picnicerror Gaming is yet another blog containing opinions and random musings about video games, the games industry, and juggling gaming with other responsibilities in life, such as parenting and work.
I’m a long-standing gamer, although struggling a little to find as much time as I’d like these days. I never had a home console as a kid, so I was restricted to going round to my friends’ houses to play games on the NES, Master System, SNES, Mega Drive and so on. Then one day I got a Gameboy and my life was complete! I moved onto the PC once PC gaming really took off, and quickly became a massive fan. Command & Conquer: Red Alert, and UFO: Enemy Unknown (X-COM to those not in the UK) were the first two games I completely fell in love with, and are still favourites to this day. After a while, I discovered Doom 2, and developed a taste for first-person shooters. This was confirmed when I got my hands on Half-Life, and discovered that as well as great fun, games could also tell a compelling story.
I eventually moved on to consoles when Microsoft released the Xbox. I’d seen the talk about Halo and Project Gotham Racing and knew that I wanted to play them. Thus began my 15-year (and counting) love affair with Xbox. These days I don’t have the time or inclination to keep a PC up to date, so I do the majority of my gaming on the Xbox One. It’s quick, easy, and has some great games. I wouldn’t class myself as an Xbox fanboy though – I’ve owned a Nintendo Gamecube & Wii, and I would absolutely buy a PS4 if I had the time to play it. But real life intrudes, so I must focus my efforts in one place. Plus, having spent 10 years or so building up my Gamerscore, it’s hard to get out of that habit!
The reason for this blog is really just to give me somewhere to write ideas and share thoughts on all things gaming. I’d love to hear from people who stumble across the site. General feedback, thoughts on my posts (positive or otherwise), or just to say hello, please join in! You can use the social links in the header if you want to get in touch.
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