This weeks confession: I have only started playing PC games this year.
I would like to consider myself a fairly adventurous gamer, I will play ever type of game on every type of console. I would like to think that I have experienced the best that the games world has to offer. I try to play all games of merit even if they would not normally be my particular favourite genre. For example I would normally avoid First Person Shooters, but I will at least rent the big titles to try and see what all the fuss was about. I am fortunate that I have enough disposable income to fund my passion. However when I was younger I was limited to whatever games my parents bought me on whatever console I had. So that limited me to a NES, Sega Megadrive (Sega Genesis) and then a Playstation. I managed to get my games fix with birthdays and Christmas and a helpful membership to my local blockbuster which was a block away from my house. I was too young to really appreciate the NES at the time (I was only 7-8) so I missed quite a few classics as I didn’t know any better. I have managed to rectify that over the years and have caught up with most of the classics thanks to eBay and the GBA rereleases and the Wii store
The one thing that I have missed was PC titles, my parents have always used Apple computers which limited the games down instantly,(I know there was titles available but it is only in the last 5 years that Apple has started getting most Triple A titles and even now the Mac version will usually be released later than the PC counterpart) To make matters worse the computer was specifically a works computer and not a family computer, I was allowed to use it but it was essential for my Dad’s job so we were concerned about any changes that new software may have caused(It’s a little silly to look back on this now but back then we didn’t know any better) Consequently I missed all PC games, apart from the odd one that I could play at my friends house.
When I went to college I did buy my own PC for my studies but it was entry level and didn’t have the horse power to play most games. Even when it did I didn’t (and really still don’t) understand the system requirements on the back and on a very limited income I didn’t want to risk buying a game that I may not be able to play. Today I have an Alienware M15x so I am now trying to get the classics that I missed. I have already signed up to Steam and GoG but I’m outside my area of expertise and I don’t really know where to begin. As I type this I am in the middle of downloading Gabriel Knight 1-3 from GoG, but this is due to a special offer and an advert on their website and not really any prior knowledge.
So please help me, I know I have missed classics in the last 10 years but I don’t know what they are called or where to look to get them. If anyone has any recommendations of games or knows where to get them please leave a comment below or send an @reply to me on twitter @Stigweird85.