About this site
On this site I post about my experiences playing and collecting computergames and tinkering with new and old hardware for new and old computers. It’s mostly a personal journal to remind me of the experiences I had with certain games and the progress I made in those games. But it also serves to remind me of settings I made in certain software or what I did to make a computer do what I wanted it to do. All in all it is supposed to feed to my enduring love and nostalgia for playing computergames.
My history with computers
I started out with a Commodore 64 in my early teens and upgraded to an Amiga 500 after a while. I loved playing games on those machines. Eventually I got a Super Nintendo and an MS-DOS PC to replace the Amiga. After the SNES I got a Nintendo 64 and the PC’s kept on getting upgraded.
In 2005-2009 I had my first retro revival. I bought a C64 again and not long after that an Amiga 500 which I upgraded the hell out of with an GVP A530. That got replaced by an Amiga 1200 with a Blizzard 1260 and I also had an Amiga 2000, 600 and a CD32 for a while.
When I had to give up the separate bedroom for the baby, I got rid of all this stuff and the PC got replaced by a laptop. For gaming I turned towards a Playstation 4 and not long after that a Wii U.
In 2015 I had a second retro revival that endures until today. I once again got a C64, but this time with modern accessoires so I can enjoy it much more. I also got an Amiga 500 again and I try to limit myself to just this machine from the Amiga lineup. Just as with the C64 there are modern accessoires for the Amiga that makes playing with the machine more convenient.
As I was a bit older now, my nostalgia extended to PC games from the nineties and early zeros, so I started collecting the games that I played and wanted to play back then. I also bought a couple of PC’s and fpga based solutions to play games from the nineties and zeros.
The games I play
My gaming life momentarily alternates between playing new releases, new games for old systems and old games. I especially like point-and-click adventure games, crpg’s and puzzle platformers.
The games that had the most influence on my life have been Pirates!, Wings, Kick-Off 2, Pinball Fantasies, Lemmings, Dune I-II, Super Mario World, Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter II, Super Mario 64, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Diddy Kong Racing, Banjo-Kazooie, Monkey Island 1-3, Ultima Underworld I-II, Ultima VII-IX, Might and Magic VI-VIII, Morrowind, Gothic I-II, Oblivion, Dragon Age Origins, Skyrim, GTA V and The Witcher 3.
The games I collect
During my retro revivals, I started to collect those games I have fond memories of playing on the C64, Amiga and PC. Especially the big box games like the early crpg’s and adventure games that came with lots of goodies inside the box. That spilled over into collecting games that I wanted to play when I was younger, but never got around to and all the games in the same series and other interesting games. I try to limit myself to games that hold an appeal to me. Those are mainly in a certain genre, namely point-and-click adventure games, text adventures, crpg’s, early rts games, early 2D and 3D racing games and puzzle platformers. I also like to collect new games for either the C64, the Amiga and also the Atari Lynx. I like to get physical editions of interesting PS4, Wii U and Nintendo (3)DS games. I don’t collect SNES games, but I do buy some Nintendo 64 games when I’m in the mood. The relatively recent release of the Evercade handheld system nicely caters to my interest.