Gamer Profile: Richard Garriott

Richard Garriott de Cayeux is an English-American video game developer and entrepreneur. He is also known as his alter egos Lord British in Ultima and General British in Tabula Rasa....

Gamer Profile: Walter Day

Walter Aldro Day, Jr. is an American businessman, historian, and the founder of Twin Galaxies, a video game related company. Day is an authority on video game scorekeeping records who in 2010 retired ...

Profile: Hollyanne Setola

Alt F4 was honored to feature Hollyanne Setola in our latest episode where we talked about her history of gaming from being introduced to gaming by her grandmother who worked at NASA, to her Counter S...

Profiled: Brad Smith

Gamer Profiles heads to the great white north to talk with developer, Brad Smith on his latest project titled, Lizard. His Kickstarter brings us a cool platformer for the NES where you explore an 8-bi...

Gamer Profile: Jan Kavan

CBE Software is an independent video game studio in the Czech Republic that has released a number of games including their current game, the fantastic, J.U.L.I.A: Among the Stars We had a chance to ta...

Gamer Profile: Agustín Cordes

Senscape was founded in 2010 and released the award winning title, Scratches. Agustin is a true fan of classic games specially horror and adventure games such as Kings Quest and Alone in the Dark. He ...

Gamer Profile: James C. Burns

I blew a lot of lunch money on that bad boy, but what really hooked me was when I got my first GAMEBOY… I loved the game for a simple reason….endless ammo!!! and endless replays..well... until h...

Gamer Profile: Todd Friedman

Todd Friedman is a World record holder in DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2 as well as other records on the Nintendo Wii and the original Nintendo Entertainment system. An avid game collector, Todd owns over 1700...

Gamer Profile: Dave Vogt

In the end, not Mega Man, not Mario, not even Castlevania could take that spot. It had to be Zelda. This was the game that changed everything for me. The feeling of awe that overwhelmed me the first t...

Gamer Profile: Carrie Swidecki

There was something cute about those twin dragons Bub and Bob that hooked me into the game. Plus I loved the simplicity of the graphics and the background music. This was the 1st game that I became ob...

Gamer Profile: Stephen Barton

I loved 3D Monster Maze on the Spectrum ZX, but Doom really reset the bar entirely. The soundtrack was awesome (especially given the resources available), but what really got me hooked was that it was...

Gamer Profile: Jay Mohr

I loved Donkey Kong Jr. and spent so many rolls of quarters on it. There was also Dig Dug at my local Ihop and I wore that out too. I wasn't particularly good at Dig Dug but I loved digging and diggin...

Gamer Profile: Evan Hahn

Windforge is a steampunk building block RPG, with fully buildable airships. It's kind of like a mix of Contra and Minecraft with flying airships. It's a game that embraces freedom, creativity, and cha...

Profiled: Daryl Rodriguez & Jeanette Garcia

World 1-1 is the first in a documentary series on the history of video games. This chapter is about the early years including Atari and how they helped to create a new industry. It focuses on the busi...

Gamer Profile: The Unallied

More than all other games, the original Pokemon was a game that hides its complex mechanics under a dead-simple interface. I like many Nintendo games for this reason, but I'm still impressed with how ...

Gamer Profile: Ryan Culver

Now one of my most memorable video game experiences was playing the original NES at my friend’s house as a kid and working every night to beat Super Mario Bros. It was by far the most popular and t...

Gamer Profile: Cambria Edwards

I didn't have gaming consoles growing up, but my cousins did and I was over there all the time. Donkey Kong was one of the first games I ever played and I fell in love. Whenever a new console came out...

Gamer Profile: Ashly Burch

I really like games that are deceptively complex and that don't hold your hand at all. One of my favorite modern games is Spelunky, as a point of reference. Harvest Moon is actually incredibly nuanced...

Dominique Vial: Domsware

We were on our final "lycée" studies and we needed to prepare THE french exam named "baccalauréat". It's very important to make a big score to this exam because it's the passcard to university and H...

John Getty: Exato Game Studios

As an entrepreneur and gamer by nature, I always wanted to create video games. It started very early in middle school as I modded games like Starcraft and Command and Conquer: Red Alert, then dabbled ...

Gamer Profile: Joymasher

I think (Super Mario Bros 3) is a fantastic game running on a super limited hardware, a real miracle for that time....

Thais Weiller: JoyMasher

I just love beautiful well done 2D graphics and both of these games grab me at first because of that. I grew to love them, however, for very different reasons. I love the sense of solitude and utilita...

