I have been playing computer games basically since I got my first Commodore Vic 20 back in the early 80's. After that I moved onto the Commodore 64, the Commodore Amiga and eventually my first PC - an incredible 40 MHz 386 DX with a stunning 8 MB of RAM and a wicked 40 MB HD. Those were the days . I've never really been into consoles, I have never owned one unless you consider the now ancient Videopac a console.
I have been a huge fan of first person shooters (FPS) since Wolfenstein 3D came out (back in 1992), and have been playing them ever since. Some of my favorite FPS games over time include the Doom series, the No One Lives Forever series, the Thief series, Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam, the Call of Duty and Medal of Honor: Allied Assault series as well as Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines and the Grand Theft Auto series; I also have very fond memories of playing Clive Barker's Undying, Painkiller and Far Cry... and probably a few more I can't rememeber.
I used to have a huge interest in real-time strategy games but that has diminished over time. I did really enjoy playing the Warcraft series and Starcraft. I haven't really looked much into newer RTS games mainly because they interest me less these days.
Another genre that I am a big fan of is roleplaying games - there are too many good RPG's to mention, but I have had an excellent time playing eg. Diablo, Never Winter Nights, Dungeon Siege, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
I have been anxiously following the development and progress of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl for many years and were quite happy when it finally went into stores. Sure I have been disappointed about alot of things the first time I played it; it didn't quite have the "huge, free-roaming experience" that I had anticipated, nor the graphics that I expected (well, this is debatable of course - sure, the game can look pretty excellent with dynamic lighting and everything, but you really need a souped machine to play it at decent framerates as well; I have played the game with dynamic lighting and it looks stunning, but in the end I have turned back to static lighting because I get alot smoother framerate with no hickups).
After my fourth run through the game I must admit I am loving it... I think the game just keeps growing on me; perhaps my first anticipations were focused on alot of things I thought would be in the game, rather than actually looking at what was in the game. Sure the game has it's problems, bugs, and what-not, but looking beyond these things (which may also get ironed out by future patches) I really, really like it - I love the atmosphere, the AI (and A-Life), and the fact that the game is less linear than most first person shooters. I am also fond on the fact that weapons are somewhat inaccurate meaning that you don't just automatically hit what is in your crosshair (or iron sight); if you have played eg. Star Wars: Dark Forces you'll probably remember how you would be able to snipe accurately with a blaster pistol at enemies located at the opposite side of the level.
As I mention time and time again on this website, if there is something I have missed, or some of the information is lackluster or possibly outright wrong, please let me know. You can contact me at the following address, which also serves as my MSN Messenger address:
Please notice, that if you wish to contact me be sure to include something in the subject line that I will be able to spot - eg. "STALKER Site" or "About STALKER"... I guess something including "STALKER" or "S.T.A.L.K.E.R." (or possibly "Are you Strelok?" ) will do. Otherwise I might not notice it because of my spam filter.
Well, all I can say is that I hope you find this site useful and informative. Enjoy!
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