Reboot Intro! ChrisX’s History of Gaming

Hello, this is ChrisX speaking. Yes, I apologize that my old blog is practically gone. For personal reasons. I did give you a warning since I think November. Don’t worry, I’ll start posting again time by time.

Now to open up with this new blog, I think I would like to do something. It’s not about video games and the current surrounding, but I would like to share something about history. I’m basically retelling my history with video games in general. There may be some mistakes that I forgot, but… overall I think this will sum up the games I’ve played and the franchises I’d be familiar with because they form my childhood and younger days. And maybe it’ll give you an understanding on why certain popular series don’t pop up much whenever I talk about the topic.

If you got questions to me, feel free to drop me a comment!

So! Let’s begin with the History of ChrisX Gaming.

1985

I was born into this world.

… What? Everyone had that phase!

Anyway, where was I born, you ask? I’m born in Indonesia, and regardless of my sense of patriotism, it’s the country that I was born into and would stay for the majority of my life. Anyway, I also had one big brother.

1989-1995

I just realized I was into this world in 1989, approaching my 4th birthday. It was at that time my uncle came to my house and brought me one present that would define my and my brother’s life… A Nintendo Entertainment System. A few months later, another system was bought for me: A Sega Genesis.

For the most part, most of my action-packed jams were contained within Sega Genesis, and thus my NES game library was limited to typical X-in-1 games with games that are of ‘quick arcade’ nature. Things like… Galaga, Kung Fu Master, Arkanoid, Donkey Kong… But sometimes, certain gems exist, like Super Mario Bros 3, Contra & Super C, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games, the Ninja Gaiden games, Double Dragon games. So to say that my NES library is full of boring crap is not exactly accurate. It’s just that I didn’t experience some of the most renowned heavy-hitters like Legend of Zelda or Castlevania.

Not to say that I never touched Castlevania back then, it just wasn’t a big hit to me for the time being. My parents used old fashioned computer back then, when games were using floppy disks to be installed in DOS. It was those times, I know. That’s where I first came to know Castlevania: From the DOS port that looking back… it was full of issues. Additionally, there was also one Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game in DOS that I had fond memories with, regardless of how awkward the controls were. Outside DOS, it should be noted that one of my first exposure of Castlevania and my favorite NES games would be the first Konami Wai Wai World. At first I just had no idea who the characters were, I was just too captivated with the platforming action and adventure element of the game, discovering the game’s secrets as I go and finishing.

So for the most part, my main actions were mostly contained in Sega Genesis, with my cousin on the other side with his SNES as our ‘console war’. Regardless, franchises like Streets of Rage, Shinobi (missing out 3), Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Contra: Hard Corps, all of them filled my jam of Sega Genesis. There were some Arcade ports that got me nicely, but to note, I knew some American games like Mortal Kombat or the WWF Wrestlemania Arcade via playing Sega Genesis.

Speaking of Arcade, these were the days Arcade was the hype. Tons of Neo Geo arcades were at my Arcade booth, and of course Street Fighter. It’s from visiting these Arcades that I grew to love fighting games; aside from Street Fighter there’s Samurai Shodown, Art of Fighting; and even more beat’em up genres. Whenever I can, I try to get some fighting games into my consoles, both good and bad (eventually). The last game for Genesis for me turns out to be Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls. Often said to be the worst game ever, but I have no regrets playing it.

1995 was also the year I started my venture on CD-based games because we upgraded to Windows 95, although once again, it’s just simplistic games, or rather, games that looked simple, but were actually advanced enough that my childish brain couldn’t process. Though I did remember Warcraft II from there…

Games of Personal Note in the era

(Bolded ones will denote personal favorites. Italicized will be something of note, but not really my big favorite)

NES

Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Adventure Island, Adventure Island 2, Batman (Sunsoft), Bomberman, Chip & Dale, Circus Charlie, Clu Clu Land, Contra, Super C, Devil World, Dig Dug, Dig Dug II, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong III, Double Dragon, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Duck Hunt, Duck Tales, Elevator Action, Excite Bike, Final Mission/SCAT, Fist of the North Star, Flying Dragon/Hiryu no Ken, Galaga, Galaxian, Goonies, Gradius, Gun Smoke, Karateka, Kid Dracula, Kung Fu, Legend of Kage, Life Force, Lode Runner, Lunar Ball, Magic Jewelry, Mario Bros. (Normal one), Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Gaiden 2, Ninja Kun, Nuts & Milk, Pac-Man, Popeye, Rush n Attack, SD Heroes Soukessen, Shadow of the Ninja, Side Pocket, Solomon’s Key, Spelunker, Super Spike V’Ball, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Arcade Game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Mission, Track & Field, TwinBee, Ultraman Club, Wagyan Land, Konami Wai Wai World, Wrecking Crew, Yie-Ar Kung Fu.

