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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...