Monday, 28 November 2011

Personal History of Games

     Gaming has always been a big part of my life, as for me, it provided escapism from the hectic antics and stressors of life. It provided me with an outlet which allowed me to be transported to a far distant universe where I could be someone totally different.

     The first ever game I remember playing was the classic “Space Invaders” on the Playstation 1. I have very fond memories of sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night from my room, just to have an extra go on it. I got so obsessed by the way gaming made me feel, I couldn’t wait for the next go. Thinking back to then, it brings me so much happiness. I would invite my friends to sleep over and we would spend all night playing games and creating little tournaments. They’d bring their games over and we’d huggle up in our sleeping bags staring at the tiny monitor. There are so many games on the Playstation 1 that I absolutely loved. One very important game to me is Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko, as this started my lust for scary games. Okay, looking back at it now, it really wasn’t scary. But when I was younger I was hooked on the adrenaline from the fear I felt playing that game. It was certain little areas that just gave me the creeps.

       That is where my thirst for fear comes in. I love playing games that keep me on my toes, when you feel as if something’s going to jump out and you can feel your heart beat 10x faster. The reason why I find games so much scarier is because it’s YOU playing it, you are the one trying to survive, it makes it more personal than say, watching a scary film.

         There’s so many games that I have fallen in love with, they still allow me to escape into a world of uncertainty. However, after being on this course, I began to realise and appreciate how much effort, time and work has gone into the smallest part of these games. I definitely respect even the most diabolical game, for the amount of effort that has been put into it. I have always been a Playstation lover, I still have my PSone, which I refuse to get rid of. I’ll always be a dedicated fan of Sony.

         I look forward to what the future has to offer with regards to the level of gaming. I can’t wait to see the next step in gaming, where if you die in the game you die in real life, oh wait a second, that sounds like a film….. But seriously, it would be amazing if the player could be “imported” into the game, so you could physically smash zombies in the face or drive over a massive canyon or something along them lines, you could be transported to the “gaming dimension” to slay dragons and ride dinosaurs and then be back in time for tea. That sounds like my kind of game.

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