Sega Genesis

Aero Blasters, Aladdin, Alien Storm, Altered Beast, Art of Fighting, Castle of Illusion, Contra: Hard Corps, Dinosaurs For Hire, Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls, Dragon Ball: Buyuu Retsuden, Dynamite Duke, Earthworm Jim 2, Elemental Master, E-SWAT, FIFA Soccer 1995, Final Zone, Flintstones, Forgotten World, Golden Axe, Golden Axe 2, Golden Axe 3, Great Circus Mystery: Mickey & Minnie, Jurassic Park, Justice League: Task Force, Kid Chameleon, Kujaku-Oh/Mystic Defender, Little Mermaid, Michael Jackson: Moonwalker, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mortal Kombat 2, Mortal Kombat 3, NBA Jam: Tournament Edition, Pit Fighter, Power Athlete, Primal Rage, Revenge of the Shinobi, Sailor Moon, Saint Sword, Samurai Shodown, Shadow Blasters, Shadow Dancer, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Sonic the Hedgehog & Knuckles, Space Harrier 2, Spider-Man vs the Kingpin, Spider-Man & Venom: Separation Anxiety, Street Fighter II, Street Racer, Street Smart, Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle, Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle 2, Streets of Rage/Bare Knuckle 3, Strider, Super Airwolf, T2: The Arcade Game, Taz-Mania, The Terminator, Tiny Toon ACME All Stars, Tiny Toon Buster’s Hidden Treasure, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters, Top Gear, Weapon Lord, World of Illusion, Wrestle War, WWF Raw, WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade Game, X-Men 2: Clone Wars, Yuu Yuu Hakusho Gaiden, Yuu Yuu Hakusho Makyou Touissen.

Arcade

Art of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2, Asterix, Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown 2, Street Fighter II, The Simpsons Arcade, Spider-Man Arcade, Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer, X-Men: Children of the Atom

PC/DOS

Castlevania, Lode Runner, Rockford, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Manhattan Mision.

1996-2001

1996 is one big turning point. Throughout those days, I’ve bought magazines or heard things from there. Therefore, I’ve heard things about the next-generation gaming consoles to succeed the 16 bit era: It’s between Nintendo 64, Sony Playstation and Sega Saturn. At first, I thought maybe since I grew up in Sega and Arcades have advanced enough to display some sick Sega games like Virtua Fighter, Virtual On, Fighting Vipers, etc… Maybe I should go for Sega Saturn next.

Then while traveling with my aunt, she offered me and my brother another console: Sony Playstation. At first I thought it’s not my most aimed console, but what the heck, maybe I’ll just enjoy it as it was. First off, it was all going OK, with games like Tekken 2, Street Fighter Alpha-oh I’m sorry, I mean Street Fighter Zero. Anyway, King of Fighters 95, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Battle Arena Toshinden and later Crash Bandicoot as one of my earlier games.

But in the end, it turned out to be the right choice, since Playstation ended up being the dominant console of Indonesia, defeating Saturn and Nintendo 64. It was also there that I started to realize that Indonesia’s economy levels meant that Playstation CDs tend to be super cheap in my country, but those were pirated discs. For the moment, I set aside any notions of morality and the low quality sometimes, I enriched myself with various classic franchise knowledge.

Most importantly, Playstation introduced me to one genre I eventually came to love. Beforehand, I’m more of an action/platformer or fighting game fan. Then came Genso Suikoden. At first I thought what the heck, it’s not even a fighter, I’m not interested… but then I played the game myself. And… I was hooked! Dang, RPG was such a great genre! My love for action and fighting games hasn’t diminished but RPGs started to dominate my library.

