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While I – Simon, 29 years old – play games for over 20 years I wouldn’t really call me a “gamer“. Since I care for quality a lot I skip most projects purely because games overall are still pretty bad and immature. Around 2008 though I bought a PS3 (my last console up until that point was the N64 and the PS2 for a short period of time – mainly played Warcraft 3 on the PC for about 4 years) and I got back into real gaming again, abandoned the PC for the most part. I will never go back to bad “mouse + keyboard” controls (thankfully more games support a controller on PC as well now).
My all-time favorite games
Shadow of the Colossus
Fate of Atlantis
Also around that point games finally started to get really good (some few great projects previously aside) and now, with work of art like Journey, Heavy Rain or even a mainstream game like Uncharted I start to enjoy games more and more. Finally we are in an era where developers try to do more with the medium, abandon stupid traditional game styles (like “Game Over”, lifes, no story etc.) and actually create art.
I want my games to be an (interactive) experience rather than just some “let’s have some fun for 5 minutes” gameplay exercise.
Some of my favorite movies
Into the Wild
I’ve been a vampire fan all my life, though I can’t really explain why exactly. I never have played any real life RPG or stuff like that (still would love to someday) and am waiting for new projects (movies or games) all the time – can’t grasp the idea that there is so little out there about the most popular fictional creatures in human history.
My favorite tv shows
Friday Night Lights
Flight of the Conchords
While “3rd person action adventures” is my favorite genre I also love MMORPGs. The catch – I tried pretty much every MMO beta out there but I never really played one for more than an hour (The only one I played for 5 months was WoW, which is still the best mainstream MMO to-date but it also just gets very boring very fast). Why? Because MMORPGs still are pretty much crap.
Great MMO games
The idea behind the genre is very interesting and appealing, unfortunately the majority still aren’t real “multiplayer” games and still are just about useless and boring grinding (How people can waste so much of their time with clicking “1,2,3″ on their keyboard all over again is beyond me). Eve Online I never got into (way too time consuming for me) but from what you read about it (even on serious mainstream magazines) it sounds like the only real MMO out there which tries something different.
More or less interesting ones
Eve Online (Very interesting)
World of Warcraft (While boring, the most polished one)
Tera (Finally a good combat system)
As soon as I read about the news in 2006 that CCP is doing a MMO with vampires I started this website and followed the development. Since it is supposed to be an actual MMO, similar to Eve but way more user friendly and easy to get into, this could be the game I’ve always been waiting for (And will play on the PC again – even though I hope it will have controller support)!
In any case: Videogames are getting better and more interesting pretty rapidly and it’s a great time to be a gamer (who cares for quality instead of quantity like in “the old days”).
I surf the web a lot and while I try to avoid as much as possible about upcoming interesting projects (movies or games) to not spoil the first experience (Nothing worse than to already know something about a movie before you watch it), I search and read about everything involving WoD. Yet I usually don’t participate in online forums / discussions because internet comments usually get out of hand pretty quickly and are just useless stuff 99% of the time (plus the majority of “gamers” are way too negative for me).