My first computer was a Sinclair Spectrum 48k back about 35 years ago. I played some great games on that machine, and my favourites were almost certainly the Lords of Midnight and the sequel, Doomdark’s revenge. Considering the technical limitations of the machine then those games were amazing creations and I sank many hours of my life into them. I progressed through many different machines – but no consoles – since. Spectrum 128, Amiga 500 & 1200 (with a 20 meg* hard drive!) and finally to PCs.
By far and away my favourite game ever was the late, still massively lamented (see many a game forum, reddit etc) City of Heroes. That game combined my love of superheroes, and gaming and role playing – in a massively multiplayer online role playing game, otherwise known as an MMO or MMORPG (seriously, no better acronyms exist in the universe at all!)
I started playing it in May 2006 and I played almost continuously until it closed back in 2012 – I even cut short my holiday to make the shutdown. I sunk many pleasurable hours into the game and it’s not too much of an exaggeration to say it saved my life, giving me something fun to focus on when I was fighting my first battle with severe depression.
Sadly that game’s no longer with us but here’s an image from back in the day I took from a screen-shot. One of the iconic arch-villains of the game, Ghost Widow, who was one of the most well rounded antagonists in comicbook-genre fiction.
*Yes, megabytes… and you’d get loads of games on it considering most came on 2 or three floppies at that time.