It was also around this era that eventually the economic crisis hit Indonesia, and then there was this riot swarming and… it burnt down my old video game hub store, along with the 16 bit games. And that was when the 16 bit era truly died, we had to move on to 32 bit full time.

And so I began enriching myself with other franchises, aside of Tekken and Suikoden, I’ve come to know the Star Ocean games, Tales series (yes, I started my Tales journey with Tales of Destiny), Persona, Front Mission, Bloody Roar, SaGa Frontier, Darkstalkers (3), the Capcom vs series (starting with X-Men vs Street Fighter), Soul Edge, Vandal Hearts, Wild Arms, Brigandine, Final Fantasy (7, 8 and Tactics), Guilty Gear, the Ogre series (Ogre Battle and Tactics Ogre). Also watched my brother tackle other games like Metal Gear Solid and Xenogears, so I did get my knowledge from him.

As of Castlevania, it kinda flew off my radar back then so I didn’t get to know that more (yes, I wasn’t even aware of Castlevania: Bloodlines in Sega Genesis before!). And this is also the era I first got familiar with Megaman games, from Megaman 8 to Megaman X4—I mean, Rockman X4. Sorry, I completely missed out the whole “WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOOOOORRR!?!?!?” part… I got the more heartwrenching one even if I wasn’t familiar with Japanese language.

This is also the era I delve into even more advanced parts of computer games, particularly several shooter games like Unreal Tournament and Quake 3 Arena, but most importantly, the RTS genre and a bit of WRPG game. This is the era where I started knowing franchises like Command & Conquer, Age of Empires, Seven Kingdoms, Sacrifice, Diablo and Baldur’s Gate. I started recognizing the power of Western PC games. It’s also the era where the internet started coming around and I used that to get game Guides, while my brother used that to play Starcraft. I recognize the power of that franchise, but for some reason I just SUCKED at it. Eventually, internet started to improve thanks to home cable internet, and as a bonus, I also discovered my first fore to MMORPG via some old MMORPG, like Nexia and Ragnarok Online, the latter got REALLY big in my country (this is before World of Warcraft came to existence!).

The tail-end of this era is not exactly a good one. First, my brother came to be entranced with more soccer games, in particular Pro Evolution Soccer, or heck, as it was known in Japan, Winning Eleven. I… don’t like soccer. Even until now. But my brother used to drag me into co-op games where he’d beat me all the time. Not exactly a good time. Also I got into high school and… my grades were failing. But I soldiered on.

Games of Personal Note in the era

Sony Playstation

Alundra, Azure Dreams, Batman Forever: Arcade, Battle Arena Toshinden 2, Battle Arena Toshinden 3, Beyond the Beyond, Blaze & Blade, Bloody Roar, Bloody Roar 2, Brave Fencer Musashi, Breath of Fire 3, Brigandine: Legend of Forsena, Bushido Blade, Bushido Blade 2, Chocobo Racing, Command & Conquer: Tiberium Conflict, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, Darkstalkers 3, Dead or Alive, Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, Dragon Ball Z: The Legend, Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22, Dragon Knight 4, Dragon Seeds, Ehrgeiz: God Bless the Ring, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Fighting Force, Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 8, Final Fantasy Tactics, Front Mission 2, Front Mission 3, Granstream Saga, Guardian’s Crusade, Guilty Gear, Gundam: The Battle Master, Gunners Heaven, Herc’s Adventures, Kartia: The Word of Fate, Kensei: Sacred Fist, The King of Fighters 95, The King of Fighters 96, The King of Fighters 97, The King of Fighters 98, The King of Fighters 99, The King of Fighters Kyo, Legend of Dragoon, Legend of Legaia, Lunar: Silver Star Story, Marvel Super Heroes, Megaman 8, Rockman: Battle & Chase, Rockman X3, Rockman X4, Metal Gear Solid, Monster Rancher, Monster Rancher 2, Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Ninja: Shadow of Darkness, Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen, Parasite Eve, Revelations: Persona, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Psychic Force, Puzzle Bobble, Rampage: World Tour, Real Bout: Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury: Dominated Mind, Resident Evil 2, Ridge Racer Revolution, Rival Schools: United By Fate, SaGa Frontier, SaGa Frontier 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Samurai Shodown 4, Soul Edge, Star Ocean: The Second Story, Street Fighter Zero, Street Fighter Zero 2, Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha, Suikoden, Suikoden 2, Super Street Fighter II, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Tales of Destiny, Tales of Eternia/Destiny II, Tekken 2, Tekken 3, Thousand Arms, Tobal No. 1, Tobal 2, Tomba, TRAG, Twisted Metal, Twisted Metal 2, Twisted Metal 3, Vandal Hearts, Wild Arms, Wild Arms 2, WWF Smackdown!, WWF Smackdown! 2: Know Your Role, Xenogears, X-Men vs Street Fighter

