Ooooohhhh, isn't he cute!!!!
My home country is… The United States of America.
My age is… Oh lord, can I skip... no? Okay. I am 32 years old and aging a little more rapidly every time I answer that question. (Tricky: Given that I turn 37 today, your reluctance to reveal your age makes me feel very old indeed!)
The first adventure game I played was… Unknowable to me. When my father brought home a TRS-80 Color Computer from Radio Shack I was still in my delicate formative years. I learned to read sitting in my father's lap playing strange text adventures with simple names like HAUNT and BEDLAM and PYRAMID 2000. Eventually we upgraded to a Tandy 1000 and I started in on the Sierra line of adventure games, and soon had Black Cauldron, King's Quest, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry under my belt. (Yes, at that age. No, I snuck that in when no one was home. No, I didn't know what MOST of that meant. Yes, I was smart enough not to ask.)
"Dad? Excuse me dad! Um...if you were in a brothel...and a pimp wouldn't let you go upstairs to see a hooker...what would you do?"
My favourite adventure game is… Difficult to say. The moment I discovered Infocom I fell completely in love with them, and I still think A Mind Forever Voyaging may be their best work. However I also adore the Gabriel Knight games, particularly the second: Beast Within. And Zork: Grand Inquisitor gets replayed once a year or so. I really have to go with... Sam and Max Hit The Road. Warner Brothers antics distilled into an insane road trip across a warped but familiar America. I've played it so many times the CD needed replacing.
When I’m not playing games I like to… I'm fond of Japanese children's programming. Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Sailor Moon. As well as cartoons in general, my favorite of all time being Mysterious Cities of Gold with runners-up in Animaniacs and Freakazoid. I also read a lot, mostly science-fiction (although lately I'm re-reading Dumas' Three Musketeers). I spend time with the boyfriend in our comfortable apartment. I also hang around online chatting to whoever will talk to me, reading blogs (yo!) and playing dumb flash games... yes, when I'm not playing games I play games.
Mysterious Cities of Gold: This show was amazing! I'm so glad that it is so fondly remembered by so many people these days.
The thing I miss about old games is… The sense of mystery and the unknown. There was always that feeling like Daventry was supposed to be bigger than the simple grid of boxes it turned out to be. Text parsers let you throw ANYthing at the game in the hopes it would know what you meant. Metroid had weird glitch-rooms outside the game space you could accidentally stumble into. Now it feels like there's guides and youtube videos showing all the secrets just hours after a game comes out. You're less likely to get a sense of "Oh man, I stumbled on something and I'm not sure I was meant to".
The best thing about modern games is… There's room for so many of them. In the last few hours I've dabbled in Nintendo's goofy life sim Animal Crossing, slain a few thousand ancient chinese warriors in Dynasty Warriors 8, enthusiastically campaigned for futuristic-city-skating game Hover: Revolt of Gamers, checked out how La Mulana 2 is progressing, and installed Divinity: Original Sin for later. All of these are different genres of game, from weird bobble-headed life sim to retro platformer to gorgeous RPG to big-budget beat-em-up. There are SO MANY games out there now you can nestle into a niche and never come out, or you can take in a little of everything and leave the buffet stuffed. It's fantastic.
My favourite movie is… The absolutely ridiculous Bruce Willis crime caper comedy Hudson Hawk.
I do recall enjoying this as a teenager. It's probably one of those films that I shouldn't try to revisit now though.
I like my games in (a box, digital format)… Any way I can get them. I hoard digitally because they're cheap, but I'm not above buying boxed games, particularly for consoles or handhelds. I admit to being a steam junkie though.
If I could see any band live it would be… They Might Be Giants. ... Okay, if I could bring a band back and make them reform for one last show, it would be Moxy Fruvous.
The one TV show I never miss is… I never can remember to actually watch TV at the proper times. But the BF and I have been loyal followers of Bones, Castle, Phineas & Ferb, Once Upon a Time, Sleepy Hollow, and I never need an excuse to dig out the DVDs of Due South.
Once Upon a Time: I'm mildly interested in this. Opinions?
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