I'm an Australian gamer, living in Melbourne.
I got into gaming at around 6 and haven't stopped!
I like to think all my bias and fanboyish charm has worn off now, but i may still have some in there, which could be why i don't own a PS3.
I own the following systems:
Sega Mega Drive (Genesis)
Gameboy Advance SP
Err, thatís a little formalÖ
Iíve done a couple of blogs already, about my tattoos, but I thought I should do one of these introduction things I hear so much about. Check out my tattoo ones if youíre interested though. I also decided to add a little ďthis is my game stuffĒ and this is what you end up with.
I have been playing video games since I was about 6. My father gave my brother and I an NES for Christmas one year with Super Mario Brothers and Kid Icarus. It was all over from there. We amassed around 25 or so games; we had the power glove, the fitness mat thing, and two zappers, didnít have R.O.B but wanted it.
Games that couldnít have lived without:
Super Mario Brothers 1-3
Legend of Zelda 1 and 2
Wrath of the Black Manta
Mega Man 1 and 2
Gunsmoke. Fun Fact: This game rules.
Mike Tysonís Punch Out
We used to carry it between parents houses (see: divorce) in a large camera travel case, (You know the big silver ones?) with foam cut outs inside to hold it all in place. It was pretty badass when you showed up at a friendís house with this thing. I always hoped I could get it to make that hiss noise when opened, like when Predator removes his helmet. But i digress. Long story short: not sure where it went. Itís gone, just gone. I donít even know where. It was even chipped so it was even region free. Sad days. Iím not crying; I just have something in my eye!
I also had an Atari Lynx in my youth. I lent that to a girl and broke up with her before getting it back. I loved that thing, but everyone else had Gameboys so I could never get my multiplayer on.
Games of worth:
I had a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis for you NTSC types) but it never really grabbed my attention. Really only played a few things here and there:
Streets of Rage (Iím not sure if it was called this elsewhereÖ)
A Super Nintendo arrived one day, and that thing got played pretty heavily. It was kind of sucky being a PAL gamer, because you would read about these awesome looking games in EGM or something and they would just never come out here. We owned some pretty sweet games:
Secret of Mana
Legend of Zelda
Flashback; was my favourite of all time
I also did quite a bit of PC gaming as around this time the internet was just poppin off. Warcraft 2, Duke Nukem 3D, and Quake were all outstanding multiplayer games. I actually won a Quake mini tournament at a computer show and the prize was a shitty Microsoft racer and 100 free internet hours, which was a godsend back then because one hour would run you around $5. The best two players in the mini-tourney had to frag it out with a Quake level designer (apparently) playing along as well. The Quake guy won, but he didnít count because he was just there for show, so I got the prize.
Other things that got played:
Rise of the Triad
Doom 1 and 2
Police Quest 4. I love when you find that kid in the dumpster.
Wing Commander III
I saved my ass off for an N64 day one purchase: $400 plus extra for games and controllers. My foolish mother told me she would match me dollar for dollar on the money I saved: She underestimated me. I ended up with around $350 on my end, so I got Mario64 and Wave Race, plus a 2nd controller. I think I liked Wave Race better. Am I doing it wrong? Over the next few years, I got heaps of games for the N64.
Pokemon Puzzle League,
Duke Nukem 64,
NFL Quarterback Club.
The New Tetris Ė Wasnít really that new was it? No, not really.
We used to gamble on Extreme G. I donít recall the name of the mode but you had to blow up as many of the drones as you could before finishing three laps. I had a friend who didnít know when to quit, and I think I heard the term ďdouble or nothingĒ 5-6 times that day. I ended up with around $150 in my pocket.
My brotherís stoner friends were always good for money as long as just the right formula was implemented:
Three of them against me
$50 if I win without deaths.
First to ten
Won every time.
This little upstart company showed up not long after the N64 came out, with a console of their own, Sony or something. Perhaps you have heard of them. I wasnít much of a Sony kid, I was the Nintendo fanboy after all, but I played through Resident Evil 2 in one sitting, I just could not put it down. It was scary at just the right times, and action packed at other times. It even had puzzles! I remember finishing around 0630 in the morning. I didnít get much time with many other PlayStation games, as most of the people I know who had them had mainly fighters, which I love, but Iím anything but great at them. So other than RE2, I didnít really play anything.
It was tough for me when the next generation consoles came out, because I had no interest in the PS2 and the GameCube seemed a little uninteresting at the time. I ended up back on the PC with games like:
FPSís really did belong on PC at the time. Net cafťís started to pop up all over the place, so we spent lots of late nights, in dark basement stores, with bad body odour and repetitive music. Good times.
I eventually got a GameCube and found some really great titles on there:
Luigiís Mansion is still a favourite.
I actually like Mario Kart: Double Dash. Why all the hate?
I loved Wind Waker.
Super Mario Sunshine was ok I guess.
Mario Golf and Mario Soccer were amazing fun.
Rogue Squadron. These games were so much fun.
The GameCube didnít do well in Australia, as PAL regions are very Sony. Iím generalizing, but I think this is the same in Europe too. Being up against the Xbox and PS2 would have been pretty tough, but because of that, stores always had GC games cheap, so I ended up with heaps. Sadly, they are all pretty bad.
I have intentionally left out all handhelds other the mention of the Lynx, so hereís the rundown. Well itís all Nintendo isnít it?
First Gameboy I got was the Pocket. I never had the brick, my Mother actually had one for Tetris, as it seems most did.
I had Pokemon Red and Zelda.
That was all I needed.