Arcade

Art of Fighting 3, Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter, Marvel vs Capcom, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge, Time Crisis, Time Crisis 2, Time Crisis 3, The King of Fighters 96, The King of Fighters 97, The King of Fighters 98, The King of Fighters 99, The King of Fighters 2000, The King of Fighters 2001, Virtua Fighter 2, Virtua Fighter 3, Fighting Vipers, Virtual-On. 

PC

Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Age of Empires, Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, Age of Mythology, Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn, Baldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal, Battle Realms, Diablo 2, Earthworm Jim (PC version), Magic The Gathering, Pizza Tycoon, Quake 3 Arena, Unreal Tournament, Sacrifice, Ragnarok Online, Seven Kingdoms, Starcraft, Starcraft: Brood War, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

2002-2004

Out of nowhere, as I struggled with my own grades, I came home seeing my brother playing with a newly bought Sony Playstation 2 behind my back. I mean what the heck, was he trying to fail me? But nah, eventually our fun continued and generally, my taste didn’t change much.

However, the PS2 era was where I was introduced to one of my favorite franchises: Dynasty Warriors series, even if starting with the 4th game. I was just so hooked with that kind of hack and slash feel, and eventually the sister series Samurai Warriors later down the line, and some hack and slash games like Devil May Cry or the Capcom spoof for Koei’s historical hack and slash: Sengoku Basara.

I immersed myself with continuations of old franchises, such as Suikoden series, Star Ocean series, Persona series, Tekken series, Guilty Gear series, Dead or Alive, Soul Calibur… and… well this is also the era where I came across the site known as Fighter’s Generation, which further dug me into Fighting game fandom, going over with Street Fighter III, and latter SNK Arcades like The Last Blade… and yes, this also includes the end of Bloody Roar series (RIP) and the poorer parts of Mortal Kombat era.

In the PC stage, unlike Starcraft, I found myself a little better at playing Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne. This eventually led me to discover the Warcraft custom games, Defense of the Ancients: All Stars, which my friends online started playing.

All in all, I ended up barely passing High School, and I entered college with a Computer Science course. Maybe it’d get me closer to computers. My Playstation 2 fore still continued, some of the games I mentioned above would still be continued in some era below.

Games of Personal Note in the era

Sony Playstation 2

Bloody Roar 3, Bloody Roar 4, Capcom vs SNK 2: Match of the Millenium, Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore, Dynasty Warriors 3, Dynasty Warriors 3: Xtreme Legends, Dynasty Warriors 4, Dynasty Warriors 4: Xtreme Legends, Dynasty Warriors 4: Empires, Dynasty Warriors 5, Dynasty Warriors 5: Xtreme Legends, Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires, Dynasty Tactics, Dynasty Tactics 2, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Guilty Gear XX, Guilty Gear XX: Accent Core Plus, Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat: Deception, The King of Fighters 2000, Legaia II, Samurai Warriors, Soul Calibur 2, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, Suikoden 3, Tekken 4, Tekken 5, Wild Arms 3, Wild Arms: Alter Code F, Samurai Shodown V, Marvel Vs Capcom 2, Street Fighter III: Third Strike.

Arcade

The King of Fighters 2002, Samurai Shodown V, Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Street Fighter III.

PC

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Defense of the Ancients: All Stars, Heroes of Might & Magic 4

2005-2008

College might look like the time I indulge myself more into PS2 and Arcade, but there’s one thing that changed everything: The discovery of Emulators, somehow brought by my brother’s friends. It’s actually at the tail end of my high school days, but the dominance was felt during the college era. At first I wasn’t that hooked, but then one game caught my interest: Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance. It might not be the most praised entry of Castlevania, but it hooked me to get obsessed with the Castlevania franchise. This led me to search for emulators of other platforms and made me revisit and play those Castlevania games I missed in my childhood. Castlevania (original), Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse, Castlevania Bloodlines… and also looking for Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (My PS1 was still functional so I got one myself).

