Where do I start on what got me into gaming? While I did have an Atari 2600 in my childhood years, I didn’t experience true gaming addiction till I spent my school holidays at my Aunt & Uncles house. It was there that I discovered “Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link” and spent a week grinding low level monsters to progress in the game. To this day I still remember how good it felt working so hard to level up. My love of RPG’s began there.
After that I used all the tricks in the book to get Mum & Dad to buy me a NES, but they thought it would be too much of a distraction from my school work and later we got one of the first IBM computers released. It was a 8086 CGA (Colour Graphics Adapter) – Boasting 4 glorious colors, cyan, magenta, black & white.
I was able to expand my favorite genre to adventure games, getting my hands on any games that Sierra put out. Eventually they released Hero’s Quest (Not to be confused with the board game … which it did) which was later renamed to the Quest for Glory series.
Through the later years of high school I was able to update my old PC for a 486 with VGA which boasted 256 colors! Around this time I also had a Sega Mega Drive.
After the Mega Drive I saved up my hard earned dollars to buy the first Playstation. I had it modified to play NTSC games and brought back about 200 games from Bali. Countless hours were spent in my room playing the PSX until that one day … I discovered alcohol. Drinking with my friends occupied my weekends but the games were still there to cure my after school boredom.
Years later I got back into games when I moved out of home and into a shared house. I remember the days of playing Diablo 2 and Heroes of Might and Magic 4 on the PC and games such as BMX XXX on the Playstation 2 … Good times!
Years later I got quite addicted to a few online MMO’s – That’s where I got my online nickmane of Jezhug, but I try to keep a low profile these days due to heavy work commitments.
Russ got me on to GOG not too long ago and was able to relive some of my old favs. I then got on to Steam and haven’t looked back.
We started Future Released over a few beers and the future looks bright.