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Started gaming in the arcades as far back as I can remember - it must've been in the fall of 1980, after we moved. I was so short I had to stand on a stool, if there was one. I think it was the next Christmas that my parents got us an Atari 2600, and there was no looking back. I've been gaming ever since. I think some of the best games are the older ones. Good design is good design - it's how we know what's classic from what was merely fashionable.
Sadly it takes years to determine that. In high school I thought for sure a sequel to Super Metroid would surpass it, and was only a few years away. Looking back, playing it again, there simply isn't a 2D game that does it any better. At least, not yet. In this industry, hope springs eternal.
College was where I first truly got into PC gaming with DOOM II, Descent, and Command and Conquer. Those games simply couldn't exist on a console, and that was exciting. Things waffled around for a while, but now it seems like PC gaming has made a roaring comeback... just in time for the demise of the PC. LOL. Oh well.
My favorite genre is the side-scrolling shmup (shoot-em-up). Vertical games get all the attention, mainly because those are the most popular for the hardcore crazy people. I would've thought with the recent wave of nostalgia, all the new games in old paint, and the 16:9 aspect ratio, that the side-scroller would be a natural choice for some HD remakes and fresh blood. Sine Mora is great, but I wish there were more.
I am a stay-at-home dad with two kids. That means I do most of the chores, but it also means I get a little free time when they nap or late at night to play games. It's nice, though my other hobby - building LEGO models - doesn't get nearly as much attention as it used to.
I am a Southerner married to a Yankee, and though I've been in New Jersey since 2003 I don't feel like I've quite got the hang of things yet. This culture still surprises me in ways that it really shouldn't.