Nowadays when referring to “old school gamers” people mention names like Super NES and Playstation. I have been gaming much longer than that, so I guess I can call myself an O.G. “original gamer” now huh? Old school just doesn’t seem justified for someone who started out with one button on his joystick.
Being from another country, I had a very different awakening to games. My first run-in was when a rich uncle broke out the Atari 2600 and started playing Pacman. To say my mind was blown from that day forward is an understatement; before long I was skipping classes to be in the arcade; getting my ass beat for not coming home on time and even dodging a knife when playing on the wrong side of town.
My arcade days had me at 9/10 years old watching what I saw as the gods flip the score on titles such as Tiger Heli, Defender, and Commando. I saw real pinball wizards dominate the machines and the same initials being the top score on every game. So to say I came up in competitive gaming is an understatement… it was all there was.
My first official system came about after the release of the Atari 7800. We were given a black and white television to watch in our room and I would play Dig Dug, Jungle Hunt, Pitfall II and Pole Position II on it. Gaming was this black and white luxury afforded to us for getting good grades, staying out of trouble and of course doing chores… that was until I met my neighbor; saw Rush’n Attack and Castlevania on NES and had my mind blown.
Fondest Gaming Memory:
I recall being about 14 and attending Tae Kwon Do class when one of our senior black belts (young guy) came in excited and telling us how he had a new move he wanted to learn. This fool was attempting to learn (sigh) the hurricane kick from Street Fighter 2 because it had just came out. Dude stayed in the dojo for hours spinning and I was there like an idiot trying to do it with him. The cool thing is I learned how to do a 1080 from the practicing (which helped my tornado kicks become super crisp) but the bad thing is after about a week we realized that we were dumb-asses for emulating a video game. Good times.
I have no preference in genre; this is the honest truth; but do not discount me as a hobbyist, mediocre, dabbler either. When I commit to a game, I do so 150% – this is due mostly to my semi-obsessive nature as a power-gamer.
For fighting games I have always leaned towards the SNK side of the tracks being that Fatal Fury was my 1st introduction into button mashing. Batman333 commented that I was the only person he knew that could destroy people convincingly in Fatal Fury 3, Real Bout anything and KOF; of course I was… everyone else played Street Fighter. You can call me the black Terry Bogard… I’m a classic SNK fanboi for life.
As far as games that aren’t fighters, my MMO resume has names like Star Wars Galaxies, Ultima Online and Everquest in the play history, I have a pretty decent Chun-Li in Street Fighter 4 and I’ve beaten every Final Fantasy up until XIII. Competition fighting, been there, done that, wrote articles on it. Like I said before, I am an old O.G. in the gaming genre.
Style of play
What makes the Dragon tick? Who does he rep? Well lets see what I’m about eh…
- Fighting games: I’m a proud Gal fighter, I know right!? Big muscular guy who reps tiny women in games! Well I like fast moving, combo-crazy characters so guess what? Playing me will yield a Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, and King team instead of the Ikari Warriors team you expect me to get.
- RPG/MMORPG: Classic completionist and power gaming monster. Ths is why I have stepped away from the MMO genre in a major way… I have a problem with being mediocre so the long hours needed to be great just conflict a bit too much with life for me to keep going.
- FPS Games: I’m a big time military history buff so give me as real as you can get it. Yup that means I’m of the Medal of Honor / Battlefield 3 crowd… love those series and always a blast playing the games.
- Racing games: I like arcade style racers over the obsessive SIMS like Gran Turismo. This is why classically Ridge Racer was my thing – hell I still wear a Reiko Nagase shirt to the gym (das ma bish).
- Favorite 3 Games: Give me The King of Fighters ’97, Galaga, and Dragon Age Origins for now. Honestly I have a million favorite games but if I was doing 25 – life and had only 3 games to play these would be the ones.
3GK and Plans for the future
We have a skeleton crew here at 3GodKings but we run a tight ship. You may not get all the latest and greatest but we’re here for the long-run. My addition to this wonderful site is in using my experience and knowledge of games to spread gems amongst our readers.
We’re always looking for writers and contributing guest posts so feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on the Contact Us page. Our little past-time is no longer private is it? We have fully gone mainstream, but that doesn’t mean that the little guys shouldn’t have a voice out here.
Video games have long since ceased being the past-time of children and are now a viable multimedia entertainment option for everyone. We hope to be one of the pillars that help to keep this past-time great and that O.G.’s like myself will forever feel comfortable in powering up a game and taking a break from the world for an hour or 2.