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This topic contains 54 replies, has 23 voices, and was last updated by  ian_hannigan 12 years, 5 months ago.

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  • #4345

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    What is the geekiest game related thing you have ever done?

    To get the ball rolling:

    – I imported an arcade machine from the UK to Dublin (uninsured too)
    – I imported a DVD player from the US cause it had a NUON chip inside it, just so I could play one game (Tempest3000)
    – I was playing Team Fortress Classic when the millenium struck.

    Post some of yours!

    :)

  • #22989

    Nooptical
    Participant

    I was playing Team Fortress Classic when the millenium struck. [/quote:4462411568]

    Dear God…….. :p

    Can’t think of anything geeky I’ve done in relation to games. I’ve never imported a game or machine, never queued before a games release or done anything ‘crazy’ in relation to games…….

    Not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing……..actually I think its a good thing. ;)

  • #22990

    Max Marshall
    Participant

    I signed up to gamedevelopers.ie…

  • #22994

    omen
    Participant

    I think I pre-ordered a game once….

  • #22995

    Idora
    Participant

    nothing too geeky… took a day off from work to finish Max Payne

  • #22998

    Pete
    Participant

    I bought the 4mb expansion pack for the N64 so I could play Turok 2 in high res. I used to watch “Bad Influence” on ITV religiously. I had a pair of blue dungarees like Luigi’s. I once spent 6 hours typing basic on my C64 to hear it beep out the first line of “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”. Speaking of the C64, I once left it on for a full week while we went on holiday, cos I didn’t want to lose my progress in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and I once pistol whipped my mate with my lightgun.

  • #23001

    gizmo
    Participant

    … and I once pistol whipped my mate with my lightgun.[/quote:47086d3427]
    Shortlist for the winner… :lol:

    *thinks of his own moments*

  • #23004

    Nooptical
    Participant

    I had a pair of blue dungarees like Luigi’s[/quote:47bc8d3f53]

    Ladies and gentlemen we have a winner!

  • #23005

    gizmo
    Participant

    Pfft…Luigi is only second rate.. If he had RED dungaress like Mario then he’d win! :lol:

  • #23006

    peter_b
    Participant

    imported a psp and pre-ordered doom3 (although it was the day before its release, so probably not too bad.)
    still feel dirty though..

  • #23007

    RonanHayes
    Participant
  • #23009

    Paul_Conway
    Participant

    Although maybe not entirely fitting into the “Geeky” category, i think it deserves a mention anyways,

    When I was 11 years old, my christmas present was a SNES and The Legend Of Zelda. Now my parents didnt know i knew about Santa, and they kept on playing on about will he or wont he bring something nice this year..
    But sneeky little me knew not only that Santa wasnt real (sorry to all those believers) but that I also knew where they had hidden the presents.

    So one afternoon, i went up into the attic with a bag and opened the Snes box and dumped the console and Zelda into my school bag. I then snuck out of the house and ran over to my friends house who lived a few doors down. His big sister was minding him so she had no idea! :O We sat and played Zelda for about 6 hours straight. And if that wsant good enough, i did it again a few days later.

    To this day i dont think they know, so i really hope they dont take an interest in game development.. Also i had to put on some act on christmas morning, faking my excitement. Il never forget it!

  • #23011

    maniacrobot
    Participant

    Wired a set of 240w 6×9 car stereo speakers into my hifi, then connected it to my xbox and played halo at almost full blast, the whole room was vibrating, was awesome.
    Bid on ebay for a cradle for the palm III just so I could transfer and play breakout.
    Modified farcry so that the player model was the great white shark, sad I know.
    Fixed a broken atari lynx just to play electrocop once and then never again.

  • #23012

    Skyclad
    Participant

    I’ve travelled to Australia and Japan to play with silly little pieces of cardboard.

    At a 72 hour lan I fell asleep and apparently kept playing until I slid off my chair. Woke up and wondered why my mouse hand was still twitching and how I had managed to get underneath my computer. (went back to playing straight away of course).

    I’ve never pre ordered anything, though i have had wrestling matches with my brother to see who could play with the game-gear for the next hour.

    I’m sure there are plenty more…

    Dave

  • #23015

    Ronny
    Participant

    Nothing special for me. One thing that comes to mind is that I used to take the day off school and get up at 6:30 on the release of a great game then walk all the way into Belfast to get it. Of course those days have passed. Now I usually wait until the weekend and take a bus into town.

  • #23017

    gizmo
    Participant

    Hrm…nothing too outrageous but here goes…

    ALWAYS watched Bad Influence when I was younger.
    Bought another C64 joystick and spray painted it gold so I’d have a Golden Joystick just like the one on GamesMaster.
    Used to stay up until 2:30 in teh morning JUST to watch BITS on Channel 4.
    Had Nintendo wallpaper and everything else in my room as a kid.
    Got Half-Life on the day of release in the States but when my relations got caught by customs bringing it into the country I paid the tax and fine rather than loose it…
    Have a load of Game related T-shirts.
    Just blew my entire first paycheck and half of my next one on my new uber PC and a load of new and old games.
    I’ve done the “fall asleep at your computer playing at a LAN” on two occasions and numourous times at home.
    Played through System Shock 2 again, straight after I’d finished it for the first time, wearing headphones “just to see what it was like”.

