Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Birthday: 17 December
Job Class: Hunter
Favourite Game: Fallout 2
Favourite Soundtrack: Persona 4
Favourite Character: Sonic the Hedgehog
Favourite Genre: Japanese role-playing game
First System: Nintendo Entertainment System
Current Systems: Dreamcast, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, Wii, Xbox
When I was a child my parents owned a stationery shop which over time started stocking video games. Eventually, the stationery was abandoned in favour of games, consoles and peripherals. Throughout the 16-bit era I had access to every game as it was released in the UK, as well as a healthy selection of second-hand titles. When it came time to close the doors for the last time in 1999 I was well and truly hooked on gaming.
The first game I purchased with my own money was Pokémon Red. I had already found that role-playing games were my favourite genre after playing through all 3 games in the Shining series on the Sega Mega Drive. Living in England I missed out on some of the better RPGs of the era, such as Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV & VI, and Earthbound. When the PlayStation 2 was released I was so frustrated with not having access to many games unreleased in Europe that I bought a PS2 from the states and began importing as many PS1 RPGs as I could find, eventually importing PS2 RPGs and playing them months ahead of their release in Europe. I would describe these as my hardcore years, when all my free time was spent playing games. Eventually I met a girl, settled down, and soon my budget had priorities other than video games.
Currently I own a PC and the current devices of both Sony and Nintendo. I spend most of my gaming time playing World of Warcraft while streaming Netflix on my PlayStation. I enjoy progressing through heroic mode raids a couple of nights each week, otherwise I can usually be found dominating the glyph market on the auction house. I have traveled to other countries and stayed with friends that I have met in Warcraft. I even flew to the Netherlands to attend a guild meet-up of our 10-man raid team that included players from five different countries. Some of my fondest memories of the last few years come from meeting and spending time with people who I got to know in-game.
I still enjoy playing RPGs on consoles, though now I usually play with my kids. My son often plays games by my side. We have spent many rainy afternoons together playing various Sonic and Lego games. In a few years he will both be able to play and appreciate the games I had when I was his age. Will he enjoy them as much as I did? I believe that it will be a true test of the classics if the next generation cherish them as much as the last.