A LIFETIME OF GAMING
My earliest memories of video games are of my oldest brother’s Pong, Atari 2600 and ColecoVision systems when I was about 6 years old.
He brought home a cardboard box overflowing with the consoles, various controllers and stacks of video games. At the time I had no idea what any of it was, but as soon as I fired up Zaxxon, Adventure, Pitfall, Burgertime, Donkey Kong and countless others, I knew I was hooked. This was my new passion.
By the time Christmas rolled around I was clamoring for the new Nintendo Entertainment System and I made it known to my parents. Although I didn’t think they could afford it, they surprised me when they brought me to the electronics department of the local K-Mart to pick out my new toy. It would be an understatement to say I was overjoyed.
From then on it was full-steam ahead in 8-bit gaming. Metroid, Zelda, Adventure Island, Castlevania and many other games became staples in my life, and it was a truly cooperative endeavor. When my brother wasn’t playing games with me, my friends came over to join in the fun. If the game wasn’t two player, we would take turns playing the main. We would read magazines like Electronic Gaming Monthly to understand game lore, strategies, and cheats and share them with each other. It was a great time to be a gamer.
From there it was full speed ahead with an onslaught into Sega Genesis with games like Phantasy Star IV, Streets of Rage 2, Chakan, Earthworm Jim, Mortal Kombat, Gunstar Heroes, and too many to honestly list here. These games sit deeply in my heart and have come to shape my life today.
Shortly after, I made my first real jump into PC territory. It was the early 90s and the landscape of gaming would never be the same. Doom, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, Myst, Master of Orion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Syndicate, X-COM: UFO Defense and so many more games would widen my view of what was possible on the gaming landscape.
THE STREAMING LIFE
Many years went by. I graduated high school, went to college. I joined the national guard after 9/11 and eventually went to war in Iraq. I was changed by my environment and everything in it, but the one thing that still remained was my love of video games which inevitably lead me to Twitch.
I watched streamers with varied personalities like the chill and very relatable Lethalfrag on the same platform as the quirky and comical Dansgaming play games and build their communities of like-minded viewers around them, and I was amazed. It reminded me of my childhood with my brother and friends as we gathered around the consoles playing our games, and despite their different styles they shared a love of gaming. I knew I had to be a part of it.
On April 13th, 2014, without a single idea of how to stream, I turned the camera on myself and I started streaming Doom. I had a blast. Through a ton of trial and error I slowly built up my channel and a community started forming around me, many of whom are still here to this day.
If you enjoy tactical strategy and both tabletop and computer role-playing games, and want to be part of a welcoming community of like-minded gamers, don’t be afraid to stop by. We would all be happy to have you.