My Gaming History

It is no secret that I like video games and have done for quite a long number of years, but I don’t think I have ever talked about my gaming history before hence this post.

To start at the beginning, my first gaming system was my first computer, the Commodore 64. My parents got it for me as a Christmas present in the late 80s. Sidebar, my mum still tells the story of my dad setting it up in my room on Christmas eve while I was sleeping and he was half cut. To this day we still don’t know how I slept through it. As I was a child and had no income I only had a handful of games which I played a lot. The games that really stuck with me are International Karate + (which is still the finest fighting game ever made) and Turrican (I have seen it described as a cross between Metroid and Psycho-Nics Oscar).

After the Commodore, I made the hop to console with the Sega Mega Drive and spent way too many hours than is probably healthy playing Sonic games (or as streamer HamishTPB calls him “that wee blue prick”). Again, since I was still a child with no income my Mega Drive game collection was limited. The other games that I played a lot were Columns (lost more hours than I care to admit in that one), Football Italia 90 and a motorbike racing game whose name escapes me.

The Playstation came next and due to getting the console chipped (in hindsight I am not proud of that) I had a larger game collection for it. The first game I played on it was Resident Evil 2 and I remember being both in awe of the graphics and scared while playing it. The other standouts were Metal Gear Solid (of course), Crash Bandicoot, Silent Hill (another one that terrified me) and Dino Crisis (underrated). I played other games but those are the ones that stuck with me.

Next up was the Playstation 2, the generation that for me was all about the Splinter Cell games. I played and replayed those a lot. Great games. Of course Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas were also a major feature. I haven’t gotten into another GTA game since San Andreas. I may have had a Guitar Hero game or two with which I pretended to be on stage in front of a crowd more than once. That was embarrassing to admit.

With the Playstation 3 I started losing interest in gaming a little bit due to being in my 20s and into other things. The only games that stuck out in that generation were the Call of Duty Modern Warfare games, really. I did play those quite a lot.

Other than that I really didn’t play games very much until 2015ish when I got an Xbox One so I could watch some movies bought in their store on a device other than a Windows PC. Definite highlights from that generation are the rebooted Tomb Raider games, The Division (1000ish hours doesn’t lie). I also really liked the Xbox exclusives Quantum Break and ReCore, quite underrated.

Well that brings me up to the present, which finds me gaming on multiple platforms (PC, Xbox Series S and Nintendo Switch). Who knows what gaming in the future will bring? VR? Maybe. Cloud? It is happening already. All I know is that I will keep on seeking out new gaming experiences for years to come.