MoCh - Challenge #18 October 2014 - The Gaming Challenge
|me and my amiga. good times!|
my life as a gamer
as a kid i loved computer games. actually, that is an understatement. i din't just love playing computer games, i was absolutely mad about it. gaming was one of the most exciting thing i did. i could even read game magazines, and pretended playing the games using my imagination, for hours at a time.
i can not remember what computer game i tried first. it might have been pong, which i played on a tv at a friend's place. or it might have been an arcade game. there was a local place called "mad max", if i remember the name correctly, in sauda where i grew up. they had a brilliant arcade game called gountlet. my problem was that my father, that was a strict man, did not allow me to use my pocket money on gaming. so after i was caught a couple of times, i did not ever again dear to visit "mad max", where i used to buy a kr 5 slush, and spend time trying to get to a new level. i was lucky, and got the mickey and donald pocket game from nintendo, as a christmas gift in 82 or 83. so next to drawing, lego and alpine skiing, gaming was one of my favourite activity as a child.
when one guy in class got a commodore 64, he quickly became the most visited guy at school. he was so popular that there at times where kids lined up outside his home, waiting to come inside and see his computer. only one visitor was given entrance at a time. i remember clearly the first time i got admission. i had to stand outside his house waiting for my turn, in the dark. it was snowing. it was cold. but i did stay put, waiting. after a period that felt like an eternity, per christian opened his window on the second floor. he said my name. finally, i could enter. to me this was bigger than visiting the king, and more than 30 years later i recall this day as it was yesterday. humble and almost shivering of excitement i went inside, carefully took of my winter clothes, and walked up to per christian's room. i bowed to him, that sat in front of the most advanced gaming machine i knew of. the c64 was an incredible invention. i was not allowed to play much myself, so i mainly had to watch per christian playing green beret and rambo. the visit was over far too quickly though. i am not sure if i had to leave to get back in time for supper, or if i was asked to leave. but i know that i could have stayed put in front of the c64 for much, much longer.
later that year, or the next year, another guy in class, terje, got a c64 as well. he was a closer friend, and for numerous of times i watched him typing in "load"*",8,1", before we fought each other in international karate.
i guess my father got slightly bored of me constantly asking to have my own computer. i did not want anything else in my entire life, i told him. and when there was an amiga exhibition in "town", in the year of 1987, it was finally my turn. my father bought me a gift for more than 10.000 kr, which was a crazy amount of money back then. i got my own amiga 500. and what a monster of a gaming machine that was. it was so superior the c64 that is was hard for any kid to imagine. no one at school believed me, as i told them i could type in some text and my computer would say back the words. and no one trusted me when i told about the fantastic imagery and tunes that my machine produced. all the kids, no exception at all, were blown away when they tested out the amiga for themselves. i was the happiest kid in the world, with the amiga 500 in my room, next to my bed.
so being a kid i used to game quite a bit. but since my father introduced quite a strict gaming regime, gaming was mainly a weekend only activity. and only for a few hours. except for when my father came to my room for testing out boulder dash. he and his wife got hooked on that game, and my father played so much that he got such a bad inflammation in his thumb, from using the joystick, that he had to go through with a surgery. i have to admit that i did play more than i was allowed to though, for example, i remember sneaking out of bed let at night, and turning my amiga on. my addiction to gaming was stronger than my fear of getting caught.
along with my amiga came 10 illegally copied games. it was the owner of the computer store that pirated those computer games for me. my father made sure that was a part of the deal when he bought the machine. defender of the crown was one of these 10 first games, and yes i did fall in love with the beautiful pricesses. through out the years, before i sold the amiga around -93, i had games like test drive, the great giana sisters, police quest, kings quest, space quest iii, leisure suit larry, the faery tale adventure, kick off, north and south, another world, moonstone, californa games, ports of calls, international karate +, the king of chicago, stunt car racer, hostages, marble madness, golden axe, outrun, beach volley, sim city, double dragon, just to mention a very few of the hundreds of games i had in my collection. not a single of these game were bought legally. my father had introduced me to pirating, and as well connected me with another computer geek in sauda, whom sold illegally copied computer games, for a fraction of the full price. in the 80s, at least is sauda, copying games was the standard.
going away, for holidays, was at times hard. but to make it easier i did record the brilliant amiga music, from the games onto tapes. tapes that i brought with me, and played on my walkman.
after i sold my amiga, i was "gaming free", for a couple of years. but then came the play station. i bought a play station 1 around -96, followed by a play station 2 in 2000. grand theft auto was my favourite ps2 game, other games i do not remember that clearly. for the ps1 i did not buy many games, as i managed to fix the console (bought a chip that i soldered onto the main board) in a way it could play illegally downloaded games. the ps2 was harder to modify. i never bothered, as i at this time had started earning my own money. i was also introduced to one of my first ever pc games in -99, counter strike (called "cs"), which i got hooked on, and played quite a bit for a year, and revisited now and then until 2005. i even made my own maps. in 2007 i got a wii, as a party game console, when friends came over. in the later years though, i have in general i looked at gaming as a complete waste of time, and hence spent no time on the activity.
this october i decided to once again visit the world of gaming. just to set it straight, i no longer illegally copy any games. a lot has happened since my youth, and since last i last played. one thing is the development of the games themselves, another thing is how the internet affects gaming. like multiplayer games, massive multiplayer online games (mmog) and platforms like twitch for streaming games to millions of viewers. the gaming industry has grown to become a massive player in the world of economics. it helps that most people today buy their games, instead of copying them, like i did as a kid.
i decided to test out some well known multi player games, listed below. just testing out some games is no real challenge though, so the main challenge for me in october was to try to get a best possible rank in the next version of counter-strike, counter-strike: global offensive (cs:go).
i tested out arma 3, brifly (as seen here). maybe i should have started with dayz instead.
i tested out hawken, (as seen here). an interesting game, but i prefer cs:go as a fps.
i tested out portal 2, which i reckon is marvellous.
i tested out starcraft ii, but never got into it (as seen here).
but mainly i played cs:go, as summarised below.
to cut it short, i ended up with the second lowest ranking a cs:go player can get, "silver ii", or the "first time touching pc" level, as a reddit user names it. personally i am actually quite satisfied with achieving that rank, since it's possible to be a bit worse.
|silver 1 at the bottom, global elite at the top.|
on my way to achieve my low rank, i have been called many names, like "fucking noob", "fucking idiot", and below is a video of a german guy that gets slightly annoyed, and yells out "go b your fucking piece of shit" to me, before he tries to get me kicked from the game:
but some times people stopped telling me what to do, after i saved the team, like here:
and other times the atmosphere was far from harsh, and we started singing songs, like here:
the world of gaming is for sure interesting. but the drawback is of course ending up spending too much time in front of the screen, not being very productive. so for november it is time for a more physical demanding challenge.
To view a complete list of all my challenges, check out this page.