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The Beginning…

by on Jun.11, 2009, under Asheron's Calls Chronicle

Flashback 1997

The game that I stumbled upon that started it all was Heavy Gear by Activision. Most people will at least have heard of the more well known Battletech and MechWarrior series. Prior to my discovery of Heavy Gear, I have played the many single player version of the MechWarrior PC games. But it soon got boring as the game scenarios were pretty much preplanned and scripted.


So one faithful evening, I decided to download a free beta trail of Heavy Gear II by Activision. And what an eye opener it was, I soon discovered there were actually a whole new level of social interactions that can be found over this exciting new gaming venue.  Gamers are no longer measuring their play skills against the speed of their CPUs but to each other. Enemies and comrades on the screen are no longer just bits inside a memory chip but a real human being at the other end complete with all the idiosyncracy of an individual.  This was just irresistible;  Finally, there’s a friend that’s worthy to die for and conversely a foe that you were happy to dispatch off without a second thought nor the consequence that would surely follow in real life.


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