Here are my answers to Jasyla’s Gaming Questionnaire:
1. When did you start playing video games?
When I was a kid (so, the 70s), and that is probably a lot longer ago than most gaming bloggers, my parents bought a Pong console. In looking at pictures, I see it must have been an Atari one, but my brain is remembering it as Magnavox. I know it wasn’t the Odyssey console, though. We hooked it up to our “big” TV, which was in a giant wooden cabinet (and had a small cat rug on the top, as our cat Tom Tom liked to sleep up there where it was warm).
After that, we had an Atari 2600, and played many games on it. I distinctly remember being addicted to Asteroids, and a number of times after school, I would come home and play Asteroids until it was dinner time, trying to beat my previous high scores, which involved flipping the score counter over at least twice.
My oldest brother also brought over his Intellivision, WITH the speech module, and I played many a game of Space Spartans, as well as B17 Bomber. But mainly Space Spartans. The same brother also had a Commodore 64 with a tape drive, and my sister and I would play Jumpman until the game called for flipping the tape over and pressing play. This would be the end of our game, because it would never start up again after you did that.
2. What is the first game you remember playing?
See above, with Pong. I also played a good amount of Space Invaders on the Atari 2600, besides the aforementioned Asteroids.
3. PC or Console?
I’m not picky; I’ll play whatever has the game I want. Since I was an Amiga 500 user after moving from the Commodore 128 (also formerly my brother’s and I had a C64 too), I found games on computers to be just as fun as console games. The Amiga had great games on it – I believe I played Ultima 4 on my Amiga, but I could be misremembering.
4. XBox, PlayStation, or Wii?
Playstation all the way. We had the PS1, and then a PS2, and now we have PS3. No PS4 yet. I’ve never been into gaming so much that I had to have all the consoles, but I did covet the Wii when it came out. Never been interested in an XBox.
5. What’s the best game you’ve ever played?
This is a tough one, but I’m actually going to go with Tomb Raider 1-4. I sometimes have spacial issues, and I need precise controls for these kinds of games. TR1 and 2 (and possibly 3, I don’t recall if I played that or not) had my kind of controls. You could walk to the edge, tap once, and back up the exact amount you needed to make the jump. You might call them unsophisticated controls, but I thoroughly enjoyed them, and found it hard to play the later games that did not have that.
Plus, I loved the story. Sure, Lara may have huge breasts, but she was a woman out there adventuring!
6. What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?
That’s a harder one, as I actually haven’t played that many video games. And if I don’t like something, I just won’t play it. I honestly can’t think of one, so I’m skipping this.
7. Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn’t like.
Again, I’m pretty singular in my gaming choices, so I don’t know one. Oh now that I think of it, I can say that I did try to play Myst, but found its utter lack of ANY guidance to be a detriment to me at the time, so I didn’t get far. Same with 7th Guest. I tried to like it, but it wasn’t for me.
8. Name a game that was poorly received that you really like.
See above. I really can’t recall any. Probably because I’m old and I have forgotten these bad games thankfully, or the good games, alas.
9. What are your favourite game genres?
Not a huge fan of FPS games. I keep wanting to try Mass Effect, and Skyrim, but I keep holding off. Probably because I know I will get sucked in. Oh, and Dragon Age too. I guess I’ve found my niche with the WoW MMO, and have stopped there. I enjoy watching my husband play games like Uncharted, and Tomb Raider, and even the little bit of Red Dead Redemption he played, but as I said above, I’m not good at the “twitch” games, and would play them badly. We do make a good team playing together, though! He can handle the controls, and I point out the bits that he missed so he can find the secrets.
10. Who is your favourite game protagonist?
See above, Lara Croft. I’m not a fan of the reintroduction, mainly because I really liked her original backstory, and didn’t see the need to reinvent her. I have not yet played the new game (again, see above re: controls), but we’ve bought it and are awaiting a time for the husband to start it up.
11. Describe your perfect video game.
I have no clue. Lots of secret things to explore and discover. Good mix of action/combat and storytelling. It doesn’t have to have massive character development to please me, but I wouldn’t say no. Something where a playable woman is an option. Writing this reminded me of a Q&A I took part in back in the 80s on Compuserve, with the developers of the game The Bard’s Tale. While I played that game TO DEATH (and even drew up maps using graph paper of the wrap-around dungeons for easier navigating), I was disappointed that you couldn’t have a female protagonist, and asked them why in the Q&A. I wish the old CIS forums were around; that transcript was in their forum archive for ages. I guess I was a femininst gamer even back in 1985.
Just as an aside, some of my favorite adventures and memories were with the original Zork trilogy. Big graphics don’t make a game for me; I had years of fun with text adventures. Hello Sailor!
12. What video game character do have you have a crush on?
I really liked Kurtis Trent, when he was introduced to Lara in TR4. But I don’t know of any I have a huge crush on. Probably would have one if I played more Bioware games, like ME and DA. heh
13. What game has the best music?
Final Fantasy games, hands down. Though I love the music of the original TR (and can listen to it for hours), I love the music of the FF series. I’ve only ever played/watch being played 7-10, and of those, 10 is my favorite and the soundtrack I will listen to on repeat. In fact, some of the music still hits me hard (I played 10 on my own more than the others) and puts me back into those points in the game.
That said, the WoW soundtracks are also incredible and one of the reasons I buy physical CEs.
14. Most memorable moment in a game:
Now that I have FF on the brain, probably when Tidus finds out that everyone but him knows that Yuna is proceeding to her death with her quest to destroy Sin. Again, the music there is one of those points that puts me back at that moment.
And then there are also all of those WoW raid boss kills, like Heroic Deathwing (10m) on (I think) the day before the new patch went live.
15. Scariest moment in a game:
The T-Rex appearance in TR1. Jesus fuck, was TOTALLY not expecting that. There’s also the “gorilla dispenser” in TR, but that’s most of an amusement than scary, though it did make me jump.
There was one room in TR1 that had a lever in it. If you took the time and searched/cleared the room, there was nothing in there or you killed it all, etc. And then when you pulled the lever, somehow a gorilla appeared and would roam the room. So, gorilla dispenser!
16. Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:
Finding out Tidus is just a dream of Zanarkand. I know a lot of people hate Tidus, possibly because of American voice acting, but I was not one of those.
17. What are your favourite websites/blogs about games?
I don’t visit many gaming sites outside of WoW-specific ones, so likely WoW Insider, Wowhead, and MMO-Champion.
18. What’s the last game you finished?
LOL I don’t finish any games. Solitaire. I have Bastion that I bought on a Steam sale a few years ago, but I haven’t done anything with it. I did finish D3, but then they added in another act, and we’re still not done with it.
19. What future releases are you most excited about?
The WoW expansion. To see what else they may bring up with D3. Possibly the new Dragon Age game; Inquisition, is it? Maybe that will get me playing.
20. Do you identify as a gamer?
Yes. Though #GamerGate has me looking side-eyed, I’m a gamer because that word means more to me than video games. I play pen and paper RPGs (though, LOL, most games are going digital for things like character sheets and die rollers!), like D&D, GURPS, Amber Diceless, etc. I’ve been more of a pen & paper gamer over the years than a computer gamer. Though I’ve been a computer gamer longer, I’ve had more enjoyment and more fun over the years with pen&paper RPGs.
21. Why do you play video games?
They are a cheaper way to have a hobby than many other options, and I enjoy them. Why else would you play video games, if you didn’t have fun with them?