Gaming has been around since the 70s and even with all this new technology there are still some gamers kicking that started out on their Atari 2600's. Ever wondered what an old fart thinks of all this new fangled techy gobbledegook!?
I started out on my bro's Atari 2600 with Battlezone and River Raid, here i am here today as a 40 year old playing Destiny. I've owned most of the consoles, along side a Spectrum 128k, Amiga A600, C64 and various PC's. My next project is the Oculus Rift which i get in a few weeks. I love gaming, always have, always will, i hope i'am gaming when i'am a ripe old age of 90 or something.
I started with the 2600, too! I'm only 25 though. We couldn't afford the NES, so we got the 2600. Worked my way up from there. Hoping to get the Oculus soon, too.
You kids don't know how lucky you have it these days... lol. The NES is the only one of the Nintendo family i didn't own(apart from the handhelds)
Haha yeah we couldn't afford a NES, I'm 28 and we had to do with a spectrum, what do you mean the tape hasn't loaded... Rewind ;( haha, but never forgot getting a second hand NES with mario, duck hunt and a zapper, happy days, love gaming always will, as good as online is can't best a decent story, there's only so many endless matches of the same game I can play.
I programmed my very first game on a Vic20 in Basic... it's been a crazy road since! I've owned damn near every console and am now in the position of making a living as a full fledged journalist in the gaming industry! At 37 years old I'm often one of the oldest guys in the room at meetings and events but I'm still not too old to teach all them whippersnappers a lesson and give 'em a digital beatdown! lol
Lol, i remember spending hours typing in programmes on my Speccy that i found in the back of Your Sinclair magazines, i would marvel as my name would flash up on the screen surrounded by twinkling stars, those were the days. I actually studied computer science at Uni, but went down the I.T route as a career, wish I'd gone more for the gaming side if things.
To think there are some kids who've grown up never knowing the phrase 'azimuth alignment'... or for whom 'poke's are things you do on facebook.
Im 26, but already slowly starting to get bored of video games, I hope theres still a chance for me.
I'm having a hell of a time trying to figure out why anyone would disagree with your comment. You won't always love gaming!! I DISAGREE!!!! I guess there's always one a$$hole in every crowd right? In the case of N4G there's usually an abundance!
The author called the Vita a tablet, lmao.
Also hard rain? I think u mean heavy rain bud...
They don't, it's just the way the sentence is constructed.
I play for entertainment. Could be all fun. Could be all story. Could be a good mix of both. My tastes haven't changed a whole lot. Even as a kid, I enjoyed the spectrum of whst was available.
*what It's too early for this crap.
He makes a good point, and to answer his question, yes, starting a family has definitely cut down my time with games and in turn changed my tastes. I used to be a hardcore fighting game fan. Street Fighter 2 was like heaven. Now though, I simply don't have the time to play new fighters and go into the training area to learn every character's moves and animations. Any fighting game player worth a damn will tell you that in order to be good, you have to know ALL the characters, this way you can tell what they are about to do so you can counter. Its extremely time consuming to get to be very good. Now I find myself sticking more toward shooters and strategy type games. Games that don't require hours upon hours of studying to get good at. Im 32 by the way and started my gaming career with the Atari 2600 and Pitfall, Burger Time, and Battle Tanks. I even had ET...ugh.
Hang in there, the kids will get older and eventually you'll have plenty of time for gaming again. At 49 I now game more than ever.
Man, thats great news. I consider me and the wife to be very good parents, so i try to spend as much time with our daughter as possible.I only play my games at night after bed time. But yeah, some things are more important, as i'm sure you understand :)
That's how it used to be for me as well, but then as the kids got older we played together. At first it was kids games like the lego games. Then later as they got older it moved on to more mature games.
SNES, N64, PS1, PS2, GCN... Super Mario World, Mario Kart 64, Crash Bandicoot, Driv3r, Smash Bros. Melee... ah, good times. I'm 21, so anything before the SNES is foreign to me lel.
My gaming interests haven't changed. Unfortunately, the industry has changed, massively, and there's really nothing for someone like me, anymore. I find it hard to believe that the industry is content to ignore older gamers (30+). There've got to be billions of dollars that are just being left on the table. Yet, no one is scrambling to profit from it...I don't get it...
You make a good point too. For a short period there they were making remastered editions of old classics like Bionic Commando, which was exactly like the original but with better graphics and some added extras. Or like when they made Mega Man 9 and 10, and they were exactly like the originals from the 80's. I loved those, but I guess they weren't pulling in enough money because it seems like they've slowed down on games like that. The new Strider is very good though. And also Mighty Number 6 looks great. (I think thats the name)
I know some people like that sort of thing. But, to me, making a modern game look like an NES/SNES game is just plain cheap. I ignore games like that.
ZX Spectrum was my 1st, Dizzy the egg ruled
I started out on my friend's Atari 2600. My mother was a single mother of 2, and a teacher, so income was severely limited. Then, at the ripe ol' age of 10 I payed a visit to dear ol' dad...where I promptly stole his Intellevision. We moved to Japan right around the time that the Famicom was released, so I was able to play that. (Although I never owned one). As a bonus, a friend actually got a Turbo Grafix. I spend a significant portion of high school playing C128d. College was all about the SNES, which belonged to my friend but somehow ended up in my room, and Gameboy. I traded the Gameboy for Game Gear, couldn't resist the color version of handheld Mortal Kombat. Then, on to original PS...while my friend got the N64. I've always surrounded myself with friends that game...and have different tastes. Therefore, I always had access to just about every console worth it. PS2, Xbox, Dreamcast, Gamecube, PS3, Xbox 360, etc. I play games to escape the realities of having to be an adult all of the time. It's the same reason that I read, or watch movies. However, there's something about the interactivity that is unparalleled. I don't think I'll ever stop playing. As more people discover that gaming, it becomes easier to talk games with co-workers. I have found that no matter where I work and no matter what I do...there's a gamer!
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