At work emailing one of my mates taking a trip down old school gaming memory lane and I thought I should write out my gaming life story.
It has taken a bit to remember the games I used to play as a youngling, considering we didn’t get a household PC until 1998. Before that the only gaming I was exposed to was at school, in 1995 I was in 4th grade and our teacher would happily let us play computer games as much as we liked so long as we got our work done quickly. I wasn’t the smartest kid in class but I never missed out on a chance to get on one of the old Macintosh machines and play games like Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiago. We did also have one or two Windows machines that we used to play Secret Agent Sam, Crystal Caves and Duke Nukem II, but I think they may have been the year after.
In 1998 we got the first PC in our household. Back then computers came with a bunch of software discs with programs for word processing and things like that. They also tended to come with the full version of Age of Empires. These days even the games that come preloaded on your PC are only trial versions and you have to pay for the full version if you want to use them. On this particular PC we had the Microsoft Entertainment Pack which included games like, SkiFree, & WordZap. SkiFree was such a simple and fun game, I was never very good at it but that didn’t stop me from playing it over and over again. I am fairly sure that it was the first game that introduced me into the ragequit phenomenon.
At this stage I did not really know all that much about consoles, somewhere between 1995 and 1998 my uncle gave me and my sisters his old Playstation 1. He did not give us any games to go with it so it just sat around collecting dust until one of my little sisters friends gave us a bunch of Demo Disks (remember those?) that we would play one level of Cool Boarders, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Dead or Alive & Colin McRae Rally. The first full game we got for that console was Gex 3D which one of my ex-boyfriends gave on of my sisters when I was 18 (2003). We did occasionally hire games from the local Video Ezy and that is how I came to fall in love with Tomb Raider, a love I still have until this day. Of course every now and then I would go to a friends house or our cousins house and they would have a SNES or a PS2 that we could play other games, but generally my exposure to this kind of gaming was minimal.
It didn’t take long for my parents computer to be full of games we acquired over the years. Skunny: Save Our Pizzas, Skunny: In the Wild West, Trolls, Major Styker, Jazz Jackrabbit & Abe’s Oddysee. Each of these games has a special place in my heart and every now and then I play them through an emulator, with the exception of Abe’s Oddysee which I have a copy of on my PS3.
I did not own my very own console until I was moved out of home and that was around 2005. I bought myself a Playstation 3 and this is where I will finish up. We are just entering into a new console era of gaming and I have yet to purchase a PS4. It is nice to look back on the games that got me to where I am now.
What are the games that got you started in gaming?
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