boogie2988 made a nice rhyme about what its like to be a gamer.
Non-gamers would not understand what its like to play an online video game, or even a single player role playing game. Modern video games open up a whole new world. Games like Left 4 Dead, New Vegas, Skyrim, Left 4 Dead 2 open up whole new worlds to gamers.
If nothing else, video games are a great way to relieve stress.
My first PC video game was Command & Conquer for DOS, but it also ran on Windows 3.11.
My second PC video game was Doom.
Third video game was Quake. With Quake the multiplayer changed everything. No longer was I playing by myself, but now I was playing against the rest of the world. There were times when I would play Quakeworld for 18 – 20 hours at a time. I would wake up saturday morning, start playing around noon or so, then stop playing when the sun would come up sunday morning. I am pretty sure sometime around 1996 – 1998 I had some Quake marathons that came close to 24 hours.
After Quake came Diablo and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.
Then came Half-Life, and once again everything changed.
Some of the PC video games I played in semi-chronological order
Quake II – I dont think QII lived up to the hype.
Half-Life – and the whole gaming world changed when HL was released.
C&C Red Alert
Team Fortress Classic – since the quakeworld community was fading into a memory, TFC was the next best thing that I could find. I probably played TFC on and off for 7 or 8 years.
Diablo II – Diablo II + Lord of desctruction expansion was good, but I dont think it was as good as the original Diablo. I probably played DII on and off for 6 or 7 years.
HL2 – Episode 1 and 2
Fortress Forever – this is an outstanding example of what a Team Fortress game should be like.
TF2 – even with all of the promotion, I think TF2 is lacking, very lacking. It in no way defines what a Team Fortress game is about.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2
As I get older, I think the overall quality of online gamers is going downhill. The number of players that disply poor sportsmenship is growing, while the number of old school players such as myself grows smaller.
I also do not understand why so few people have mics? Mics have been in use for 10 years. So if you do no have a mic, your 10 years behind the times.
Some of the games that made the largest impressions on my life were Doom, Quake, Diablo, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2.