I'm Banana Gobbler.
Most of you know me from OH and the rest of you have no clue.. so consider the ones who don't as lucky. I originally started my gaming career as a hardcore Nintendo nut, I had every console up to Gamecube made by Nintendo and all were grand. My games experience originally started with the NES like many others but I'd also been heavily into PC's. Playing my first co-op game on Qbasic with Gorillaz - the wacky banana tossing game where you and a friend have to guess angles and force also judgement based on the environmental details such as the wind and the height of the buildings that made of the sprawling city that these two Kong sized gorillas were standing on.
My PC gaming took off with many games like Thunderscape - A little known rpg by SSI that blended all the best aspects of first person rpg's with the tech of dos and the pentium chipset at my fingertips. I played the hell out of that game, every time I played I got farther and my lust for more lore, more puzzles chance at new and unique heroes. I mean seriously where else can you have a party with a Rhinoman, a Skeletal Warrior, a Steam Golem, a Lizardman, a Fairy and an Elf..
I continued enjoying games on the NES during the time leading up to Thunderscape. Duck hunt and Mario were played the hell out of and I didn't even know other games existed until Zelda's gold cart came along. Shortly after Hurricane Andrew hit Florida and seeing how I was in Miami at the time our house was hit. I remember coming back after and finding someone's roof still intact and crunched through our garage. Where we would have been staying to ride out the storm had we not decided to leave last second. Ironically the NES got drenched and so did all my toys but like a hero from the fires my dad came through, cleaning the entire NES so it worked even better then before! By that time my folks got us an SNES the coming Xmas tho so I didn't get to play much more of my NES before we sold it in a garage sale.
The Second Coming of Nintendo! SNES!
That sounds like something you'd be shouting if you had too much snot in your nose when way too excited! Yanno essentially how everyone was as a kid and got something they never new existed or that it was so amazing and so obvious that it should be..
The SNES for me was a gift from the gods, sweet graphics.. broad color pallet.. the music! My god the music!! Not only did it bring amazing looking (for the time) graphics and sound but it also brought the games. After my experience with the Nintendo, to see the SNES and how many games were out for it made my little childparts happy with glee! The first time I turned it on and heard the trademark Nintendo sound.. oh... I creamed myself before my sack even dropped. Super Mario World was the first game I got and Super Mario World was the first game my ADHD little brainmatter stuck to and finished when nothing before would caress my limbic system with such sweet delights.
I quickly found an amazing set of games such as Super Starwars and sequels. Blockbuster was my way of experiencing games and experience them I did. Renting from blockbuster and their short rental times made it a challenge to beat a game before you took it back or else you NEVER finished it (unless you reeeaaaaaallly begged for it for Xmas.. *coughs "Mario RPG" Cough*) Seeing as Battletoads, TMNT4 Turtles in Time, Street Fighter and Starfox were some of my best loved. I also owned Pilot wings, Flashback and Out of this world. All games I loved intensely. Many more would soon follow yet after time I lost interest into a new console Sega was churning out games for genesis and I got a new console, tho it was more for my father.
Genesis and Game Gear kinda flew past me, Robocop, Terminator 1 and 2, The many sonics.. Those were the days. These games didn't have graphics so they had to tell it in stories, each of which sucked me in like an asian prostitute. I had fun times with these consoles but not much to say.
N64 the Nintendo Whore
Man did the games come in. Jesus. By this time my friends and I played the hell out of this console they were fun and they were enchanting, Golden Eye, 1080, Conkers bad furday, Mario 64, Mario Kart! Talk about some amazing games! They taught me a ton but they also made me realize that you didn't need graphics to have fun (as the ps1 had the graphics but no games I was interested in)
Skipping ahead abit as I'm sure all of my gaming experiences will eventually come out in later blogs I will say that Diablo and Diablo 2 took up a huge chunk of my time as did Everquest and Starwars Galaxies Each enchanting before falling into monotony. More and more I felt myself being pulled away from consoles as I saw a trend growing. I stayed out of the ps2 but I had Dreamcast (RIP my love..) and Gamecube, all of which were so fun.. Smash.. Soul Calibur.. Sonic Adventure.. So many games.. so much fun!
Skip Ahead to a magical MMO that captured my lust for lore and Blizzard who I had been following since the Blackthorne and Lost Vikings era, hell even through the Space Hulk games. World of Warcraft came out and was intensely exciting, I killed stuff and squealed with delight as I leveled! "TWANG!" I still remember from Everquest... This did it better.. But it didn't have the same endless hours of charm that Everquest had. Where Everquest felt like being taken on a mind-blowing ride where you explored and were rewarded, World of Warcraft felt like I was pushing through, needing to get through it.
And thus my addiction to World of Warcrack manifested!
WoW gripped my need to mindlessly grind and kill and party up, meet new people, be social. It was a breath of fresh air as I was highly antisocial. I eventually broke that shell which I do thank my WoW clans for setting up events and getting together for fun times. That helped me really step out and into gamings offerings since about the Daily Crusades (the Daily quests leading up to the Lich King) turned me off as they were just keeping me busy until they stopped being lazy and releasing content. I saw a glorious game become something of a shell of it's former self and thus my PSP/PS3 gaming interests came.
Sony love? No... Sony NEED!
I actually had purchased my PSP first, finding the system to be amazingly fun and powerful for such a handheld, my DS couldn't touch the RPGs and games I experienced on the PSP and I went through many, all I loved. The UMD's were a bit redic but I didn't feel at the time that it was an issue, I gladly had the pocket space for a umd case and my psp+case so I didn't mind experiencing all the fun. That PSP quickly grew into a PS3, getting tons of games to which one I love the most. Little Big Planet. I loved that game so much I purchased the psp version and got LBP2 and it's why this coming Weds I'm also getting LBP for the Vita. It was a creation sim for a kid who lived and breathed legos..
Despite the broken build of LBP PSP I enjoyed the creation so much that I would design an entire level for hours save it and go to bed only for me to come back the next day and have it broken with items out of place, switches broken, all sorts of atrocities of buggy gameplay. But I was there remaking the levels, working with the bugs and finding I created an amazing level..
My current love is for Sony, Its true I am a Sony Fanboy but mostly because there's that or PC and everyone's a fan of PC. I hate Apple products due to the rampant milking that they continue to do from their customers, the environment, and their workers.
I currently own a cracked PSP (for emulation of snes/nes/genesis/gamegear basically all old consoles no longer in production), DS, PSV, PS3 and I dont plan on getting the next gen consoles unless Sony surprises the hell out of me which they did with this PS vita..
So that in a nutshell is me, Banana Gobbler. I've got a lot of love, but also got a lot of hate.. for everyone!