Seems I’m not alone

I’ve promised myself that I won’t get caught too deeply in the trap of ‘blogging about my blog’. I may be new to this, but I know that I want to be self-confident without being an arrogant sycophant who is obsessed with how many site hits he’s getting.  I also know that I’ll only end up writing a personal journal on my thoughts of gaming and the gaming industry if I don’t reach out to others and actually network with those who might also share the kind of relevant information that I want to share. May as well start here.

I’ve stumbled upon Mobius over at Blogspot and was surprised to find a post written about Modern Warfare 2 and the PC vs Console debate that parallels almost exactly with my feelings on the topic. Furthermore, Mobius seems to cover many of the same subjects that I wish to.

Nothing is more gratifying then to see someone else independently verify your own sentiments in public, and I would like to do the same in return.

tl;dr: Shout out to Mobius for an article I agree with.


Statement of purpose.

“Put it in a blog.”  Fine, I’ll start one, and I’ll start by telling you who I am and what I’m doing here.

I am C4Cypher … if you know me, you know that I’m an opinionated person. I’m also someone who would like to think that he’s intellectually honest with himself when he isn’t being a raving lunatic.

I am also a PC gamer.  This means that one of the largest hobbies and interests in my life is video games on the PC platform, and to  a somewhat lesser, but related extent, the entire gaming industry as a whole.

I am here to use this place as a platform to share my thoughts on the major issues that affect this hobby, that and stuff that has my attention when it comes to gaming. I am not here to tell you what is right, and what is wrong, only how I see things. It’s up to you to decide whether or not you agree with me.

I’m going to explain in no uncertain terms where I come from when it relates to the subject of gaming, give a background to the positions I will take on the various subjects I address here.  This will mean a lot of self-exposition in crap you may not be interested in.  You’re more than welcome to skip to the next post, but if you want to know who the hell I am to say the things I am saying, I’m putting it all right here.

I’ve been an active gamer since 2002.  Although I have been gaming for far longer than that, 2002 marks the point at which I began funding my own hobby and took complete, adult ownership of such.  In 2002 I became a paying customer to the gaming industry.

My experience up until that point defines my perspective on gaming as a whole, so I might as well share it. During the 90’s I played a lot of PC games, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, SimCity2000 … I have a soft spot for Borderbund, The Learning Company (rest in peace) and pre-EA Maxis.  I played on both the Nintendo and Sega platforms … when I had the opportunity to visit a friend’s house … and as such, I bore witness to the console wars of those times. Mario is a timeless classic, Sonic USED to be awesome, and Zelda will forever hold a place in my heart.   Then I discovered Half-Life, and it changed my world.  Sadly, I missed the Quake era almost completely, although I feel the influences of it to this day.

From 2002 to 2006 I owned three platforms, four if you count the GBA. Most of my time gaming was on the PC with titles such as Half-Life, Team Fortress Classic, Max Payne and various other shooters, mostly single player.  I’m ashamed to say that I lost two years of my life to World of Warcraft, and I view the experience somewhat bitterly, but with fond memories.  City of Heros was, and still is an excellent game.

I also owned a GameCube and a PS2.  I have mixed feelings about the black sheep of the main Nintendo line, but good games such as Eternal Darkness and Metroid Prime are difficult to forget. I don’t even know where to start with the best of the PS2 catalogue.  The Jak & Daxter Trilogy, Ratchet & Clank series, MGS, Devil May Cry 1 and 3, Silent Hill 2 … need I say more?

Needless to say I loved many of the games available only on the console, and as such I would be a hypocrite to denigrate anyone for owning one, even one made by Microsoft.  My primary vice with the console community today is one of willingness to accept treatment that would be unacceptable as a PC gamer, but that will be addressed later.  Long story short, the consoles are excellent platforms, to which I have certain criticisms.

In 2007 I looked at how much I was playing, and spending, on various platforms, and realized I did not want to bother trying to wade through the associated prices and catalogues of four different platforms when I spent the vast majority of my time playing on the PC.  I got rid of my cube and my PS2 and my television, and I do not own anything from the current generation aside from the DS.

These days I spend most of my time focusing on quality single player experiences on the PC.  I am not good at RTS games but I respect them, my interests lie elsewhere.  I enjoy retro style shooters and platformers, and I’m an avid FPS/3PS player.

For multiplayer I focus mainly on a tight-knit player community devoted to Team Fortress 2 … I also play Left 4 Dead and its sequel.   It is extraordinarily rare for me to enjoy a multiplayer experience for longer than a month before I bore and go back to TF2. The only thing keeping me playing TF2 is the solid community I’ve become a part of. For me multiplayer is less about the game and more about enjoying the game with a set of people you know. This is the reason the concept of dedicated servers is important to me.  Left 4 Dead feels like an enhanced single player experience … I completely fail to enjoy versus mode as a result.

It should be apparent at this point that I’m an avid user and fan of Valve products and the Steam platform.  I would not support Steam to the extent that I do if it were not for the fact that Valve has spent years earning and keeping my trust as a customer.  Steam is a good, convenient platform for gaming, DRM and all.  It’s not perfect and not for everyone, but it fits my needs perfectly.

I think you’ve got a pretty good picture at this point, and it will save me from having to explain some of this later, when I’d rather be discussing a topic at hand.  If nothing else, I’d like to welcome you to my little slice of the gaming world.

td;lr:  I’m C4Cypher, and this is MY HOUSE!