Gaming at Hydras-World!
Gaming is all about having fun, and there’s a hell of a lot of fun to be had in the virtual worlds of video games.
Over the years I’ve sampled most forms of electronic entertainment so I know what I like. I generally don’t have much time to be able to spend hours at a time in front of a game so my preference for games has developed into games that can be just picked up and played for an hour or so. This is why you won’t see much in the way of RPGs and games of that ilk here.
I prefer multi-player games, whether it be me vs a total stranger on the ‘net, a 2 player bout of Smash TV on MAME, a 5 Player stint of PC-Engine Bomber Man, a 4v4 match of Counter-Strike or an fun-packed blast in a 32 player game of Battlefield 1942. As long as there’s a human counterpart who you can ridicule and taunt (or be ridiculed and taunted by in the case of my good friend Inertia who’s a devil at Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast, damn him..) it’s all good.
Still, I’m not averse to spending a few hours playing the latest FPS adventure, such as Half-Life, DeusX or Halo, but multi-player reigns supreme in my world.
My favourite genres of games are: FPS’s (Quake3, DeusX), Old-Skool Shoot-em ups (Twin Cobra, Raiden, Blood Brothers), Old-Skool Platformers (Snow Brothers, Bubble Bobble) and simple multi-player puzzle games (Puzzle Bobble, Columns)
Hardware wise, I’ve had a bunch of different consoles and computers (and still have them all to, somewhere…) including: ZX81, Commodore C64, Sinclair Spectrum, Commodore Amiga, NEX PC Engine, Sega Mega Drive, Panasonic and Goldstar 3DO, Playstation (in 1994!), Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, IBM PC (from 286 to XP2600), Sega Dreamcast and Microsoft XBox. So it’d be fair to say I’ve an idea of what makes a good game. ;)