History of a Transformers Fan – Part 2

The previous post ended with me watching the first season of the Beast Wars series on TV, which reignited my interest in the franchise. This was around 98/99 (the series only started airing in 98 here in Germany, 2 years after it was originally released) and stores here at the time had “Robots in Disguise”…

Gaming Memories: Castle of Illusion (Game Gear)

Castle of Illusion was one of the first games I played on the Game Gear and also my first Jump’n’Run overall. Honestly, I was pretty lucky in that regard, considering this was also a license adaptation. That could have gone a lot worse (thanks mom and dad for picking this one). As an introduction to…

Gaming Memories: Operation: Inner Space

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: A demon / evil force possesses your computer and now you have to enter it in a miniature plane / spaceship to re-capture your program icons and free your computer from the evil influence. Sounds like a plot that is right at home in the 90s, isn’t…

Gaming Memories: Castle of the Winds

In the time before Windows 95, when Windows 3.1 / 3.11 were around, there were pretty much 2 “classes” of games: DOS games that were as you knew them at the time, taking up the whole screen, the interface seamlessly integrating into it (of course dependent on the quality of the developer) etc.. And then…

Gaming Memories – Game Wizard

Back in the days when I switched from the Game Gear over to the PC (with MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 at the time), I was used to being able to cheat in games easily. Sometimes through codes in a game, but mostly due to the Action Replay Pro I had (an alternative to the…

Transformers – Becoming a Fan and the Early Days

My first contact with Transformers was, like for many people of my age, in my childhood around the end of the 80s. I can’t remember what exactly came first, but I know that I hardly watched anything of the cartoon at the time. My only exposure to the cartoon was when I visited a school…

Gaming Memories – Dragon Crystal (Game Gear)

When asked what game introduced you to RPGs, often you’ll hear names like Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Baldur’s Gate, larger names like that. For me, it was a much smaller title: Dragon Crystal for the Sega Game Gear. While it wasn’t a full-blown rpg like the other titles, it had character levels, experience points, lots…

Sega Game Gear – My childhood experience

As a kid at school, at some point video games become a point of interest for a lot of people. At the time I knew some that had a Nintendo Game Boy, but Christmas 1991 one of the presents I got was a Sega Game Gear. I think the colour screen and some of the…

Games I played in 2016 – Looking Back

Note: List probably incomplete as I have not kept close track of all the games I played over the year. There is no particular order to the list Final Fantasy 15 Completed the main story, took around 55 hours (took some time in sidequests and the like, can be done faster). Mostly liked it, some…

My Gaming History (Part 3) – The New OS

(Man, it’s been awhile since the last post, hasn’t it?…. whoops) To recap, end of ’94 I got my first PC, thanks to magazines and collection CDs the small amount of games my budget could afford did still result in a nice list. Experimentation also included installing a Windows 3.11 driver that made the PC…