If I remember correctly, I maxed out the ďtime playedĒ clock on Pokemon. I had all 151, and I used to kick ass in battles at school. Even though I was like 17. Silver was cool, but I preferred the original 151. Itís most likely one of those ďgood oldí daysĒ moments, because Gold/Silver had some awesome Pokťmon too, but I really just prefer the first 151.
Funny Story Moment:
I went to one of these events where you get one of the rare Pokťmon by trade, (Mew, maybe) and I had my Gameboy in my jacket pocket. Yes, it was a Gameboy Pocket. The jacket was one of those big ghetto puffy white Nike ones (see: Eminem) and this huge giant of a man tried to jump me for it. I really didnít give a shit about the jacket, but my Pokťmon cart was in there!! My buddy kung fu kicked him (cause he was Asian) and it was all fine.
It was kind of like:
Asian friend, I choose you!!! Use kick attack!!
Giant man has fled from battle
Donít fuck with a man and his Pokťmon!
Sorry, I see now it wasnít that funny.
I got a Gameboy Colour. So not worth it. What was it like, 16 colours? And they werenít even colours, more like shades. Should have called it Gameboy: Shades of Colour, AMIRITE?? No Iím not, but I still played the same three games, so I stuck with the pocket.
I skipped the Advance, and went straight for the Advance SP, which really was better. I felt that the Advance was too big, not quite pocket size. I had a few more games for that,
List of Stuff I Liked:
Legend of Zelda Minish Cap, which I thought was pretty good.
I think the concept for the DS was good, but I donít think it was executed properly. It seemed a little gimmicky. I eventually caved and got the DS Lite. I liked it, and then I loved it.
Trauma Centre. I was playing this on a plane trip home from New Zealand, the patient died and I got told off by the flight attendant because I dropped a very audible F bomb.
Dementium. Good, could have been better.
Pokemon Pearl. When will it end?
Elite Beat Agents
Mario Kart DS
Phoenix Wright. I liked the first one the most, probably because it was easier. Also, makes you feel smart.
I think more retro games would have been good, and then, as well, more games that used the stylus in better, unique ways. Like Elite Beat Agents for example, or Nintendogs. I wonít get into R4 things and so on as Nintendo Australia is going crazy at the moment and I donít want to get sued. Officially, I DONíT have one.
And then shit got real, son.
I remember when they announced the Wii. I was pretty excited. No, I was reallllly excited. So many possibilities! The screens for Zelda looked so good! Point at the TV and then SHOOT!! FPS games will be amazing!!
Sadly, as we all know that wasnít the case. I got one Day One, midnight launch, played at home for about two hours, said ďmehĒ aloud and went to bed. My girlfriend at the time said something that, at first I dismissed but really was true: ďIíve done this all before on the Eye Toy.Ē
Whaaaaaaattttt????!?! Bitch you CRAZY!!
But she was partly right, it wasnít 1:1 control, and Nintendo knew it. They sold it as if it was, but I donít think they ever said it was. So they didnít really lie, but the commercials were a half truth.
Games I liked:
Wii Sports in groups.
Zelda was a once play through.
Mario Strikers (soccer) wasnít as good as on the GC.
That kind of killed it for me. It was like strike one, two, and three. I was actually pretty shattered. Nintendo practically raised me, taught me life lessons, and this was the best itís got? Kids games, family games, girls games, and the icing on the cake: they didnít care. I think really this was the point when your parents say:
ďWe have new kids to look after now. Its time you moved on, get your own place, start your own family. Listen, Son, itís time to GTFO and grow up.Ē I still come back to visit though, spend some time. House of the Dead Overkill is awesome, and Iím getting into the Wii Ware now. Dead Space Extraction was a super disappointment. Games that are relevant to my interests:
Mega Man 9 and 10
New retail games I like:
Tatsunoku Vs. Capcom
I did get out of Nintendoís house however. I got an Xbox 360.
Rainbow Six: Vegas
Lost Odyssey. Did not finish.
Eternal Sonata. Did not finish.
Gears of War,
Batman: Arkham Asylum,
Assassins Creed II. Sure the first too I guess.
Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, the list goes on.
I really love my 360. I get to play it a lot with my son, and he enjoys most of the games. We have a pretty strict ďNo Licensed GamesĒ rule, so he isnít growing up playing crap. Heís 8 now, and we both enjoy anything with zombies in it, or anything where you can shoot people in the face. Left 4 Dead gets some jumps but he thinks itís all good fun. He is playing through Arkham Asylum at the moment. I have around 45 360 titles now, and have a large backlog to finish. Thankfully, thereís a bit of a break over the next few weeks with not many new releases, so I can get in some time with games that I havenít even made a dint in like:
Magna Carta II
Bioshock (the first one. I know!!)
Prince Of Persia
Danteís Inferno, which is hard to me. Maybe Iím just not great.
Apart from that I play World of Warcraft on the Barthilas realm; however Iím pretty bored of that now. I have a level 80 rogue that I raid with, but itís really just the same thing over and over. Hereís a new bad person that should die, kill him and Iíll give you this!!! Look, shiny!!
Iím also catching up on all the gems from the past I missed in my Nintendo fanboy days. I recently got a PSOne and PS2 Slim and have some games on them to get through. After writing this, it really seems I have my work cut out for me! Iíve also managed to get myself another NES and have started getting back all the games I had when I was a ratty youngster. Iím a bit old school, but not a retro elitist; HD is nice.
If anyone wants to have a game of something, hit me up on Xbox Live. Gamertag: YoTanaka. Wii if you really wantÖ Such a dirty taste in my mouthÖ