The GBA also led me to discover some nifty games, but two that stood out were the Megaman Zero series and… the Fire Emblem series. Because of this, Fire Emblem became one of those Nintendo series that I continued to look up highly, more so than the other big franchises like Mario, Zelda and Metroid… and Pokemon. The SNES ones eventually became a cornerstone of my emulation craze.

My brother left for overseas study and took his PS2 with him, so emulators became my only source of entertainment. It didn’t last too long as suddenly my brother returned my PS2 again. In the meantime, I continued indulging in Defense of the Ancients All Stars with my friends when I could.

And it’s also from this era that because of the GBA emulation, I discovered one of my favorite franchises ever: Super Robot Wars, starting from the iteration of Super Robot Wars OG series. Through ups and downs I experienced with this franchise, I ended up touching the normal SRW series which had anime shows in it, and it paved my way to be a Super Robot nut, and got me hunting those never-released-to-US SRW games before in PS1 and PS2. Especially the Super Robot Wars Alpha saga.

And it’s also because of that (and Castlevania) I got myself a DS after saving money, and learning that piracy was still kinda there. I later secured myself a PSP for the similar reason, and I secured myself a job after graduating from college. I was sent to Singapore for 2 weeks, while enjoying my handheld experience. This was mostly because I was doubting Sony with their disastrous PS3 launch and pirating their games became a lot more hassle anyway, so I avoided them… And I guess at the tail end of my college days, I did try World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, there was a local server for it, but afterwards job commitment and lack of Wrath of the Lich King local server prevented me from continuing forward.

Games of Personal Note in the era

Sony Playstation 2

.hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation, .hack//Outbreak, .hack//Quarantine, Devil May Cry 2, Devil May Cry 3, Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends, Samurai Warriors 2, Samurai Warriors 2: Xtreme Legends, Warriors Orochi, Warriors Orochi 2, Sengoku Basara, Devil Kings, Sengoku Basara 2, Sengoku Basara 2: Heroes, Suikoden 4, Suikoden 5, Suikoden Tactics, Tales of Destiny II, Tales of Rebirth, Tales of Legendia, Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Destiny R, Soul Calibur 3, Sonic Heroes, Samurai Shodown VI, Persona 3: FES, Persona 4, Namco X Capcom, Mortal Kombat Armageddon, Super Robot Wars Alpha 2, Super Robot Wars Alpha 3, Super Robot Wars MX, Super Robot Wars Original Generations, Super Robot Wars Original Generation Gaiden, Super Robot Wars Z, Odin’s Sphere, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, The King of Fighters Maximum Impact, The King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Fate/Unlimited Codes, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, DreamMix TV: World Fighters, Castlevania: Lament of Innocence, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, Arcana Heart, Arcana Heart 2.

Sony Playstation 1 (Revisit)

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania Chronicles, Brigandine: Grand Edition, Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden, Super Robot Wars F/Final, Psychic Force 2.

Sega Genesis (Emulation)

Alisia Dragoon, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Burning Force, Earthworm Jim, Ghouls & Ghosts, Megaman: Wily Wars, Mortal Kombat 1, Shinobi 3, Splatterhouse 2, Splatterhouse 3, Rocket Knight Adventures, Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures.

NES (Emulation)

Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Megaman (1-6), Battletoads, Battletoads vs Double Dragon, Double Dragon III: The Rosetta Stone, Duck Tales 2, Getsu Fuuma Den, Ghosts & Goblins, Kirby’s Adventure, Ninja Gaiden 3, Nightshade, Punch-Out!, Uninvited, Super Mario Bros 2.

Gameboy Advance + Game Boy (Color) + Wonderswan Color (Emulation)

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Double Dragon: Advance, Dynasty Warriors Advance, Final Fantasy IV Advance, Final Fantasy VI Advance, Golden Sun: The Broken Seals, Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Megaman Zero (1-4), Super Robot Wars Original Generation, Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2, Super Robot Wars Advance, Super Robot Wars Reversal, Super Robot Wars Destiny, Super Robot Wars Judgment, Tales of the World 3: Narikiri Dungeon, Castlevania Adventure, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge, Super Robot Wars Compact 3.

