Retrospectives, Video games

Gaming in the 21st century

Call me an old fuddy duddy if you like, but for the most part I still like the video and computer games of olde a bit better. Though graphics and sound have leapt forward over the past couple of decades, the quality of gameplay is the subject of some debate. How playable is a game if you have to read the manual for ten minutes before you can figure out what you have to do? In the glory days of

Geek, Retrospectives, Video games

How I became a geek

Recently I've been reading some of Jeff "Yak" Minter's nostalgic look back at how he got into writing computer games in the 1980s, and it's got me thinking about those days, and how it's shaped my life -- or at least, my professional working life. It's something I have written about briefly before, but I thought I might re-visit it in epic format. (Yes, I fully realise this might bore some people