The Resident Evil series and I have had an interesting relationship through the years. It's been a long love affair, nine years in fact.The year was 2002; On a whim I had decided to pick up a copy of the Gamecube remake of Re...
About Zack Reed One of us since 11:09 AM on 05.27.2011
I'm Zack, a college student from Michigan with a passion for films and gaming. It all started back in 1995 when my parents got me my first game for my birthday; Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Genesis. I used to play it for hours with my little brother, I'd always be Sonic and he would be Tails. Together we fought our way past the robotic hordes of Dr. Robotnik and saved the day. Well, almost, we never were able to complete the final battle.
After the Sega, the computer became my main avenue of gaming. I was a fan of the Jumpstart and Cluefinders series of learning games. I remember always being two years ahead of the recommended level, a source of great pride for my young self. Around this time I also discovered Lucasart's Outlaws; a sprite-based shooter set in the old west. To this very day it remains one of my favorite games of all time.
A few years later, I was at my cousin's house playing their new-fangled Nintendo Gamecube. It was pretty cool, I liked the graphics. But then I put in the game that altered my life forever. That game was Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem. It was the first horror game I had ever encountered. It was love at first sight.
From there it was Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and later the Penumbra series. Right now I am playing through Frictional Games' masterpiece; Amnesia: Dark Descent. It's fascinating to me to look at a horror game and analyze it. What makes it scary? What works? What doesn't? How would I improve it, what would I change? Ultimately I plan on entering the video game industry. I'm going for the creative aspects such as writing or art because math is the bane of my existence, but I still intend to give programming a shot.
Well I guess that about sums it up. I'm just a fun-loving guy with a love of gaming.