Krikey how have I missed this thread?!
I'm a huge gamer, been so all my life. My mom bought me the original Pong when I was like 5 or 6 years old and I've had every single console except for TurboGrafx growing up. My dad even had a Commodore back in the day that had some really cool games that I remember to this day. My favorite arcade games growing up were like, Tempest, Galaga, Pleiades, Crystal Castles, Stargate, and Dragon's Lair to name a few.
I think Webswinger mentioned having a Genesis in the Corp was it? You might've been in about the same time I was although I was in the Army ('89-'92 Active Duty and '95-'98 National Guard) rather than the Marines. I too had an NES at the time but bought a Sega Genesis while in Germany and had what games I could find/liked from the PX. I was mainly into sports games but I did of course play all of the oldies, Mario Bros, Bionic Commando, etc, but one of my favorites was the original Final Fantasy. I was actually introduced to the Genesis by one of my guys in my company who had it and the very first Madden NFL that they put out, I won a lot of money on competitions with guys in the company on that game and in fact later on had tournaments with my friends on one of the old NCAA Football carts and had quite an unbeaten streak. My moniker comes from those days and the advent of the WWW itself. I'm a huge Notre Dame fan, been a fan since I can remember and when growing up was really impressed with Knute Rockne's contribution to the game of football as well as Notre Dame itself.
When PC games started to become a thing I was still primarily a console guy but I've had my share of games over time. I had a friend introduce me to WOW (World of Warcraft) and have been pretty hooked on that for quite awhile though I'm not sure I like where they're taking the game so I'm not sure I'll continue playing it but we'll see. I also tried the Game of Thrones game from the facebook app, but I didn't like that it was a pay-to-win model, that really turned me off so I've let my Lord kind of languish there for the past year or so. One game that I'm still fond of is the Medieval Total War series. I had Bandit Kings of Ancient China as well as Genghis Khan on my old NES and these 'turn-based' games really appeal to me, I don't mind first-person-shooters or more direct combat games but I like strategy as well as just having to use your reflexes, which leads me to a funny story. When I was in the Army, I was Mechanized Infantry and during my first year I was a dismounted infantryman basically but we got this 'new' lieutenant in my platoon who was actually a Sergeant First Class who had been put in for Commision by an officer in his command at the time so he took it only on the condition that he'd be commissioned into Combat Arms rather than like Quartermaster or the like. Anyway, my room was 'the game room' in my platoon, when we had down-time from training or whatever, heck, even during lunch a lot of times I usually had a gathering of folks in my room and my LT. just walks in one afternoon while we were all sitting there playing something and of course we come to attention as befits an officer and he's of course like at ease, at ease, but he just matter-of-factly says; Gabriel, since you have such good hand-eye coordination I think I'm going to make you a gunner. And just like that I was a gunner. I ended up having to really fast-track my training because as it turned out Operation: Desert Storm came about a couple of months afterward and what happened was because I was part of a new crew (M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle) the command wanted us to be 'certified' which means you have to prove that you can function as a crew must in combat. So first I had to go to the UCOFT(Conduct of Fire Trainer) which is like a trailer with a nice little set of mainframes with a ton of programs that they use to present you with a simulated experience in the turret. After I proceeded through the various stages of that then they sent me and my driver and commander down to Grafenwoehr where they do/did Gunnery for vehicle crews in Germany, where some other division was doing their gunnery at the time.
So, the way it works is you get 10 engagements, 6 day and 4 night (that can be altered but is the general protocol) and each engagement is worth 100 points but you can also have crew cuts if you make mistakes. The way it turned out, on my first or second engagement I had like a PC(Personnel Carrier) and Troops in the open, the PC of course is the greater threat so I engaged and dispatched it first but when I traversed to the troops and began firing, the solenoid on my machine gun malfunctioned and I got a run-away gun so I had to open the shield doors and manually pull on the mechanism to get it to stop firing. So, I ended up with a 50 point "alibi" they call it because the malfunction on the troop segment was not a crew fault but mechanical. So I'd aced every other engagement and our crew had a 950 score with a 50 point alibi (out of a possible 1000 score) and we were supposed to have the opportunity to get to reshoot that engagement but, part of the certification for me was to also have an engagement using the TOW missile system as well, which happened to be on another range, so they sent me off to do that and I never got to do the re-engagement. Needless to say I was quite pissed because that is a HUGE deal for crews in the service, they give medals and plaques on the wall for crews that score perfect at Gunnery and our crew had pretty much nailed it but, because it was a different division and not my own division doing the gunnery, we got nothing except a pat on the back.
Anyway, when I joined the Guard after being out for a few years, I became a Tanker and left my ground-pounder boots in 'retirement'. I had the opportunity to ride in an M1 Abrahms during active duty so having the chance to become a 19k was exciting to me. Yet again, I lucked into something cool while in the Guard. One of our sergeants was a farmer and there came an opening for a Crew Trainer in my unit and the sergeant in question couldn't go because it was harvest season and they picked me to go in his stead, which I was duly grateful for. So when I got to Ft. Knox and began this training though, I was the only non NCO (Non-commissioned Officer) in the group as a Specialist. My trainers told me flat out that they didn't think that I'd pass because I was so young and inexperienced on M1's but that my combat experience on M2's might help me. Well, I passed.
The really cool thing though was when I got back here to my unit, I'd get time to go down to the MCOFT and while I waited for crews to show up and start their training programs, I'd get to do whatever I wanted, so I'd mess around and create my own scenarios where I could make any engagement I wanted, Offensive, Defensive, all-systems-go or with malfunctions (Turret malfunctions are the worst, try turning that lil 6 inch wheel a thousand times trying to traverse the turret 15 feet, you'll have your workout done for the day in no time!). It was a lot of fun while working, who can ask for more right?!
Nowadays, I'm not as much of a console guy as I used to be but I'm a huge fan of Formula 1 racing and well as MotoGP (superbike racing). I played and have had almost every cart they've had out over the years. I got into some Call of Duty and the older goodies like Ghost Recon and Battlefield, Battlefront etc., but it's hard to have coordination in such games so a lot of times it's just a big free-for-all and that takes away from some of my enjoyment.
Anyway, I totally got off the point of what I intended to make in this post from the get-go. Are you all aware of the console simulators people have done for PCs? I came across them as I was thinking about old games on old consoles I used to have or wanted to have and found these simulators on the interwebs. They mostly are just console simulators up through the PS1 but they've started doing some simulators for newer consoles... anyway, I found the NES, SuperNES, Genesis and PS1 simulators pretty damn good actually and have found some enjoyment in old games that I used to play a lot. One of my favorites is an old PS1 game called Gallop Racer which is a horse racing game that you develop your stable and buy and breed horses and of course race 'em! Anyway, if you haven't been exposed to them check 'em out because I know how hard it can be to not only get an old console in good working condition these days, as well as a solid set of choices of games to play on 'em so if you're into some retro stuff, check it out! Most Xbox controllers will suffice and you can do button mapping and stuff like that to configure your controller how you like it/want it.
Edd, fetch me a block.