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I have always been fascinated by games. Leisure enthralls me. It’s my fuel. Keeps me going. I can’t imagine a life without entertainment. Wait! I can. It is the 100th dimension. Ummm…….Yeah not so good.

Everything about games fascinates me. Games were my first love after all. Earlier when ‘MS-DOS‘ used to be the Godfather, I remember discovering ‘Nibbles‘ in my computer. It was really something then, which anyone would now brand as just another snake game. Now if a gamer is told that there are a couple of keys to control the protagonist, he sees only one. Soon I became a champ. That was the first visual indoor game I ever encountered in my life and I left no stone unturned to reach the final stage of the game.

That was there, alongside ‘Gorillas‘, the first artillery game I ever played. Two gorillas would go bananas over their explosive bananas which they used to throw at each other. They would stand at different buildings (guess that was to avoid them from clobbering each other). Pretty great concept huh! Those concepts went on to develop much better games in the long run. ‘Pocket Tanks‘ is a fully fledged example of that.

I encountered ‘Pac-Man‘ at almost the same time. I went nuts over the game. I would sneak up at night to show those bloody ghosts who the real boss was. I distinctly remember me and my uncle playing till 4 am in the morning bent on carrying Pac-Man’s legend to the next level.

The next best thing that popped up in my life was ‘The Paper Boy‘ which defeated the purpose of every other game in my life. I would play that with my brother all the time. Floppies used to hover hither and thither for more games. Soon I was introduced to ‘The Prince of Persia‘. Speechless. I spent a major part of my life trying to finish that game. ‘Chess‘ made sense at a young age and I found the game immensely intelligent. It made me feel intelligent. It is fun. So I never actually stopped playing it.

The first time I saw ‘Mario’ on a video game, I heard music playing in the background. It was magical. I knew in my heart at once that I gotta play this. Soon I made sure of that. Battle City, Galaxian, Duck Hunt and Hongan’s Alley soon followed. I would always be fond of Battle City though. It happens to be the favorite of a lot of people in my life. Guess I will never run short of the ‘second player’.

The sojourn after that was even more magical. With games like ‘Hitman‘ and ‘Delta Force‘, I stepped into the world of third and first person shooting game. I would play anything with a gun. It was also the time when music started making sense to me. Jesper Kyd touched that note with his composition and became a hit almost at once. My ears adulate him to date.

With an introduction to games like ‘Call of Duty‘ and ‘Medal of Honor‘, knowledge about guns and grenades thrived. I was even introduced to Command and Conquer games, which I at once got a liking toward. ‘Red Alert‘ happens to be the first strategic game I got acquainted with. Soon ‘Age of Empires‘, ‘Age of Mythology‘ followed. ‘Rise of Nations‘ is currently brandishing my computer wall. Games like ‘Freedom Fighter‘ and ‘Desert Storm‘ were some of the best games I ever encountered meanwhile.

Assassin’s Creed‘, however, changed the way I used to think. I am smitten by the concept, theme and, of course, the music. ‘Batman Arkham Asylum‘ and ‘Battlefield Bad Company‘ were some of the finest games I ever came across during that time. Franchises of Company of heroes, Virtua Tennis, Cricket, Fifa, Raw, Smackdown, Shank, Call of Juarez, Just Cause, GTA and NFS are still being profoundly revered by me. They will always stay close to my heart, in my hard disk.

I am glad that they are there. They give me company all the time. They never let me down, never let me be alone. They’d never let me go because I love them so much. All I care about is the control. Just let me have it and I will teleport myself to a different dimension altogether.

With technology galloping using all four hooves, I am surprised at how realistic games are becoming today. It is surreal how small games used to be, and how big they have gradually become. Small yet significant games have bowed out now and have paved way for realism.

I have played them all. Makes me feel old. But when I look at the journey ahead, I know there is a lot to come. Oh! Wait and tag along it gets more real than this.

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