Eva Tran: Spacetime Studios

I really got into the art style and the accessible, modern setting of Earthbound. You hung out with jazz musicians, took the bus and had to call mom when you got homesick. It was a funny, well paced l...

Will Brierly: Soda Drinker Pro

I love both of these games for different reasons. Burgertime because I love the gameplay, and it's a game that I've consistently come back to since a little kid, I still can't get very far in it but ...

Axel Schmidt: GameDuell

Due to its unrivalled presentation, its compelling storyline, the unique races and characters and the enormous strategic gameplay depth and balancing StarCraft has continued to keep my fascination ali...

Standing the test of Time

For our panel the gang went over some questions featured on our Facebook page and then discussed games that stand the test of time. In other words, classic games that even over 30 years old are still ...

Gamer Profile: John A Pompa

I love all games. Both old and new, but the classic/retro ones, are the ones that appeal to me more. I'm a collector of game systems and computers. It seems the older I get, the farther I drift back...

Gamer Profile: Pamela Horton

I heard about it from my group of friends who had read articles on it back in 2009. The very first character I ever played was Janna. I was really good with her (or so I thought.) The second character...

Gamer Profile: Vincent Caso

It's one of the games I grew up with, and I was fortunate enough to be able to play it on the system that it was released for....

The Gamers of Origin PC

The fall of 1993 was when I really began paying attention to PC games when my uncle purchased DOOM for his PC, I was completely hooked on that game. Consoles introduced me to gaming the PC has kept me...

Gamer Profile: Amy Okuda

We didn't have one at home but my grandparents in San Francisco had one and when I was little I remember running into their house and that would be the first thing I'd turn on/play when I got there....

Gamer Profile: Jeff Lewis

It's my favorite game because, even though the graphics are quite awful, I love tanks and the multiplayer version is soooo fun with a couple friends especially when you have these weapon pick ups you ...

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Lance Eustache

Street Fighter II was literally my escape to game when I was a child. When I got crap from my parents I would head to the arcade and start playing. I also played my cousins in SF2 as a kid. I sometime...

Gamer Profile: Micheal Hogan

He told us about visiting his son in Toronto and asking him to get his phone to stop beeping, and when his son looked at his phone, he told his father, “You have 87 texts!” To which Hogan responde...

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Brian Cady

Brian Cady enjoys maintaining and restoring classic pinball and arcade games as much as he enjoys playing them. He was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural ...

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Eric R. Cummings

It’s an NES RPG by Capcom based on events that took place in Second Century China that first puts you in the shoes of Liu Bei, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei (The same guys from the ROTK and Dynasty Warriors...

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Rudy J. Ferretti

This game was the ONLY reason I rushed home from school each day to play the NES, I was intrigued by the colors, the originality and the secrets. I loved the idea of being a Vampire Hunter locked insi...

TGI Trading Card Profiles: Patrick Scott Patterson

Patrick Scott Patterson - After more than 30 years of playing video games, The OriginalPSP has moved into recording gaming history and helping push gaming culture and the people in it into pop culture...

Dylan Barker: Cadenza Interactive

Making games is hard, particularly for people who grew up immersed in gaming culture. Your first forays into development never live up to your standards, because despite having ideas about what makes...

Gamer Profile: Chris Getz

My friends had been requesting that I used the RBI Baseball theme song for years as my walk-up music, so I finally decided to give it a shot. So far it’s been a hit, the fans seem to like it. ...

Gamer Profile: Australian Retro Gamer

I'm partial to all types of gaming genres, but beat'em ups are pretty much at the top of the pile. Double Dragon was the first beat’em up to introduce two-player co-operative play. For this reason, ...

Nathan Bradford: Mr. Gravity

The controls are simple yet addicting, there is a lot to explore in such an early game including lots of secrets that I'm still discovering despite having played through the game nearly a dozen times....

Jeremy Heintz: DreamWorks Animation

Simplistic controls and challenging mazes - The Legend of Zelda challenges you in way that you don't see in current generation games. The labyrinths are long a boss fight are epic....

Casey Spencer: React Games

Each level was challenging and unique. Very rewarding when you finally beat it after hours of playing. The music for the game was awesome....

Andy Briggs: Pwned

This is a tough question, I could of gone with a few games that I loved growing up, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Mario Bros., Skate or Die and countless other ones, Tetris is just one of those games that I...

