|Contribution Score:||2,550 (0 in last year)|
|Location:||London, United Kingdom|
|Member Since:||December 23rd, 1999|
I guess I've been really interested in playing games since the mid-80's, when I first played on my friends Commodore 64, games like Ghostbusters and Commando. I always wanted a C64 but never got one. I played in the arcades alot though, games like Gauntlet and Double Dragon.
My first PC was a 8mHz XT with a Hercules graphics adapter, 5 1/4 floppy drive and a 20MB hard disk. Oh, I had a "turbo" button which would take it up to 12mHz. I had to use CGA emulator software most of the time though, but my fondest memories of playing games are from those times. Sierra adventure were my favourites back then (even though everyone will argue Lucasarts made the best adventures). Played the old classics too, from Flightmare, to games like California Games, Shinobi and Defender of the Crown.
I finally upgraded my screen to CGA (budget constraints) and my machine up to a 386SX 40mHz. Wow, I could actually play F-15 Strike Eagle II at a resonable speed now! After that, I went all out (as far as I was concerned!) and got myself a 486DX 66mHz with Super VGA. Ah, what bliss playing games in 256 colour.
Windows 95 came out around this time and I didnt like it much. I was still playing a lot of DOS games. I had a transition period of a few months later on, where I had a Pentium 75 and then got a Pentium 133 (which I over-clocked up to 166) with a Voodoo 1 graphics board. 3D games! Unreal and Half-Life, woo-hoo!
I moved to the UK in 1999 and I sold my PC. I didn't have the money or space for a PC at the time so I did that natural thing and started console gaming. I got myself a Playstation (which I later upgraded to a PSOne), with about 30 games, games like Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Driver and Dino Crisis to name a few. I also won a a Dreamcast which I have about 20 games for, such as MSR, Headhunter, Virtua Tennis and Soul Calibur.
I got myself a PC again, 1.4 gHz Pentium 4 with a 64MB GeForce 2 card, and spent some time catching up on classics I didnt have the chance to play, like Grim Fandango and some new games like Max Payne. With the demands of work though, I found myself returning to consoles for gaming, and got myself a Playstation 2 (with a double bonus of it having a DVD player in it too!). Some of my fav's on the PS2 have been Devil May Cry (1 not 2), Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, Colin McRae Rally 3 and The Getaway. I'm also proud to be a beta tester for online gaming in the UK, having trialled Socom: U.S. Navy Seals, Twisted Metal: Black Online and Hardware: Online.
I find myself doing a lot of emulator retro-gaming these days on my PC. I play a lot of games from the late 80's and early 90's from systems such as the Amiga, SNES and Sega Genesis, catching up on all those games I never played.
Last updated: 17<sup>th</sup> September 2003