I’m Jeroen te Strake and the real instigator of the (still upcoming) madness, starting off with my “Hey, I have this idea…”
I’m a software developer, currently immersed in
web game development, who moved to London from the Netherlands. Fairly geeky, up to and including D&D. And I used to play Warhammer. And recently started on Magic the Gathering too. Oh dear.
I’m originally a PC gamer – mostly through the convenience of not having to get a seperate console, but the opportunities of going back to old games helps too (considering I’m still playing 10-15 year old games should say enough about that), as well as the expanded opportunities of modding and changing things.
In that sense, one of my fond memories of gaming is digging through the Thunderscape data files and finding several secret areas in there. Considering how there’s no real walkthroughs out there to help you find out, I actually did quite well…
Which leads me to one my genres. Thunderscape was my real introduction to Role-Playing games. While there were earlier ones I sort of played, and many better ones followed, it was the first I got addicted to and I’ve finished a few times. Still love that game, even though it’s not on the list.
Still, I remain an RPG fan, followed by adventures, strategy games and simulations. Baldur’s Gate 2 being a big favourite of mine, together with Planescape: Torment and the Icewind Dale series. I’ve lost countless hours to the Civilization games and Theme Park still makes me smile. Bioware rocks.
As mentioned above, as of early 2012 I’ve started software development in web games. A dream come true. I will try to stay impartial – don’t worry, our studio has no games on the list.
Favourite game ever: Baldur’s Gate 2
Favourite RPG: See above 😉
Favourite Adventure: Grim Fandango
Favourite Strategy game: Warcraft 3
Favourite ‘God Game’: Civilization 3
Favourite Action game: Lego Batman
Favourite FPS: Unreal
Favourite Platform game: New Super Mario Bros.
Favourite Sports Game: California Games (only one I’ve really played)
Favourite Fighting Game: Super Smash Bros Melee
Favourite Driving Game: The old monochrome game called ‘Grand Prix‘. Not that anyone remembers.
Worst Game: Leisure Suit Larry: Leisure Suit Larry Magna Cum Laude (A great way to ruin a much-loved series)
Missing developer: Troika
Missing Series: Gothic
Missing Game: King’s Quest, Space Quest, Police Quest, Quest for Glory, or any of the other Sierra adventures
Misrepresented series: Mega Man (about 40 games and you go for Mega Man 9?)
Overrepresented series: Final Fantasy (The opposite from the above)