Hi, my name is lambomang. Well, obviously that's not my real name
I'm an on and off contributor to Kotaku Australia (more off than on at the moment due to general business and life unorganisedness
, and I like games. Like, really like games.
What made me like games, I hear you ask? Well, it all started back when I was 3. My dad had the game Shockwave Assualt and a joystick, and I'd sit on his lap and move the joystick around while he used the keyboard. I don't think I was actually doing anything, because it was a 1 player game, but hey, I was having fun.
When I turned five my aunt gave me the kids point'n'click adventure game Freddi Fish: The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, which I enjoyed immensely and played quite a few times.
My mum used to be a teacher and she was homeschooling me and my siblings. She didn't really approve of video games, calling them brain wasting things. So, there always had to be an educational aspect to the games she would allow me to play. She bought me SimMania for Kids, which came with SimAnt, SimTown, SimSafari, SimPark, SimTunes and Widget Workshop. I played those quite a lot too, but I think SimTown was the one I played the most, because I didn't have to pay for any of the buildings and I could make my own characters to live in the towns. Some of the games didn't work, saying they needed to run in 256 colour mode, and I had no idea what that meant. It was around then that I started getting into computers seriously, learning how to do stuff with them, just so I could figure out how to play these games in 256 colour mode. I eventually did find out, and by then a spark had been light that wouldn't easily be put out.
Then one day I bought Sim City 3000 Unlimited, and it had an offer where you could get another game for free ($5 for postage and handling). And Need for Speed High Stakes was one of the games on offer. And Need for Speed High Stakes is the game I got. I had sooooo much fun playing it. I wasn't that good at it to start off with, but as I kept getting better and better, I enjoyed it more and more. I never finished it though, mostly just doing quick races instead of the campaign.
Racing games have been my most favourite game genre ever since then.
When I was older, I'd used to play all the demos on the discs from PC magazines, starting from around when Crysis was about to come out. I've spent quite a lot of time in some demos (specifically Crysis and Batman:AA) but didn't end up buying them until recently.
I've been studying a Bachelor of IT (Computer Studies) part time since I was 15, but will be transferring to a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment (Game Programming) next year, which will be fun :D I've been messing around with game making for about a year now, but I've only ever finished two games. I used Game Maker and Construct Classic for those games, but I have dabbled in XNA too.
I want to start up my own game studio, and want to have a focus on telling stories in games, as well as making them fun.