I’ve been bitten by the gaming bug for a long time. The game that made me a gamer was the first of the Diablo games. Diablo was first released in 1996 and I was hooked. The graphics were good for the time period, but it had stimulating game action. In the game you played a hero, either a warrior, rogue, or sorcerer. I usually played a rogue. The type of character you chose decided what kind of weapons you could use. I had bows that I can alternate. In the earliest game you never ran out of arrows, which I liked.

In the Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction game that came later you had to pick up or buy your ammo. In Diablo you were also limited on the armor you wore. You were allowed a head piece and a piece of armor over your torso to protect from the major hits. You also had rings and an amulet for protection. You had a back pack to carry items that you found that you either used or sold. You also had a belt for carrying potions to heal you or boost your mana (which was your energy level).

The game goal was to fight the denizens of hell (skeletons, demons, and monsters) and get to hell to defeat Diablo and prevent him from rising to earth to destroy mankind. In the game you are given quests to fulfill which raised your level of expertise along with the fighting. As you played you would gain levels of expertise and divide that up among your attributes such as strength or dexterity. The game was such that you could play this by yourself or with others online. It was always more fun playing with other players. It gave the game more depth and was really helpful through tough levels that were hard to do alone. One of my brothers played online with me and we were many miles away from each other.

Today, I play Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction which has improved on the original game and it allows you more options than before. It came out in 2000. You can still play alone or with others online, which I find a lot of fun. People are pretty friendly on the Blizzard network. I am looking forward to playing the new version of Diablo 3 which comes out May 15, 2012. I can’t wait for that version; it looks exciting. I enjoy playing video games and find them mind engaging, but I don’t let it decide my day and still get out and do other things.

Diablo: The Game that Made Me a Gamer