At the age of 25 you could say I’ve had quite a few years of experience when it comes to video games. Picking up a controller when I was three-years-old and playing any disc that was on my PlayStation 1 at the time. Feeling very blessed to have a games console at that age (I wasn’t sure if my parents were aware of what I was playing), I managed to play endless games on a console that was loved by everyone.
Empire Earth (PC)
Although, my first game that I officially remember was on PC. The family computer that apparently my father only used for work related things was just sitting there, so I had to make use of it… anyway, as I was the one who played the computer the most, I found a hidden gem in something that I was obsessed with at the time: a demo disc. It had many different games on, however, Empire Earth was the first game I remember playing and was something that stuck in my head forever. Back in the late 90s, RTS games were something that everyone was playing and starting it young made me realise just why -building bases, advancing ages, controlling civilians to do everything I wanted, and more, was something I was obsessed with at the time. I even go back to play this game today nearly 20 years after its release.
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Halo 3/Halo 3 Infected & Online (Xbox 360)
Gaming through my school years was some of the best and most iconic moments of my life. Coming home from school and playing the latest Gears of War, Call of Duty, FIFA games. Don’t get me wrong, I payed a LOT of single player games, but it was the after school gaming sessions with my friends that really stuck by me through the best years of my life. Every day there’d be brand new community maps for me and my friends to tackle, and for once I would not be anti-social. Hearing “Triple-Kill or Overkill” in a really exaggerated voice was so damn satisfying that I would spend endless hours hearing it as I put relationships with my friends to the test.
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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (Xbox 360)
In 2007, after it being out for already a year and me being sad that I didn’t know of its existence, I found Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. With role-playing games being my favourite type of video game, Oblivion just ticked every single box. Wondering if my character should be insanely ugly or handsome in the character creation screen was the start of an amazing gaming experience, which then followed by me being saddened over a major character’s death, and then being told that I was somewhat important to the story-line whilst wanting to find out how.
The endless hours I put into the game was due to me completing every side quest and joining every faction possible. The Dark Brotherhood (a faction of pretty much just assassins) had me using stealth and bravery as I’d hunt down targets for a bit of coin. This faction was where I found my favourite gaming character of all time: Lucien LaChance, whilst also finding out that you shouldn’t get attached to video game characters as they will eventually die and break your heart forever… thank you for those amazing memories Bethesda. Four-hundred hours put into my favourite video game of all time was something I’ll never forget.
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These are only a small number of the numerous amazing gaming memories I’ve had over my lifetime, even though these moments won’t be the same if I went back, I have them remembered forever. I look forward to the future and the new experiences I will have.