About me

My name is Dave and I'm born in the year PONG was the next big thing (nl. 1972). I live in Belgium in a village near Antwerp together with my wife Annick and my daughter Femke (2002) and her "little" (who don't like being called little) and noisy brother Axl (2004). I work as an IT Engineer for a Belgian bank. But now about videogames : I started playing when I was little kid (about 7/8 years) old and I remember having some kind of videosystem (don't recall the exact name) with a tennis/football and some other stuff built in (actually it wasn't more than a few moving blocks on the screen but it was rather cool). Our father once bought us (me and my brother) a Breakout arcade machine. Then I moved on to the Atari 2600 (the woody 6 button model) and games like Pitfall, Space Invaders, Combat, Pacman etc... In that time I also owned a few Game&Watch games like Parachutes, Donkey Kong(jr.). I enjoyed unscrewing those Game&Watch games and moving the little plastic graphics plates so I got a completely messed up screen. After this period we bought a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k (the one with the plastic buttons) and a seperate cassetteplayer. Loading a game was about a 5/10 minutes wait and hoping the game would start. Then the 48K model was replaced for a 128K one with a built-in cassettedrive. A few games I remembered from that time are Gauntlet, something called Where Time Stood Still (a 128K only title), Decathlon, Ikari Warriors, Green Beret and ofcourse the Spectrum versions of Outrun and Thunderblade. After the ZX Spectrum age it got a little quieter with home videogame systems because we didn't owned one for the next couple of years. But I visited the local Arcades (Antwerp) a lot and enjoyed playing games like Choplifter, Elevator Action, Galaga, Outrun (again), Hang-On, Afterburner....and later Virtua Racing and ofcourse the mighty Virtua Fighter. Begin '90 I bought a Sega Megadrive and the Sega MegaCD and 32X followed a few years later. I really enjoyed games like the Shining Force Series (both the Megadrive and the MegaCD versions), Shinobi, Castlevania, Alien Soldier, Flashback, Eternal Champions (especially the MegaCD version with it's brutal Cinekills), Soulstar (MegaCD), Snatcher (MegaCD), the Sonic The Hedgehog serie, Thunderforce serie, Strikes serie and the Streets Of Rage serie with their great soundtracks. On 32X I liked games such as Doom (even it was played in a window and a little buggy), Metal Head, Star Wars Arcade, Virtua Fighter and Virtua Racing Deluxe. Then I did something which I still regret, I sold the Sega Consoles and their games as I needed the money for buying a Sega Saturn and a Sony Playstation. Although there are some good games on Playstation (Ridge Racer serie,Wipeout serie, the first Tombraider, the Resident Evil's and Tekken's for example) I enjoyed playing on the Saturn more. Some really great games on the Saturn are Shining Force 3.1 (and probably part 2 and 3 but they were never released outside Japan and I don't speak Japanese), Shining In the Holy Ark, Burning Rangers, Nights Into Dreams, Daytona USA, Virtua Fighter 1&2, Virtua Cop, House Of The Dead, and the mighty Panzer Dragoon Series. These are all games with that special touch of "Magic" only Sega could develop. Ofcourse after the 32bit era came the Dreamcast. The most underrated console in history with classic games as the DC version of Daytona USA, The House Of The Dead 2, Phantasy Star Online, Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi, Headhunter, Samba De Amigo, Skies Of Arcadia, the great Shenmue 1&2 and the more recent shooters Ikaruga and Borderdown It was around this time I began buying the classic Sega consoles/games again. But this time it was because I was bitten with the collecting bug. Ofcourse I still enjoy playing all those classic 8bit and 16bit games nowadays. In 2002 I decided to buy me a Nintendo Gamecube after seeing SW Rogue Squadron in action on it. And I still don't regret I bought it with it's very fine games like Super Monkey Ball 1&2, Mario Sunshine, Pikmin, a remake of Resident Evil, Metroid Prime, The legendary Zelda and one of the greatest adventure I ever played Eternal Darkness. I replaced my purple Gamecube (first swapped my original black for the purple one) with the limited Zelda pack with a Platinum Gamecube and also bought a Mario Kart Double Dash Pack with (again) a black Gamecube and the Zelda Collection Disc. Although I never planned buying me an Xbox or a PS2, I did it anyway just to own them all. And I have to admit that the Xbox also have some very fun and graphical spectacular games like Panzer Dragoon Orta (the game that pursuaded me buying one), Chronicles Of Riddick , Halo 1&2, Burnout series, Rally Sport Challenge 1&2, Soul Calibur 2, DOA, Project Gotham Racing 1&2 and more recent the classic Outrun 2 which is how a game should be, simple but fun. I also switched my original black Xbox for the Limited green model which I think looks much nicer. As my son was born on Halo2 day in 2004 I also bought a Limited edition Halo 2 and a Halo 2 crystal Xbox Pack so I can give it to him later when he's grown up. Not that he will be impressed by it in about 15-18 years I guess as he probably will be playing "Halo14" or "GTA San whatever it is then" on his "Playstation 97", "Xbox 87" or let us hope a new wonderconsole by Sega. The reason I also bought me a PS2 were the Tekken's and even more Virtua Fighter 4 (Evolution), the God Of War and Ace Combat series, Gran Turismo, WipeOut and not to forget ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus. And after these 3 consoles it was ofcourse inevitable buying there successor the Xbox360, PS3 and Wii. I really like playing on the Xbox360 and PS3 with great games such as Gears Of War, Assassins Creed, Bayonetta, Heavy Rain, Forza, Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption, Resistance, Uncharted and ofcourse the nextgen versions of classic series as God Of War, Metal Gear Solid and GTA. But for me the Nintendo Wii is a little disapointing and it is mainly used by the kids. But maybe it is because I grew up with Sonic instead of Mario. Recently the collecting bug striked again and I decided collecting the Limited/Collector Editions of most xbox360/PS3 games. And it has to be said, they are much nicer then most of the "special" (read alternate cover) editions of the 8/16bit era. My motto is "There is always room for just one more game/console". And there are still a lot out there which I don't own ...yet 😉