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About Me

So you want a little background on me?  Okay.

My involvement with gaming started back in 1978 when I received a electronic handheld Star Wars game that played an awful lot like Battleship.  You had to hunt down Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter on a 8×8 grid.  It was simple, but it got me hooked.  But I guess my first real involvement with video games as we know it was 1981 when I begged and pleaded for an Atari 2600 and was rewarded that Christmas with said console and a handful of games.  That console held me over for a bit until the summer of 1983 when I went to a computer programming class during that summer and got my hands on an Apple II+.  From that point, I was hooked on PC Gaming and was rewarded with a Tandy 1000 Model A in the Christmas of 1985 (My dad also bought me a couple of programming books to at least point me in the direction of learning more about PC coding).

PC gaming was my focus for many years, although I did dabble with a SNES if only to get my hands on Street Figher II, Mortal Kombat and Super Mario Kart.  But for the most part, I was a hardcore PC gamer for many years.  Fun fact, my favorite game ever on any platform was a game by the name Starflight.  Look it up if you are interested, but it was a hell of a game and a game that I sunk 400 hours into (not a joke) over a summer.

Consoles did work their way back into my life with the original Xbox as I needed a replacement DVD player and it was a cheaper alternative to buying a new DVD player.  My son also received a PS2 at some point as a birthday gift because it was full of more family friendly games for his age.  But I did get back deep into consoles when the Xbox 360 came out and I happened to run across one in 2005 just sitting on a shelf at a Best Buy and when I popped my first achievement in Hexic, I was hooked.  I became a big time Achievement Whore (yes, I played Backyard Football ’10, what about it!).

Now I pretty much game across all platforms as I have an Xbox One X, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and yes, a PlayStation Vita (VITA FOR LIFE!).  In 2018, I decided to dabble with streaming on Twitch and over time, I have made it a regular part of my gaming schedule.

And now, you know some neat facts about me, mclazyj!