I'm from the Emerald City (Seattle)! Your introduction post is simply beyond exceptional... well, kindred spirits is all I can say.
Thanks for sharing.
If it's any consolation, Sir_Lucas created an account here, too (!?!), which is a huge honor in itself.
My wife doesn't quite understand my obsessions entirely (C64/Amiga, games in general, or VW Wesfalias), but she tolerates my presence and that's true love in my book.
If any of you happen to have a Westy, look out! I'll eat your time away with endless posts about upgrades and what not and we'll have to take it to PM-land, and suddenly I'd need to change the entire site to WestyLove or some such.
Here's the thing: these gaming and computing machines have always been a huge part of my life, but have also become a part of my identity. When I fire up Eye of the Beholder, or Populous 2, or even Final Fantasy III on the SNES (viewed on my Commodore 1702 monitor, natch) it builds a strong connection to my past and, with my son at my side, I can see him relive the wonders I felt back then in real-time. My kids aren't jaded with 1st-persion Xbox experiences (yet) in insanely realistic 3D graphics. They are
sophisticated iOS users, to some degree, for their age group. But to still be scared of an 8-bit 2-headed monster in a dungeon crawler is a crazy awesome thing to witness and feel again. To see the frustration my boy (7 in June) experiences when we fire up Super Star Wars is a sight to behold (it's hard!). And, I totally get it. But when we get to level 13, holy crap. The whole family has to hang on a second - we're busy and have work to do.
For what its worth, in Populous he simply can't wait to grow or reduce mounds of earth. It's his isometric version of Minecraft, I suppose. He seems to enjoy it all just as much, even though he's usually watching me build and destroy (such a mean game!) and the way to meet your overall objective is a bit over his head at times. It doesn't matter, though.
TenLeftFingers you have an advantage over me in that you got an A600 at some stage in your youth. I bought into the Amiga more recently in life, as I think you know, as it was one of the few platforms I never had yet always fantasized about. Like you, I never subscribed to magazines when I was a kid and had my C64, but every so often I'd have enough money saved up for some mag to enhance my obsession with pixels. I got $1/week and I lived next to a dollar-movie theatre. Needless to say I saw Flash Gordon 13 weeks in a row.... I also got about 1/2 way through Elephant Man. I thought it was a superhero movie of some sort when I bought my ticket. I left in tears!
In any case, there were countless times I read, and re-read, about games and programs I really wanted yet couldn't afford - and so many times the screenshots were for the Amiga. Well, those days continue but now my economic (and technological, and intellectual) accessibility has changed. These days its more about prioritizing everything. And as I learn how to navigate this flawed yet beautifully elegant platform, I am trying to leave what I discover (30 years after the fact) along the way here.
Thanks for joining,TLF; it's great to share these experiences with you here and on your site
Also outside Amiga: I live in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest (USA), which is hard to beat. I've lived in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Singapore... and I think Seattle is finally the place I'm going to stay. I've been here for 5 years and I love it. We use our Westy for camping out in new gorgeous locations every summer, at least 3 times each summer. Anyway, I won't bore you with all that. But before my daughter was born, I was a pescatarian for 17 years. When she was about 18 months old, I saw that she was starting to mimic me at the dinner table and, out of ignorance and panic, I added fowl (chicken to be precise, but turkey on occasion) to ensure she was getting a sufficient protein intake. To this day I still eliminate mammals from my plate. I don't forbid my kids - that's their choice to make, if ever. But we can at least eat most meals together as a family with this change I made, which feels right at this stage.
Later this month I'll introduce them to Civilization (non-AGA) to completely blow their precious minds. When things get too convoluted, I can always fire up Syndicate or Shadowrun (SNES), which we've already finished together once. Good times.