After 16 years covering the game industry, playing hundreds of games and interviewing thousands of people, I’ve slowly developed a catalog of life events tied around memories of games. If I’m trying to recall a time when something happened, my mind quickly jumps to what I was playing, where I was sitting when playing it, and when in my life that must have occurred. This is a compilation of some of the games that are deeply tied to my personal memories from 16 years of covering games. GHOSTS N’ GOBLINS – 1985 I’m 11 years old, and I’ve just discovered personal agency. Rather than going straight home from school, I can spend some time on my own without alarming the parental bodies. (I recently learned at a Mother’s Day brunch that they were never that concerned about my whereabouts. Parenting was different in the early 80s.) By “on my own,” I mean hanging out in the four-cabinet arcade at the Golden Gate Lanes bowling alley in El Cerrito, just a few blocks from my house, waiting to play Ghosts N’ Goblins. I loved that game. It looked like nothing else out there; its depiction of fantasy had no bearing on… Read full this story
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