My parents were rather busy people for having raised 4 children. When they were busy... I played a ton of video games by myself.
When I first got my very first, personal computer, I believe I was 11 years old.
It was also quite an entry to the World Wide Web. Oh look, free games! How fun.
Miniclip, Mofozone, and Kongregate (Level 20) are all fantastic examples.
DUI, Stonny, tower defence games...
At the age of 12, my older sister wanted me to play with her, so she dragged me into Maple Story. I believe my later characters were level 80? Or 120? Who knows! Lost that account so long ago...
Ragnarök Online (private server)
Oh. My. God.
Around the same time with Maple Story, I was dragged to XileRO, a private RO instance with 1000x experience rates. Grinding was already so tiresome anyway for my poor teen brain.
I'll glance this one over. Lots of good things happened, but one day, at the age of 14, someone told me after the Half-Life 2 Deathmatch ATi Promo (ATi was bought by AMD and merged).
This is where things started getting real interesting. By having a Steam account, I'd have so much more, so let's do a small list!
Significant games with year bought in parentheses:
- Half-Life 2 Deathmatch (2009): I used to get into those construction/sandbox ones... It was so silly it was fun.
- Team Fortress 2 (2009): First paid game. 728 hours.
- Half-Life 2 (2009): Amazing even to this day.
- Garry's Mod (2009): Loved toying in single-player. 977 hours.
- Killing Floor (2009): Mindless killing. 694 hours.