Yah, what that says. This is my obligatory first post where I lay down for you, my background in gaming, and why I might have some slight knowledge that leads to credible opinions and such.
So, this old dude has been at it since the Atari 5200. Not the retro refab one you can buy anywhere, but the classic one. Loved River Raid. From there it was on to Nintendo, the 8 bit, blow in the cartridge, gaming system. We had the robot, the light gun, the whole shebang. Many years of console gaming, all Nintendo for the most part, finally found me liking PC gaming much better. Granted consoles saw some shining moments for me, but not until we got to Goldeneye, and later Perfect Dark, did my love affair with FPS games come to light. Many many hours of four player, and later four vs as many sims as Perfect Dark would let us have, led to a need for more. When I finally came up for air I found that the other console FPS games had nothing on those two.
My first computer was an IBM 386, but my first real PC FPS was Alien Vs. Predator, played on a Gateway (the last PC I bought ‘off the shelf’). Once I got the hang of mouse and keyboard controls, there was no turning back. Sure, I had other consoles for a bit after that. Soul Calibre was a huge draw that got me to buy a Dreamcast, and later a Playstation 2, but my desire to play consoles waned as PC games became more and more advanced.
Now, I exclusively play PC games, though my household still has a couple of consoles (a failbox 360 paperweight edition, and that old PS2). I play mostly FPS games, and RPGs. I’ve been spoiled by multiplayer, rarely playing a single player game for more than a few hours. Some sim games hold my interest for a few hours, but nothing compares to pitting my skills, mind, and story-telling abilities against that of another human being. I’ve been in an FPS gaming clan for a few years now, starting out with the 5th Infantry Division on Medal of Honor: Spearhead, then making my own clan with three others called the First Special Service Force, and finally ending up with the 5307th Rangers. Over the years I’ve been known as magus, magus_taliesin, bluedragon, XamotDB, and a few others I don’t remember.
So, currently I am hooked on Battlefield 3, and working on a persistant world server for Neverwinter Nights 2. I am holding my breath for the release of Guild Wars 2, and wishing I had the money and time to play Star Wars the Old Republic.
Why did I start this blog? Well, I have noticed, in playing BF3, that the average online gamer has changed drastically since my days on Medal of Honor: Spearhead. I’ve also noticed a huge change in the gaming customer, and company, over the years. So many thoughts on all of this spin around in my head, and I thought it would be fun to share them with everyone. Hope you enjoy.