Ok, I’ll jump in.
I don’t post much, an extremely conscious decision because I feel like I’ve very poorly represented myself on other forums, and do not want to repeat that error in this community because I generally, honestly like and respect most of the people and their opinions here, something I cannot say about any other forum I’ve ever visited. I cannot count the number of posts I’ve typed, but deleted before posting due to fear of offending and/or sounding like the idiot I am. I’d like to believe that I’m past all online foolishness, and will now only post things I can look back at and be (somewhat) proud of, not embarrassed/ashamed of. I’d like to believe I’m doing ok with that here. So far. (I think some here know what I mean by this)
My addiction to gaming started with Space Invaders. I once skipped school with my girlfriend, and for no reason whatsoever found a Space Invaders game in the game room of a hotel with an inexplicable 9999 credits! I played at least a few hundred of those credits. My girlfriend was cool, played the first few dozen or so with me, then watched, pretending enthusiasm for the next few dozen, then tried very hard to not be annoyed by the next couple of hundred. But, I was hooked! As soon as I moved away from home, my first major purchase as an adult was a Nintendo game system. My time spent with Zelda, Link, and Final Fantasy could easily rival my recent time with games I play(ed) today.
When I bought my first PC, it had a whopping 300MB hard drive, and I started my gaming addiction with King’s Quest games, then DOOM, then Alone In The Dark. After that, it’s all a blur.
PC gaming got me into programming, which is my career now at IBM, and building my own PCs was/is a passion, each new build replacing my previous “awesome box” which were passed down to my (3) children, each having a PC of their own since they were old enough to use a mouse.
My best gaming experiences would be:
DOOM - When I read somewhere that Robin Williams played Doom, I immediately found the shareware version, and began my late-night gaming binges (It’s 4AM! Holy Shit!). I played through the main games (1 & 2) and all the fan-made maps I could find, which were well into the thousands.
Myst - Before there were things called walkthroughs, we old-timers had to figure stuff out on our own (yeah, lawn…off)! I both hated and loved the original because it made me think so much. I remember days wherein I’d spend hours daydreaming about the “ages”, and have “Eureka!” moments of discovery when thinking of an area/method/something I hadn’t thought of before, then rushing through my day and breaking speed-limits on my way home in order to try them. Riven completely kicked my ass, but Exile was one of my proudest gaming achievements in that I set and achieved my goal of completing the game totally on my own without any hints or help of any kind. If anyone says, “So what? Exile was easy!”, I will kick your dog!
Thief - A bit of a roller-coaster relationship with this game. I knew I wanted this game (the box was so cool looking on the shelf at MediaPlay) for months before I saved up enough money to purchase it. I did not like it at first. I thought it was too hard, and uninstalled after my first attempt. A few months later, I gave it another try for no particular reason, and it just clicked. Late night Thief binges were my life for years afterwards. By the time I finished the first, Thief 2: The Metal Age was released, so then I had that to continue my obsession. After playing both repeatedly, I discovered that there were Fan-made missions for Thief, and again, my obsession continued. Then, I began to feel a little guilty about spending so little money to gain so much enjoyment from a game, and decided to make my own Fan-made mission; a kind of “payback” to the Thief world. So, I made my own Thief Fan-made mission. It was well-received, so I made a sequel, and it was also well-recieved. Because they took so much time to create, I felt my “obligation” to the Thief-world was satisfied, so I felt I was done, but I still played Thief and any new Fan-made missions constantly. In hindsight, I think creating these missions made me a bit more critical of other Fan-made missions, and it was at this point that my love affair with the Thief community declined. I found myself being annoyed by other Fan-made missions for their lack of what I thought Fan-made missions should be. Admittedly, I was wrong to criticize as harshly as I did, and it is a horrible regret I live with to this day. There were some good people I no longer have contact with because of this mistake.
Elder Scrolls - Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, and now ESO, in descending order of enjoyment. Morrowind was my first and best experience with any RPG. Exploration, man. Exploration. Exploration of a world so very cool, so very open and real was such a drastically different experience in a game, and I loved it so much.
Rainbow Six games (up to 3) - After 3, they became different games, and I have no interest. But, all before 3 I played and replayed dozens of times. Plotting out your teams actions on the planning map was so engrossing to me. I would spend at least a ratio of 10 to 1 on the planning-to-playing game. It was so satisfying to finally get the “right” plan where you didn’t even need to control a team for them to accomplish their tasks and you could focus (control) only one team in the execution. So many “Whoa!” moments! I still hate that you could not save at any point in each mission, but it sure did make every mission supremely intense!
Defense Grid - So much time playing and replaying (Steam says 520 hours!). Reflecting, I’m unable to come up with any real definition of why I love this game so much. I just do. For many years, it has been my go-to game for just plain relaxing, fun, satisfying gaming.
That’s enough, I guess.
Oh yeah, …um, Hi!