positive gaming memories and parental death memories, long post (3200+ chars) 

Watching a YouTube-recommended video about how a 60+ year old woman got into , is making me wonder what multiplayer my and I might've been playing now if she were still alive.

During my childhood she probably was the person I've played the most with. From Tetris to card games to Super Mario Kart to Mario 64 to RPGs such as Lufia 2 and Secret of Evermore / Mana to even the occasional fighting game, even though her preference wasn't quite with those. And it wasn't just out of a supervisory point of view either; she thoroughly enjoyed playing games, and did quite a bit of it alone too.

The home computer or console would often be on with some puzzle, card or role playing game when I came home from school, and if either of us got stuck in some game, we'd usually find a solution together. Probably some of my best childhood memories right there.

She never quite got into PC gaming. Maybe with her dwindling eyesight it was easier to play on a TV than a monitor, or because the PC was upstairs in a bedroom that was crammed with storage stuff rather than a cosy warm livin room, or quite possibly it was the mouse + keyboard controls, or it was the games? She did like some of the PopCap games on it though, as well Puzzle Bobble / Bust-A-Move, and a bunch of flash games on the Bowland Central forums, so I'd say it's more likely a mix of the other reasons.

She passed away before I moved to Norway, so we never really had much or a reason to look into what online multiplayer games we could play together, though we did try out some free to play multiplayer game with fishing mechanics and a SNES Zelds æsthetic once; I remember another player not believing she was my mother.

If she were still alive, I think we might've ended up playing World of Warcraft together, though probably on a free third party server. I briefly played it with the missus (though she's far more dedicated to it than I was), though can't quite remember why I stopped. Probably because my subscription ended? Or due to hardware failure?
Anyway, since my mother liked RPGs, I think that WoW or Diablo 3, or something similar might've been a good fit for us.

Eventually I stopped keeping up with consoles. Didn't get a PS2 till late in its cycle, and I only got a PS3 and 360 just a couple of years ago because I could get them cheap. While I do have a bunch of games for them, and have played quite a bit of some of them, I'm not as much of a console gamer anymore. Most of my gaming is on mobile with , and , and part of that is more because I played them extensively when they came out, and don't want to stop playing them because of all the time already put into them, and in part because I play them with the missus and have fond memories of actively playing them with her.

Writing this I wonder now if part of the reason that console gaming took a backseat over the years is not just lack of time and changing interests, but also or more so that I lost my gaming buddy? Games are so much better when shared... Maybe I should play some more console games again, and see if it sparks the same interest in .

Love and miss you mum.💚

Hearthstone Battlegrounds 

YAY! Got a win with in .

Now I no longer have a reason to play that annoying hero. xD

Old Dutch newspaper article about the MSX2 game "Metal Gear" (image + original Dutch text) 

newspaper article about Metal Gear for the homecomputer, titled "Oorlogje spelen in Zuid-Afrika", originally published in "Het vrije volk : democratisch-socialistisch dagblad". Rotterdam, 28-11-1987, p. 29.
Retrieved via Delpher on 2021-07-14: resolver.kb.nl/resolve?urn=ddd

«'Oorlogje spelen in Zuid-Afrika'
Konami blijft ze maken. De 'spellen die de jongeren pakken'. Onze jeugdige 'tester' is tenminste niet meer achter de computer vandaan te slaan.
De nieuwste van Konami (importeur Salasan Amsterdam) heet 'Metal Gear'. Van een veilige afstand bekijken wij de
verrichtingen van onze speelpook-virtuoos. Eén ding is al snel duidelijk: het gaat om het verzamelen van zo veel mogelijk onwaarschijnlijke wapens en het uitschakelen van elke zich vertonende tegenstander. Daarin 'wijkt het spel voor geen millimeter af van de thans in grote aantallen op de markt verschijnende actie-spellen. Toch zou het Konami niet zijn als er niet een zeer aantrekkelijke achtergrond met vele verrassingen zou zijn bedacht waarin het spel zich afspeelt. Mooie plaatjes en variaties genoeg in dit nieuwe spel voor de MSX2.
Wie zou toch die spel-inleidende teksten in de handleiding bij elkaar verzinnen? In dit geval gaat het om sociale
onrust, terroristische acties en een op handen zijnde revolutie in het zwaar gewapende Outer Heaven, 'een land in Zuid-Afrika' volgens de tekst. Een thuisland? Tevens heeft het landje een vernietigend wapen ontwikkeld met de codenaam 'Metal Gear'. En daar gaat het voor het grootste deel om.
De speler is 'Solid Snake', een lid van het geheime leger, die op zoek moet naar dat verschrikkelijke wapen om het te vernietigen. De start van het spel is in een zwaar beveiligd gebouw. Bewegende camera's, onder stroom staande vloeren en natuurlijk een overmacht aan bewakers die bepaald niet schromen om je bij ontdekking overhoop te schieten. Heeft een bewaker of een camera je eenmaal in de gaten dan wordt er onmiddellijk groot alarm geslagen en is het een haast hopeloze strijd om in leven te blijven. Van alle kanten stormen er bewakers op je af waarna het betere sla, schop en schiet-werk kan beginnen.
Om de onder stroom staande vloeren over te steken moet je beschikken over bestuurbare raketten om een, normaal on-
bereikbare, stroomschakelaar aan stukken te schieten. Honderden zalen met nu en dan voldoende mogelijkheden om je te verbergen voor de bewakers of de camera's. Verschillende wapenkamers moet je plunderen om je steeds beter
te bewapenen.
Deze nieuwe Konami heeft weer alles om de speler een behoorlijke tijd van de straat te houden. Het is ons alleen een
raadsel waarom er aan een puur fantasie-spelletje zo nodig een snuifje realiteit moet worden meegegeven door de naam
van een bestaand land te gebruiken. De spel-maker beweegt zich hiermee op gevaarlijk terrein.
Noot van Konami voor de 'kenners': Dit spel is niet samen met Game Master te gebruiken.
MSX2-module ƒ 79,—.
R.T.

Afbeelding: Omslag van de nieuwste MSX2-module van Konami: 'Metal Gear'.»

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