One of my passions for spending my free time is gaming. Having a nice job and a great family with 3 little kids takes up most of my time (which is a good thing!) but if the work is done and the kids have gone to bed there is some time left for playing a videogame and getting lost in some virtual world in Middle Earth or a galaXy far far away…
I have been gaming from mid-’80s when my dad brought home our first computer, an Acorn Electron (32kb was all we needed!). We connected the computer to an old black/white tv and opened the book that came with it and had some games in it programmed in Basic. You sometimes needed to type several pages of code to get create the program or game and most of the time when finished you needed to search for typos that prevented the program to run! Asteroids was a favorite of mind back then and ive spend a good chunck of time mastering my earliest gaming skills.
The Acorn Electron was traded for an Atari128 not long after which had a bunch of nice games which actually had color and we connected the Atari to the livingrooms color tv… I remember a game Thank God Its Friday which could be played with 4 people taking turns and was actually my first “party-game”.
The Atari128 went out when i got my Commodore64 for my 12th birthday. It came with a 5.25inch floppy drive and i somehow managed to get loads of games. This computer sat on the desk in my bedroom and i spend all my spare time playing gems like The Last Ninja, Rainbow Islands, Lode Runner, Winter/Summer/California Games, H.E.R.O., Airborn Ranger and many, many other great games. Another thing we loved to do was make those so-called “C64 Crack Intro’s”. A crack intro, also known as a cracktro, loader, or just intro, is a small introduction sequence added to cracked software, designed to inform the user of which “cracking crew” or individual cracker was responsible for removing the software’s copy protection and distributing the crack. We did not actually crack any software but were so impressed with these cool looking intro’s and their eXciting midi-tunes that we started making those ourselves.
When i was 14 i bought myself an Amiga500 and build in an aditional 500k of memory (totalling a staggering 1MB RAM memory!). At that time the A500 was praised for its impressive colourpalet for the ability to produce 4096 colors with most computer still stuck at EGA (16 colors) or VGA (256 colors) at that time. It also came with a build-in 3.5inch floppy drive and taking those floppies to school to trade with your friends was alot safer than the 5.25 disks (and looked alot cooler as well!). I remember spending many hours in games like Sensible Soccer, Monkey Island, Civ, Pirates!, Another World, Dragons Lair, Stunt Racer, Wings! and many many more 😉
Next step came when my sister and i needed using computers for homework more and more so my dad got us our first PC, a Pentium75 and at that time i also took my first steps on the internet. With a cd that came with the PC and a 14k4 modem i connected to Compuserve and i discovered a whole new world. BBS, IRC, MUDs, email and creating your own websites that nobody ever visited were new areas to eXplore…
After that there was a bit of an hiatus in my gaming history… Guess part of it was due to student life being all about going out, drinking beer and meeting girls… A horrible, totally uninterresting time so we fast forward to 2003.
At work a colleague of mine mentioned her boyfriend who worked at a games magazine at that time and was reviewing a game called Eve Online. I was intrigued by the things she told me and i decided to try the game for myself… Those were my first steps into an MMO and it has been my favorite games genre ever since. Ofcourse there were other games i played and i had alot of fun with my friends playing Call of Duty, Medal of Honour and Rainbow Six. However since Eve Online when i look at my gaming history i remember it by the MMO i played at a certain time. Next big game that took 90% of my free time was Lord of the Rings Online in 2007. I got heavily invested and joined the Malevolents of Xibalba (MoX) gaming community and got to eXperience the fun in gaming with a steady group of online friends. I continued playing LotRO up to 2011 and even got myself a Lifetime subscription to the game so up till today i still enjoy VIP status and fire up the game now and then.
2011 was the year that another one of my love interests made the gaming scène, Star Wars: The Old Republic launched on december 20th of that year. Because i pre-ordered the Collectors Edition i got 7 days head start and up till today im lost in this game. Ive never played its predecessor Star Wars GalaXies which is a shame because when i read or hear about that game it sounds like a Star Wars fan wet dream but sadly they shut down the official servers just before SW: The Old Republic came out.
Ofcourse i play other games now and then. I am also a big fan of Diablo 3 (got all classes to 70 and im enjoying all the seasonal journeys), Marvel Heroes 2015 (there is always a super hero to love) and a bunch of MMOs i play irregularly… Lately i also started my Steam backlog in which i have about 40 unplayed games that need some love. To start with ive installed and played through the first chapter of The Walking Dead (Telltale) and i like the relaXed slow story telling pace of the game… With the occasional jumpscare that puts me right at the top of my seat!
I can go on and on about the games ive played and all the ones i still like to play but ill safe that for another post. For now i just like to tell everyone that is into gaming to please enjoy yourself in whatever genre you are commiting and please dont be a jerk online but help your fellow gamers.