Dan Parker

Dan Parker

Gaming is my life. I've been a gamer for as long as I can remember, and been good at it for even longer. Ever since a young age the ability to do what I wanted, without the consequence that would come with that in reality was amazingly appealing to me. I've seen videos of me destroying Wolfenstien 3D while sitting on my fathers lap, not even tall enough to reach the keyboard from the chair, a mere, 2-3 years old.

When I was growing up, on my 6th birthday, I got a Nintendo 64, with Diddy kong racing. I didn't choose this game, It's what came with it, and to this day still haven't completed the game to its 100% completion. I should get around to that someday as it's a lovely game, but still very challenging. Games today aren't hard enough, developers seem to care more about graphics than they do about story or challenge anymore. Before that it was all about 'controls' and even before that it was purely about what was fun. I never got to see those days, they were before my time, but the Nintendo 64/Playstation days where the Pinnacle of gaming as far as quality in games is concerned.

I bought my first game, I don't really recall why, a week or so later, called Banjo-Kazooie. I for the life of me can't remember what was so appealing about it, but it's probably the decision I regret the least in my life. That game did more for me as a person, a gamer, and a child, than almost anything else I've ever experienced. Just like me, Banjo was alone, but instead of being sad about it, he takes initiative and goes on with his life throughout amazingly difficult puzzles and stages that stump even my current friends in their 20s, and made for a game I clocked over 90 hours on.

Then came my third game, Starfox 64. This was my first game with multiplayer in it that I took advantage of, and I was good. Really good. I could take anyone out from the air with the greatest of ease and not even think twice about it. I eventually got Donkey Kong 64 too, another masterpiece of a game, and the rest of my Library of games were to follow.

Then Banjo Tooie game out. To this day, no other sequel has ever done right what this game did. In every game, you always end up starting over, but in this game you got to keep all of your old moves + learn a bountiful of new ones. Where banjo kazooie was big, tooie went bigger.