moment in my gaming career was when Dad brought home a Nintendo 64 when I was 11. Not only did I become the most popular girl at school, but I became addicted. This console allowed 4 players so no one ever missed out. It also meant holidays weren’t spent at vacational care anymore, since all we did was play games all day long and persuaded the folks we could look after ourselves.
- Mario Kart 64
- Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- NBA Hangtime
- Golden Eye
- Mario 64
- Diddy Kong Racing
- Lylat Wars
By far, the best game I have ever played is Zelda – Ocarina of Time. It will always be my favourite game. Every game I play, I compare it to this one. I think it proved to me that my favourite type of game is 1 player open world adventure. Sigh.
Because of the Nintendo, my family grew a loyalty to the brand like no other. We never bought a Playstation, and to this day still have never owned one.
From 14-20 technology was flowing. Our PC was faster and better than ever before, and many games were added to it. My brother also purchased a gamecube – which seemed like a good idea at the time
- Age of Empires
- Heroes of Might and Magic
- Super Smash Bros Melee
- Zelda: Windwaker
Then of course, another revolutionary gaming experience occurred when I was 19. Dad purchased World of Warcraft for PC, a massively multi-player online role playing game. I started up a character or two, and my life was over. It was a constant struggle between family member on who would play when. I had it during the day when Dad was at work, he had it at night. It is a game that eats your soul. I would easily play for 7 hours straight, forgetting to eat or live. I have played until 4am in the morning scared to let down the team I was in doing quest after quest. My brother bought a computer a set it up next to the first one so that 2 people could play at a time. I have since stopped playing, but my father has not. He has so many characters, many at maximum levels. He is God.
Now, at 23, I live with my dog in a studio. I bought a Wii 2 years ago, and have recently acquired an Xbox 360.
- Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Mario Galaxy
- Mario Party 8
- Star Wars: Forced Unleashed
- Wii Fit
- Guitar Hero: World Tour
- Fable II
- Lost Odyssey
I’m finding it very difficult to finish a game. My attention span for these games weren’t like they used to be. If I’m stuck, I’ll turn it off and forget about a game for months. There is not one game I’ve completed. I prefer to play 2 player, I last longer this way. My goal now is to finish what I start. My fav game so far is Fable II, I adore everything about it. It isn’t as good as Zelda: OoT, but its damn close.