Thurgeekery

When you talk about my Geek Lore, or the chops I put in as a Nerd. There is one starting point, and that is the Commodore 64.  This is where it all started.

My first computer where my first video game was played by loading Pole Position, and Zork by cassette tape. OH MY GOD that was the most horrible thing ever. I then got the disk drive, and a whole new world was opened to me.

I played games like Bard’s Tale, Ultima, and Might and Magic, titles to this day when uttered evoke great memories, from not only me but other gamers.  I remember staying up late in the night with my Bards Tale group, making maps on graph paper, and writing down clues and riddles.  Then came the Dungeons and Dragons Gold Box series, starting with the Pool of Radiance. Holy crap this was a great game, I can’t tell you how many hours I played this game.  I would be remiss without mentioning Defender of the Crown. Jousting simulater, and wenches.

Then I got a modem, and was exposed to things like chat rooms, BBS’s, and MUD’s. My mom flipped when she saw the first phone bill.  I find it odd that we are still doing the same thing back then as we are now. Chatting just with programs like Tweet, Forums instead of BBS’s, and MMO’s instead of MUD’s.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, but one thing is for sure if it wasn’t for the C64, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I’d probably be a garbage man or something.

4 Responses to “Thurgeekery”

  1. I loved Defender of the Crown!

    Great throwback post, Rivs. I miss the challenge of single-player games with riddles / mapping / etc. I’ve lamented a lot over the past few days on how the internet has really hurt gaming because of the accessibility of answers rather than good old “trial and error”.

  2. My first computer was a Pentium II. Yes, I know, I entered the fray later. But my father couldn’t really make up his mind about whether computers were a good thing or a bad thing at the time!

  3. Loved my C64 with Tape Drive! Did my first game programming on it.. although TI99/4A was my first pseudo computer.. it did have TI Basic.

    Have you read this blog? http://crpgaddict.blogspot.com/. The dude is going back and playing all the classic RPGs and shit. Insane. Brings back some good memories!

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