I finally have an interview from the awesome jup_reindeer
! I promised to post it as soon as I received it, so here you all go. Have a great weekend :-)
1. What was your first video game system and game?
That one's easy enough. The classic Atari 2600 and it's all-too-common pack-in game, Combat.
However, those old games will never mean the same thing to me as the library from the Commodore 64. Even though that computer system would be years away from the 2600, I have a way of considering it being my first.
2. What do you think defines you as a gamer?
Suppose it would be the dedication that I've always felt for video games.
A few months back, the family was looking through some old papers that somehow managed to stay perfectly safe. Word got to me about an old letter meant as a thank you to my grand parents. It was about a birthday check. And, it seems that I wrote how it would be gratefully be spent at the local town's arcade.
A great deal of everything I've ever collected is still in my possession. That original Atari stuck with me to the days of Jr. High School. Then, I sold it off to a good friend with a fair deal of the games. Many years later, when he was ready to move on to another state, he gave it all back. Still have all that original Commodore hardware. (Most of it still functions, including most of the disks.) The original NES had died. But, it's replacements live. Most of the library remains in storage. S-NES was a fond purchase at a local grocers. Would stick with Nintendo throughout the years. Now, there's an S-NES (the second), Sega Dreamcast and PS3 assembled under the big screen HDTV. The 360 and Wii are ready to depart at a moment's notice as half a dozen other systems are stuck in storage. It's hard to give value to the whole collection. Most older games are worth pennies to their original value. Perhaps, jewels like the whole Mega Man collection, Dragon Warriors 1-4 (with documentation) or Tengen Tetris retain what they were originally worth. But most of it would fetch a couple dollars, each...if at all.
It is tempting to just throw out a figure or two. But, to me, the true value is in the years of entertainment it's all given over the dollar figure. Perhaps, some day, I'll be thankful to sell it off for a fair price. A kind of investment in today's entertainment and tomorrow's emergency funds.
3. What was the video game and system that really defined how you play games today?
I seem to have somewhat covered that in the above reply. Perhaps, not quite one particular game, but one genre; action. System: Commodore 64. Something about having one stick and one button that went well with so many action based games. Indeed, I would find it most often pleasurable with those over NES style, which required way too often reflexes to the precise millisecond.
4. Who is your favorite video game character and why?
I've been thinking on this one for days. And, if there is one character that I keep coming back to, it would have to be Ms. Pac-Man. Why? Something about that arcade will make me feed in a quarter or two to this very day. But, it is hard to call a round disc with a pizza wedge taken out a true character. It floats around, compressing smaller dots and avoiding slightly more shaped foes. Whatever kind of story the Saturday morning cartoons tried to apply to this character just never stuck. Sure. It be easy to say Mario. After all, the dude's been around forever, is more popular then Mickey Mouse and has had a career that would fill a sheet of paper a mile long. But, most everyone can say Mario. So, I'll go with a childhood favorite that, despite her simple graphic and paper thin history, has been there since the start, Ms. Pac-Man. Why? Why not? :P
5. Describe your dream entertainment center. What type of TV and chairs would it have? What video game systems? Be creative!
Unlike #4, this one's easy enough. Movie style theater room. Massive screen. Perhaps, rear projection with surround sound. Multiple reclining seats; twenty or so. And, every gaming system, (that can work with a TV) of course. I'm a true collector of new and old. So, it would suit my needs of the systems could be tucked out of sight and just enough of a port to plug the controllers into along the side of the center seats. And, this room wouldn't just do for gaming. I'd have hidden PC's with HDD's full of transferred DVD's for easy access. Hook them together in a menu access system. It's the fantasy room for after winning a couple million, of course.