Since I'm new I thought I'd write up an intro post. I found this site through my girlfriend, who has been coming on here for about 2 years but only started a blog recently.
I'm 29 years old, work full time for a very large IT corporation, co-own and run a photography company, live in Sydney, and have recently returned to gaming after a very long absence.
It all started with my parents buying me an Atari 2600 for my birthday many years ago. It's the normal story of my friend's down the road having one and me spending an inappropriate amount of time at their house playing River Raid and Wizard Of Wor
Just last year I found my old Atari 2600 that I had put away. I was so surprised I setup a little shoot.
My console out of the box:
...and I even found the original receipt that I stuck on the inside of the box!
Wow, can't believe my parents paid that much for the console back in the 80's!
Amiga's were next. I stuck by the Amiga virtually all the way up to the end, only wavering one day when I played Wolfenstein 3D on a friend's 486dx2.
My PC years were full of FPS gaming. Using Apci-DOOM to connect over 28.8k modem to deathmatch with mates on all the old Wads (Dwango, Ozwango). Good times. Eventually progressed through to Quake and LANs. I'm actually slightly embarrassed to admit going to LANs and having 24hours of Counter Strike. My girlfriend gives me no end of grief about it.
After this came guitars and cars. Which I'm still very into, and have learnt several Metal Gear Solid songs and Persona 4 songs at the request of my significant other. But I now also make time to play games.
Here's one of my guitars and a part of my car:
The Renewed Love
So, how'd did I get back into gaming?
I met a girl many years ago at a car show that I had my car at, turns out this girl is into the same things I am. Fast forward and she buys a Skyline, and tracks her car with me. Fast forward again and it turns out she use to be massively into gaming and consoles. Fast forward yet again and she buys a 360, followed by PS3, and convinces me to buy an Xbox 360....and the rest happened from there.
Here's my home office, and my girlfriend's first xbox360 (she ended up buying an Elite). This 360 is now living with her parents at an attempt to get them into gaming...
...and the rest you may have seen before on Pure Poison 1's blog
I've networked the entire house, and all consoles are online. We frequently game together and with others online, generally being in the same game.
When we're not playing the same game I pop on my headphones. So it's a win win situation. I get to spend time with my girlfriend, and game too!