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darryl1970

Member Since 2 Jun 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 22 2017 9:14 AM

About Me

I figure it's about time I update this.

 

I am a web developer by trade, so I spend a lot of time with computers.  I got into computers when I learned B.A.S.I.C. language on the Commodore64.  I couldn't afford one of my own though.  I later learned Atari Graphic techniques.  The best I could afford was a Vic20.  I eventually got an Atari 800xl, and I made simple games. Over the years, I have collected classic systems, computers, and a few arcade machines.

 

I have been a huge game fan since 1979-ish.  I had an Atari, and I was introduced to many games on that platform.  My real passion was the arcade.  I remember believing that the Pac-Man monsters could SEE my Pac-Man, because their eyes moved.  I thought the Atari version had stupid "ghosts", because their eyes didn't look where they were going.  I eventually caught on to how it all worked.

 

I love classic games, because I think they are the foundation for every game today.  I think one could whittle down most games and find Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Mr. Do, Dig Dug, etc. at the center of the objectives.  There's just more "fluff" at the presentation level.  I do enjoy a nice fps now and then though.

 

I like the classics, because nothing else existed before them.  The characters were unique.  The sounds were created by the programmer, so they never existed before the game.  "Whacka" is not a sound found in nature.  I appreciate sampled gunshots, footsteps, etc; but I really love the original made up sounds. The speech in Berzerk is more satisfying to me than a sampled voice today!

 

That leads to my appreciation of the homebrew scene.  It's AMAZING to me how much people are getting out of the old systems.  I would never have imagined a 2600 could reproduce sounds and graphics as close to the arcade. 

 

Well, have to go...


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  • Age 46 years old
  • Birthday November 13, 1970
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