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Friday, July 8, 2016

Gaming History

Welcome back to LittleWatt Gameplay. I thought I would share a little gaming history. And hopefully you'll respond with a little gaming history of yourself too. 

Although, I can't pinpoint exactly the first video game I played, I believe it was either Missile Control or Space Invaders, I can recall what system I played on. It was a Commodore 64.  

After the Commodore 64 came the Atari. With games like Pac-Man and Q-bert and Asteroids. One button and one control stick. The games were so simple back then and I managed to find hours of entertainment. Now it takes an hour just to figure out all the controls and buttons. 

I continued to improve consoles as they came out. The Super NES was one the entire family enjoyed with classics as Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt to Tecmo Bowl and Mike Tyson’s Punch-out. I branched off and also bought a Sega Genesis. Sonic and Madden Football being favorites. I eventually upgraded my Sega with the 32-bit spaceship thingy. Not sure it did anything but look like it did something. 

Of course the major change came with the PlayStation. It was a huge event and major leap in gaming. Black CDs and game storage. Of course Crash Bandicoot and the Tomb Raider games. Madden Football was only to get bigger and bigger. Let's not forget Metal Gear Solid. It was one of the Tomb Raider games I participated in a co-op mode of sorts. I shared time playing the game with my sister. She did most of the work; I only relieved her when she got stuck and frustrated. 

With the PS2 I shifted (pun intended) away from platform and puzzle games to racing simulation and racing games and football, both Madden and NCAA Football. But not all racing games or all football games. I didn't branch out beyond the Gran Turismo series for simulators and I stayed with Need for Speed: Most Wanted. I simply didn't enjoy other racing games. And, admit it, Madden football has been the go-to football game. But way more than half of my game time was in Gran Turismo, and when GT4 came out, I spent hours upon hours racing. I completed all the races, some dozens of times, and all the side events. And to this day, I think GT4 was the best game in the series for putting time behind the wheel, which is something I have—a racing wheel. GT4 had the most laps and most races out of the box in the series. And if I had to pick what game I would love remastered for the PS4 it would be Gran Turismo 4. And racing is still a major part of my game time. 

As for NFS: Most Wanted, I enjoyed the shit out of that game. I restarted the campaign over and over again. And I even co-oped a campaign with my little brother. He didn't have the racing skill so he did all the cop chases and I did all the races. And even though it was arcady racing there was a proper racing line and my hours playing GT3 and GT4 helped finding those lines. Unfortunately, the NFS series has yet to match the entertainment of the first Most Wanted. 

When the PS3 came out, Gran Turismo 5 was a long wait, and that's when I returned to first-person shooter games with the iconic Resistance: Fall of Man as well as the uber-fun Motorstorm. But, I continued racing GT4 on the PS2, and once EA worked out all their Madden issues for the new PS3, I stuck with football. 

Gran Turismo 5 was a big disappointment for me with the overall lack of laps and races available within the game. Everything was pushed to online play, which is something I don't do. I completed one race online, and just as I was making my move out of the slipstream, the racer in front slammed on his brakes and wrecked me. He refused to lose, and I refused to race against other humans again. And I still don't. 

On to the PS4. I had the console for a year before, I actually bought a game for it. The console came with The Last of Us, a game I still haven't played. Slowly I added games to my library, hoping Gran Turismo would be out, but here it is 2016, and no game yet. 

Still, I collected games for the PS4 only to return to the PS3 again and again. What finally grabbed me was MLB The Show 15, a game I've put hours into. I played MVP Baseball years before and enjoyed it, but football was my game so it fizzled away. And MLB The Show has also slipped away with bug-filled MLB The Show 16

But, things have picked up with the PS4 now. I spend lots of time on DOOM, and am anxious to start playing Dying Light, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series. 

So, that's where I'm at now. I intend on building a gaming PC to add to my PS4. And hopefully building my YouTube gameplay channel. Do me a favor and look me up on YouTube. Here's my latest video:
















How about you? 

