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Games That Made Me

I have told you how I started running and how important it has become to me. But long before I was a runner I was a gamer. As for now, I have been playing games for 31 years and followed the game industry as long as I could understand something of it. So a long time. (So long that A la la la long played on FM radio back then. Come on!) I wrote a short piece about my all time top 5 favourite games earlier, but let's dive in deeper now!


I got my first console on christmas when I was 4 years old. Year was 1992 and console Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in US). With it came Sonic the Hedgehog, and boy, was I immediately sold. It was not the first game I ever played (My cousins had NES), but it was the first gaming console at my home, accessible to me anytime (Well, almost). It opened a new world to me and to my imagination. A world I still live in.


Pretty soon after, we got an Amiga 500 and again my world shaked. It opened a whole new world of gaming that the consoles back then could not offer. It also sparked my love for computers. And it introduced me to D&D which sparked my love for fantasy. So a lot of sparking happened then which shaped who I became.


Back then you played your games over and over again because you did not get a new one every day. Although we did have a lot of games for Amiga as we bought it used and along came a lot of games. (Might be that those were erm.. not the official releases.)


Eventually it was time to upgrade your gear. Amiga 500 made way to a Pentium MMX PC, and Mega Drive to Sega Saturn. Oh, Saturn. I was the only person in the neighbourhood to have a Saturn (and probably one of the five people in the whole town), everyone else had a PlayStation. I ended up having only a few games for Saturn and eventually it made way to a Game Boy Color (which made way to Game Boy Advance). It was kind of a natural progression for me, as of late I was playing more and more on PC and Game Boy then offered a way to play on the road. (So I really did not desire a PlayStation back then). Game Boy Advance is also probably one of my favourite consoles ever!


PC kept updating, the first one was ready-made PC called MikroMikko (Fujitsu, which held old Nokia brand in Finland in their customer computers), after that all the PC

s were custom builds. Computing kinda took my focus and I played less and less with consoles. But what an exciting time it was to be a PC gamer. 3D graphics cards (Voodoo, oh boy). First baby steps of online playing using dial-up modems, LAN games with friends. Hanging on the IRC. Oh, those were the times.


We are now somewhere around the end of the year 2000, and even though I did not stop playing games (I probably played more and more as I got older) and even though there is lot of games which have been very important to me which have been released later, I think this is a good place to stop. These were the games of my childhood and laid foundations of who I become as a gamer.


But what about those games? As a kid I was very fond of platforming games (I still am) so there is a lot of platforming here. I also liked a lot of FPS and RTS games and there are also a few RPGs which would eventually hold my heart and become my favourite genre.


Let's take a look (there are probably more games of my childhood, but these came to mind easily, so maybe they are more significant (or not). Also this is a list of games that I had, I also played a lot of NES and SNES (and other platforms) games at my friends, but I left those out of this list):


Mega Drive:

Sonic series (especially Sonic 3 & Knuckles)

Cool Spot

Greendog: The Beached Surfer Dude!

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3

Columns

Batman

Aladdin

Taz-Mania

Dynamite Duke

Ariel

Krusty's Super Fun House

Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II

Sylvester and Tweety in Cagey Capers

Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure

Global Gladiators


Amiga 500:

Superfrog

Turrican II: The Final Fight

Xenon 2: Megablast

Lotus III: The Ultimate Challenge

Pinball Dreams & Fantasies

Eye of The Beholder I & II

Sensible Soccer

Civilization

Cannon Fodder

Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe

The Chaos Engine

SimCity

Scorched Tanks

DuckTales: The Quest for Gold


Saturn:

Sonic Jam

Nights

Virtua Fighter

Sega Rally Championship

Panzer Dragoon


Game Boy Color & Advance:

Pokemon Red & Silver

Wario Land series

Super Mario Bros Deluxe

Super Mario Advance

Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Pokemon Trading Card Game

Mario Kart: Super Circuit


PC:

Doom I & II

Duke Nukem 3D

Quake 1 & 2

Commander Keen series

Jazz Jackrabbit 1 & 2

Warcraft series

Command & Conquer (and Red Alert) series

Pandemonium

Age of Empires 1 & 2

Heroes of Might and Magic 2 & 3

Might and Magic 6, 7, 8

SimCity 2000

Starcraft

Half-Life

The Incredible Machine

Ultima VIII

Tomb Raider 1, 2, 3

Delta Force

Hitman 1 & 2

Worms, Worms 2 and Worms Armageddon

Hexen I & II

Lemmings

Descent

Diablo 1 & 2

Baldur's Gate

Fallout 1 & 2

Carmageddon 1 & 2

Need for Speed

Micro Machines 1 & 2

Dungeon Keeper

Theme Hospital

Death Rally

Warlords III

Supreme Snowboarding

Rayman

Crusader: No Remorse


Whew, I think that's it. Probably forgot something essential, but it would take forever to remember all (our memory is kind of like a leaking battery in a game cartridge). The most unfortunate thing is that I have sold almost everything in this list (stupid young me), but I'll guess that I just need to start to hunt for them. Bye money!


Reminiscing had me thinking of my current game collection, which goes somewhere between 800-1000 titles. As I have gone through Steam and other platform sales (and physical sales and chunks of used games), I have actually bought a lot of games that I have not ever played. So I think it is time to address that and start going through my backlog. But more of that in the future!


Keep playing.


PS. Found a bunch of manuals and CDs at my parents place last time we visited. Unfortunately big boxes have been long gone.



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