Well I guess you could say I'm the old guy of the of the group. My home gaming days started around 1975 with Atari's Home Pong console. By then I already had an addiction to video arcades, no not the Adult kind you jack off in, that wasn't until later, the game kind that ate up so many of my quarters. From Pinball to Dragon's Lair and everything in between, I was hooked. Of course It didn't help that a family acquaintance was the manager of a ShowBiz pizza, (Chuck E. Cheese) here in Minnesota. He would hand me a big bag of tokens and I was there from open till close. There were also the handheld games like Electronic Baseball / Football by Mattel, Merlin by Parker Brothers and does anyone remember Blip by Tomy? I was captivated by anything electronic in gaming. When the Atari 2600 came out, it was insane! To be able to play a lot of the games that used to devour my quarters, in my own home? Holy shit, it was it's own phenomena, the World of Warcraft of the 1970's, if I could be so bold to make the comparison. I moved on to a Commodore 64 and ultimately a 386. By 1994 another online PC gamer was born!
Today I'm a married late 40's business professional. I work for a company, where my primary function is finance manager. I've acquired many other responsibilities there with my technical background, such as IT and network administration. I first met Lostboysinc working for this company. He and I played a ton of Doom, Halo CE, Half-Life and CSS together online. We were the first ones to discover, "you run faster with a knife!" Now "everyone knows you run faster with a knife!" We had a lot of good times. One day he tells me I have to go down and check out this bitchin computer shop he's been hanging out at, DC Computer Mods & Gaming. It was a Mecca full of cutting edge cases, hardware components and accessories for PC's. That is where I met the proprietor, Amithus. I remember thinking while he was showing me around, what an easy going gentle giant this guy was. That is until some of his patrons started getting unruly in the gaming console room, where he swiftly asserted his admin authority backed by Lostboysinc, before things could get too far out of hand. I knew I was at home there. Not long after, Amithus and Lostboysinc made me a resident admin as well.
We were hosting small LAN parties in conjunction with the console game room that was behind the storefront. We spent many nights at the store after hours fixing, modding, gaming and sometimes blowing shit up! Lostboysinc eventually quit where we both worked and went to work for Amithus at DC. Soon after, Amithus stepped into an opportunity to take over and lease the building space next door. It was a grocery store that had been converted into a special needs like daycare center. The thing that was unique about it was it had observation booths with two-way mirrors installed. One was was high up, kind of like box seating at a ball game, only nobody could see in. Fucking perfect admin booth setup! You could oversee the whole main floor from there. We went on to building one of the largest and most successful LAN centers in Minnesota. Complete with DJ'd sound, laser and black lighting, fog machines and masseuses, you know, for those long hours spent in competition rounds. Eventually costs and overhead got higher and internet speeds got faster, thus making it it tough to sustain a LAN center, but let me tell ya, those were the days man, those were the days.
After over a decade, we have remained good friends and have made many more. We have a good core group of folks here. Our newest two admins Kayesser and ElvisLover250 are fantastic additions to our group. Amithus told me a while back, he wished we had this up 15 or 20 years ago, to document what we have done and where we have come from. Well I think we kind of did, we're just pulling it out of our own memory banks for recollection, which to me, re-telling the stories might even be better.