Hi Jonathan! Nice to meet you.
It's nice hearing about a lot of shared/common history with you. I think Dan Hsu is really the only name from EGM I can really remember these days (was it because he was the one in charge or was it because everyone else talked about him or his Shoe stuff )
I preferred their sister-publication computer gaming world but I can't remember any of the editors/writers off the top of my head. Still wish I had all my issues of both though but they got binned a long time ago. .... O no now I'm tempted to scour the Internet to look for an archive/repository for both.
But like our friend rockshard said ... data is everywhere ... and time is limited.
I was just watching a Contra/NES speedrun the other day. Boy do those people make it look easy ... and when you watch one speedrun on youtube of course they'll recommend more for you to watch. it all started with Ninja Gaiden 2 recently ...
Goldeneye was probably the only FPS I ever really got into ... I'm not sure if its because of the controller setup or because it was actually that good of a game but of course I wouldn't play it nowadays. I just remember wanting to open up every secret weapon or level in that game and you needed to beat the missions in a certain time/etc.
Diablo 1 ... I remember playing a bit ... but come on it was kind of dreary and slow one thing that will turn me off a lot of games these days is color palette choices ... games that are too muddy (browns) or dark (shadows) ... I really don't want to stick through them. Two recent examples are Witcher 1 and Five Nights at Freddys Sister Location.
I'm playing more adventure games recently because I don't want to deal with shooting mechanics, time pressures, grind, etc. I'd rather get stuck on a puzzle (and then cheat when it takes too long)
That game of thrones telltale series I just beat ... was interesting. A lot of dialogue options and there was a pause button but I'm happy to say I didn't use it that much. Very forgiving combat system/autosaves too ... almost tempted to replay it but might just move on to another game.
I actually think me switching over to adventure games is a sign of old age or me conceding to old age ... because someone told me why old people play bingo ... cuz it's easy.