SNES (Emulation)

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, Super Robot Wars Gaiden, Castlevania – Dracula X, Contra 3: Alien Wars, Final Fight, Final Fight 2, Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VI, Killer Instinct, Megaman 7, Megaman X, Megaman X2, Megaman X3, Super Castlevania IV, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, Live-A-Live.

Nintendo DS

Super Robot Wars W, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin, Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Justice For All, Phoenix Wright: Trials & Tribulations, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan (1 & 2), Elite Beat Agents, Contra 4, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Megaman ZX, Megaman ZX 2, Super Robot Wars K, Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier, Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier EXCEED

Playstation Portable

Super Robot Wars Advance Portable, Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Dissidia: Final Fantasy Duodecim, Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, Jeanne D’Arc, Megaman X Maverick Hunter, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 Innocent Sin, Star Ocean First Departure, Star Ocean Second Evolution, Ultimate Ghosts N Goblins, Super Robot Wars Z2.1: Destruction Chapter.

PC

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

2009-2013

And in the year 2009, I saved up enough money for a PS3 Slim, given enough time, Sony managed to clean up its act. It’s the era where I became open with online gaming, no matter how crap, and my exposure to the BlazBlue franchise, a franchise I grew to have some sort of love-hate relations. Since I could save up money and games have become expensive, I decided that from that day forth, I wouldn’t depend on piracy, I would use my saved money to buy games myself. And so began my fore to the likes of… well, continuing for the Tekken, Street Fighter franchises, Dynasty Warriors, Warriors Orochi, returning to Ninja Gaiden, trying the newer Mortal Kombat games (which I discovered that they had lousy connection for Southeast Asians like me). And luckily, the next SRW OG series was also released here, so the bet for Sony was once again well placed.

It’s also from here that I had another thing: There’s this game called Mass Effect. I tried it thanks to some internet recommendation and I ended up getting super hooked, it kinda felt like a space-opera style Baldur’s Gate series. Generally I think my big PC adventure gets a bit of revival thanks to Mass Effect, but it wasn’t until later that it exploded.

The status quo mostly stuck that way for about 5 years, though I did get a Playstation Vita in order to get the one particular game I love: Persona 4 Golden. Did I mention that I like that particular installment of Persona? … Wait, no I didn’t. But now you know.

Games of Personal Note in the era

Playstation 3

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift EXTEND, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generations, Tekken 6, Arcana Heart 3, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Dante’s Inferno, Dead or Alive 5, Dynasty Warriors 7, Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends, Dynasty Warriors 8, Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Warriors Orochi 3, God of War 3, Hard Corps Uprising, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat 9, Guilty Gear Xrd, King of Fighters XIII, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, Samurai Warriors 4, Samurai Warriors 4-II, Tales of Xillia, Tales of Graces f, Street Fighter X Tekken, Under Night In Birth: Late, Valkyria Chronicles, Persona 4: Arena, Persona 4: Arena ULTIMAX, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mass Effect 1-3.

PC

Mass Effect 1-3, Civilizations V, CLANNAD, Spec-Ops: The Line

Playstation Vita

Persona 4 Golden, Tales of Hearts R, Dangan Ronpa, Dangan Ronpa 2

2014-2016

2014 looked as if I would once again be a normal console gamer. But then I stumbled to a certain group of gamers making Top 10 Lists. This was the Chaos Theatre. While at first I was taken in with The Quarter Guy and his Top 10s, the one ‘Top 10’ that caught my interest was definitely the Green Scorpion and his Top 15 League of Legends Champions videos. It reminded me of the fun times playing Defense of the Ancients All Stars… and it also made me realize that there’s a sequel: Dota 2. So because I was jobless at the moment, I decided to try both Dota 2 and League of Legends.

And the result is that I’m hooked on the MOBA genre, playing those two games faithfully. And eventually leading me to discover SMITE and later on Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm. Those four games became my cornerstones of playing PC games.

But even so, my console gaming didn’t stop. It just went a little into the backburner due to an… incident.

