Saturday, 29 November 2008

I'm Alive!

Gah I tried to go on a run of blog posts but alas I hit a wall and once again my blog goes silent for a while, so I'm sorry for that once again *bows*

Anyway moving on to my own personal gaming history, I'll start when I was a wee lad about the age 4, where I was a very small person back then who still believed in Santa Claus who I believed was an addict to cookies and Fosters =P. It was Christmas 1994 and I just went to a Christmas party (which sucked and was just plain cold), and upon returning I was greeted by cookies, fosters and a huge box under the tree, obviously being as young as I was I jumped to it like a mouse to cheese. To my pleasant surprise, it was a Sega Megadrive, or genesis as it's known, but for my personal preference it will always be the MEGADRIVE. With this Megadrive came my very first game Sonic and Knuckles and dear god did I get addicted to it, I just loved the entire game, the jumping, the sound the insane number of rings you'd collect and of course the odd flippy thing which the cartridge had which confused me to no end....until I got the other sonic games where I discovered the awesome power of COMBINING...GATTAI DA!!!! (or lock on technology as wikipedia calls it =P)and with this game came my addiction to sonic and art in general, as it made me buy the rest of the games (where I was introduced to Tails who has my name, but hates TAILS is any better D:) , buy plushies and figurines and buy the comics, which in turn made me want to draw but I'll talk about that another time, for now I'll continue about the rest of my early gaming history.

After I got my Megadrive, my Dad discovered a new found usage for markets where he managed to get me a Nintendo Entertainment System, and a plethora of games (those were the days when my dad could actually get a bargain ;___;) those games included the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Metal Gear which had a shiny cartridge, and a Zelda game with a gold cartridge, Super Mario Bros and Super Mario bros 3, all of which made me implement the blow technique many times (that sounds a tad bit wrong D:)but one game which had the greatest impact on me is....DUCK HUNT! I spent hours on this game just because of the greatest gaming peripheral EVER the NES light gun or "zapper" and the addicting sound of a duck hitting the floor I'm not crazy....

After having these official consoles, I have one unofficial console which only played one game, even though it wasn't well known and was a cheap ass machine for its time it still holds a place in my heart for its cool look and the fact the game was rather quite fun, twas a racing game, which I think was a sorta outrun rip off as I remember the car flying into the air when it crashed but god those were good times, good times indeed.

And thats it for part one of my personal history, I hope you look forward to hearing more of the history of gaming: The Miles god that sounds so I'll leave you with one of my favorite songs from sonic 3 and knuckles, enjoy *bows*.

Saturday, 15 November 2008


*bows* I AM SORRY FOR MY LACK OF BLOG POSTS!!!! Alas my writing skills have declined since my GCSE days and thus, the task of writing consistently and about actually things, instead of shouting potato over and over again, was quite a daunting thought and I have been somewhat putting it aside these past couple of weeks. However I am now getting my ass in gear and will start my blogs with an epic bang of a post, ladies and gentlemen I present the history of gaming courtesy of moi ;D.


Prior to reading the vast amounts of information bombarded at us on blackboard, I knew very little about the history of gaming. I was one who focused on upcoming releases and what not, the only gaming history I knew, or at least though I knew, was pong being the “first” game and Mario being around before I was born and that Pac man kicked behind back in the day. So I was a bit surprised to discover that computer gaming heralded back to as far as the 1950s. Here I discovered multiple accounts of the first game, or at least perceptions of the first game, such as the first technologically possible game, the first game made for entertainment etc. For the sake of my head not going kablooey I’ve decided to look at things in chronological order, and thus brings me to the first computer game known as OXO (sadly it does not go well with chicken) on the EDSAC computer (which was mighty beast I tell ye) created by A.S Douglas in 1952 for his Ph.D thesis on Human Computer interaction, which was basically tic tac toe on a screen, seemingly basic and pointless (seriously, a piece of paper would have sufficed =P) but hey things had to start from somewhere.

look at the pwetty graphics *___*

*cough* anyway apparently it ended here for good ol OXO, but alas it didn’t end for computer gaming, in the next game herald the birth of computer games for entertainment and multiplayer =P. Made in 1958 the game ‘Tennis for Two’ was developed for usage on an analog computer ( a much smaller beast than the Edsac) by American Psychiatrist William Higinbotham. Created to entertain guests at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, it was as the name says tennis for two people. Think of it as a sort of pong predecessor with it having a side view instead of the top down view we all know and love.


This next game, often noted as the first computer game (although I don’t see why, all it did was be more available and maybe be a bit more inventive than tennis for two...), as with many things it was made out of the boredom of MIT students in 1962 (well maybe not out of boredom but ya never know ;D), the game was SpaceWar! An epic game of a war IN SPACE with black holes and spacey thingys that do space stuff.....well it was highly influential in that it got so much coverage through the internet which surprisingly existed back then.


Then in 1967 a man named Ralph Baer, who we can thank for the idea of putting games with TV, wrote the first videogame known as Chase, which oddly I have yet to find out what it was about....

And finally to round off this portion of history of video games we come to the 70s, which was basically the golden age of arcade games, here we have the birth of the coin-op courtesy of the Galaxy Game (DAMN YOU FOR MAKING ME LOSE SO MANY POUND COINS). Spacewar! Returned as Computer Space and became the first mass produced and commercially available videogame courtesy of Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, both of which in 1972 created Pong, the first commercially successful videogame, whose mechanics I’m sure i don’t have to explain to you lovely people. ;D


And oh my I sure do ramble, well I’ll end this entry for now and put my personal gaming history separate for the time being, as heh I want to go in a bit of detail for that ;D