My name is Peter and I’m from Canada. I’m a 47 year old avid gamer that has owned a number of systems over the years including an Atari 2600 (VCS), Intellivision, Colecovision, Sega Genesis, PS2, Xbox and some gaming PCs like the Commodore VIC 20, 64 and Amiga.
I’ve been attracted to gaming since my early teens. My favourite types of games are FPS, action/adventure and strategy/puzzle games. I also like a fair bit of casual games like Angry Birds, Bejeweled etc which I play on my phone.
NAME: Peter AKA Chuckaholik
PLATFORM: X360, PS3, PC, PS Vita, Windows Phone
What first attracted you to the world of gaming?
When the new video game machines appeared in the arcades. I spent many Saturdays hanging-out there.
What was the first video game you ever played?
Pong, yes seriously – and back then I thought it was awesome
What is your fondest gaming memory?
Oh that’s a toughy, so many great memories, so many awesome games I’ve played. I guess one of the earlier ones was when dad brought home our first home system. It was a Coleco Telstar which played Pong, had a steering wheel and a wired pistol. There were no other controls other than a couple of knobs to move your paddles to play Pong and other variants. The very first video game console I bought was an Atari 2600 (it came with Space Invaders) - I worked my entire summer cutting lawns to pay for it.
What’s your worst gaming memory?
Getting owned constantly in on-line shooting games. I’m very good beating most games solo on harder/hardest settings but I’ll admit I suck in multi-player especially FPS games.
Have you ever tried any stunts (in reality) which you picked up from a video game?
I jacked a car at gun-point, sped away from the pursuing heat and crashed the vehicle - no wait that was - not reality. The answer is NO
If you could be any game character in the world, who would you be and why?
Halo’s Master Chief, because the guy is so cool, tough and calm under fire. He’s also a big mystery and I’m kinda a mysterious guy in real life :)
What’s your favourite game at the moment?
Mass Effect 3, been a fan of this series since day one – so much incredible replay value since decisions you make in past games affect events in future games. All those choices (good or bad) that you made in the past games all make an impact in this the final game in the trilogy which is epic So far, it’s my pick for GOTY but we have some block-buster titles still to come out before the year ends.
What’s your favourite game of all time?
Grand Theft IV because even long after completing the majority of the game returning to Liberty City is so incredible. The term living/breathing city is aptly applied to this game. I love this game so much that I own it on every single platform. I cannot wait to see how awesome GTA V is going to be
What do you think gaming will be like in the future?
As technology advances, it won’t be too long till we see graphics that blur the line between reality. Motion controls will continue to evolve. Personally I’m not a fan of them ATM. I’d love to be able to play these games in a Holo-deck like environment taken right from Star Trek TNG – that would be the ultimate gaming experience.
Any advice for new gamers out there?
Just enjoy playing but don’t let it get to be an obsession that takes over your life. Whether you’re into casual or the hard core games just have fun and be courteous with others when playing on-line. Trash-talking on-line can be fun just know when to draw the line and refrain from blurting out racist comments. Also it’s easy to lose track of time playing a game that is engrossing but remember to take a break, hang out with friends and family. Also if you get frustrated, put the controller down and come back to the game later. It’s amazing what time away from the game will do when you return often getting by that tough section, or defeat that tough boss rather easily.