My gaming background
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 6:23:58 AM
I was lucky enough to be born into the beginning of the video game era. I was there when Ski or die was the coolest thing since Ice. My first gaming memory is playing Dig Dug on my dads old computer. I remember finding my way around the Internet back in 1994, all in the glorious search for games and tips. Back then I mostly played on my Super Nintendo, a console I still play from time to time.
I've grown up on large variety of games. From Command and Conquer to Quakeworld on PC. On Nintendo I have fantastic memories from Zelda, Turtles in Time and Rock n' Roll Racing. My first real Online Experience with random people was through Diablo in 1997. Before that I tried Quakeworld a bit, but nothing large scale. I played a mix of games for a few years including the brilliant StarCraft from 1998, before I turned to FPS games.
My first "hardcore" Online gaming experience was like so many others Counter Strike. I know many many people say they started with Counter Strike, but either you where there in the early beta or you weren't. Through Counter Strike I really got to know several of my best friends to this date. And no mater what games we play today, we stick together both in-game and in real life. The somewhat fameous <The Axemen> World of Warcraft guild is in fact based on our old Counter Strike clan "Lumbago".
After playing Counter-Strike for a while I played some Diablo II, before I turned to my first real encounter with the Warcraft universe through Warcraft III. I had played some Warcraft II before, but I never really got into it. I keept thinking that the Command and Conquer series was just so much better. With Warcraft III though I found a diverse and awesome universe combined with a brilliant gameplay. In this period of time I also got really into web-design, and combined with lots and lots of school I had to take a step back from gaming for a while.
When I was in the Army, I kept going back and forth between games. And when I came back home, I realized that everyone I knew was playing World of Warcraft. Not wanting to play alone I joined in the fray. This game revolutionized everything for me. The community of people I got to play with grew, and the people I've meet during the last five years are not only amazing people, but many of my closest friends today. In World of Warcraft I first started with some friends playing Horde on Daggerspine, but I had to crawl back to my Counter Strike friends in <The Axemen> on Ravencrest. There are many awesome events from the past five years, but I think I'll save them for a post later. Sufficient to say: This has been and is the best game I've ever played.
These days, while waiting for Cataclysm, the third World of Warcraft expansion I'm sticking to StarCraft II. It's another amazing game from Blizzard. In fact while writing this I realize that except for Warcraft I I've been through their entire gaming catalog!
The development in graphics and gameplay these last twenty years has been amazing, and I can't wait to see what gaming has in store in the future. Until that: Keep playing games!
As this post suggests I'll try to stick to more gaming related posts in the future. I'm sure I can relate whatever I want to games, but I'm all open for suggestions should you have any!