I sit here not having written any kind of article for 2 years, non the less I'm giving it a one off shot. This will be a fairly simple post and is a way of showing why gaming is important to me and what impact it's had on my life.
I was born in 1988, one of the first few games I remember playing was new Zealand Story, for the Amiga. Considering it was released worldwide between 1990-1991 I was still considerably young and yet this game captured my imagination, it wasn't exactly hard to grasp the controls either. The overly happy music was always ringing in my head and the levels are always seemed challenging and rewarding, the excitement of not knowing what the next level would be like or what obstacles I would face kept me entertained to no end. So my dive in to games had begun and I was now hooked.
Any game I could get my hands on I did Battle Chess, Apprentice, GODS, Zany Golf. James Pond you name it the chances are I played it and loved all of them, for some of the games I was probably to young to understand what I was doing however sounds, graphics and constant ability to control something out of this world was always fun.
Newer and better technologies came out, my brother got the SNES console and I would spend hours watching him play the likes of Mario, Mario Paint, Zool, Sim City 2000 and more, while I would get a chance to play on occasion it was mainly hist console so my time was limited. While I did have friends at school I was a very quiet individual and would love to return home and get my head stuck in to video games.
Were my parents bad for letting play so much? Well I have no idea, I never got in to a lot of trouble growing up I would mostly hang around with kids who also enjoyed playing video games, it was somewhat of a relief to find kids my age who enjoyed the same kind of activity.
As the years went on gaming systems expanded and the first personal computer in our house hold was purchased, a window 1995 PC. It easy to say I used it the most out of our family, mainly again using to plays game such as PETZ, Hover and others. What I'm still surprise at though is how I missed some block buster releases games such as System Shock, Deus Ex and even Diablo 1 and II went past without me realising how good these games were meant to be, even now I am yet to play through any systems shocks or previous Diablo games, though I'm sure I'll get round to it eventually.
The older I got and the more games systems started becoming more mainstream the easier it was to find people who enjoyed such a hobby and my days at college probably proved this the most. Late nights on battlefield 2, Quake 3, CS 1.6 and CS:S were some of the best moments I've had with fond memories still stuck in my head.
The problem now is that the excitement I got hearing new announcements for games or actually playing games isn't the same as it used to be. Over the years I've played games on and off I haven't completed a game in months and I've yet yo play a game for over a couple of hours, is this what it's like to grow older?. Gaming is important to me and by writing this I'm hoping to re-ignite the love I have with such a wonderful form of entertainment but now the constant rehashes of FPS games or the sequel of a sequel of a sequel makes things less exciting, maybe I'll have to go back to one those old classics I never played and show myself again what it is to be a gamer. read