Some time ago I wrote a post about my gaming history. Video games have been a big part of my life and have brought me hours of enjoyment over many years. This week a few uncanny occurrences caused me to rethink what gaming means to me today. So what happened, you ask. Well…
Firstly, I came out of a post natal depression funk (the reasons I haven’t posed here for some months) and realised the thing I wanted to do most was play games. I’d been advised to ‘remember what I liked doing’ and ‘do it’ again. Depression has a way of sapping all your desire to do anything aside for feel tired and shitty, but somehow I scrapped together enough gusto to go out and buy a game I’d heard a lot about – Journey.
Secondly, I got a response back from a reputable game development company in Mexico (my most favourite place), after I’d offered my creative writing services. They were keen to have me collaborate on a game they were currently developing in Spanish with an aim to translate and localise for English speaking countries. Holy Guacamole!
Finally, a film producer friend contacted me and revealed he was making a documentary about women in games (players, developers, designers etc). After some discussion he suggested that I be the ‘backbone’ of the story – using my gaming history, career choice and recent dabbling in games writing as the core content. Exciting!
So, here I am again, reflecting on the role of gaming in my life. I thought I’d try and list the games I remember playing, despite knowing many have been lost to the foggy mire of my terrible memory. Anyway, here goes (in no particular order and not listing versions):
|Packman||Golden Axe||Snack Rattle n Roll|
|Tetris||Mortal Kombat||Yoshi’s Island|
|F-18 Interceptor||Tekken||Donkey Kong|
|Indiana Jones||Ghouls n Ghosts||Loaded / Reloaded|
|Bubble Bobble||Time Crisis||Need for Speed|
|Super Frog||Buck Hunter||Oddworld|
|Kings Quest||Duck Hunt||Crash Bandicoot|
|Quest for Glory||Galaga||Silent Hill|
|Space Quest||1943||Assassin’s Creed|
|Giana Sisters||Point Blank||Halo|
|Road Rash||Tekken||Star Wars|
|Kick Off||Street Fighter||Splinter Cell|
|Marble Madness||Space Invaders||Call of Cthulhu|
|Heimdall||Destroy All Humans|
|Lemmings||Call of Duty|
|Legend of Kyrandia||Red Dead Redemption|
|Elder Scrolls||The Matrix|
|Curse of Enchantica||God Of War|
|Prince of Persia||Heavy Rain|
|Altered Beast||Starsky and Hutch|
I know there are plenty more I have just forgotten about but still it was fun recalling those who have stuck with me. I highlighted some my favourites in each category. As you can see, my preferred platform is console but I’m planning on hitting the PC again since there is just so much awesomeness on Steam (I’m thinking Limbo next).
I hope this post has stirred up your gaming memories 🙂 Let me know if you think I’ve missed any epics.