My age is… 35, as of Saturday. That means I was around eleven when the current games I’m playing came out.
The first adventure game I played was… King’s Quest 1. I’m not actually certain of this, because I was very young when I played my first Sierra games. It could just as well have been Leisure Suit Larry or Police Quest, but I didn’t get very far in any of them. The first adventure game I finished was Hero’s Quest (aka Quest for Glory 1).
The first adventure game I finished and still my favourite
My favourite adventure game is… Hero’s Quest 1. It might be nostalgia, but I loved that game. We’ll soon see whether it holds up. The Secret of Monkey Island and The Longest Journey would be up there too.
When I’m not playing games I like to… write about them. :) I also love spending time with my wife and daughter, metal music, various sports, movies and educating myself in the sciences (I'm currently learning about string theory). If I retired today, I could fill every day with things to do and learn, for as long as I live.
Yes...I love this shit, and a whole lot more of it!
I like my games in (a box, digital format)… if you asked me a couple of years back, I would have said in the box with a big manual to go with it, but nowadays I’m realising the freedom of having pretty much everything I own in digital format. I now listen to audiobooks, read comics online and have my entire music collection in MP3 format. I buy all my games from GOG and Steam.
The thing I miss about old games is… the freedom developers had to innovate. I recall a time when hundreds and hundreds of games would come out every year, and many of them would be innovative and unique. Even in the late nineties, there were games such as Homeworld, Deus Ex, Planescape: Torment and Thief pushing the boundaries in both style and content. These days there are only a handful of games of any note released due to the cost, and it’s just too risky for the developers to try something new. The end result is endless clones and sequels with little true innovation. Thankfully the indie developers seem to be making a big push right now!
Homeworld grabbed me despite having very little interest in strategy games.
The best thing about modern games is… the sheer beauty. I can wander through Morrowind or Oblivion for hours and just look at it! I look forward to the day when developers take the innovation of the eighties and nineties, and combine it with the production value and technology of today.
The one TV show I never miss is…Game of Thrones. It’s been a long time since I was truly excited about a TV show, but I long for each episode to come out. The Walking Dead and Mad Men aren’t far behind.
Game of Thrones has more than lived up to my lofty expectations.
If I could see any band live it would be… hmmm…there are hundreds of bands I’d like to see. In fact, I’ll be seeing a few of them in France next month at Hellfest. I’ve never seen My Dying Bride live, which is something I’d like to remedy.
My favourite movie is… another tough question as I love so many. I’d have to say The Lord of the Rings trilogy if I had to name one, but The Exorcist, Donnie Darko, Aliens and Se7en would all be up there.
I can't even begin to tell you why I love this movie.
One interesting thing about me is… I’m deaf in one ear. I always have been, so it doesn’t bother me at all. It does make some social settings awkward though when people think I’m ignoring them when I just can’t hear them.
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