    …probably more to come as I think of it… :D

  • #23023

    Darksaviour69
    Participant
  • #23028

    swisslad
    Participant

    Whenever I’m inking a picture and make a mistake… I have the reflex of subconsciously looking for the ctrl-z move with my left hand..

    Not so much of geek “game” moment… I don’t like to admit mine. :?

  • #23029

    Darksaviour69
    Participant

    Whenever I’m inking a picture and make a mistake… I have the reflex of subconsciously looking for the ctrl-z move with my left hand..
    [/quote:7e14b70173]

    i do that with everthing in my life, e.g. i knock over a glass…edit/undo. i think everone who works with computers does

  • #23030

    stevec_havok
    Participant

    Played paintball with the members of the Zzap64! team (as well as others from the game industry). I was on Julian Rignall’s team.

    Helped GTW site to un-earth and distribute my unreleased c64 game

    Remixed old classic C64 tunes in my music studio

    … so sad.

    Steve

  • #23031

    Stephen
    Participant

    Played paintball with the members of the Zzap64! team (as well as others from the game industry). I was on Julian Rignall’s team.

    Helped GTW site to un-earth and distribute my unreleased c64 game

    Remixed old classic C64 tunes in my music studio

    … so sad.

    Steve[/quote:0e8ff64649]

    And lectured 3D4 for a while, you were propagating the geekiness Steve!

    Personally, my geekiest moment was at the Halo 2 launch party here in London, which I won tickets for (I didn’t buy them, honest) and spent most of the night talking to a very excitably Live “community manager” about how super cool Xbox is, and how nerdy PS2 owners are. Also, we said “dude” a lot.

    You probably don’t realise just how bad this was until you consider the fact that this was valuable time I could have spent drinking no short supply of free booze and chatting up the models who were serving finger food :shock:

  • #23032

    ian_hannigan
    Participant
  • #23033

    omen
    Participant

    Good job the shop didn’t open at midnight or you might have been there then.

  • #23037

    gizmo
    Participant

    New Harry Potter anyone?

    :roll:

  • #23044

    Idora
    Participant

    well, if we’re extending the geekiness beyond games…. I did teach myself PERL for fun… and I’m probably not alone in typing in game code from mags as a kid into a C64 and a Speccie

  • #23045

    gizmo
    Participant

    Ah C64 moments…waiting for those bloody tapes to load…

    5mins waiting for Ed The Duck to lad only for it to crash suddenly.. :evil:

  • #23046

    Malward
    Participant

    speaking of old tape loading days,

    anyone remember doing anyold traditions to try to get dodgy cassetes to load.

    I remember on my speccy holding the play button down everytime i loaded the great escape, then if i got a load the machine stayed on for days

  • #23047

    stevec_havok
    Participant

    speaking of old tape loading days, anyone remember doing anyold traditions to try to get dodgy cassetes to load. I remember on my speccy holding the play button down everytime i loaded the great escape, then if i got a load the machine stayed on for days[/quote:af8108dd69]

    I usually had the C64 tape as far away from the C64 as possible and usually covered it with a coat after having twiddled with the azimuth alignment and findind a good spot by “reading” the fastloader border color lines – which eventually you could just read and know which patterns meant you were getting good alignment. Then there was the ram pack for my ZX81 which would only work with a glass of ice sitting on it (over heating problem).

    Steve

  • #23048

    gizmo
    Participant

    Shaking the tape deck used to restart mine if it got stuck. Outside that it was just plain allround tape dodgyness most of the time. I had my staple of cartridge games though – Freddys Fiendish Circus, Robocop, Batman…
    :D

  • #23049

    stevec_havok
    Participant

    OK, I really hesitated to post this – but what the hell… in the spirit of geekdom:

    http://gtw64.retro-net.de/Interviews/scollins.htm

    Steve

  • #23055

    Nooptical
    Participant

    I bow down to your geekiness…… :D

    Speaking of geekiness, if anyone is a reader of http://www.aintitcoolnews.com then you may have noticed the piece about one of the ‘Aintitcool’ guys, “Moriarty”, naming his new baby boy……..wait, for it:

    Toshiro Lucas McWeeney

    Toshiro after legendary Japanese thesp, Toshiro Mifune. And Lucas after…..you know.

  • #23056

    Max Marshall
    Participant

    I was getting laid once, and cried out Max Payne…

  • #23058

    omen
    Participant

    Toshiro after legendary Japanese thesp, Toshiro Mifune. And Lucas after…..you know.[/quote:636774b3ac]
    But where the hell did he get the McWeeney!

