9 PC and Video Games That Defined My Childhood



Disclaimer: I am not a gamer. I never owned a gaming console. The first PC in our house was communal property and all cousins took turns using it. I did get my own translucent pink Gameboy Advance. And a PSP.


I was into simulation games of building this and that. Looking back I think that was my minimalist way of playing legos. Legos are a feet hazard and the tiniest most important parts are always the first to go missing. Worst of all, setup and cleanup eats up precious game time. With simulation games, you can go crazy! When you’re done all you have to do is click X. But don’t forget to save! This is the best thing my elementary computer teacher taught me that I still remember up to this day.


Now these are the games that defined my childhood:


  1.       Crash Bandicoot

This kept me entertained for weeks and weeks. I remember there was a version of a Mario Kart and adventure kind. I played this on a PS and a translucent pink Gameboy Advance. I really wished the wumpa fruit was real. Closest thing I got? Fuji apples. But not as neon as the thing on our screen.

  1.       Pinball

I didn’t live early enough for the pinball machine at the arcade. The pinball game I was exposed to was the 3D Space Cadet Pinball on Windows. The sound effects blew my 10-year old mind away. While writing this, I found the sound effects uploaded on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjahf8b1Itc

  1.       Solitaire

When the sound effects of pinball are too much, it’s time to take a breather and play a round of solitaire. I also find the card flicking sounds calming.

  1.       Roller Coaster Tycoon

I would never ever take back the hundreds of hours I’ve spent on this game. I get to make my OWN six flags and customize every little thing about it?! It wasn’t about control, I was about building your own. You wanted a lime green t-shirt kiosk? You got it! Another funnel cake shop? No problem. How many helices do you want in your ride? Sky’s the limit! The funniest part was when I made those crazy rides and people got sick and threw up on the fancy floors.

  1.       Sim Safari

Tarzan was big during the time I growing up. I really liked how all the animals had those lifelike movements and they all fit in the screen. For me it was a cross between Polly Pocket and Animal Planet.

  1.        The Sims 

Rich blue UI, the white comic sans...so iconic! I guess I migrated from doll houses that were heavy for a tiny kid like me to get from the shelves and I would get lazy from putting them back.

Looking back, I think I spent more hours on Build and Buy mode than let-the-damn-Sim-live-it’s-life mode. 

Ugi ugi oo aga ugi ooh ooh, aka Sims 1 Radio Disco Channel Song #1 was the anthem of my childhood! 

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We got most of the expansion packs like Movie Star, Hot Date, Magic, University, Pets. I played on PC and fell off the wagon when they started on consoles and mobile versions. Good times!

  1.       Sim Tower

My 16-bit tower nowhere looked like the one in the cover! But I still played it. Baby-me who lived in a quiet suburb thought it was amazing to have a tall and wide building complex full of hotel suites, offices, shops, movie theatres and restaurants. I found it funny when the hotel rooms got cockroach-y. Now I’m kinda grown and I go on work trips, fingers crossed I will never find one in my room! 

  1.     MS Paint

Well it’s not exactly a game. But it was a game for me anyway. I felt like a genius the first time I learned how to do a crescent moon! Felt like a Picasso when my first ever drawing was printed on a dot-matrix and stuck on the fridge, until the page turned yellow and the new dog ate it!

  1. Need for Speed 

I am a car-free person and I don’t think it will change anytime soon. Never learned how to drive but in my head, I thought it took lessons because I spent hours on this thing! The soundtrack is amazing, don’t you think? Felt like a total badass listening to The Prodigy. 

Am I Kinky, Vanilla or Somewhere in Between?

A sassy woman once said, "I'm a "trisexual". I'll try anything once.".

To get to know myself better, I took a kink test at BDSMTest.org. My browser remembers, but I forgot where I kept it. So I took it again today.

After answering dozens of questions, these are the results:

100% Brat
100% Switch
100% Primal (Prey)
100% Ageplayer
100% Sadist
100% Boy/Girl
100% Non-monogamist
98% Brat tamer
98% Experimentalist
95% Daddy/Mommy
91% Rope bunny
86% Primal (Hunter)
81% Masochist
77% Owner
77% Submissive
75% Pet
66% Dominant
62% Rigger
62% Master/Mistress
60% Degrader
52% Degradee
51% Slave
41% Vanilla
4% Voyeur
3% Exhibitionist

Know more about my test results and BDSM archytpes.

If there's anything the test got slightly off, it's Voyeur and Exhibitionist. I do like showing of but only to people who asked for it ;)

Are you curious about your own results? Take the test!