Tales of a Born Again Gamer

Yes I know. Ever since one’s younger years you say it won’t happen. Of course you will never stop gaming, never mind how much your parents nag about it or how demanding real life gets! But alas it does. Especially if you decide to further your studies after school. Where at school you spend your weekends mostly between friends, gaming and drinking, one goes to university and slowly your priorities morph and you find your time spent mostly between studying and um, socialising and then finally somewhere between March and December of your final year, it dulls down to mostly just studying and not much else. Somewhere along this path, I lost my way and my touch with my inner gamer. Having been quite a hardcore gamer a few years back. I did most of my gaming on my pc, being very anti console in the way fundamentalist are very anti-abortion.  I could remember spending hours with my friends just gaming the night away.  Of course the parallel of which followed, studying the night away, alone, just wasn’t the same. After reaching my post-graduate status and deciding my path of literary scholarship I had a revelation.

Something had to change.

Being on a student budget and knowing there was no way I could afford to build myself even a half decent pc from scratch… I decided on a small compromise and bought myself an abortion…

I mean a PS3.

And has since fallen in love with both it and my newly invigorated gaming self. My studying nerd has now compromised for my gaming geek and the battle for balance between adequate gaming and studying time, felt fresh once more.

Yes as the life-giving waters of the gaming world reinvigorated my sinful soul back to purity, I was born again in the great gamers image and was immediately struck with another revelation. I have one hell of a lot of catching up to do. Dwelling on my fondest memories of ages long past, I immediately bought with my PS3 a then brand spanking new copy Bethesda’s latest epic gaming experience, Skyrim. That was only the beginning since I have jammed, an abundance of excellent PS3 related games including a few old classics on my laptop such as Vampire the Masquerade, the Civilization series, Heroes of Might and Magic and even some Dota. Paying homage to some classics and just a few fun old games while at the same time trying to make up for lost years on a budget has been a reinvigorating and enjoyable process.

So you are probably wondering, where am I hence and where does this blog fit in? Currently being a “born again gamer” and having grown up in a fascinating time in gaming history( pre console, rise of console, rise of internet gaming, Pre- WOW blizzard…). I am interested in giving my take on things, comment, rant,  review a game or two, you have it. If anyone is interested in listening, be my guest, hopefully now and again I will say something useful or enjoyable. Secondly being in my post-graduate honours for English, I have stumbled on an interesting venture that I have never really thought of professionally before. That is the area of game writing. Or writing stories etc for games. Being an English student and a writer myself, I don’t know how I haven’t thought of this before. So all in all this blog will function as I have described above and with this I will try to give my humble contribution to the community and hobby that we all participate in and love.

I thank you sincerely for reading, I will post as time and inspiration allow me. Hope you enjoy’d the post and feel welcome to comment below on this or any future one’s.

My gaming Persona is -PsY- and I am also known as Wihan van Wyk.     Contact me on BornAgainGamer@gmail.com or add me on twitter @BornAgainGamer for any questions, ideas, potential posts or whatever! :D?

Game on!!


7 comments on “Tales of a Born Again Gamer

  1. Welcome back to the fold, friend! I’m definitely looking forward to Bioshock Infinite, now that Ken Levine is back at the helm 🙂

  2. Nice blog! I am currentlyworking deciding whether or not to get Risen 2 or Darksiders 2. I will let you know on Twitter my decision, once I build up cash of course!
    Keep Gaming!

  3. Thanks a lot! Personally I haven’t played Risen, but I will definitely be acquiring a copy of Darksiders 2 as soon as its released. Got about 2 months to save up :D.

  4. Ah, I remember my gaming gap during my university years. It was so good to get back to the fold. Looking forward to seeing more!

  5. Welcome, welcome, welcome!

    Love what I’ve read of your blog so far.

    My gaming gap was a pretty long one, from when I first started noticing how awesome girls were!

    This was from about the end of the Dreamcast’s lifespan till the recent rise of independently developed games roped me back in to the PC Gaming scene at least.
    I haven’t yet made the jump into a modern console actually!

    Anyway, this was a thought-provoking little intro to your blog, so thanks for that and I hope the lovely WordPress community has treated you well in your first couple of months or so here.

    I look forward to reading more!


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