11/06/2018

๐Ÿ’พ Matilda Talks 80's Choplifter, Big Box PC Games and Mrs Ball's Chutney - Video Games Memories ๐Ÿ’พ @Bhaal_Spawn #Retrogaming #BigBoxGames

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Here are some more awesome video games memories from one of our fave Twitter peeps.

Today is the turn of Matilda aka @Bhaal_Spawn aka ☀️ ๐ŸŒธ idspispopd  ๐Ÿฅ€ aka Tilly

Tilly loves PC gaming and especially those beautiful MS-DOS games that I am prone to retweeting screenshots of when I fall down a Twitter screenshot rabbit hole...

Let's get to know the MS-DOS gaming, Big Box loving Matilda with a few questions, you know the drill, so here goes...


What's your earliest video gaming memory?
I remember being on a P&O ferry (don't ask me how I remember it was P&O) going from Dover to Calais. I was about 6 or so and was walking past the arcade area. The lights sparkled, and the sound effects drew me inwards. 

I must have seen games before, perhaps at my uncle’s house, as my cousins had Game and Watches, a Simon Says and some sort of omnipotent wall-sized projector Space Invaders thing. I was instantly drawn to the area and stood upon my tip-toes to look up at the looming arcade machines.

I remember fixating upon the game Choplifter – I didn’t know the name of the game at the time but have since worked out that that was what it was called. Choplifter was a side-scrolling helicopter game where you ferry POWs from the enemy base on the right of the map to your home on the left. A 1980’s man (it was the 1980’s) was playing the game and I wanted him to get lost so I could have a go. I was whispering to my dad that I would play it better than him. I mean, he wasn’t even shooting the POWs!

The man overheard me talking to my dad and offered to pay for my game on the machine. My immediate response was a sensible, “I don’t talk to strangers.” But my dad reassured me it was ok and lifted me up to stand on his feet so I could play. Obviously, I sucked. And, most disappointingly, shooting the POWs you were supposed to rescue, was impossible.

What was the first video game console or computer that you owned?
I first played computer games regularly on my friend’s Atari ST. I begged my dad for one of those, but he wasn’t interested. I knew he was in the market for a computer and hoped he would get what I wanted. Usually, it worked that way (and I’m not proud of that), but on this occasion, he went with his instincts and bought a PC. An ex-display model Amstrad 2086, with an Intel 086 processor, running at 8Mhz. It boasted 640kb RAM and a 32 Mb hard drive. At age 10, it was my baby.

How did you get into the retro gaming scene on Twitter?
Hmm… I’m not sure. It wasn’t intentional. I left Facebook after picking up a stalker and felt like I wanted to harass the famous and impart some snark into the digital void. I joined Twitter in February 2017. I don’t remember how, but I came across the lovely account of @Dancingcrab (shout out!). He posts about big box PC games, and of course, I was instantly attracted to that. I then went back to my mum’s house to find my own games to share… the rest is history.

What's your favourite video game of all time?
DOOM. You know; you can talk about graphics, sound, set pieces and such. But some games just have pure gameplay which doesn’t age. I’m’ talking about the Tetris, Sonics, Marios of this world… games like Chess even; games where it doesn’t matter how they look, it’s the mechanics which haven’t aged. Doom falls into that category. It’s a perfect experience.

What's your favourite console or computer of all time?
I know I’m in the minority in this community, but I’m a PC gamer. I’ve got to say the PC; MS-Dos games to be precise. But I’m not a purist… there's a lot of modern conveniences I wouldn’t sacrifice now to have Dos games and their foibles be the norm again. Auto-mapping save points and such. But, of its time, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed gaming as much as the 90’s MS-Dos gaming scene, before or since!

What's your favourite arcade game of all time?
I never actually got to play arcade games much I’m afraid! I’m a shy retiring type, believe it or not, and spent most of my free time at home or round a friend’s house rather than out and about. I played a little bit of Joe and Mac (Caveman Ninja) after badminton in the 90’s. That was fun!

What's your favourite sandwich?

Before I was a vegetarian I’d say Ham and Mayo with a sprinkle of pepper. But I am vegetarian now, so I consider everyone who isn’t one too to be inherently evil (I’m kidding). Now, its cheese with Mrs Balls’ chutney.

What's your favourite cuisine?
Chinese food!!!

What's your favourite alcoholic drink?
Despite how it might come across on Twitter, I’m not actually a big drinker. 

But… I do enjoy red wine. Also Baileys’.

Which current generation video games do you play?
Don’t get me started on Red Dead Redemption 2 not being available on the PC. PC gaming may place me into an ivory tower from which I look down upon the rest of you peasants and laugh (wink wink)… but I can’t hide the slightly unsavoury smell in the corner, which is the lack of some awesome console exclusives. 

It took about 100 years for GTA V to come to the PC for goodness sake! But… I digress. 

At the moment, I’m playing Dishonored 2 and the Witcher 3 primarily.

Who's your fave person to follow on Twitter?
So many. I’m going to offend a lot of people if I give a favourite!! 
Oh sod it, I am a @DarkBlueMonkey fan. But also @Dosnostalgic for the MS-Dos goodies.

What's your favourite video game genre?
Probably RPGs. I like the sense of escapism they provide. Role Play Games are the genre which lets you escape from the humdrum of ‘the real’ most effectively, in my experience.

If you were a console, which one would you be and why?
I once had a marketing person come round my house and ask me a similar question about cheese! Which cheese would I be and why? 

Which of the following cheeses would be the life and soul of the party. Hmmm. 

I reckon a PS3. Old, past it, but still with some fun left in it!

Can you recommend a good retro gaming shop?
All my old games were bought upon release! I have a library of MS-Dos games but they are relics of my childhood. I love to play old games on the SNES or Megadrive which I missed when I was young, but I emulate them. Saying that I’ve bought some stuff from eBay. It gets a bad rep… you know… due to the evil. But if you keep your eyes open, you can get a bargain.

If you were going to do a Cosplay tomorrow, what would it be and why?

Ok, if I was going to Cosplay, and assuming it was games related, I’d probably choose Imoen, from Baldur’s Gate. 

I’ve been compared by friends to Imoen in terms of temperament. Considering she’s known to be one of the most annoying NPC/companions in video game history, I’m not quite sure how to take that!!

We love the awesome art that you post on Twitter, can you tell us where we can buy some of your amazing work?
Thank you!! That’s very kind. Actually, I do have a shop where I sell prints. 

I work for a small number of posh clients in the South East predominantly, drawing things which are sadly not gaming related. But on the rare occasion, I get to do fun stuff, I put up a print in my shop. 

You can find postcards, greetings cards and other stuff with a sci-fi, fantasy and retro gaming theme. Enjoy!
www.etsy.com/shop/YavinPaints"

"STAY FROSTY!"