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Roger Ebert’s Candid Admission got me thinking...
Gaming has always been a social thing for me. As far back as I can remember, I've played video games with friends and family. Even now that I'm married and have a career, I still play video games with my friends. In fact, thanks to online gaming, we actually have more opportunities to play together and we're not as limited by our busy schedules. With several close friends who are also gamers, I never thought I'd need or want to play with people I don't know, online. It's been a concept that hasn't peeked my interest - until recently. Here's how it all went down:
I've been playing Super Street Fighter IV a lot this past week (12 hours so far, according to Raptr.) I'm hooked on this game, and when I get hooked on a particular video game, I tend to search for related information on the internet. In the past few days, I've been Google searching Street Fighter, hoping to discover awesome merchandise, art, strategy guides and more. I did this back in 2008, before Street Fighter IV came out, and I discovered the Mad Catz Tournament Edition Fightstick.
I'm sure the picture and the first few sentences could cause you to think this blog post is only about pro wrestling. I assure you, it's not.
In October of 2009, I discovered TrueAchievements. At the time, I had an achievement completion percentage that was 5-10% short of 50% (not including DLC.) Joining this website inspired me to work on this number and reach 50% or higher. The very first game that came to mind was Orange Box - I only had 320 points, and I hadn't played it since 2008. I originally bought it to play Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and Portal. I had already played Half-Life 2 and most of Episode 1 on PC, and I didn't even know what Team Fortress 2 was. I now have 925 points and have completed every game included on the disc except for Portal (I hate the Portal Challenges and currently have no desire to complete them.) In the process, I discovered Team Fortress 2, which is a great online multiplayer game that I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys First Person Shooters. What if I hadn't gone back and played Orange Box again for the achievements? I might not have discovered Team Fortress 2.
At home, I missed a generation of gaming. However, I had a few friends that had either the PSX or the N64, so I got a good taste of what this generation had to offer. One of my friends from youth group (Jeremy) had a PSX and I remember playing Test Drive 4 with him. More specifically, I remember playing the San Francisco track over and over and over and over again...... it may have been the only track we ever played. It was certainly the only track we cared about.
I don't have anything to say about these games (that hasn't been said a thousand times already.) I just want to share my favorites with everyone (who doesn't?) With that said, here's my list:
Since the very first time he played Doom at my uncle's house, my dad has been hooked on FPS games. Immediately after purchasing his first computer, he started playing them. Everyday after school, I would come home and watch my dad play, and I would play the same game when he was done. In those days, I wasn’t bent on finishing games. If I didn’t finish the games myself, I would just watch my dad finish them.
Super Nintendo is my favorite console of all time. However, as much as I love it, there were several games that I missed when Super Nintendo was current. One game in particular, I missed for a humorous reason... and that game is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.