Thursday, 28 April 2011

My overall gaming experience.

I presume I am not the only person here who, despite being alive for quarter-century, has only gotten into gaming in the last 10 years. I cannot claim to be the original Fallout or Starcraft god. But the more I've gotten into video gaming the more I've enjoyed it. Like a young child floundering in the water in his first swimming attempt, I too started as a pathetic blob of misgiven hopes and dreams attempting to be the next [RED]NaDa. But as my daily quota of gaming increased from minutes to hours and my reflexes improved, those dreams have turned into pseudo realities: sure, I would never even dream of challenging those Koreans, but in my own right I have achieved what I always wanted to: to sit down in front of any TV, put a controller in my hands, and with only a short tutorial to prepare me, be able to annihilate my friends.

My first true gaming experience would have to have been the original GTA. My cousin thought it would be cool to lend me a few of his old games back in the summer of '01 and of course, being a rebellious teen nightmare, I thought the best game to play would be GTA. Boy was I right. A normal weekend back then consisted of spending time at a mate's playing footy, going to parties, or going to town. But this weekend in particular involved me spending my entire weekend running around an urban metropolis stealing cars, shooting hookers and escaping from cops. This quickly progressed to the one and only Mafia: City of Lost Heaven. And by god that was a good game. I can't be the only one who remembers restarting that goddamn race atleast a dozen times before realising that setting it to easy had no penalty other than to your self-satisfaction. The next logical choice in my major gaming selection was GTA: Vice City. However, due to a large amount of study I never got to complete the storyline. As I started to branch out I soon discovered the joys of this newfangled online thingy they called runescape. Sure enough I got addicted. It didn't take me long to realise, however, that my choice of name pretending to be a girl had no effect on the teen nerds as they were all too interested in getting +1 strength.

My favourite games of today are GTA: San Andreas, Crysis, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and Mafia II. Is it not obvious the influence of my early gaming days? I think of it as an evolution, if you will. Although the logical step from runescape would've been World of Warcraft instead of Oblivion, but I promised myself never to get involved in such an addictive adventure. Crysis came along simply because my jaw dropped whenever a tree was felled to a couple of rifle rounds. Overall, however, I have stuck with my guns in the GTA and MAFIA franchise.

P.S. Special mentions must go to these games:

  • The Movies
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon 2 & 3
  • Need for Speed (all, excl. Shift, Shift 2 and Prostreet)

Which, although they were fun as hell, they weren't really influential.

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I am curious as to what I will achieve in doing this. It's not that I don't believe in myself; merely that I do not expect to feel fulfilled as a blogger. However, little is achieved if much is assumed. So here I find myself, Looking down a long and fortuitous tunnel of future blogs. Will it be good? Will it be bad? Who knows. We will see.