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Random Tag Tuesday is a new feature I wanted to try out just to mix things up a bit.  The name is a throwback to my college days when Tuesdays were the day for, well, random adventures.  For my blog, it will mean that on any given Tuesday I’ll tackle one of the many tags I always wanted to write about but never got around to.  Please note that most of these will come from my backlog notes and that I am terrible about keeping track of where I find these. As such, I probably will rarely, if ever, tag anyone.  It is not personal.

My first tag in this series is one I show up on my blogroll a few weeks ago and couldn’t resist filling it out for fun.  I don’t think it’s fair to call myself a ‘gamer’ any more (life and other priorities have kind of gotten in the way of that), but I still have a certain fondness for video games that will never die.

Questions:

What is your all-time favorite video game?  I’m never good with these all-time favorite questions.  So many games have filled this spot for me at various points in my life.  Titles like Mega Man 3, Civilization IV, Medieval Total War II (Stainless Steel Mod), X-Wing, Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, Tekken 5, and Skyrim all come to mind as potential answers.  It’s too hard for me to separate them from their time and place for me to pick just one.

What is your current favorite video game? Skyrim.

What is your favorite video game genre? I’m partial to adventure, RPG, and strategy games.

How long have you been playing video games? 30+ years.  Wow that makes me feel old!

What’s the first game you ever played? I want to say Choplifter on PC.  I don’t know for sure it was the first, but it is one of the earliest releases I remember making an impression on me.  Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, Q-Bert, and Windows Solitaire are also in the running.

What game have you clocked the most hours into? It’s probably either Civilization II, Civilization IV, Medieval: Total War II, or Skyrim.  I have no way of knowing many hours I devoted to the first two and I am too afraid to look at my Steam stats to find out about the last two.

What’s your longest gaming session? About 14 hours.  I was maybe a couple of years out of college and really into Civilization IV.  I started playing one evening, one thing lead to another, and at around 3:30 AM I decided that I might as well just keep on playing until it was time to go to work.  Damn those Viking invasions!

Who is your favorite game developer?  I can’t say that I have one currently.  I do, however, have some very fond memories of many Konami and Lucas Arts releases.

Who is your favorite hero character from a game? Mega Man!

Who is your favorite villain? I’m bad at these favorite questions and can’t say that I have one.

Who is your most hated character of any game? The Cherubs from Toe Jam & Earl.  There’s probably a more worthy choice out there, but these guys were made to be annoying (and I still remember them 20 or so years later).  Lalalaaa…

What gaming systems do you own? PlayStation 3, Sega Genesis, Game Boy Advance, and an “enhanced” NES Classic.  I suppose my desktop PC counts here as well. Most games these days I either play on my computer or the NES Classic.

What was your first game system? Original NES.  I got one for Christmas when I was probably 5 or so and was super into it all the way through college.

What’s your favorite gaming system and why? For game quality and practicality I’d say my PC.  For nostalgia I’d say NES.

Do you prefer to play guy characters, or girl characters? Depends on the game.  When its an option, I usually model characters after myself.  In a fighting game or something like that I go with whoever’s move list works best for me.

Have you ever been to a gaming convention? Technically no.  I’ve been to plenty of cons dedicated to steampunk, science-fiction, horror, baseball cards, or geekdom in general but none of them were video game specific.  I have gone to some of those dressed as Mega Man though!

What’s your best memory of a video game?  Going to an arcade for a friend’s birthday and four of us teaming up to beat the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade Game.  I’m sure I’ve done more impressive gaming-related things since, but it’s hard to beat that feeling of accomplishment as a kid.

What’s your worst memory of a video game? Any time a game crashed on me I guess.  From scrambled pixels to blue screens of death to scratched discs, I’ve seen it all over the years and it absolutely sucks to lose your place in a game due to technical difficulties.  Beyond that though, despite cursing at many a screen over the years, I can’t say that I associate anything truly bad with a video game.

Which video game character do you see yourself as, or if you had to be represented by a video game character, who would it be? You’d think I’d have an amazing, bad-ass answer to this one, but I’m not sure that I do.  Kind of an anti-climactic way to end this, but there you have it.

PS: Special shout out to all the folks I grabbed my images from.  Thank you!