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#VIDEOGAMES


CIO: Are you all gamers? Erik: I started playing video games at an early age – when I was five or so – using my father’s PC and a Sega 8-bit console. I started playing Police Quest, by Sierra Online and learned English that way. I don’t have enough time to play all the great first person- shooter games I used to play 10 years ago, but I play a lot of video slots and occasionally NHL hockey. Annamaria: I used to play a few console games. World of War Craft and Call of Duty come to mind, however I do not have much time nowadays other than the occasional mobile gaming in between getting things done. Christopher: I’ve been an avid gamer since I was five years old. I started playing at home on the Atari 2600 and on my brother’s Colecovision back in the early to mid-eighties, and we had all the early classics including games such as Atlantis, Frogger, Space Invaders, and E.T. Not many people would remember Coleco, and they stopped making consoles in 1985, but they offered a closer experience to more powerful arcade game systems compared to competitors and it was a great introduction to video games. It hasn’t changed since the early days, and I’m still very much immersed in all forms of new content both across consoles and mobile. Much to my wife’s dismay, I regularly play every day for around two hours when I get home from work. It’s both a way of keeping up one of my hobbies and of de-stressing. It’s something I really enjoy doing in my downtime. David: I’m more into arcade type games. I really like watching players on Twitch. Geoff: I’ve been playing video games since I can remember. My earliest memory of gaming was watching my dad play Elite on the Commodore 64. Mark: For as long as I can remember. I’ve been interested in and played video games ever since the old days of the Spectrum and cassette-based gaming. I then moved onto the Gameboy which I loved and played Tetris all the time. After that games and game technology developed rapidly into the heyday of consoles and I always bought the latest version as soon as they came out.


CIO: Any key first experiences? Annamaria: That would have to be the Commodore Amiga 500. It’s crazy when you think how far videogames have come since then. I could never say I was a gamer. Growing up in Malta in the 80s, videogame consoles were not as easily available and affordable as they may be today. We never had one at home, so any play took place in video arcades or at the odd friend’s house.


Christopher: As soon as the first Nintendo consoles came out, I got into games such as Super Mario Bros and Zelda. I then rapidly moved to playing Super Nintendo and TurboGrafx-16. Next was a friend’s PlayStation followed by the first original Xbox games, and then went on to play PC games such as Fallout. I then got back into console games with the Xbox 360 and PS3. Today I play Xbox One and mobile games. I started playing mobile games as soon as they became popular on the iPhone. I still follow the mobile market very closely and play the latest mobile content. I’m currently playing Assassins Creed Rebellion.


CIO: Favourite games ever? Geoff: My all-time favourite has got to be Prince of Persia: Sands of Time because of how it weaves its story around the game mechanics. These days, though, my time is understandably more limited, so I tend to stick with shorter gaming experiences. I break out my VR headset every now and again: Tetris Effect has been getting a lot of play recently! And I love my Nintendo Switch, which lets me play proper games outside the house and on the go. David: Overwatch Annamaria: Without a doubt that would be the original 1980s Legend of Zelda.


Video games have gamification features within them however we are yet to see this really come through in slots other than a few examples” – MARK CLAXTON


CIO MAY 2019 81


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