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My home country is... The United States. I'm in Virginia on the east coast.
My age is... 34.
The first adventure game I played was... King's Quest II. I remember two important things.
1. A world that could be freely explored.
2. I had no idea how to save your game (or that you even could).
The second caused me to panic every time the "There's a bad guy on the screen" music blared out of my no-volume-knob PC Speaker. I played the game on a Leading Edge Model D. 640k memory. 4.77Mhz processor. 20MB HDD. CGA monitor.
I'd read "the door" in the game so many times, that I memorized what it said. In order to save trips across the chasm, I decided to skip reading the door on subsequent attempts. It was a long time before I figured out that you have to read the door in order to make the mermaid appear.
Cush1978 played King's Quest II on hardcore settings. Respect!
My favourite adventure game is... Quest For Glory. It was Hero Quest when I bought it. I still have the box somewhere. I played this game on the above-mentioned system. I installed it to the HDD (after figuring out how to clear 3MB of space). The game still ran slow though; I developed a unique method of combat that basically involved me inputting commands seconds in advance. Threw me off when we finally got a 286. This game combined unique role-playing aspects within a Sierra adventure game. Playing the different classes was both fun and diverse. I wish there were more games like these. I actually never finished Quest For Glory 4. I tripped a bug near the very end that caused the game to crash when you performed a necessary task. Eventually a patch came out that invalidated my saved game. I need to dig up my old character and play 4 (and 5) to completion.
When I’m not playing games I like to... play guitar. I was in an acoustic duo a couple years ago. Now I frequently sit in with one of the local talents. I also love a good game of disc golf. I suck at "real" golf. I also make mead as a hobby. Right now I have vanilla, strawberry, raspberry, and peach meads all in various stages of completion. I also enjoy reading; mostly fiction.
I like my games in a... retail box all the way! I find that it matters less these days. The last few boxed games included a disc with a printed piece of paper telling me that the manual was on the disc in PDF format. I still have my guides to the Famous Adventurer Correspondence School, issues of Space Piston magazine, and yes, even some peril-sensitive Joo Janta sunglasses and a bit of pocket lint. I wish more games included those kinds of things without a $100+ "Collector's Edition."
They sure don't put this much effort into documentation anymore
The thing I miss about old games is... the immersion...clues weren't a website away. We've covered dialing into the Sierra BBS in your blog. Games weren't nearly as plentiful either. You were probably playing the same game for months instead of moving on to the next in the "pile" when you got bored. I had a friend whose parents would allow them to look up a single hint (via the invisible ink hint book) for a game after an entire month of being stuck. Anyway, there aren't too many games that really draw you in these days. I think the rise of the indie gaming scene is changing that; there are some great games that have gotten my attention there.
The best thing about modern games is... accessibility. There are a lot of free browser games, indie games in indie bundles, plus reasonable prices on acquiring newer games. No more IRQ settings, install procedures, memory configuration, etc. Regardless of platform and content, I usually just have to launch and enjoy. You also have entire walkthroughs, FAQs, and even company support (usually via forums) for any kinds of issues you may encounter. Nearly every game comes with a "community" to experience the game and share your thoughts with.
The one TV show I never miss is... Mad Men lately. As a kid, it was In Living Color and Married With Children. In college it was Batman Beyond. You know a show is good if a college student is getting up at 8:30 on a Saturday to catch up.
Batman Beyond: Brought the darkness that Christopher Nolan is now making millions off
If I could see any band live it would be... Pink Floyd. I did see them once in 1994 and hoping the opportunity presents itself again. It's really a unique experience. I've see The Who three times and with the announcement of a North American tour in 2012, I may make it four!
My favourite movie is... Raiders of the Lost Ark. I still think it's among the best, if not the best action movie there is. It's a nearly-perfect movie that never gets old on subsequent viewings. The truck chase, in particular, is an excellent part of the movie that has no comparison in my mind.
One interesting thing about me is... that I used to work in the game industry. Not computer games, but I worked for the "other" guys in the CCG arena back then; Decipher for three years. I stumbled into the job via a temp agency while looking for summer work. My choices were making doors in a warehouse or cutting film frames for Decipher. At the time, they were working on the Hoth expansion. The art director would look at the frames on a 70mm film projector and "tag" them with a bit of colored tape. My job was to go back and cut those frames out, replacing each one with a blank frame. The films were 1st generation copies from the master film. A temp job turned into a summer internship and then turned into "permanent part-time" employment while I was in college. I ended up involved with the art department, customer service, tournament director, play testing, and web development. Definitely a unique experience with a lot of great stories to share.
I'm so glad I never knew about Decipher's collectable card games. They look like bank account destroyers!
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