Stay a while, and listen.
A loooong time ago – 1984 to be precise – a kid got to sit down by the computer with her father by his brand new IBM AT. She was introduced to the magnificent and spellbinding world of AllyCat in minty green, nightshade purple and black and white. The girl grew; learning there where many lives to be lived in endless adventures in countless worlds with no limits.
Some say, she probably should have square eyes by the present day. Some say, she should “do more valuable things with her time” Some say, just because the tired fact she was a girl – should be outraged and stay away from the industry. Luckily she didn’t listen.
I see myself as a gamer by heart. The games I’ve played are too many to be listed right away so the ones mentioned below are just a small taste. 🙂 I started out with AllyCat and Pac-Man – I remember being absolutely TERRIFIED of the spiders! Early I tried, (with different results due to language barriers) Hugo’s House of Horrors, Commander Keen, Leisure Suit Larry, and Hillsfar.
Then SCUMM was released and I got introduced to Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken. The King’s Quest Series, Battle Chess, Monkey Island, Simon the sorcerer… King’s Quest V will always have a special place in my heart, for its spellbinding adventure. The actual battles during the matches in Battle Chess were fierce. And I’ve seldom laughed so hard as when playing Monkey Island and Simon the Sorcerer! ^^
In the early ’80s, mouse elbow and text neck wasn’t a particularly debated subject, and my parents were happy that I caught on the English language and immediately saw the pros with their daughter spending time by the computer. =)
When I wasn’t playing myself I often sat by my uncle when he took over the world in Sid Meier’s Colonization or advanced in Doom. We used to eat blueberry pie as he taught me the game back story. Good times.
My baby sister grew and I had a steady side-kick and co-op player in games like Whacky Wheels and The Treehouse. I remember her equal parts hiding and cheering me on all through Diablo 1! Whoever said gaming was unsocial just don’t get it.
Luckily for me, my best friend also had a PC early on. We sat in her parent’s workspace, put a blanket over the window and lost ourselfs in Myst, Alone In the Dark and other horrors – just as often as we played Jill in The Jungle, Lost Vikings, Grim Fandango and Black & White.
At this point, our parents subtly suggested that we should take a break from gaming once in a while, and conveniently I and she got introduced to Magic the Gathering. (Yes, the card game. I played an all red deck!)
Fortunately, we also got to try the occasional Super Mario, Yoshi’s Island and Chip’ n Dale Rescue Rangers at friends houses, but being kids remained true to whatever games were released to PC for a long period of time. Time had passed well into the 21st century when I finally bought my first console; my beloved Xbox 360 which later on lead to the Swedish launch date purchase of Xbox One.
Growing up with computers, it was only natural to choose an IT-oriented High School. For a brief period, I became a badass at Quake II, as I and my classmates came up with the brilliant idea to install pirated copies of the game on every school computer – and I even won a LAN tournament! 🙂
Nowadays I and some friends have introduced “StarCraft II-Mondays” and kill each other for fun. (We usually switch it up with HOTS and Overwatch.) Then there’s the sporadic hot-seat match in Heroes of Might and Magic – HOMM3, obviously! – and recently a recurred passion for getting together and playing board games and RPG’s like Dungeons and Dragons. Besides that, I often play single player console or PC, simply because I don’t have that many online friends anymore and it’s easier to get lost in a story be it a book or a game if you’re not distracted by someone else.
Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Shadows of Mordor and Tomb Raider: A Survivor is Born are all great games with captivating sceneries and interesting gameplay and motors. I would also be lying if I didn’t admit to enjoying the car chases, story, and humor in GTA V and WatchDogs 2 – even though there are tons of ethical discussions that could be held with those games in mind.
My favorites are still adventure games, preferably RPG’s – Dragon Age series, Fable series, Oblivion and Skyrim of course – and on top of that list is Fallout 3 in a fight with Fallout: New Vegas given the amazing scenery and story all throughout the game. I had no trouble at all putting in 400 hrs of gameplay to get all the achievements including Hardcore. 🙂
I spent roughly the same amount of time in the much-anticipated Fallout 4, and will definitely do about the same before finishing with all content and Gwent tournaments in Witcher 3. Took a break with Thimbleweed Park – EPIC for all Maniac Mansion fans! – and SteamWorld Dig which was craycray fun. Totally doing The Journey Down 1-3 in awesome old school click n’ play style that succeeded on Kickstarter. Oh, I’m also working on checking off Far Cry & Mass Effect Andromeda on my AAA backlog! Let me not even get started on all the rest of great indie titles deserving time…
I constantly struggle with every gamers bitter-sweet dilemma: Too many good games – too little time. If you find yourself in the same situation, drop me a line. I know how you feel! See you around the internet! 😀
Paulina a.k.a. MsGamer