Gaming

Part of my PlayStation 2 and Xbox (original and 360) collection
Part of my PlayStation 2 and Xbox (original and 360) collection

Gaming is my main hobby these days. For the most part, I’m a retro gamer – I’m very much not a fan of DLC-laden games and the release now, patch later attitude that has crept over from the PC scene. I like being able to pick up a game, knowing that what I’m holding is the full game.

As you may be able to see from the photograph to the right, I’m a game collector. My main areas of focus are the Sega Game Gear (because I had it when I was a kid and it’s great fun) and the Sony PlayStation 2 (because it’s arguably the most successful console ever released, even beating the Atari 2600).

I don’t just collect consoles, I also enjoy retro computers; with a particular fondness for the Amstrad CPC, the ZX Spectrum and the Commodore Amiga. I use these consoles and computers to produce retro game reviews as part of my GameHammer series.

I have a list of games I intend to review for GameHammer but I’m always happy to hear from viewers who want to suggest a good or bad game to take a look at. If you have a game you loved (or hated – there’s nothing wrong with tearing into a bad game) from the past, do let me know and if I can get hold of a copy, I’ll happily review it.

Favourite Games

I’ve played a lot of games over the years, on a lot of systems but these are the best I’ve played on each system. Sometimes it was a very difficult choice to choose a top game but I’ve put a lot of thought into which was the one that I would come back to time and time again and those are the ones I’ve put onto this list (although I have added some runners-up in brackets on a few systems because it was a really close call).

  • ZX Spectrum: Manic Miner
  • Amstrad CPC: Magicland Dizzy (runner-up: Uridium)
  • Commodore 64: Uridium
  • Nintendo Game Boy: Tetris (runner-up: Super Mario Land)
  • Sega Game Gear: Columns (runners-up: Out Run, Slider)
  • Sega Mega Drive: Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (runner-up: Gods)
  • Super Nintendo: Super Mario World
  • Sony PlayStation: Tekken 3 (runner-up: Silent Hill)
  • Sony PlayStation 2: Out Run 2006 (runners-up: Guitar Hero II, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
  • Microsoft Xbox: Project Gotham Racing 2
  • Microsoft Xbox 360: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (runners-up: Halo: Reach, Batman: Arkham City)
  • PC: Civilization (runners-up: Railroad Tycoon II, Elite: Dangerous)