One might think that Kotaku Tower is a place bereft of computers, or at least gaming on computers, judging by how infrequently we write about them. But that couldn't be further from the truth.

More than half of us actually love computer gaming. I myself grew up on PC gaming, skipping everything from the Nintendo 64 to the original Playstation because of my deep connection with gaming on a desktop.

I remember sitting with a tattered thesaurus by my side playing through word adventures on a TRS-80. I remember the first time I saw a game running on my dad's work 8088 or the joy of fast-playing through a tape of saved games, counting the gaps of silence, as I hunted for a bootleg copy of Joust.

My first, my only Summer of Brian was dedicated to playing and replaying through X-Com. My first audio card was purchased so I could hear the sounds of dialog in Wing Commander II. The first game I knowingly pirated was saved off the servers of my University mainframe.

Up until last year I built all of my desktops from parts with my dad or on my own. I still have a closet filled with keyboards, mice, mousepads, and, yes, floppies. My dad has an entire room loaded with old computers and my Gorilla printer.


Whether you grew up in the age of computer gaming or have even ever turned on a game on a computer, if you're a gamer you owe your hobby to the computer. The first video games all ran on mainframes in the 50s and 60s. 1961's Spacewar! is a computer game.

This week we pay tribute to all of our roots as a gamer, looking at the past, present and future of gaming on a PC. Join us with your own memories, experiences, thoughts on gaming on a computer.