January 24, 2015 in Gaming
I’ve been playing Destiny pretty much every day since the game arrived.
While researching for my next novel I came across the Arcade Game Museum This got me thinking about which game first turned me on to computer games.
This was tough. I’ve been playing arcade and console games for so long I can’t recall which one was first. Of course I remember ‘Pong’ I played somewhere, then there was asteroids and a bunch of other monochrome games. Then we got Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and the rest is a history we all share.
I dread to think about all the hours I spent on these machines and the first home computer and game machines I owned my self. Atari, Commodore, Sega, Nintendo, Playstation 1, 2, 3, 4, and all the PC games I used to play for hours on end.
I think two things kept me playing into adulthood. First that along with the constantly improving graphics, the stories in games became richer and nuanced. Characters changed from pixellated images with limited movement into recognisable representations of humans – facing various challenges in hundreds of different worlds.
It was this, games turning into something closer to interactive films, where you could guide the hero or heroine in overcoming one action-packed challenge after another in a quest to complete the game and the story.
The other equally important element for me was the ability to play with or against other like-minded people. It’s one of those amazing things us gamers take so much for granted we don’t even think about it.
Destiny continues the same themes. It gives us the most realistic worlds and an ever increasing range of challenges and games to play. Some people say the limited story and game-play in Destiny is boring. I’d say it’s a more appealing familiarity; one that gives us the opportunity to enjoy jamming familiar riffs with friends.
There’s only one downside; my writing. Nanopunk is out there to be purchased and Lightning Seed will be pout shortly. But the three books in the pipeline may take a little longer.
So where are your gaming roots?