My name is Allan David Muir, but what is a man without a passion? For me, it’s my joy of video games.
I don’t just play video games I spend as much time as I can finding information about the games whether it’s the story, of or behind the scenes, information on the developers, and more. When I was younger my favorite gaming related shows on TV and beyond were G4’s Icons which told the story behind the games or developers that are now two generations later household names such as NaughtyDog, BioWare, or Id Software. The second was the Electronic Playground hosted by Victor Lucas among others. They took game previews to a whole new level sometimes taking a comedic approach like Geoff Keighley covering Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2005) with someone from LucasArts while a battle between Rebels and Stormtroopers was happening. But that is a story for a different time or podcast. Moving on!
My first gaming experience was on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System playing the classic Lion King Disney game. From there I went from one game to another on the Super Nintendo. Games like Shaq-Fu, Mario Kart, Super Mario All-Stars, and Donkey Kong Country. As I got older I got into wrestling and played games for the Nintendo 64 such as Wrestlemania 2000, WWF No Mercy, WCW/NWO World Tour, and WCW Revenge. Some games were good (Super Mario 64), some were fantastic (Ocarina of Time), and downright bad that I still enjoyed (Yoshi’s Story). I eventually moved away from Nintendo platforms and chose the Xbox as my first-Non-Nintendo system. I played games that I fell in love with (KotOR, KotOR II TSL, Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy, and Battlefront) and games that were expected to be good (Halo, Halo 2, Half-Life 2, Doom 3, and Scarface: The World is Yours). In 2006 I finally got my hands on an Xbox 360 and I played different games ranging from Dead Rising to Project Gotham Racing 3 to Lost Planet to Saints Row. Two years later I eventually secured a PlayStation 3 and got into games such as Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet, and Killzone 2.
Now in the year of our lord 2017 I own an Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. I have Gears, I have Halo, I have Mario and Zelda. But I have been introduced to new Intellectual Properties such as Dying Light, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and seen classic series reborn into games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Colossus, and Bloodborne.
To quote Rutger Hauer from BladeRunner: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. [laughs] Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like [coughs] tears in rain.”