My Gaming Life: The Hyper-Condensed Version

In the year I was born:

  • The video game industry did not exist.

In the year I turned ten:

In the year I turned twenty:

  • Most games were still in 2D.
  • CD-ROM drives weren’t yet a thing and 70MB was considered spacious for a PC hard drive.
  • Activision filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Modern games: Super Mario Kart, Wolfenstein 3D, Mortal Kombat

In the year I turned thirty:

  • Sega of America and Sega Europe discontinued support of the Dreamcast console.
  • Modern games: Metroid Prime, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Grand Theft Auto III.

In the year I turned forty (sheesh):

  • Nintendo kicked off the eighth generation of video game consoles with the release of the Wii U.
  • Combined sales of Minecraft reached 17.5 million.
  • The Metal Gear, Street Fighter and Mega Man franchises celebrated their 25th anniversary.
  • A vocal minority of backwards, whining fuckheads continued to believe that women had no place in the video game industry.
  • Modern games: Dishonored, Journey, The Walking Dead

What was new in video games in the year you were born?

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About Mark Stevens

Mark is British but lives in the USA, which is why you'll see him flip-flopping between British and American spelling without a care in the world. As a veteran of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras you'll notice a decidedly retro slant to his posts, but he has just as much to say about contemporary gaming too. Outside the world of blogging Mark has previously written for Wired and The Guardian and has written a number of Doctor Who short stories for Big Finish.

  • http://www.brandedinthe80s.com Shawn Robare

    I was lucky enough to be born three months prior to the release of the Atari VCS (also a month before Elvis died, and sadly I missed Star Wars by two months…)

    At 10 I was the perfect age for the releases of Legend of Zelda II, Mega Man and Street fighter!

    At 20 I saw the release of the N64 and Goldeneye. This was also roughly the year I gave up on modern gaming to concentrate on my long-standing love of playing classic NES and arcade games like Galaga.

    But at 35, I’m slowly coming back to the idea of gaming…

    • http://runjumpfire.com/ Mark Stevens

      I think gaming has always maintained a high level of priority for me. There’s been the odd month or two where I haven’t played a thing, and at times film, literature, or music has taken precedence, but somehow I’ve always managed to have one or two options for playing something new.

      I guess this is also partly due to me always being surrounded by folk who were passionate about games. As I moved from school to school, college to college, and job to job, my social circles changed and rarely overlapped, but there’s always been people with whom I could share gaming experiences.

      And having a father and a brother who have also been keen gamers from the early 80s onwards obviously helped! I now live on the other side of the world to them, but my dad’s now in his mid-60s and glued to his Xbox 360, whereas my brother still finds time to enjoy the odd 360 or Wii game or two. I think they’re both now considering the PS4 though.