  • #23062

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Haha….McWeeney is his real name apparently. As someone pointed out it wouldn’t matter what first name he gave the kid, with a second name like that he was due a life of schoolyard torture anyway! ;)

  • #23063

    ian_hannigan
    Participant

    An inspired thread kyotokid! ;)

  • #23064

    boadle
    Participant

    When I was 10 years old, my family had a ‘Vectrex’:

    http://images.google.ie/images?q=tbn:eiqMaGdK7cIJ:members.aol.com/CompHist/vectrex.jpg

    One day, my dad collected a load of cardboard boxes, and assembled a structure (using masking tape) which entirely enclosed the unit and the top half of the player in a darkened environment. He then spraypainted the appendage black.

    The immersive effect, for a young kid like me, was mindblowing, and although he may not be credited with inventing ‘virtual reality’, I have to think that he is in some way responsible for my gaming passion….

    Last year, whilst playing TOCA racer with Steering Wheel and pedals, I dressed up my friend (who is also 30 years old), in washing up gloves, a motorcycle helmet, a balaclava, headphones, and a workmans jumpsuit, strapping him to the chair with a pair of braces. Although the claustrophobia greatly enhanced the immersion of his Formula 1 experience, he nearly passed out due to the heat. Oh, and he got really snotty when I took a photograph and showed his mates :)

    L.

  • #23066

    Darksaviour69
    Participant

    I was getting laid once, and cried out Max Payne…[/quote:862038e87b]

    i think that just makes u gay….. :wink:

  • #23067

    peter_b
    Participant

    actual got one.

    built a light gun for the atari xe 65 wrote the drivers, when it had none..

  • #23073

    Idora
    Participant

    god, all this talk of loading from tapes, Speccies and C64s makes some of us sound like old codgers!

    first RSI… mine was when my right hand froze up for 2 days after a marathon Pac Man session on the Atari 2600

  • #23074

    gizmo
    Participant

    Same problem. Different system. Flimbo’s Quest on the C64, god I loved taht game! :D

  • #23084

    Woody FX
    Participant

    I carry a knife when i run so i move faster! :p

  • #23085

    swisslad
    Participant
  • #23086

    gizmo
    Participant

    I carry a knife when i run so i move faster! :p[/quote:641c766e0e]
    I HOPE you mean in Counter-Strike! :D

  • #23087

    Max Marshall
    Participant
  • #23090

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Is that why Max Payne has that look of…..erm…..anguish, on his face all the time?

  • #23099

    Paul_Conway
    Participant

    I once left it on for a full week while we went on holiday, cos I didn’t want to lose my progress in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”[/quote:ae0908acea]

    OMG Pete, your not the only one!! I was about to save Michaelangelo when i had jump in the car to go away for 2 weeks to France!I turned the TV off so my parents wouldnt notice :P

    I spent 4 straight days, typing out the ENTIRE code to Grannies Garden 2 on the C64.. I got the book from the library and it was like 12 pages long. I didnt take a break for 4 days, but when i did, it was to ask my 20+ yr old cousin to finish typing the last page. I woke up the next morning to find out that after she had compiled it, it had 4 errors, and somehow instead of going back to fix the errors, she wiped the whole thing.. Grrr. I dont even know why i cared so much. i had the game on tape anyway, i just wanted to make it myself.. :P

  • #23103

    lk_
    Participant

    Last year, whilst playing TOCA racer with Steering Wheel and pedals, I dressed up my friend (who is also 30 years old), in washing up gloves, a motorcycle helmet, a balaclava, headphones, and a workmans jumpsuit, strapping him to the chair with a pair of braces. Although the claustrophobia greatly enhanced the immersion of his Formula 1 experience, he nearly passed out due to the heat. Oh, and he got really snotty when I took a photograph and showed his mates :)
    [/quote:385baee377]

    lol, it’s not your fault he let you do it.

  • #23106

    Max Marshall
    Participant

    Is that why Max Payne has that look of…..erm…..anguish, on his face all the time?[/quote:a3d4b58f87]

    Eh No, he has that look on his face because his wife and baby were brutally murdered…

  • #23118

    Idora
    Participant
  • #23165

    eighthnemesis
    Participant

    I decided to finish MGS2 in a night, having had no sleep the night before due to studying for my leaving, the next day i kept finding my self sneaking around the house,

    or after an unearthly quantity of C&C playing i found myself trying to drag box people who were in my way.

    I think i should try to sleep a little more often

  • #23166

    Darksaviour69
    Participant

    after playing saturn bomberman for too long i was called down for dinner(a few years ago) my mum put a scoop of potatos on my plate, and for a second i thought “ok, must move away before it gos off”….

  • #23171

    Nooptical
    Participant

    Eh No, he has that look on his face because his wife and baby were brutally murdered…
    [/quote:3fddf948ed]

    Yeah, yeah….you keep telling yourself that…..

  • #23176

    ian_hannigan
    Participant

    Max Marshall has taken an obviously well needed holiday! ;)

  • #23179

    Skyclad
    Participant

    Cmon Ian, what are your geek moments?

  • #23182

    ian_hannigan
    Participant

    Queuing for GTA is as geeky as it has ever got….. honest….Wha?

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