Console and Computer Games of the Retro and Modern Era.
I thought that I would write a guide on computer games as it is something I have been doing and enjoying for over 30 years now.
The very first game that I ever played was Pong on the Intelivision in the 1970's.
It was a very primative tennis game that kids wouldn't even play today on their mobile phones!
Back then in the 1970's it was all we had.
My favourite ever arcade game was Bubble Bobble (1986) and the amount of ten pence pieces that I put in that machine was unreal. lol
Yes the graphics were rubbish and the music was rubbish but it had that 'just one more go' factor about it.
My first ever computer was a Zx Spectrum 48k with the rubber keys.
You had to load the games via cassette which usually took a few minutes.
If the game crashed (which sometimes happened) you had to start all over again!
My favourite games were Knight Lore and Alien 8 which were made by Ultimate.
They were only in two colours (black and another) but were sort of 3D and quite compelling to play.
Other games I used to play alot of was Jet Set Willy and Manic Minor.
In the 1980's I bought a Sega magadrive.
It was such a step up from the Zx Spectrum.
Computer games in the 70's and 80's were cassette or cartridge based so you couldn't save a game like you could nowadays.
My favourite megadrive games were Wiz 'n' Liz and Sonic the Hedgehog and Dragon's Fury.
After that I bought a Sega Saturn in the 1990's which you could load from a disc and you was able to save a game. Yippeeee!
My favourite game on that console was Nights.
I then bought a Playstation One and the graphics were fantastic.
Fire and water effects were so amazing and so realistic on the PS1.
My favourite PS1 games were Abe's Oddysee and Abe's Exoddus.
After the PS1 I moved onto the PS2 and it was an even bigger step up from it predecessor.
A couple of the stand out PS2 games for me were the two God of War games and Frequency and Amplitude (latter two by the makers of Guitar Hero).
Great graphics don't always make a good game and it is the gameplay or how it plays that are the most important factor.
If it has that 'I'll have just have one more go' factor about it then you are hooked.
The most modern consoles like the PS3 have amazing graphics and some of the games you play are like playing in an interactive film.
God of War III and Dante's Inferno are jaw dropping eye candy!
Little Big Planet and Little Big Planet 2 are platform games that once completed you can design and build your own levels and then upload them to the web for others to enjoy!
Many hours I have spent building and tweaking my own levels and these are two of my favourite PS3 games for creativity.
Katamari Forever is so addictive that you will miss meals to 'just have one more go' and the theme tune although irritating you will find yourself humming it the next day! lol
Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition is a fantastic game and although I am pretty terrible at first person shooters I really have enjoyed this game.
Plus it comes with £75 of extra dlc content which makes it a bargain!
Journey Collector's Edition really surprised me and I absolutely love the game 'Flower' for its beautiful soundtrack and laid back gameplay and the game 'Journey' won 3 Baftas too.
Grand Theft Auto V takes gaming up a notch again and it amazes me how the game developers fit so much game into one Blu-ray disc!
Need for Speed Rivals is a fab racing game and the best in the series since NFS Hot Pursuit and allows you to either be chased by the cops or be the cop chasing the racers!
My girlfriend loves Katamari Forever and Angry Birds Trilogy and Angry Birds Star Wars.
If it wasn't for me she wouldn't have got into games and now I have to almost wrench the controller out of her hands in order to get a go myself! lol
The next generation of Consoles after the PS4, Xbox One will possibly be download only.
For me that will spell the end of my gaming years on the next generation of consoles as I am not interested in online gaming at all although I will still buy games for the older consoles that I wouldn't normally buy and give those a go
Too many of this generation of consoles have the 'red rings of death'.
If the next generation of consoles are download only,what will happen if the console 'dies?'
Will the games that you have downloaded have to be paid for again so that you can play them again on your new console?
I have had problems trying to transfer games from a 'dying' PS3 to a new one and it seems to be game saves that have 'Trophies' cause the most problems and can rarely be transferred!
Computer games used to been seen as a 'nerdy' pastime but it is now part of everyday life for alot more of the population.
Games are becoming as expensive as films to produce and I feel that game companies are forgetting that it is gameplay that counts more than fancy graphics.
The Nintendo Wii has less proccessing power than either the PS3 or the Xbox360 but why is it outselling it's rivals?
Because it is fun.
Nintendo have hit the nail on the head.
Games are meant to be fun,an escape from the mundane day at school or work.
Those that say games are a waste of time are incorrect as games do sharpen up a persons reaction time.
Just look at me as I am like a tubby ninja! lol
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