Filed under: Gaming, Geek | Tags: Bioshock, Descent, Gamers, Half-Life, Pong, Portal, Zombies, ZX Spectrum
To celebrate the be-ringleted fiance’s first ever Gaming blog post having being chosen as 1Up’s front page pick earlier today; I thought along with my ever-present themed selection of items, I would let you into my own dark secret…
I Was A Teenage Geek.
It could be the title of a Jerry Springer Show episode, but it was the actual truth, dear hearts! Also… I still am, though to a less obvious extent I suppose.
I had, from a very young age, a fascination for computers. I owned a ZX Spectrum and spent many, many hours hunched over the keyboard and typing 0’s and 1’s until my eyes crossed.
If you are under 30 you are likely reading this with a raised eyebrow and wondering when I shall get around to mentioning mangles and how we avoided dinosaurs on our way to the Mill. Tish tosh, young whipper-snappers, run away and play nicely until the adults have finished talking. ;p
Anyway, yes. After several hours I would have a pathetic rainbow that blipped across the screen in a jagged streak of colour. It was momentarily thrilling – I recall screaming for my mother to come and look. I cannot recall her being overly impressed, and to be honest, those hours I nearly made myself go blind for a pixelated rainbow did not entirely seem worth it.
Programming was not for me, and so I fell headlong into the world of games, which promised far greater results…
The first game I became truly, horribly addicted to was Descent. The results it produced were long spells of dizziness and blinding headaches caused by hurtling through the bewildering array of bizarre textures leering up at you from every possible angle, as you navigated through architectural landscapes at breakneck speed.
I would play it for hours at a time without a break, twisting and turning, spinning across the screen until I had to go and have a lie down. I got quite good at it. From there I moved onto adventure games and then I became a New Romantic (I know) and then a Goth (much like Descent, I was on a downward spiral), so although I was still interested in games, I hadn’t the time to play them what with all the poetry reading and sulking. And drinking Snakebite and Black.
Now I really enjoy high-quality cerebral games that still manage to have a sense of humour, like Bioshock and Portal, watched almost like interactive films alongside the be-ringleted one, my very own geek.
I may have learned to choose a foundation that matches my skin colour and swapped the Snakebite and Black for GIN (good quality gin, not “cooking gin” as I call certain brands), wine and occasionally Champagne. But underneath, I’m still a geek. Always will be.
I do hope you will enjoy browsing the various splendid array of geekery I have hand-picked for you all!
Direct links to items shown, left to right:
Until next time, geeklets,
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