THE FIRST POST

Hello! I’m Alex, and I’ve been playing video games for as long as I remember. About 35 years ago, whilst being suspended in mid-air by my dad, I got my first taste of gaming on a ferry halfway across the Irish Sea. I couldn’t tell you what game it was, other than it was top down and had a great big steering wheel. There’s a strong possibility it was a normal sized wheel, and I had tiny three year-old hands. I’ve been hooked since then.

For Christmas, 1986, my brother and I received our first home computer. The Amstrad CPC-464 – with, no less, a full colour monitor! I’m sure I will, at some point, detail many happy memories we made with that computer on this blog, but I’ll keep my gaming history brief for now.

A few years later we became the proud owners of a Sega Master System – oh let me tell you, after years of loading games from cassette we were blown away by these ‘arcade perfect’ games which loaded almost instantly. Note; ‘arcade perfect’ was most definitely the words of a 12 year old me – not Sega! I continued collecting consoles through the Megadrive and SNES era, on to the Playstation, Dreamcast, N64 and pretty much everything else I could get my hands on.

These days, I’m not quite the collector I used to be – who has the space? Most of my old consoles probably still reside in the lofts of various ex-girlfriends, but I still love games as much as ever. I own (of the current gen) just a PS4 and Vita (which is absolutely essential in my house!) although hope to be able to get myself a Switch within the next 12 months.

I’m looking forward to getting some thoughts about the games I’ve played down on to paper (screen?), so if you’ve stumbled across this site by accident, I’d love to hear your feedback.

Cheers!

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