Hi guys, my name is Ken, and I’m just another gamer on the internet. That’s the short story about me. But that’s just me in a nutshell; straight to the point, and blunt. If you want to know more about me, just keep on reading! 😛
I’ve been gaming since the good old days of the NES, and have watched as the gaming industry grew from its humble beginnings into the massive multi-billion dollar powerhouse that it is today. That being said, I’ve got a vast amount of exposure to various games over the ages. Just as I have grown up with games, so too have the games we play today.
I made this site is so that I can share my thoughts on some of the awesome games I’ve come to love over the years, and to help you find some of those hidden gems. In addition to games, I may post some reviews on the various other things related to games; accessories, gear, etc.
Early Childhood: 1990-1995
I was born in the middle of the third generation of video game consoles. My parents owned a Nintendo Entertainment System at the time. My dad would always tell me stories of my mom playing the NES during her pregnancy, resting the controller on her belly: On me. Since I was able-bodied enough to hold a controller, I have grown to love all things Nintendo. Perhaps that controller was a sign of my future as a gamer. Perhaps I will live for as long as I can hold onto that controller…
When it came to gaming at the time, I played solely on the NES. My parents were not gamers, and so it made sense that they would not buy every other system that came out at the time. Honestly, I could care less; my love was with that little grey box in the basement, where I could play Super Mario Bros. My dad also owned Blades of Steel, a hockey game from Konami; of course, he was a sportsman himself, growing up playing almost every sport known to Canadians in the 60’s and 70’s. I had a lot of fun playing games with my father as a child, especially Blades of Steel. I was not too good skating or playing hockey, and this game served as a way to “play hockey” with Dad. He also had a golf game: Jack Nicklaus’ Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf. For me at the time, it was a game that was as long as its title. I had not played it as much as I did for Blades of Steel, but it was a treasure nonetheless.
My father served in the Canadian Forces a few years before he met my mother. Due to his job, we were often required to move to where he was posted. He was posted between 3 provinces over the course of my early childhood. It was not until 1995 that my parents purchased a small house in New Brunswick, that my dad ceased to be posted. Since then, I had lived in that little house.
Settling down in a new town had led to many new experiences. From 1995 onwards, I would meet new friends, and with them, I would learn of new consoles, ones I had yet to know of at the time: the Game Boy, and the Super Nintendo.
1995-2000: School, Friends, and the N64
Being a 90’s kid right from the get-go, I got to play loads of Nintendo games growing up. My parents owned the old NES, my friends had the SNES, and later on, I ended up getting the Nintendo 64 for Christmas. I think it’s safe to say that my love for Nintendo was well established during those times! Sometimes, I like to hook them back up to my TV and play them as I did back then… I’m definitely a sucker for nostalgia!
Throughout elementary school, I got to see the phenomenon that is Pokémon. I never owned the Game Boy initially, but I was able to enjoy it watching other friends battle and catch Pokémon.
Of all the games, the most influential was the Nintendo 64. This was a loving Christmas Present from my parents, and my brother and I would spend hours playing Diddy Kong Racing and Super Mario 64.
2000-2008: High School woes and Console Wars
When I started middle school, lots of things changed: I made new friends, lost a few from elementary, and of course, I entered a new generation of gaming. The year 2001 marked my transition from Nintendo on to other consoles like the Xbox and the PlayStation. Not to say that I didn’t like Nintendo any more; a preteen boy can only have so much money in their pocket to spend on expensive toys (plus, there was a family vote on which console to buy, and Xbox won!) The moment I had a paper route and made enough money, I was quick to buy the GameCube and the GameBoy Advance!
Going through high school, I stuck with the Xbox 360. My friends had the other consoles, and so I was able to play many of their awesome games. My friends were PC gamers too, so I began to play more of my games online with them. By the end of high school, I had grown into some PC/Console Hybrid Master Race, a freak of the console wars who ended up loving both gaming lifestyles equally. Fancy that! 😛
2008 onwards: All grown up, and into university (and PC Gaming)
Once I was in university, I faced the perils of many other students my age: not much money to spend, and so many classes to take. It was then that I discovered the awesomeness that is Steam. PC games on crazy sales every so often. If I told anybody how much I saved on Steam sales, their heads would probably explode from the hundreds of dollars. Most people who find out would argue that it was a waste of money, yet these are oftentimes the same folk who end up watching TV for hours on end.
And so now, here I am, out of university with loads of time to catch up on the greatest games as of now. With all the time in the world, I can dedicate it to looking at some awesome games, and maybe even consider making my own in the future! It’s just wishful thinking, but a man can dream…
Feel free to check back on the site every so often, as I will be updating it with some fresh content. If you ever wish to leave any feedback or suggestions, simply leave a comment and make sure you visit my site regularly, as I will be updating it as often as I can.
Until next time, have fun, and happy gaming!
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