13 comments:

  1. I started out from the very beginning, pong on the original 70's atari. I was about 5 and my grandmother bought one for the kids to play when they came over. Through the years I spent time on various consoles (Playstation, Nintendo, and now Xbox). One day too I hope to build a nice PC for myself, just finished building one for my son's friend. Favorite game of all time is Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time.... What's yours?

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    1. At this points it has to be Gran Turismo 4. Hit me up on G+ and we can compare PC build notes.

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    2. My fav was Legend of Zelda- Ocarina of Time too!!! Nice choice Donald.

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  2. I had no idea you played so much over the years. The impression I got from you before was that gaming was a huge waste of time, lol. Maybe you just didn't approve of my choices. =)

    I kicked ass on the Atari, most importantly on Frogger and Space Invaders. I eventually went to pc gaming and not much console gaming. I loved things like Age of Empires, Caesar, etc. Then graduated to MMORPG's, mostly Dark Age of Camelot, and eventually dabbled in Guild Wars and World of Warcraft. Those ate my life. Now, I'm just a casual gamer. I'm an idiot with handheld controllers.

    The one game that got my attention back in the day of PS1 was watching friends play Grand Theft Auto. I played Crash Bandicoot and Spiro. The background music from Spiro dances in my head often.

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    1. Sorry for leaving that impression. Frogger was on my radar often, and I enjoyed Spiro immensely. I would still consider myself a casual gamer though. I mean I didn't deviate much from the games I listed in the post. And the list of games for my PS4 is at minimum ten long that have never been played. Thankfully, about half were given to me or free.

      One I did like that I forgot to mention was Castlevania. What great fun that was.

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    2. On Atari I loved Tank Commander and Space Avengers! I spent a lot of time playing old style 70's and 80's platform games like Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. My friend Julie went to Japan when we were in Jr. High and I gave her money to buy whatever cool thing/need to have item she could find. She brought home a Game and Watch DK before it had hit the states! We were the envy of all the other students. We ended up being told we couldn't have the game at school anymore because it was too distracting. Dang teachers. I mean, everyone else was playing the arcade game, we got to in our own little world. Only problem was, we missed out on the arcade challenges between other players. I was so excited I had a unique game though, so it didn't matter too much. Pac Man was a main game on our NES.

      When I was a young teen we had one of the first in home computers, I played a lot of BASIC and DOS computer games. I think I started out with chess and moved on from there. Whenever I put in a wrong command I never knew if I was blowing up the computer or starting a missile crisis like in War Games. That and Tron were huge for me in my non-reality game playing. I wished I could live in my computer world.
      Have any of you read Player One? I did back in January, It was like stepping back into my Jr. High/ HS years. Loved it.
      This article and your comments have brought back so many memories. fun stuff. Thanks again, Glen for sharing your world and dredging up parts of mine that have been forgotten. :)

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    3. Lol, Sandi. A missile crisis. I haven't read the book but now it'll go on my list. Thanks for mentioning it.

      I didn't play a bunch of DK on console or computer. But I did swing from vines a lot and jump off crocodile heads in Pitfall.

      All this stuff reminds me of disco balls at the roller skating rink.

      Thank you for sharing, Sandi.

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  3. I won't start building my pc till "maybe" next year.. Just depends on other things(budget priorities)... I want to do it right and get good parts that will run everything for the next few years and not be obsolete in 6 months

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  5. Have you played any of the Bioshock series? Excellent stories in those, especially Bioshock Infinite. What games have you played have had engaging and rich stories?

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  6. I haven't played any of the Bioshock series. As far as engaging stories, I can think of any off hand.

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  7. That Playstation exclusive you have called Last of Us is said to be really good with some intense emotional moments in it... Can't wait to see you play that, mostly because I don't have a PS4

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    1. Wow, thanks, Don! I appreciate that. I'll get to it soon, I promise.

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