I'm a 50-something hex and counters wargamer by background (since the late-1970s) who started playing mainly XP-era PC based games (but dabbled previously in a number of DOS & Win95 era games in the x86 PC era and even had a few games on the C-64!). Got more fully into PC gaming around 2005 and this is what bought me to GameSpot in 2008 and to writing reviews and blogs. I'm onto my second PC rig (excluding laptops) but it's an XP so I will need to upgrade in early 2014 due to it no longer being supported.

Finally started playing games on PS3 in mid-2013. I prefer historically themed games to anything sci-fi or fantasy (well, except for Star Trek & LOTR themed games). Started out doing a few split screen games with my son on his PS2 and later PS3 and ended up buying my own PS3 so I could play games more suitable for my age and interests.

More into first person, tactical and 3rd-person shooters like COD, MOH, Rainbow Six, GRAW, Max Payne and Saboteur. More recently discovered "open world" games like Saboteur (my all time favourite), Scarface, Assassins Creed, GTA-series and GUN. I don't mind the odd RTS like the Total War series as they hark back to my wargaming background.

Gradually coming around to thinking the whole PS3 experience is much easier than "optimising" games (ie getting them running) on the PC (well, my WP-vintage PC anyway). That said, I still have challenges getting my opposable thumbs to engage meaningfully with the PS3 controller. My son and I are still working our way through our PC and PS3 games collection.

Gaming ... before computers, consoles and tablets

"People don't quit playing because they grow old. They grow old because they quit playing."

[Oliver Wendell Holmes]

"The game is afoot!"

[Sherlock Holmes]

"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it."

[Winston Churchill]

"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

[Red Adair (1915-2004)]

My (rather antiquated for 2013) PC gaming system specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 @ 2.66GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce 9800GT [Galaxy brand]
  • PSU: 700W Thermaltake
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Windows XP (SP3)
  • Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200S

Also as of mid-2013: a PS3 500GB slimline ... my PSN ID is Perth_2008.