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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by bartread » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:13 pm

Hi everyone,


I'm Bart, and I'm a retro gamer... well, actually just a gamer, although I suck at modern online games so tend to avoid them... living in the Cambridge area. I've actually been lurking around RetroGamer for a while, reading articles and suchlike, but haven't got involved in the forum up until now.

I started out gaming on Defender in the local social club, and on my cousin's rubber-keyed Spectrum 48K. I then got my own Spectrum 48K+ (improved plastic keyboard by this time), started playing games and programming in BASIC. Shortly after this I also got an Atari 2600 Junior which, for a *very* long time was the only games console I'd ever owned. Then got a Commodore 64, which was great (although harder to program), but I only had it for about a year before I got my favourite computer of all time: an Amiga A500 with a 1MB RAM expansion. That thing was a revelation at the time, and I got a copy of AMOS with it, which was great (with hindsight I think Blitz might have been the better option but, oh well, AMOS was still awesome).

I fell out of gaming, except round at friends houses, in the early-mid 90s and only got back into it intermittently from the year 2000 onwards, before picking it up a bit more seriously again over the past 3 - 4 years. There were various reasons for this: our school went mixed when I went into the 6th form, and then the tech moved on and I couldn't afford a PC or one of the 32-bit consoles. Also I knew full well I'd fail my degree if I bought a PS1 or an N64 (not an idle concern: this pretty much happened to one of my friends, who managed to scrape a 3rd by the skin of his teeth because he spent all day every day playing Goldeneye, Turok, and various Mario games).

I did spend quite a bit of time playing games at friends' houses: DOOM, Quake (which I never enjoyed as much), Wipeout, the original GTA, Goldeneye, and lots of driving/racing games (particularly on the PS1), before moving on to PC games around the year 2000, particularly FPSs like UT, Q3A, and the Half-Life series, but also Need For Speed, and Fable. I kind of looked down on consoles at the time although, with hindsight, this was a mistake and I feel like I missed out on quite a lot as a result.

Not unlike srj672 I finally bought myself a Wii shortly after I moved into the first house I bought. Played it obsessively for the first year or two, and quite regularly after that. Fair to say it definitely helped bring me back into gaming: Super Mario Galaxy, Mario Kart Wii, House of the Dead: Overkill, and the 2010 Goldeneye remake are amongst many games I've enjoyed on that system. I eventually picked up a PS3 in 2013, and this was really the beginning of getting to the situation I now find myself in where I've picked up, as cheaply as possible, a bunch of other older consoles, and loads of games along the way. My collection isn't that big, but I still think I own more games than I can realistically play through within the remainder of my lifetime.

A few years ago I also started working on some remakes of classic arcade games. This was just a programming side project to help me get better with client-side web tech, and particularly JavaScript, and nowadays I work on it from time to time just to keep my hand in with programming because I don't get to do much of it at work any more. I've written a version of Asteroids, called Shoot the Rocks, which you can find at https://arcade.ly/games/asteroids/, and a version of Star Castle, called Star Citadel, which you can find at https://arcade.ly/games/starcastle/. Feel free to send me any feedback/suggestions if you decide to give the a go.

Will look forward to chatting with you on here. Nowadays I also go to three or four retro events every year, usually up north, so I might bump into some of you face to face as well!


Bart

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by dste » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:47 pm

Welcome to the forum bartread.

I was similar to you in falling out of gaming but just slightly later in around 2000/2001. It was around 6/7 years later when I picked up a Wii that I got back in to it and have since made up for lost time. :D
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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by You've Been Gamed » Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:16 pm

Hi everyone, my name is Lee and I'm obviously a gamer!

I have a huge passion for retro gaming, and have a massive collection of retro consoles, magazines and of course games. I've been both playing and collecting retro stuff since the eighties, which also makes me old too I guess! Last year I decided to try my hand at video game vlogging. It's a very long and sometimes tiring hobby, but I have to say I love it! I have a channel on YouTube, where I play all sorts of games from retro right up to modern consoles. I don't claim to be an expert, I just like to have fun, and maybe educate people on some of the games I actually know how to play :D It's very rewarding, and helps me cope so much with the other problems I face in my life, which I'm not going to open up to just yet on my introduction.

Anyway, thanks for listening. Hope to chat to some of you soon!

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by -Davina84- » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:20 pm

Hi there.

New user here, I've been into gaming since the early 90s, and since played on the Master System II, Mega Drive II, SNES, N64, Gamecube, the original PlayStation, PS2, PS3, and currently the PS4.

I'm also into pixel art.

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by thedustyjoypad » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:50 pm

Hi everyone, hope you're all well :)

Im a laid-back retro gamer in my late 30's.

I grew up with an Atari ST and a Sega Mega Drive, moving on to PS1 and more when I was in my teens.

I still have my ST and Mega Drive, but choose to emulate everything for the convenience. I like to use RetroArch for everything, except for Wii and Gamecube, which I use the standalone Dolphin emulator.

Im here because I just want some chilled out chats with people on the same level as me. Im not one for bashing what people like to play or what they have, I dont see the point.

I look forward to getting to know you guys :D
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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by RetroBob » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:49 pm

Welcome to the forum!
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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by dste » Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:18 pm

Welcome. :D
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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by Nwosteve121077 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:13 pm

Been a long time since I posted here. Big retro fan owned most systems before my divorce. Good to be back.

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by thedustyjoypad » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:39 am

Nwosteve121077 wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:13 pm
Been a long time since I posted here. Big retro fan owned most systems before my divorce. Good to be back.
Nice to meet you 😀
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