Greg Moore: Capcom

A great blend of fine-tuned action, adventure elements, and intense theatrics with a delightfully subversive twist on pre-established platform gaming norms....

Sabre: Frag Dolls

This was my very first Zelda game, and I feel in love with it as soon as I started playing it. I can remember taking turns playing the game with my dad, and we’d work together to beat the mini-bosse...

The Interview: Jace Hall

So I thought, here I am leaving the active game development industry to attempt to make movies and television shows in traditional Hollywood, while at the same time continuing to play games and hang o...

Aileen Bautista: Dinoroar Interactive

I played this game religiously when I was a kid on my PC. I loved the mystical feel of the game and any opportunity to upgrade my weapons was a given. I also enjoyed all the secret rooms and codes y...

Theodore Bergquist: Gamersgate

The depth of the game, the many endings, the spell creation system. Back then this was so complex and immersive and I spend many hours with that game as my best friend....

Henri Haimakainen: Colossal Order

It was something really cool compared to the single player games of the time. It also presented a different take on the multiplayer game mode since many games were about players taking turns to play t...

Lisa Haasbroek: Legacy Interactive

Remember in the original NES Metroid, when Samus took off her helmet and it turned out she was woman? It was totally jaw dropping at the time, since there were so few women game heroes in 1986, and I ...

Chris Stewart: Kerberos Productions

I remember Ultima 3 (my entry to theseries) calling to me constantly, with its vast, dangerous world to explore. Then explore again, just in case I missed digging something up on an island somewhere. ...

Frank Dolmans: VSTEP

Revolutionary, incredibly addictive, and manages to surprise and be fun even today. ...

Wes Paugh: Fusion Reactions

Everything about Perfect Dark felt streamlined and polished, with enough to do to keep me satisfied no matter what experience I craved. Throw in a phenomenal multiplayer and it's a formula that has ke...

Robert Muresan: Exosyphen studios

“I don’t try to make better games than the ones that exists. I come up with new game types that have never been created and played. Then I try to make them better than the first time”...

Carlos Eduardo Murrer Gomes: CEMG Apps

When I was a kid my father worked developing games for ATARI in Brasil and we had almost all ATARI Games. I started playing Kaboom! for Atari when I was 3 years old, we had also a different joystick f...

Rob Hewson : Dark Energy Digital

Micro Machines is one of those rare games which feels as fun today as it ever was - the simplicity of the concept and the top down visuals mean it really hasn't aged in the way something like Goldeney...

Alan Wild: Focus Multimedia Limited

What. A. Game. An RPG and a work of art that was way ahead of its time in terms of graphics, engine, combat and character interaction. I installed the crazy number of floppy disks it arrived on, one a...

Vern Jensen: ActionSoft

I felt like everything I had done programming was unworthy compared to what I was seeing on the screen. And, once I got to play the game, the gameplay certainly matched the special effects. Super Metr...

John “Loktofeit” Albano: CCP

Wizardry offers fun hack-n-slash CRPG gameplay with just the right mix of story, progression, risk and reward to keep me entertained even decades later. ...

Marcus Hswe: Tandem Learning

Once you reached a level of mastery (i.e. cheats), you could be Cameroon and win the World Cup. Plus, it was cheap entertainment until we broke the game. The graphics at the time were average but the ...

Misty Matonis: CCP

I’ve been a gamer ever since my mother brought home a classic Coleco Pong console when it was first released. We progressed to the Atari VCS and Colecovision, but my best gaming memories are when we...

Shaun Norton: Sandbox Strategies

This game blew my mind the first time I played it, which was via a demo disc in a gaming magazine. It was unlike anything I had played before, a remarkably polished game with an intricate story and in...

Mark van Diggelen: SkillPod Media

I have a lot of great game playing memories from the early to mid eighties. My best friend, Jose, my brother and I were absolute arcade games addicts and used to take our R1 (roughly Us$12 in today's ...

Nils-Holger Henning: Bigpoint

Need for Speed is one of the first 3D Racing games and even today this game makes a lot of fun. The sequel titles runs on different platforms like PocketPC´s and Playstation what makes this game a ve...

Curt Hartung: CCP

I spent over a year plumbing this game right after its release, on my apple //c, from start to finish, with no internet or cheat guides or outside help. The minimalist graphics and rich sandbox-like c...

Patrick Rene Posthuma Linthorst: Phure Studios

Games like Zelda; A Link to the Past and Super Metroid would always make me doubt about Ocarina of Time being my all-time favorite game ever, since they're really good games and come in as a close sec...

