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In the Beginning - A Gaming Introduction

Everybody seems to have a post about their gaming history, what started them gaming, and all of that good stuff.   So I figured why not me too?  Since people are finally starting to come and read some of my posts (though more are always welcome!), I should probably introduce myself.

When I was growing up, we had the Atari 2600 and *lots* of cartridges for it.  I remember playing Combat a lot, especially loving the mode where you could bounce shots off of walls all over the map.  I enjoyed games like Pitfall, Chopper Command, I had the original 2600 Pac-Man (boy, did that SUCK) and so many other games.

For whatever reason (maybe money?), we never did get the Colecovision or Intellivision, though I did play a few games at friends' houses.  We also didn't move up to the Atari 5200 or 7800

After that, I pretty much moved on to computer games, on our Commodore 64.  And when I went to college, I was still doing computer games.  A couple of guys on my dorm floor had an Amiga, so we played a lot of games on that.  Moving out on my own in the 90s, I bought a computer in 1995 and still played games there, like X-Wing, NHL 95, Doom II, etc. I wasn't a big gamer, but I did do some.

I got married in 1998, moved up here to Vancouver, and still just played some PC games for a while.  Then, in 2002 or so, my wife (who had an old Nintendo system and a Game Boy, on both of which she would play Dr. Mario a lot) thought it would be cool to get us a Gamecube.  I didn't really care one way or the other, but I said "sure, as long as you'll play it some too."

Of course, the inevitable happened.  I became hooked on the thing and she hardly played it at all.  I was playing Madden, Mario, and a few others games.  Then she suggested getting a PS2 because of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (I had played it on the PC and she wanted to see me play it on the TV).  So I ended up playing that a whole bunch.

I played Knights of the Old Republic on the PC and wanted to play the sequel.  She bought it for me, but mistakenly bought the Xbox version on Ebay.  Instead of trying to sell it again, guess what!   That's right, we bought an Xbox.  That then became my go-to machine.  Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Madden, and so many others that I can't think of right now, all were gobbled up with wild abandon.

We didn't get a Xbox 360 right away, but we did get one eventually.  I forget exactly what game prompted it.  The wife also decided we should get a PS3 as well, and I mainly relented because of the Blu-Ray capability. I still don't use it much as a gaming platform, though I would have been deprived of the Uncharted series and Infamous if we didn't have one.  So I am glad we have it (it was also a lifesaver when my 360 RROD'd).

We are definitely not getting a Wii, though, so we're content with what we have.  I've never really been into handheld games (maybe it's because of my huge fingers), so I don't play the wife's Nintendo DS (she's upgraded too since the old days).  She also bought me a PSP, mainly because she didn't believe my resistance to it (I had resisted getting the Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox, as well as the PS3).  Unfortunately, this time she was wrong, as I very rarely use it.

Oh well.

So I've been a *real* gamer since 2002, and I've loved every minute of it.  I do get a bit jealous when I hear all of these other people talk about the 90s, with the PS1, Dreamcast, various Nintendos, and all of that.  I feel like I'm missing out on a common history that sets me apart from the others.

But it's still damned fun being part of the group.

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