Because of my thing with Heroes of the Storm, I got on the news once again with Blizzard, eventually hearing about Overwatch, trying it and getting hooked… And it also led to me discovering its rival game Paladins. But because of that, my time with MOBA started lessening. Once they made some drastic changes, I ended up not being able to follow anymore and stopped playing those, the Hero Shooter took over. But even then, eventually I started playing them less.

But I would continue to treasure those moments. And at least because of that, I became aware of Steam games and steadily putting games there.

And I guess around this time, I decided to get a 3DS because I felt like continuing the Fire Emblem series. However, I didn’t get many games in there, it was mostly Fire Emblem games that I got there… Granted, I was looking for this Project X Zone game, but it was so limited and I never found a copy.

And hey, at least in 2016, I got myself a PS4 for one main reason: The next installment of Super Robot Wars OG (The Moon Dwellers) was there. But even then, it would be later until my bet paid off again… Oh and also, those were the times when the people of the internet had become more into fighting corruption and some companies screwed up big time. Did I get disappointed at some of my favored companies? For its time, yes… But unlike others, I don’t think mine lasted too long. But for sure: I avoid any kinds of controversies. It’ll take another kind of post for me to explain this, so let’s move on.

Games of Personal Note in the era

PC

Dota 2, League of Legends, SMITE, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Paladins, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Team Fortress 2, Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Mark of the Ninja, Rosenkreuzstilette, Rosenkreuzstilette: Freudenstachel, Azure Striker Gunvolt

Playstation 4

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Moon Dwellers, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Sengoku Basara 4: Matsuri, Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Tales of Berseria

Nintendo 3DS

Fire Emblem: Awakening, Fire Emblem: Fates, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Super Smash Bros.

2017-Present

In 2017, since my time has become so limited, I decided to venture into the one thing that people on the internet would usually be aghast for: Mobage and Mobile Games. This was mostly because of two games that caught my interest due to their roster and characters: Fire Emblem Heroes and Fate/Grand Order. Yes, I got into the Fate series before, but it was not too related to video games. Regardless, gaming went on, though I even stopped it with the Hero Shooter. I did discover the mobile MOBA games like Arena of Valor and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, but my time playing them was short. I still need to revive my passion for them.

But 2018 was a big shakedown. See, I’m also an anime fan, and one of my favorite anime series was Magic Knight Rayearth. Despite the existence of its robots, it was never featured in the Super Robot Wars series. So it was at that time that Bandai Namco announced that the series would debut in Super Robot Wars T that I exploded in joy. I resumed my good ol’ Super Robot passion and turned back to SRW once again, so far I never looked back! And because of that, I decided to hunt down all the standalone SRW games released back then.

Games of Personal Note in the era

Playstation 4

Super Robot Wars T, Super Robot Wars X, Super Robot Wars V, Super Robot Wars 30, Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy, Nier Automata, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, Yakuza Kiwami, Persona 5, Samurai Warriors 4: Spirit of Sanada, Dynasty Warriors 9, Soul Calibur VI, Warriors Orochi 4

PC

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Shovel Knight, Fight N Rage, Among Us, Total War Shogun 2, Total War Three Kingdoms

Nintendo Switch

Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Brigandine: Legend of Runersia, SkelAttack.

Mobile/Android

Fate/Grand Order, Fire Emblem: Heroes, King of Fighters All Stars, Super Robot Wars DD, Super Robot Wars X-Omega, Contra Returns, Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls, Star Ocean Anamnesis, Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, Among Us

Closing

And reaching the present day, there were no more groundbreaking gaming experiences from me, but my journey is my own. It looks like a combination of those from Japan, West and Southeast Asia, but generally, it’s just that I had my own likings and taste thanks to how I grew up and the games I experienced. Maybe there were some parts in my history that I forgot, but here I am now. It’s been a journey and I’m not sure what other important events I will experience in the future… but I will continue moving forward.

So, if you have questions whether I know certain franchises or not, or how I felt about it, hit me up with a comment and I’ll try to answer.

This is ChrisX, signing out.

One thought on “Reboot Intro! ChrisX’s History of Gaming

  1. Aaron January 3, 2022 / 9:33 pm

    This was a fascinating read, and I’m sure it will add context to all of your future posts. It’s always interesting to see what people grew up playing, since that usually influences what kind of games they end up enjoying when they’re older.

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