Robby Zinchak: Archive Games

There's something about that game that after you play it, you never forget it. I think it may have had the best story in all of games - witty, touching, and fantastical all at the same time. But it ...

Lincoln Davis: NCsoft

Contra was the first game I was able to complete without dying once. Super Spreads rocks!...

Jonathan Collins: MiniMonos

The best burger joint in town had three arcade units when I was a kid: Frogger, Space Invaders, and Donkey Kong (showing my age here). Frogger was seriously addictive, despite (or perhaps because of) ...

Janine Griffel: Bigpoint

I like this title because I always reach 9 points when I sing “Always on My Mind”. It is the best game to freeze up a lame party. ...

Páll Ívarsson: CCP

The main problem was that I didn't speak a word in English (being from Iceland) except a few words here and there and my mom claimed I wouldn't understand it. But I ignored her warnings, and I'm glad ...

Ted Brockwood: Kalypso Media USA

Yar's Revenge was fun because it had a very simple gameplay mechanic, and basically one enemy, but it just kept getting relentlessly harder the more you played, until it was so fast, it was almost imp...

Josh Austin: D3Publisher of America

Metroid for the NES was the first gaming experience I had that affected me. At the time, all the games were colorful with bright music and lots of character. Metroid was a faceless hero isolated in ...

Tyler Chester: Appular

I've always been into simulation games for a while now and it keeps me pretty busy. The Sims 1 for PS2 was really the first game that started my gaming habits. I had an original PS2, the "fatty" of t...

Jóhann Haukur Gunnarsson: CCP

For me this is the golden turn based strategy game. I still play it, even though I have finished this game so often I’ve long lost count of it. The suspense when you wait for your turn as the AI opp...

Mungo Amyatt-Leir: Flight 1

I quickly become hooked, walking 4 miles each way to school so that I could spend my bus (and lunch) money on this beast. My nightmares were punctuated by the appearance of that tiny saucer and hundre...

Claas Paletta: Daedalic Entertainment

Хорошо! - Ivan Dolvich: That's what Ivan, my favorite mercenary in the Jagged Alliance series, says when you direct him anywhere on the map. He speaks only Russian and is a tremendously good sho...

Michael Mota: DreamCatcher Games

“This is the game that got me hooked in the NHL franchise. It was fast paced, exciting, and I had a blast creating my own custom team. My favorite part of this game (and every NHL game after) was th...

Jeroen Talman: Games Factory Online

As a little kid I never owned a NES, but we had a Sega Master System II instead. This console had the game Alexx Kid in Miracle World build in. I spent so many hours playing this game as a 6-year old ...

Alasdair Evans: Laughing Jackal

It was the first game that really made me feel something emotionally and was just so well constructed that I still go back and play it today. It also has a maturity and an eeriness that few games of t...

Jay Boor: Konami

Herzog-Zwei is one of my all-time favorite titles for a number of reasons. It was the first-true real-time strategy game, and it debuted on the SEGA Genesis – it wasn’t even a PC title! At the tim...

David Knippenberg: WarFactory

Up to that point, I'd never played a game where the atmosphere was so tense. It seemed like every choice you made carried great weight, especially once the turn-based squad combat started. Make a wr...

Ned Coker: CCP

So many memories I’m not sure where to start, but there was just enough “Question mark” luck, strategy, diversity, taunting and “kingmaker” gameplay in it in battle mode to keep every match ...

Gabe Gonzales: MoneyPlum Media

It's such a beautifully built game that I want to see its environments everywhere, so I created Shadow Moses Island for L4D and L4D2. Surprisingly the map made it into the pages of PGGamer's top 10 L4...

Kelly Wheelis: Sumo Panda Games

I love GoldenEye for N64. It redefined the first-person shooter. Without it, there would be no Half-Life, no Halo, no Fallout, all of which I love so dearly. With tons of levels to play through, inclu...

Richard M. Holmes: Club V3

Simply a great game where you can slip into a different era and life from the comfort of your chair without unnecessary features. With each new version it gets better, whilst not destroying the simpli...

Gamer Profile: William D. Volk

I liked Choplifter (1981) on the Apple II because it had simple engaging play and you actually started to empathize with the little people on the ground. You WANTED to rescue them. ~William D. Volk...

Nadine Knobloch: bitComposer Games

“The brothers are history!” which was not only the slogan on the British box but also my personal battle call since I played this game for hours and hours with my brother, always competing in who...